A bill before the Montgomery County Council could provide greater protections for local burial sites.
This will be the first county law on the topic; previously, there was only state law regarding development by human remains.
Bill 24-17 would mandate a more thorough inventory of burial sites in Montgomery County that is updated year-round.
Areas identified by the inventory would then have to go through a subdivision approval process before construction begins, which would likely mean the developer having to avoid it or in some cases relocate the burial grounds.
“We did not have a mechanism in place like Howard County, Prince George’s County and a place to ensure that there was an inventory that we’re on top of, so we’re playing catch up,” said Roger Berliner, President, Montgomery County Council.
The Macedonia Baptist Church brought the issue to light when development threatened potential human remains connected to the church.