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Proposed Contribution to Farm Women's Market Parks Creation Project
Public Hearing on November 10 


At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council discussed a possible financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site.  The Council unanimously agreed to propose contributing 25% of the public funds needed for the park project, up to a maximum of $4 million, and discussed conditions related to this contribution.  (As of June 30, 2021, the Town had an unrestricted fund balance of over $10 million.). The Town Council will hold a public hearing on this proposal at its November 10 meeting. 

The parks project includes the cost of constructing an underground garage behind the current market and the creation of parks above that garage and on the lot between Leland and Walsh streets.  It does not include the refurbishment and expansion of the Farm Women’s Market building or land, which is being financed separately by the developers and fees collected from other development in Bethesda.  It is expected that the County will be the primary source of public funds for this project.  The project also will receive a $7 million payment from the developers for the right to build a seven-story building on a portion of the lot behind the current market.  The total cost of the park project has not been finalized, but it could be in the range of $20 - $25 million, which, after subtracting the contribution from the developers, would leave $13 - $18 million in public funds to come from the County and Town. 

At the October meeting, the Council also discussed proposed conditions related to the contribution, including the commitment of funds by all parties to build both parks in their entirety; establishment of the parks in perpetuity; a community engagement process by the developers and the Parks Department on park amenities; Town involvement in ongoing decisions regarding the regulations and programming of the parks; and County/Parks Department responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the parks.  

The Council agreed to communicate this proposal to Town residents, invite further public comment this month, and hold a public hearing on the proposal in November.  In September and October, the Town held three listening sessions to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer questions.




4-H Redevelopment Update


Last month, the buyers of the 4-H property, Galerie Living and Community Three, made a presentation to Town residents to introduce themselves, explain their partnership and respective organizations, review projects they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for redevelopment of the 4-H property.

Moving forward, and while a specific redevelopment plan is being prepared, we expect to engage with the buyers to seek accommodation of our Town objectives and concerns, which will be drawn from the May 2021 resident survey, resident comments received to date, and further consultations that will be held with residents during this period.  On September 30, the Town sent a letter to the buyers outlining the Town's primary interests to be considered as plans are developed and discussions proceed.  And on October 5, the Town’s real estate advisors and Town staff met with the buyers to discuss process issues and the content of the Town’s letter in more detail.  At this meeting, the purchasers informed us that they intend to develop conceptual plans and to present those plans for our review later this fall. 

We encourage all residents to listen and participate as we learn more about the redevelopment plans for the 4-H property.




American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds
Public Hearing on November 10


In September, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds.  The Council agreed to retain the funds and adopted a policy for the allocation of ARPA funds, as proposed by Councilmembers Ericson and White.  At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council heard a presentation and discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland.  The Council agreed to schedule a public hearing on this request at its November 10 meeting.  More information on the request will be included in the November Forecast newsletter.

Eligible Uses of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

The Town Council asked our Town Attorney for guidance regarding legitimate uses of ARPA money, as set out in the Treasury regulations and commentary.  The Council would like to share this memo with residents.  We also hope this will be responsive to a request we received from a resident, who asked that such a memo be made available so that residents considering ideas for how these funds might be used would also be aware of what programs or projects might or might not be legitimate.




County Council Redistricting Update


On October 20, the County’s Commission on Redistricting selected its preferred boundary map for the newly established 7 districts that will elect County Councilmembers in 2022, as compared to the current 5 districts. (The number of at-large Councilmembers remains unchanged at 4.)  The map reflects that the Town and other nearby Chevy Chase communities will remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights, as was requested in a letter to the Commission from a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities.  The Commission is required to complete its work and submit its plan and report to the County Council by November 15, 2021.  Within thirty days after receiving the plan of the Commission, the Council is required to hold a public hearing on the plan.




Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050


On October 25, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee held its ninth and final work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan.  Thus far, the committee has made some minor updates to each of the chapters of the Draft Plan and received a presentation based on the report issued by the County's Office of Management & Budget (OMB).  Click here to read the County Executive's letter to the County Council about Thrive and click here to read the OMB report, which is required by law to be produced.  Before the PHED Committee voted unanimously to send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration, they did discuss the possibility of holding a Town Hall or Listening Session with the public in the coming weeks.  This recommendation is being considered by County Council President Hucker.




How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots


The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council this fall. Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods.  

The Planning Staff released an interactive tool so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals (if adopted by the County Council).  Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor). 

Thus far, four decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.

  • Establish "Priority Housing Districts" for larger multi-family housing types.  The entire Town would be in a Priority Housing District, defined as an area within 1 mile "as the crow flies" of a Metro or Purple Line station and/or within 500 feet of major roads (which include Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues).
  • Allow "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town and each unit within the structures would be allowed to have an accessory dwelling unit.
  • Allow quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
  • Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.

On November 4, the Planning Board will continue its discussions addressing the issues of affordability, displacement, subdivision, tree canopy, parking, and pattern books that would be provided to builders so that they can be granted permits for building a duplex, triplex, and quadplex without additional oversight by the County.

While the Town does not have the zoning authority to regulate the types of residential buildings that can be built within the Town or the subdivision of lots, it does have the authority to regulate setbacks (front, rear, and side), building height, mass, lot coverage, impervious surface, parking, water drainage, and tree canopy.  

Residents Encouraged to Comment on Prospect of Building Multi-Family Housing By Right in the Town 

Because both initiatives, Thrive and the Attainable Housing recommendations, are slated to be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council wants to hear from you soon. Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org




Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December


Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December.  Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection.  Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible.  However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.  

If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.




ThanksGIVING in October!
13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Effort


It’s not too late to donate toward the purchase of food gift cards for the 13th Annual Town Thanksgiving Dinner effort.  

Georgia Guhin’s mail slot at 4006 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 is open 24/7 for mail and contactless drop-off.  Please make checks payable to YMCA-YFS.  Send an email to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org if you prefer to arrange for someone to stop by to pick up your donation.

Food insecurity remains a persistent challenge for many families in Montgomery County.  Rising grocery prices have only exacerbated the strain on family budgets.  Thank you to the many neighbors who have already contributed to the Town’s effort this year to help 100 MCPS families this Thanksgiving season. 




Town Street Closures for CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause on Monday, November1


On Monday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Town streets immediately surrounding Chevy Chase Elementary School will be closed intermittently to accommodate the CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause. 

Portions of Rosemary Circle, Valley Place, Rosemary Street, Meadow Lane, Beechwood Drive and Hillcrest Drive will be closed.  During these street closures, Woodside Place residents will have limited access.  CCES will provide monitors at each intersection to assist in providing access to residents who live on those streets and to emergency vehicles. 




Winter Clothing Drive Begins on November 1


Every year from, November to February, the Community Relations Committee of the Town of Chevy Chase sponsors a Winter Clothing Drive for those in need.  We donate to Interfaith Works who distribute to 13,000 income-qualified county residents, including nearly 6,000 children.  Please donate clean, gently used, or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks.  Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow.

Since the Town Hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place).




Town of Chevy Chase Book Club
Monday, November 1, 7 p.m. 


Hurray!  The Town of Chevy Chase Book Club is meeting IN PERSON on Monday, November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall to discuss The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw.  These prize-winning short stories explore the secrets of nine black women navigating the mess of real life within the strictures of the church.  Funny but poignant.  Wine and snacks will facilitate the discussion.  COVID protocols observed.  Save the date for the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club’s next meeting on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m.  We will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  




Coffee Meet Up
Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m., Town Hall


Turn back your clocks and come join your neighbors for coffee and sweets (to be provided) on Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m. in the Town Hall (Feel free to bring your own coffee mug!).  If you are a baker and would like to contribute home-made baked goods, let us know at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  COVID protocols observed.  




Movies for Grown-Ups Is Back!
Friday, November 12, 7:30 P.M., Town Hall


Missed seeing the Academy Award winning movies of 2020?  Here’s your chance to catch up!  Join us on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to watch Minari, which follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.  It received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Supporting Actor.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  COVID protocols observed.




Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic


Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways.  If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation.  Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition.  Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  Responses appreciated by December 1.




Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims


It’s time for the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive!  Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence.  The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling.  There are two donation options: 1) gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or 2) checks made out to MCFJC Foundation.  Please deliver your donation to the Town Office or mail it to 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.)  Gift cards and checks for the Holiday Gift Drive will be collected through Monday, December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year.  If you have any questions, contact Cathy Wolf at cathrynwolf2@gmail.com or Quynh Tran at vanstinger2205@gmail.com.  As in past years, we ask you to be generous and extend a helping hand to these needy families.  Thanks in advance!




What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?


Looking Further Ahead: Navigating Life's Journey: Building a Life Plan to Age in Place -- Friday, November 5, 1 to 2 p.m.

This will be the first of our new interactive "Navigating Life's Journey" series, in which you will learn how to navigate your options for each stage of aging. In this session, we will discuss how to plan for aging in place. Panelists include Rebecca Bianco, Business Development Manager at Family & Nursing Care; Allyson Butler, Director of Business Development at Smithlife Home Care; Alison Carelli, LCSW-C, Care Manager and Psychotherapist at Aging Network Services; Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC, Owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates; Debbie Hedges, LCSW-C, Director of Senior Services at the Jewish Social Service Agency; Kathleen McGuinness, CDP, EOL, Director of Community Relations at Smithlife Home Care; and Jihan Starr, Owner of Davenport Senior Connections, LLC Eldercare Consulting and Care. Participants may submit questions to ask anonymously in advance here. Hosted by Chevy Chase At Home in partnership with Charles E. Smith Life Communities and Ingleside.  Register in advance on CC@H's event page online. For your convenience, this event will be recorded and sent to all who register in advance.




2021-2023 Parking Permit Renewals
New Instructions for Decal Placement


The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits expired on September 30, 2021.  Parking permits are issued only for cars belonging to residents who live on a street within a designated permit parking area.  A permit parking map is available on the Town website.  

If you are renewing permits or registering vehicles for the first time, simply complete the form on the Town website under Quick Links.  If registering for the first time, you must provide a copy of the car registration and proof of residency (if the car is not registered at a Town address) with the completed form.  If you need assistance, please contact the Town office at 301-654-7144.  In addition to parking permits, one guest permit will be issued per household.  Residents may request a second guest pass.  

The parking permit should be permanently affixed on the left rear (driver’s side) bumper of the vehicle so as to facilitate the frequent checks made by the Town’s parking enforcement officers.  The guest permit should be placed on the dashboard of the visitor’s car and retrieved after the visit.  Vehicles that do not display the most recent decals or guest passes will be ticketed.




New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations


The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers.  The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment.  Specifically, they 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022.  The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers.  Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.




Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program


The Town Council has approved a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities.  Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.  The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property.  The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program in this fiscal year.  More information about the program and an application form can be found here.




Climate & Environment Tip of the Month
Healthy Lawns Without Synthetic Chemical Pesticides


  • Mow your lawn or have your contractor mow your lawn with the mower set as high as possible, thus allowing your grass to grow high and shade out weeds.
  • Use a mulching mower, returning the resulting finely chopped grass clippings to your lawn, where they will greatly reduce any need to apply fertilizers.  
  • Consider aerating and overseeding your lawn in late summer/early fall.  Now!
  • Apply any fertilizer consistent with the MD State fertilizer law (e.g., no application between November 15 and March 1).
  • If you want to use a pesticide for cosmetic purposes, use an approved and appropriately labeled organic substance.
  • For the future, consider reducing the size of your lawn, converting some or all to more ecologically diverse and productive vegetation.

More information on organic lawn care and approved organic pesticides is available on the County’s website.  The Climate and Environment Committee also is planning an event to inform and assist with organic lawn care.




Town Office Reopening Plan


The Town Council has approved an office reopening plan that will provide dedicated, in-person assistance to residents while also allowing Town staff the opportunity to continue to telework on selected days.  Through the end of the year, staff will be available in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Town office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There may be a staff member to assist you on other days, but please contact the Town office in advance to schedule a time.  Residents can contact the Town office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




Stay Informed


Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town through the Town Crier email alert system and with fellow residents through the private Town Neighbors listserv.  For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.




Important Phone Numbers


Click here for a list of important phone numbers.  In case of emergencies, always call 911.




Upcoming Meetings & Events


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Proposed Contribution to Farm Women's Market Parks Creation ProjectPublic Hearing on November 10

At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council discussed a possible financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site. The Council unanimously agreed to propose contributing 25% of the public funds needed for the park project, up to a maximum of $4 million, and discussed conditions related to this contribution. (As of June 30, 2021, the Town had an unrestricted fund balance of over $10 million.). The Town Council will hold a public hearing on this proposal at its November 10 meeting.
The parks project includes the cost of constructing an underground garage behind the current market and the creation of parks above that garage and on the lot between Leland and Walsh streets. It does not include the refurbishment and expansion of the Farm Women’s Market building or land, which is being financed separately by the developers and fees collected from other development in Bethesda. It is expected that the County will be the primary source of public funds for this project. The project also will receive a $7 million payment from the developers for the right to build a seven-story building on a portion of the lot behind the current market. The total cost of the park project has not been finalized, but it could be in the range of $20 - $25 million, which, after subtracting the contribution from the developers, would leave $13 - $18 million in public funds to come from the County and Town.
At the October meeting, the Council also discussed proposed conditions related to the contribution, including the commitment of funds by all parties to build both parks in their entirety; establishment of the parks in perpetuity; a community engagement process by the developers and the Parks Department on park amenities; Town involvement in ongoing decisions regarding the regulations and programming of the parks; and County/Parks Department responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the parks.
The Council agreed to communicate this proposal to Town residents, invite further public comment this month, and hold a public hearing on the proposal in November. In September and October, the Town held three listening sessions to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer questions.

4-H Redevelopment Update

Last month, the buyers of the 4-H property, Galerie Living [https://galerieliving.com/] and Community Three [https://communitythree.com/] , made a presentation to Town residents to introduce themselves, explain their partnership and respective organizations, review projects they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for redevelopment of the 4-H property.
Moving forward, and while a specific redevelopment plan is being prepared, we expect to engage with the buyers to seek accommodation of our Town objectives and concerns, which will be drawn from the May 2021 resident survey, resident comments received to date, and further consultations that will be held with residents during this period. On September 30, the Town sent a letter to the buyers [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3353/TOCC-Letter-to-GL-and-C3-9-30-21] outlining the Town's primary interests to be considered as plans are developed and discussions proceed. And on October 5, the Town’s real estate advisors and Town staff met with the buyers to discuss process issues and the content of the Town’s letter in more detail. At this meeting, the purchasers informed us that they intend to develop conceptual plans and to present those plans for our review later this fall.
We encourage all residents to listen and participate as we learn more about the redevelopment plans for the 4-H property.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) FundsPublic Hearing on November 10

In September, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds. The Council agreed to retain the funds and adopted a policy for the allocation of ARPA funds [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3354/ARPA-Policy-09-30-21] , as proposed by Councilmembers Ericson and White. At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council heard a presentation and discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland [https://wonderslearning.org/leland/] . The Council agreed to schedule a public hearing on this request at its November 10 meeting. More information on the request will be included in the November Forecast newsletter.
Eligible Uses of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds
The Town Council asked our Town Attorney for guidance regarding legitimate uses of ARPA money, as set out in the Treasury regulations and commentary. The Council would like to share this memo [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3344/Memo-eligible-uses] with residents. We also hope this will be responsive to a request we received from a resident, who asked that such a memo be made available so that residents considering ideas for how these funds might be used would also be aware of what programs or projects might or might not be legitimate.

County Council Redistricting Update

On October 20, the County’s Commission on Redistricting selected its preferred boundary map for the newly established 7 districts that will elect County Councilmembers in 2022, as compared to the current 5 districts. (The number of at-large Councilmembers remains unchanged at 4.) The map reflects that the Town and other nearby Chevy Chase communities will remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights, as was requested in a letter to the Commission [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3355/Community-Coalition-Letter-on-Redistricting-10-1-21-v2?bidId=] from a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities. The Commission is required to complete its work and submit its plan and report to the County Council by November 15, 2021. Within thirty days after receiving the plan of the Commission, the Council is required to hold a public hearing on the plan.

Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050

On October 25, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee held its ninth and final work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan [https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THRIVE-Planning-Board-Draft-2021-Pages_web.pdf] . Thus far, the committee has made some minor updates to each of the chapters of the Draft Plan and received a presentation based on the report issued by the County's Office of Management & Budget (OMB). Click here [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OPI/Resources/Files/pdf/2021/CE_Stmt_Thrive-Montgomery-2050.pdf] to read the County Executive's letter to the County Council about Thrive and click here to read the OMB report [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/2021/20210927/20210927_PHED1.pdf] , which is required by law to be produced. Before the PHED Committee voted unanimously to send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration, they did discuss the possibility of holding a Town Hall or Listening Session with the public in the coming weeks. This recommendation is being considered by County Council President Hucker.

How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots

The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council this fall. Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods.
The Planning Staff released an interactive tool [https://montgomeryplans.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7f5f2305e4824e2290b635787fcb4d5d&extent=-8634555.6009%2C4717837.1717%2C-8536716.2047%2C4761329.8407%2C102100] so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals (if adopted by the County Council). Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor).
Thus far, four decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.
Establish "Priority Housing Districts" for larger multi-family housing types. The entire Town would be in a Priority Housing District, defined as an area within 1 mile "as the crow flies" of a Metro or Purple Line station and/or within 500 feet of major roads (which include Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues).
Allow "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town and each unit within the structures would be allowed to have an accessory dwelling unit.
Allow quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.
On November 4, the Planning Board will continue its discussions addressing the issues of affordability, displacement, subdivision, tree canopy, parking, and pattern books that would be provided to builders so that they can be granted permits for building a duplex, triplex, and quadplex without additional oversight by the County.
While the Town does not have the zoning authority to regulate the types of residential buildings that can be built within the Town or the subdivision of lots, it does have the authority to regulate setbacks (front, rear, and side), building height, mass, lot coverage, impervious surface, parking, water drainage, and tree canopy.
Residents Encouraged to Comment on Prospect of Building Multi-Family Housing By Right in the Town
Because both initiatives, Thrive and the Attainable Housing recommendations, are slated to be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council wants to hear from you soon. Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December

Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December. Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection. Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The leaf collection schedule is available here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/11/Leaf-Collection-Schedule-Map?bidId=] .
During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible. However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.
If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

ThanksGIVING in October!13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Effort

It’s not too late to donate toward the purchase of food gift cards for the 13th Annual Town Thanksgiving Dinner effort.
Georgia Guhin’s mail slot at 4006 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 is open 24/7 for mail and contactless drop-off. Please make checks payable to YMCA-YFS. Send an email to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] if you prefer to arrange for someone to stop by to pick up your donation.
Food insecurity remains a persistent challenge for many families in Montgomery County. Rising grocery prices have only exacerbated the strain on family budgets. Thank you to the many neighbors who have already contributed to the Town’s effort this year to help 100 MCPS families this Thanksgiving season.

Town Street Closures for CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause on Monday, November1

On Monday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Town streets immediately surrounding Chevy Chase Elementary School will be closed intermittently to accommodate the CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause.
Portions of Rosemary Circle, Valley Place, Rosemary Street, Meadow Lane, Beechwood Drive and Hillcrest Drive will be closed. During these street closures, Woodside Place residents will have limited access. CCES will provide monitors at each intersection to assist in providing access to residents who live on those streets and to emergency vehicles.

Winter Clothing Drive Begins on November 1

Every year from, November to February, the Community Relations Committee of the Town of Chevy Chase sponsors a Winter Clothing Drive for those in need. We donate to Interfaith Works who distribute to 13,000 income-qualified county residents, including nearly 6,000 children. Please donate clean, gently used, or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks. Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow.
Since the Town Hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place).

Town of Chevy Chase Book ClubMonday, November 1, 7 p.m.

Hurray! The Town of Chevy Chase Book Club is meeting IN PERSON on Monday, November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall to discuss The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. These prize-winning short stories explore the secrets of nine black women navigating the mess of real life within the strictures of the church. Funny but poignant. Wine and snacks will facilitate the discussion. COVID protocols observed. Save the date for the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club’s next meeting on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. We will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Coffee Meet UpSunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m., Town Hall

Turn back your clocks and come join your neighbors for coffee and sweets (to be provided) on Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m. in the Town Hall (Feel free to bring your own coffee mug!). If you are a baker and would like to contribute home-made baked goods, let us know at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] . COVID protocols observed.

Movies for Grown-Ups Is Back!Friday, November 12, 7:30 P.M., Town Hall

Missed seeing the Academy Award winning movies of 2020? Here’s your chance to catch up! Join us on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to watch Minari, which follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. It received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Supporting Actor. Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] . COVID protocols observed.

Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic

Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways. If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation. Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition. Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] . Responses appreciated by December 1.

Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims

It’s time for the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive! Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence. The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling. There are two donation options: 1) gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or 2) checks made out to MCFJC Foundation. Please deliver your donation to the Town Office or mail it to 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.) Gift cards and checks for the Holiday Gift Drive will be collected through Monday, December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year. If you have any questions, contact Cathy Wolf at cathrynwolf2@gmail.com [mailto:cathrynwolf2@gmail.com] or Quynh Tran at vanstinger2205@gmail.com [mailto:vanstinger2205@gmail.com] . As in past years, we ask you to be generous and extend a helping hand to these needy families. Thanks in advance!

What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?

Looking Further Ahead: Navigating Life's Journey: Building a Life Plan to Age in Place -- Friday, November 5, 1 to 2 p.m.
This will be the first of our new interactive "Navigating Life's Journey" series, in which you will learn how to navigate your options for each stage of aging. In this session, we will discuss how to plan for aging in place. Panelists include Rebecca Bianco, Business Development Manager at Family & Nursing Care; Allyson Butler, Director of Business Development at Smithlife Home Care; Alison Carelli, LCSW-C, Care Manager and Psychotherapist at Aging Network Services; Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC, Owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates; Debbie Hedges, LCSW-C, Director of Senior Services at the Jewish Social Service Agency; Kathleen McGuinness, CDP, EOL, Director of Community Relations at Smithlife Home Care; and Jihan Starr, Owner of Davenport Senior Connections, LLC Eldercare Consulting and Care. Participants may submit questions to ask anonymously in advance here [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7K833H5] . Hosted by Chevy Chase At Home in partnership with Charles E. Smith Life Communities and Ingleside. Register in advance on CC@H's event page online [https://www.chevychaseathome.org/content.aspx?page_id=4008&club_id=559717&item_id=1530246] . For your convenience, this event will be recorded and sent to all who register in advance.

2021-2023 Parking Permit RenewalsNew Instructions for Decal Placement

The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits expired on September 30, 2021. Parking permits are issued only for cars belonging to residents who live on a street within a designated permit parking area. A permit parking map is available on the Town website.
If you are renewing permits or registering vehicles for the first time, simply complete the form [https://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/Parking-29/Parking-Permit-Application-118] on the Town website under Quick Links. If registering for the first time, you must provide a copy of the car registration and proof of residency (if the car is not registered at a Town address) with the completed form. If you need assistance, please contact the Town office at 301-654-7144. In addition to parking permits, one guest permit will be issued per household. Residents may request a second guest pass.
The parking permit should be permanently affixed on the left rear (driver’s side) bumper of the vehicle so as to facilitate the frequent checks made by the Town’s parking enforcement officers. The guest permit should be placed on the dashboard of the visitor’s car and retrieved after the visit. Vehicles that do not display the most recent decals or guest passes will be ticketed.

New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers [http://www.townofchevychase.org/128/Noise-Control] . The regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment. Specifically, they 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022. The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers. Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.

Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program

The Town Council has approved a rebate program for battery-powered blowers and related equipment [http://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-28/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-Rebate-P-116] that is intended to reduce the noise from landscaping activities. Residents may request a rebate for half the cost of the purchase of a battery-powered blower, batteries, and chargers, up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household. The equipment may be purchased by a resident or by a contractor for use in landscaping activities on the resident’s property. The Council approved $30,000 to fund the program in this fiscal year. More information about the program and an application form can be found here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-28/BatteryPowered-Blower-Equipment-Rebate-P-116] .

Climate & Environment Tip of the MonthHealthy Lawns Without Synthetic Chemical Pesticides

Mow your lawn or have your contractor mow your lawn with the mower set as high as possible, thus allowing your grass to grow high and shade out weeds.
Use a mulching mower, returning the resulting finely chopped grass clippings to your lawn, where they will greatly reduce any need to apply fertilizers.
Consider aerating and overseeding your lawn in late summer/early fall. Now!
Apply any fertilizer consistent with the MD State fertilizer law (e.g., no application between November 15 and March 1).
If you want to use a pesticide for cosmetic purposes, use an approved and appropriately labeled organic substance.
For the future, consider reducing the size of your lawn, converting some or all to more ecologically diverse and productive vegetation.
More information on organic lawn care and approved organic pesticides is available on the County’s website [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/lawns/law/] . The Climate and Environment Committee also is planning an event to inform and assist with organic lawn care.

Town Office Reopening Plan

The Town Council has approved an office reopening plan that will provide dedicated, in-person assistance to residents while also allowing Town staff the opportunity to continue to telework on selected days. Through the end of the year, staff will be available in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Town office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There may be a staff member to assist you on other days, but please contact the Town office in advance to schedule a time. Residents can contact the Town office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Stay Informed

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town through the Town Crier email alert system [https://www.townofchevychase.org/list.aspx] and with fellow residents through the private Town Neighbors listserv. For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io [mailto:townneighbors+owner@groups.io] . Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.

Important Phone Numbers

Click here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/432/Important-Phone-Numbers] for a list of important phone numbers. In case of emergencies, always call 911.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Click here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/calendar.aspx?CID=14] to view the Town calendar.

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