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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.



County Proposed Residential Zoning Updates 
Town Council Seeks Feedback on Missing Middle Housing 

County Proposed Residential Zoning Updates to Accommodate Missing Middle Housing

The Town Council has been closely following the progress of the County’s proposed residential Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, which would allow Missing Middle Housing (market-rate, house-scale duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, small apartment buildings) to be built by right in single-family neighborhoods within one mile of Metro, including most of the Town and on the 4H property.  Based on a recent opinion from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, the Town Council believes that our municipal building regulations will continue to apply to all residential structures within the Town, including any Missing Middle Housing that the County may authorize in the future.

 
On March 4, the County Council sent a letter to the County Planning Board and Planning Department urging the Planning Board to develop new residential zoning rules that consider both the concepts currently included in ZTA 20-07 and in a new draft ZTA (which would allow the Planning Board to approve Missing Middle Housing on certain residential lots within one-quarter mile of Bus-Rapid-Transit corridors).  The County Council hopes to consider the Planning Board’s zoning reform recommendations around the same time that it considers Thrive Montgomery 2050, the proposed County general plan update that espouses the value of Missing Middle Housing across the County. 

We anticipate that the Planning Board will transmit its Thrive Montgomery 2050 draft to the County Council on April 8, 2021.  As part of a neighborhood coalition, the Town Council submitted a letter on March 18 to the County Council that reflects our serious concerns about the process followed by the County Planning Board in rewriting the public draft of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 general plan.

Town Council Seeks Resident Feedback on Missing Middle Housing

To enable the Town’s continued advocacy with the Planning Board and the County Council, 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 (or other variations that residents would like to see):  
  1. Construction of duplexes and triplexes only 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);
  2. Construction of townhouses on combined lots; or
  3. No Missing Middle Housing development within the Town.
On April 8, from 7-9 p.m., the Town Council will hold a forum to discuss feasible types of Missing Middle Housing and listen to residents' opinions.  In preparation, each resident is encouraged to listen to the March 16 County Planning Board session on Missing Middle Housing.  Following the forum, Councilmember Irene Lane will hold a series of recorded listening sessions for residents to provide feedback.  The listening sessions are currently scheduled for:
  • Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.;
  • Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.; and
  • Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details, and please continue to send comments, questions, and RSVP for the listening sessions at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  Residents also can send comments directly to County Councilmembers:



2021 Town Council Election

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Town will continue a universal vote-by mail system for the 2021 Town election.  More information on the 2021 Town Council election is available here.



Town Seeking Residents to Join Task Force to Address 4H Property Sale

As announced last evening, the Town Council seeks Town residents to assist the Council with exploring opportunities presented by the pending sale of the 4H property.  These opportunities could include, but are not limited to, engaging with 4H officials and the property’s broker to advance Town interests in the future use and possible redevelopment of the property and identifying prospective alliances/partnerships with potential future owners of the property.    Please send expressions of interest to the Town Council at townoffice@townofchevychase.org by 5 p.m. on March 22.  Please include your name, address, contact information, and a summary of your experience that would be beneficial to this effort.  The Town Council is particularly interested in Town resident volunteers with expertise in commercial real estate development and land use/planning to join a Town task force.  We look forward to hearing from you.



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.



Yard Birds of Chevy Chase
Thursday, 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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144 to receive the Zoom link.



Green Town Series: Creek Critters Webinar
Tuesday, March 30, 7 to 8 p.m. Via Zoom

The next sponsored event in our Green Town Series will be hosted by Gregg Trilling of the Audubon Naturalist Society on March 30, 7 to 8 p.m.  Did you know that most of the Town's stormwater drains to Coquelin Run (our local stream)?  What lives in our local stream and how healthy is it?  Gregg Trilling, ANS Conservation Outreach Manager, will introduce you to several fascinating aquatic macroinvertebrates.  He’ll show you how to use ANS’s Creek Critters® app to identify them in your local stream and discover what they mean for stream health.  You might even be inspired to join ANS’s volunteer-driven water quality monitoring program!  Great for adults and kids.  Sign up here (small fee applies).



Bulk Trash Collection Scheduled for Monday, April 19
 
Given the ongoing pandemic, and in the interest of not hosting an event that would conflict with County or State reopening guidelines, the Town will offer curbside bulk trash collection on April 19 and will continue to direct residents to local companies and organizations for recycling/repurposing opportunities.  More information is available here.



A Virtual Celebration of B-CC: Students, Staff, & Community
Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.
 
Weather and Covid-19 conditions permitting, the B-CC High School Educational Foundation will host “patio parties” around the B-CC cluster in small, socially-distanced groups.  Tickets are $25 per person.  The evening’s Zoom program will feature music by B-CC ensembles, reflections from students and teachers, and more.  Join a small group, or join us from home, but please join us on April 23!  Click here for more information and to RSVP.

This year has presented countless challenges.  Let’s celebrate the many ways our B-CC community has come together to meet them, and help the B-CC HS Educational Foundation fund high-need, high-impact programs to close the opportunity gap and drive student success across our entire school.



The Cicadas are Coming, The Cicadas are Coming
 
The periodical cicada in this area, Brood X, will emerge this year and is one of many broods that reappear every 17 years.  Town Arborist Dr. Tolbert Feather has complied information for residents on the return of these cicadas and how you can protect small trees on your property.  The document is available here.



  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 townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  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


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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.


County Proposed Residential Zoning Updates
Town Council Seeks Feedback on Missing Middle Housing

County Proposed Residential Zoning Updates to Accommodate Missing Middle Housing

The Town Council has been closely following the progress of the County’s proposed residential Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, which would allow Missing Middle Housing (market-rate, house-scale duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, small apartment buildings) to be built by right in single-family neighborhoods within one mile of Metro, including most of the Town and on the 4H property. Based on a recent opinion from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, the Town Council believes that our municipal building regulations will continue to apply to all residential structures within the Town, including any Missing Middle Housing that the County may authorize in the future.

On March 4, the County Council sent a letter to the County Planning Board and Planning Department urging the Planning Board to develop new residential zoning rules that consider both the concepts currently included in ZTA 20-07 and in a new draft ZTA (which would allow the Planning Board to approve Missing Middle Housing on certain residential lots within one-quarter mile of Bus-Rapid-Transit corridors). The County Council hopes to consider the Planning Board’s zoning reform recommendations around the same time that it considers Thrive Montgomery 2050, the proposed County general plan update that espouses the value of Missing Middle Housing across the County.

We anticipate that the Planning Board will transmit its Thrive Montgomery 2050 draft to the County Council on April 8, 2021. As part of a neighborhood coalition, the Town Council submitted a letter on March 18 to the County Council that reflects our serious concerns about the process followed by the County Planning Board in rewriting the public draft of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 general plan.

Town Council Seeks Resident Feedback on Missing Middle Housing

To enable the Town’s continued advocacy with the Planning Board and the County Council, 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 (or other variations that residents would like to see):
Construction of duplexes and triplexes only 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; or
No Missing Middle Housing development within the Town.
On April 8, from 7-9 p.m., the Town Council will hold a forum to discuss feasible types of Missing Middle Housing and listen to residents' opinions. In preperation, each resident is encouraged to listen to the March 16 County Planning Board session on Missing Middle Housing. Following the forum, Councilmember Irene Lane will hold a series of recorded listening sessions for residents to provide feedback. The listening sessions are currently scheduled for:
Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.;
Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.; and
Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details, and please continue to send comments, questions, and RSVP for the listening sessions at townoffice@townofchevychase.org. Residents also can send comments directly to County Councilmembers:
Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Friedson@ montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov


2021 Town Council Election

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Town will continue a universal vote-by mail system for the 2021 Town election. More information on the 2021 Town Council election is available here.


Town Seeking Residents to Join Task Force to Address 4H Property Sale

As announced last evening, the Town Council seeks Town residents to assist the Council with exploring opportunities presented by the pending sale of the 4H property. These opportunities could include, but are not limited to, engaging with 4H officials and the property’s broker to advance Town interests in the future use and possible redevelopment of the property and identifying prospective alliances/partnerships with potential future owners of the property. Please send expressions of interest to the Town Council at townoffice@townofchevychase.org by 5 p.m. on March 22. Please include your name, address, contact information, and a summary of your experience that would be beneficial to this effort. The Town Council is particularly interested in Town resident volunteers with expertise in commercial real estate development and land use/planning to join a Town task force. We look forward to hearing from you.


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.


Yard Birds of Chevy Chase
Thursday, 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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144 to receive the Zoom link.


Green Town Series: Creek Critters Webinar
Tuesday, March 30, 7 to 8 p.m. Via Zoom

The next sponsored event in our Green Town Series will be hosted by Gregg Trilling of the Audubon Naturalist Society on March 30, 7 to 8 p.m. Did you know that most of the Town's stormwater drains to Coquelin Run (our local stream)? What lives in our local stream and how healthy is it? Gregg Trilling, ANS Conservation Outreach Manager, will introduce you to several fascinating aquatic macroinvertebrates. He’ll show you how to use ANS’s Creek Critters® app to identify them in your local stream and discover what they mean for stream health. You might even be inspired to join ANS’s volunteer-driven water quality monitoring program! Great for adults and kids. Sign up here (small fee applies).


Bulk Trash Collection Scheduled for Monday, April 19

Given the ongoing pandemic, and in the interest of not hosting an event that would conflict with County or State reopening guidelines, the Town will offer curbside bulk trash collection on April 19 and will continue to direct residents to local companies and organizations for recycling/repurposing opportunities. More information is available here.


A Virtual Celebration of B-CC: Students, Staff, & Community
Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Weather and Covid-19 conditions permitting, the B-CC High School Educational Foundation will host “patio parties” around the B-CC cluster in small, socially-distanced groups. Tickets are $25 per person. The evening’s Zoom program will feature music by B-CC ensembles, reflections from students and teachers, and more. Join a small group, or join us from home, but please join us on April 23!Click here for more information and to RSVP.

This year has presented countless challenges. Let’s celebrate the many ways our B-CC community has come together to meet them, and help the B-CC HS Educational Foundation fund high-need, high-impact programs to close the opportunity gap and drive student success across our entire school.


The Cicadas are Coming, The Cicadas are Coming

The periodical cicada in this area, Brood X, will emerge this year and is one of many broods that reappear every 17 years. Town Arborist Dr. Tolbert Feather has complied information for residents on the return of these cicadas and how you can protect small trees on your property. The document is available here.


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 townneighbors+owner@groups.io. 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.

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Weekly Town Updates are now available. Contact the Town Office at 301 -654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org for more information.