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COVID-19 Information Resources
Find COVID-19 information from the Maryland Department of Health and read the proclamations and orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan related to COVID-19 here.
Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides the latest news and updates on the number of COVID cases reported in Maryland communities, COVID-19 testing, vaccine distribution, and executive orders and guidance to address the pandemic.
8 Montgomery County Community Recreation Centers are Open
On Monday, March 1, Montgomery County Recreation reopened eight community recreation centers on a limited schedule. This means that individuals or households may now schedule a time to use the fitness room, gymnasiums, and other rooms without the structure of a class. Residents must have a Fit N Play Pass to reserve a fitness room or gym activities.
The community recreation centers which have reopened are Bauer Drive; Damascus; Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac; Jane E. Lawton; Plum Gar; Potomac; Praisner; and White Oak.
The Jane E. Lawton Center will only be open on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. More information is available here.
Update on ZTA 20-07 & Resident Opportunities to Learn and Provide Comments About Missing Middle Housing
County Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07 would allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and even small apartment buildings to be built by right in single-family neighborhoods within 1 mile of Metro. We still await confirmation of the County Council’s next steps on ZTA 20-07.
No matter what happens with ZTA 20-07, we expect the County to continue discussions about promoting small multi-unit housing types known as Missing Middle Housing (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, courtyard cottages) as part of the County’s general plan update known as Thrive Montgomery 2050. You can find out more about the different types of Missing Middle Housing and best practices for implementing it in neighborhoods by signing up for a presentation sponsored by the County Planning Department as part of its Silver Spring Master Plan and Missing Middle Housing Market Study update:
WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7-9 p.m.WHERE: Virtual Meeting (register here)
This event will feature Tony Perez from Opticos Design who is a Missing Middle Housing expert and works with communities to translate policy into implementable development standards. Mr. Perez is also a leader in “Form-Based Coding,” which is often used to ensure that Missing Middle Housing is compatible in form and scale with single-family houses. In addition, the Town Council hopes to develop a position on Missing Middle Housing based on resident feedback and other information. In particular, the Town Council would like to hear residents’ opinions about three different scenarios for the Town:Construction of duplexes on single lots within the current Town building code envelope (i.e. using the same height and setback requirements that apply to a single-family house);Construction of townhouses on combined lots; orNo Missing Middle Housing development within the Town.The Town Council is planning a public forum and an educational session to discuss feasible types of Missing Middle Housing and listen to resident opinions. Stay tuned for more details, and please send comments and questions to the Town Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations
The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers. The new 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 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, and these funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31, 2021. More information about the program and an application form can be found here.
The Great ZucchiniFriday, March 20, 5-5:30 p.m. Via Zoom
The Great Zucchini has been entertaining preschool and kindergarten age children for more than 25 years, bringing laughter to countless youngsters! He has appeared at hundreds of schools and thousands of birthday parties throughout the DMV. Your children won’t want to miss this event! Please RSVP to email@example.com or 301-654-7144 to receive the Zoom link.
Town Book Club MeetingSunday, March 21, 5-6 p.m. Via Zoom
Mark your calendar, start reading and join fellow book lovers to discuss Calypso by David Sedaris at the inaugural meeting of the Town book club! Nancy Lemann, our neighbor, has generously agreed to moderate the session. Nancy is the author of five books and has written for numerous publications. Politics & Prose is offering a 10% discount for online purchases of the paperback edition of the book. The discount code is “SPECIAL10” and the site is politics-prose.com. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-654-7144 to receive the Zoom link. This event is limited to 25 participants.
Yard Birds of Chevy ChaseThursday, March 25, 7 p.m. Via Zoom
Join your neighbors for a talk by Town resident Chris Wright on “The Yard Birds of Chevy Chase: Thirty Birds You Can See Without Leaving Home.” Chris has birded throughout the United States and is a long-time participant in local and national bird clubs. Chris noticed that being cloistered in our Town due to COVID gave us time to appreciate nature around us. In this program, he hopes to take this appreciation to a new level by showing the beauty of birds we see every day. Please RSVP to email@example.com or 301-654-7144 to receive the Zoom link.
WSSC Water Financial Assistance Programs WSSC Water is committed to making water and sewer bills more affordable. WSSC Water has enhanced their financial assistance programs, and they encourage eligible residential customers to set up a payment plan. You can find more information on these programs here or on the WSSC Water website.
Please Clean Up After Your Pet The Town office has received complaints about the improper disposal of dog waste. The Town has installed numerous dog waste stations in Town. A map can be found here. We appreciate your cooperation in addressing this issue.
Please Obey County Leash Laws
The 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 being held by a person 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.
Town Office Schedule and Updates Related to COVID-19
Town staff continues on a telework schedule. Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall. We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner. Phone calls and email are being monitored and answered as usual. In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remains closed until further notice. For current Montgomery County closures, please check here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch.
The Town website provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.
Important Phone Numbers
Click here for a list of important phone numbers. In case of emergencies, always call 911.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Click here to view the Town calendar.