(a) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, may issue rules to implement the provisions of this chapter. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 30-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, by resolution, within the 30-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.
(b)(1) Within 180 days of April 23, 2013, the Mayor shall issue rules, which shall:
(A) Ensure maximum permissible use of Department areas and facilities by appropriate distribution of users, with special attention to the balance of uses between Department programs, community uses, and fee-based uses;
(B) Ensure equitable access to fee-based uses through provisions for modest, reduced, or waived fees;
(C) Ensure proper, orderly, and equitable use through scheduling;
(D) Ensure protection and preservation of areas and facilities by not overtaxing facilities;
(E) Promote the health, safety, and welfare of users;
(F) Establish clear procedures for obtaining permits and revocation of permits; and
(G) Update the entire Department fee and permit schedules, maintaining a lower cost for residents.
(2) The authority granted to the Department in § 10-302(b-1) and (d) and § 10-302.01 shall not be exercised until the rules required by paragraph (1) of this subsection have been adopted.