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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Latest on Proposed Changes to County Land Use Rules

On February 11, 2021, the County Council held a public hearing on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, a proposal that would allow Missing Middle housing (i.e. duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and small apartment buildings) to be built by right on R-60 residential properties within a mile of Metro.  The intent is to provide more housing choices in single-family neighborhoods.  This legislation is significant because the Town is subject to County zoning laws.  Mayor Cecily Baskir testified on behalf of the Town, and the Town signed a letter submitted by a coalition of 26 municipalities, neighborhood associations, and community groups.  A copy of Mayor Baskir’s testimony is available here, and a copy of the coalition letter is available here.

At this time, we are waiting for Councilmember Hans Riemer, chair of the County’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee (PHED), to announce his intentions and next steps on ZTA 20-07, which could possibly include sending it back to the County Planning Staff for further analysis.

The Town Council has not yet developed a position on ZTA 20-07's objective or on Missing Middle housing, a major goal of Thrive Montgomery 2050 (the update of the County’s general plan). The Town’s Subcommittee on Regional Growth and Development is currently researching best practices in Missing Middle housing, and in March, the Town will hold a forum on Missing Middle housing, followed by a series of Listening Sessions to hear residents’ thoughts about Missing Middle housing in the Town. The Town will further develop its positions on ZTA 20-07, Thrive Montgomery 2050, and Missing Middle housing based on resident feedback and other information.

 To learn more about ZTA 20-07 and/or provide your comments, you may: 

  1. Listen to Town Councilmember Irene Lane’s two virtual community sessions on ZTA-20-07.  A recording of the first session is available here (access passcode: U2GCv$TB) and a recording of the second session is available here.
  2. View a Power point presentation about ZTA-20-07 that describes the zoning proposal and some of the Town's concerns about it.
  3. Read the Coalition letter to the Planning Board about ZTA-20-07.  This letter does not take a position about the ZTA's objective; rather, it objects to the process being followed.  The letter includes a set of questions developed by the communities in the Coalition about the ZTA.

What Can You Do?

  1. Send questions and/or comments to: 
  2. If you know any experts on Missing Middle housing whom the Town could consult with or invite to the forum on Missing Middle housing, please contact the Town office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.
  3. Stay tuned for more information.

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