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County Council Adopts New Rules for Accessory Dwelling UnitsOn July 23, 2019, the Montgomery County Council adopted Zoning Text Amendment 19-01 (ZTA 19-01) regarding “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs). When the ZTA goes into effect on December 31, 2019, it will result in substantial changes to the rules that govern ADUs. An ADU is a second dwelling unit located on a lot with a single-family house. An attached ADU is one that is located inside the house, often in the basement. A detached ADU is one that is in an accessory building in a rear yard (e.g., a converted garage, a granny pod, a pre-fabricated unit). The most significant change in the rules for ADUs is that, for the first time, detached ADUs will be allowed in “small lot” neighborhoods like the Town. Under the new county rules, there are no setback requirements for detached ADUs constructed in older buildings. In the Town, older garages often sit on or very close to the side and/or rear property lines. Other substantial changes include: ADUs will be allowed as a limited use on all properties; both attached and detached ADUs will be allowed as part of new construction; and no off-street parking spaces will be required for ADUs. Read more about the changes here.The Town can adopt rules to govern detached ADU setbacks and screening. But before considering any measures, we would like to hear views from residents on this matter. Please write to the Town Office if you have interest or questions. What You Can Do• Send your comments to the Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Volunteers for Town Committees and BoardsThe Town is still seeking volunteers for its five committees. We encourage you to consider volunteering so that we can involve as many residents as possible in Town affairs. Following is a list of the committees, including a short description of each: • Climate and Environment: Inspires and facilities energy conservation and environmental stewardship by the Town and its residents.• Community Relations: Encourages a strong sense of neighborliness through community activities and communications.• Land Use: Guides building and redevelopment within the Town using available planning tools.• Long-Range Planning: Identifies emerging issues that require longer-term planning and analysis; and monitors activities in county and state government likely to impact our Town. • Public Services: Advocates for high-quality Town services for our residents.The Town also is seeking one resident to serve on the Town’s Election Board, one resident to serve on the Town’s Ethics Commission, and one resident to serve on the Town’s Water Board. Following are brief descriptions of these bodies: • Election Board: Oversees all Town elections, including making appropriate provisions for nominations, printing ballots, appointing tellers and/or judges and supervising the polls.• Ethics Commission: Receives, verifies and maintains all financial disclosure forms required by the State of Maryland. • Water Board: Hears requests by property owners who have had a water drainage plan denied by the Town.If you are interested in volunteering to serve on any of the Town’s committees, boards or commission, please submit a brief note to the Town Office by July 31, 2019. Your correspondence may be submitted in person, by mail or by e-mail to email@example.com and should include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and a few sentences about why you would like to serve on that particular body.We look forward to hearing from you!
Please Obey County Leash LawsThe Town office has received calls from residents complaining that dog owners do not observe the County's leash law. Please remember that your dog should always be on a leash when not in a fenced portion of your yard. Even generally well-behaved dogs off-leash can be threatening to pedestrians and other dogs on leash. Please observe this law so that everyone can enjoy walks through the Town with or without their dogs
Overgrown VegetationAs a reminder, residents are asked to keep all streets and sidewalks clear of overgrown vegetation. Please prune vegetation to ensure unobstructed sight lines for pedestrians and motorists. The Town’s vegetation maintenance standards are available for review on the Town website. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Town streets and sidewalks safe.
July Purple Line Construction UpdatesLane Closure on Chevy Chase Lake Drive: The westbound lane of Chevy Chase Lake Drive at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue will be partially closed for utility work. Work will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur.Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue: Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft. Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Night Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue: Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway. Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Weekend work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. Weekday Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail between the Rock Creek Bridge and the Lyttonsville Place Bridge: Crews will be pile driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail at Rock Creek Park. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club: Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street, continuing excavation efforts on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as weekends.Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway from Sleaford Road to Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road: Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road. As well as Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail between Sleaford Road and East West Highway: Crews will be relocating utilities along the Georgetown Branch Trail from Sleaford Road access point to East-West Highway. Work will take place weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail: Crews will be performing grading and test pitting operations at Rock Creek Park on weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an as-needed basis.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:Please visit the Town website to view the Town calendar.