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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Town Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Subcommittee to Address Regional Growth and Development

The Town seeks volunteers to serve on a new special subcommittee of the Long Range Planning Committee, formed by the Town Council at its June 8, 2020 work session to address important issues about land use, development, and public infrastructure that will affect our community far into the future.

The County is currently working on updates to both its General Plan (now called Thrive Montgomery 2050), and its Subdivision Staging Policy (now called County Growth Policy 2020-2024). Thrive Montgomery 2050 is the long-range policy framework for guiding future land use and growth for the next 30 years, while the County Growth Policy is the tool the County uses to ensure that schools and transportation systems keep pace with development. The County Planning Board is considering drafts of both policies right now. After it approves them, the Planning Board’s recommendations will go to the County Council for consideration and action. The County Council is expected to approve the County Growth Policy by November 2020 and Thrive Montgomery 2050 by March 2021.

The special subcommittee of the Long Range Planning Committee was formed to help the Town Council develop a coordinated approach to Thrive Montgomery 2050 and the County Growth Policy 2020-2024, working with members of the Land Use Committee and with our neighboring communities. The two council members working with this special subcommittee will be Ellen Cornelius Ericson, Council Liaison to the Long Range Planning Committee, and Irene Lane, Council Liaison to the Land Use Committee.

Members of the subcommittee will research and monitor the issues raised in the County Growth Policy and Thrive Montgomery 2050 and will advise the Council on recommended positions and actions. The Council will continue to represent the Town at outside public forums, with elected officials, or members of the press. It is anticipated that the subcommittee will meet as and when necessary – and this could be more frequently than once per month for certain periods of time. The subcommittee’s work is expected to continue until spring 2021.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on this special subcommittee, please submit a brief note to townoffice@townofchevychase.org. Your correspondence should include your name, address, and telephone number.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cecily Baskir
Mayor, Town of Chevy Chase