Transportation, Housing and the Environment (THE)

Council Member Todd M. Turner chairs the Transportation, Housing and Environment (THE) Committee. 

THE handles legislative matters pertaining to housing, transportation, permitting policy and planning, as well as environmental protections, conservation programs and green infrastructure. Other policy and budget issues include the Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program; Enterprise Funds; Solid Waste Plan; Storm Water Management; the Community Development Block Grant Program; the Redevelopment Authority; and Taxicabs and Limousines. Agency review responsibilities include the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement; Department of Environmental Resources; Animal Control; Department of Housing and Community Development; Department of Public Works and Transportation; the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Operating Budget; and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission. Council Member Deni Taveras serves as THE committee Vice-Chair. 


  • Todd M. Turner, Chair
  • Deni Taveras, Vice-Chair
  • Obie Patterson
  • Mary A. Lehman
  • Derrick L. Davis

Agency/Issue Review Responsibilities

  • Dept. of Environmental Resources (DER)
    • Animal Control
    • Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program
    • Enterprise Funds
    • Solid Waste Plan (Landfills, Refuse Collection, Recycling)
    • Stormwater Management
    • Water and Sewerage Plans
  • Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DH&CD)
    • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    • Redevelopment Authority
  • Dept. of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T)
    • Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program
    • Stormwater Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Transportation Oversight
  • Taxicabs and Limousines (20-145)
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Operating Budget (WSSC)
  • Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC)
  • Others, if necessary​