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4-H Center Sale Information and Documents


The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue.  This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase.  The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028.  The Town and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town, including an 81-foot setback covenant.  The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits, including a building ordinance, an urban forest ordinance, and a water drainage ordinance.

The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development.  The Town Council recently approved a policy statement that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller.  Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org

Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site.  464 people completed the recent 4-H Development Survey, which is now closed.  However, please continue to send us emails with your comments.  The Town will present the survey results at the Town Council meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. and in a Town Crier on June 10.  Additionally, the Town is likely to send another survey after 4-H selects a buyer.




Increased Density Called For By County General Plan

Residents Encouraged to Voice Opinions to County Council by June 29


Thrive Montgomery 2050 (or “Thrive” for short) is Montgomery County’s general plan update.  The County Council will hold two Public Hearings - on June 17 and June 29 - deliberate on Thrive in July, and will likely vote on its passage in the fall after its summer recess.  The Town Council encourages residents to voice their opinions on Thrive directly to the County Council.  Thrive promotes compact growth, which means increased residential housing in 32 designated “activity centers” and along designated “growth corridors.”  The intent is to redevelop these 32 activity centers into “complete communities” that would be walkable, contain varied retail and housing options, public facilities, and open spaces.  These 32 activity centers would be connected along corridors with more public transit options.  One of the driving principles of Thrive is the presumption that the County must build 63,000 new housing units by 2040 and that they must be built in existing neighborhoods to avoid sprawl, minimize environmental impacts, and support healthy social interaction.  If successfully implemented, Thrive will be transformational for Montgomery County and the Town.

Thrive’s call to allow multi-family housing to be built in existing single-family neighborhoods could result in one of the most significant impacts of Thrive on the Town.  Thrive proposes to meet the demand for more housing (and more housing types) by adding multi-family housing to existing single-family neighborhoods.  County officials acknowledge that these new housing units will not be “affordable housing” but instead will sell or rent at prevailing market rates. 

If you cannot make one of the Emails with Ellen Sessions (more information is available below), please email County Councilmembers about Thrive by June 29.  

Councilmembers Ericson and Lane also have been actively engaged with 26 other communities across the County to discuss and share perspectives on the many impacts of Thrive. This effort has resulted in the submission of three Thrive Montgomery 2050 Neighborhood Coalition letters to the County Council and the County Planning Board.  A summary of the concerns on the latest Draft Plan can be found on the Town website.  




Volunteer for Town Committees & Boards


Each year in June, the Town Council begins the process of seeking volunteers for the Town’s committees and filling vacancies on the Town’s boards and commission.  We encourage you to consider volunteering for one of these bodies so we can involve as many residents as possible in Town affairs. 

  • Climate and Environment: Inspires and facilitates 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. 
  • Racial Justice Special Committee: Creates programs and initiatives to help residents understand and explore the Town’s history on racial justice issues and to guide the Town’s future role in addressing these issues.
  • Elections Board (one vacancy): Oversees all Town elections, including making appropriate provisions for nominations, printing ballots, appointing tellers and/or judges and supervising the polls. 
  • Ethics Commission (one vacancy): Receives, verifies, and maintains all financial disclosure forms required by the State of Maryland.
  • Water Board (one vacancy): 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 June 25, 2021.  Your correspondence may be submitted by e-mail to townoffice@townofchevychase.org 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. 

The Town Council extends a special thanks to all of you who have served on one of these bodies over the past year.  The dedication of your time and talents provides an invaluable resource to the Town and continues to strengthen and improve our community.




Emails with Ellen


Councilmember Ericson will host various Emails with Ellen social events where residents can come together to connect, discuss questions, share opinions, and write emails to the County Council about Thrive Montgomery 2050, Montgomery County's general plan update .  Emails with Ellen will be held on Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m.; Monday, June 14 at 5 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22 at 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 27 at 3 p.m.  Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org for a Zoom link.




Discussion & Desserts: Roses and Rosés

Friday, June 11, 5-6:30 p.m., via Zoom

 

Have you decided against growing roses because you thought they would be too much work and/or you didn’t want to use chemical sprays?  Have you avoided rosé wines because you associated them with the Mateus Rosé you drank years ago?  Good news: you can grow stress and chemical-free roses, and you can drink exceptionally good rosé wine.  Here’s information on these two informative and fun talks: 

Growing Healthy Roses: 5-5:45 p.m.: Master Gardener Carol Edwards will describe favorite, easy-care roses grown without using synthetic chemicals.  She will share tips for keeping them healthy without the fuss and bother that so many gardeners assume roses require.  Carol, First Vice President of the Potomac Rose Society, has been growing roses in Washington for over 20 years.

Rosés: 5:45-6:30 p.m.: Join Amanda Page, DWS (Diploma in Wine and Spirits), for a virtual tasting and discussion about this style of wine.  We are fortunate to bring back Amanda for the 3rd time.  Learn production methods and variety of styles that make these wines a refreshing delight. You can order two rosés online from Magruder’s for pickup and receive a 10% discount by using “TCC” as the code.  The wines are Chateau L’Escarelle June 21st Rosé ($15.99) and Pala Chiaro di Stelle Rosé ($14.99).

RSVP for the Zoom link to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or call 301-654-7144.




Virtual Party Games with Labyrinth Games & Puzzles


Popular demand brings back 2 games for kids -- and adds on a game for adults. 

Friday, June 11: Grownup’s game session of Wits & Wagers, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: This is a team game for up to 20 players.  Wits & Wagers is a trivia game that lets you bet on anyone's answer, so you can win by making educated guesses, by playing the odds, or by knowing the interests of your friends.  It can be taught in 2 minutes, played in 25 minutes, and accommodates up to 20 people in teams.

Saturday, June 12: Session 1: Spyfall, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Session 2: Code Names, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: We have arranged for two game rooms for the age range of 8-13 years old.  Each session will last one hour, and more information about the games is available on the Town calendar

RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org to receive the Zoom link.  Please let us know if you are signing up your child (give your child’s preferred game and age) or yourself.




Independence Day -- Not Quite Back to Normal Yet!

Sunday, July 4, Lawton Center Grounds


Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream truck will be in the Lawton Center parking lot from 12 to 2 p.m.  The ‘not quite back to full size’ Rockville Concert Band will begin playing at 1 p.m.  Bring your blankets, folding chairs, a picnic basket if you wish, your water bottles -- and settle down for a small, but happy 4th of July celebration.  The wonderful video of the reading of the Declaration of Independence created last year with lots of help from Scout Troop 255, Town residents and the Community Relations Committee can be viewed here.




Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town


Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit.  All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020.  Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass.  For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.




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 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.  More information about the program and an application form can be found here.




Host a Block Party

 

The Town has resumed support for community block parties that comply with all applicable public health regulations.  If residents wish to organize a party with their neighbors, the Town offers a subsidy to cover non-alcohol expenses.  More information and the block party application are available here.




Does Your Project Need a Permit?


As a reminder, in addition to permits for new houses and additions, the Town requires permits for new and replacement driveways, new and replacement fences, walls, pools, and other improvements.  The Land Use Committee created a helpful resource to assist residents in determining if a project requires a permit.  The Unofficial Land Use Handbook outlines the local rules that govern development activities in the Town of Chevy Chase.  It is intended to provide residents with an easy-to-use, non-technical manual explaining the basic Town requirements relevant to construction and landscaping activities on your property. 

Please note that this is an unofficial guide, which does not attempt to provide or substitute for the full legal detail contained in the Town code.  For the specific and full legal requirements governing development in the Town, please don’t hesitate to contact the Town Staff at townoffice@townofchevychase.org or at 301-654-7144.




Climate & Environment Tip of the Month

Compost to Reduce Greenhouse Gases!


Only 1 in 5 Town residents is using the free weekly compost service (curbside pickup).  The Town uses our tax dollars to pay for it.  There's no direct cost to you if you use the service, and no additional cost to the Town if more residents participate.  Why not take advantage? 

The EPA estimates that in 2018, only 4 percent of wasted food was composted (2.6 million tons).  Food waste in our landfills is a major source of methane gas that contributes strongly to global warming.  Composting is easy and a great lesson for kids in how to care for our earth. 

Visit The Compost Crew's website to sign up for the free weekly compost service.  You can compost almost anything that is 100% from plants and animals, including food scraps, coffee grounds and filters, used paper towels and napkins, other paper (though newspaper, cardboard and other relatively clean paper is probably best recycled), cut flowers and small amounts of yard and garden waste, and even wool and cotton fabric.  For specific questions about what to compost and how to participate, visit www.compostcrew.com.  For further questions, contact Christina Files at anglofiles1@gmail.com.



 

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.

On Friday, May 7, Dr. Feather gave a presentation on cicadas.  A recording of the event 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. 

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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4-H Center Sale Information and Documents

The Town of Chevy Chase is closely following the impending sale of the 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue. This unique 12.28-acre parcel is located within the Town of Chevy Chase. The Town has had a long standing and cordial relationship with the 4-H Center, as evidenced by the following documents: (i) a Memorandum of Understanding [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3251/12-MOU-042293] that governs various matters regarding the use of the site; and (ii) a Ground Lease and Development Agreement [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3252/Ground-Lease-and-Development-Agreement-with-Amendment] that gives the Town the right to maintain a garage on the site until 2028. The Town and our external advisors are also reviewing other documents that pertain to the site and the rights of the Town, including an 81-foot setback covenant [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3288/21-Declaration-1968] . The Town has certain regulatory authorities over all development within the municipal Town limits, including a building ordinance [https://library.municode.com/md/chevy_chase/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIMUCO_CH4BU] , an urban forest ordinance [https://library.municode.com/md/chevy_chase/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIMUCO_CH29URFO] , and a water drainage ordinance [https://library.municode.com/md/chevy_chase/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIMUCO_CH28WADR] .
The Town would welcome the opportunity to meet with any parties who are interested in purchasing the site, to discuss intentions and proposed development. The Town Council recently approved a policy statement [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3256/4H-Town-Council-Policy-4-14-2021] that establishes opportunities to be sought and issues to be addressed to guide the Town’s engagement with prospective bidders and the seller. Please contact the Town Manager, Todd Hoffman, at thoffman@townofchevychase.org [mailto:thoffman@townofchevychase.org] .
Also, the Town continues to welcome feedback about interests or concerns Town residents may have regarding the future use of the site. 464 people completed the recent 4-H Development Survey, which is now closed. However, please continue to send us emails with your comments. The Town will present the survey results at the Town Council meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. and in a Town Crier on June 10. Additionally, the Town is likely to send another survey after 4-H selects a buyer.

Increased Density Called For By County General Plan
Residents Encouraged to Voice Opinions to County Council by June 29

Thrive Montgomery 2050 [https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THRIVE-Planning-Board-Draft-2021-Pages_web.pdf] (or “Thrive” for short) is Montgomery County’s general plan update. The County Council will hold two Public Hearings - on June 17 and June 29 - deliberate on Thrive in July, and will likely vote on its passage in the fall after its summer recess. The Town Council encourages residents to voice their opinions on Thrive directly to the County Council. Thrive promotes compact growth, which means increased residential housing in 32 designated “activity centers” and along designated “growth corridors.” The intent is to redevelop these 32 activity centers into “complete communities” that would be walkable, contain varied retail and housing options, public facilities, and open spaces. These 32 activity centers would be connected along corridors with more public transit options. One of the driving principles of Thrive is the presumption that the County must build 63,000 new housing units by 2040 and that they must be built in existing neighborhoods to avoid sprawl, minimize environmental impacts, and support healthy social interaction. If successfully implemented, Thrive will be transformational for Montgomery County and the Town.
Thrive’s call to allow multi-family housing to be built in existing single-family neighborhoods could result in one of the most significant impacts of Thrive on the Town. Thrive proposes to meet the demand for more housing (and more housing types) by adding multi-family housing to existing single-family neighborhoods. County officials acknowledge that these new housing units will not be “affordable housing” but instead will sell or rent at prevailing market rates.
If you cannot make one of the Emails with Ellen Sessions (more information is available below), please email County Councilmembers about Thrive by June 29.
Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Friedson@ montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Friedson@ montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov]
Councilmembers Ericson and Lane also have been actively engaged with 26 other communities across the County to discuss and share perspectives on the many impacts of Thrive. This effort has resulted in the submission of three Thrive Montgomery 2050 Neighborhood Coalition letters to the County Council and the County Planning Board. A summary of the concerns on the latest Draft Plan can be found on the Town website [http://townofchevychase.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=369] .

Volunteer for Town Committees & Boards

Each year in June, the Town Council begins the process of seeking volunteers for the Town’s committees and filling vacancies on the Town’s boards and commission. We encourage you to consider volunteering for one of these bodies so we can involve as many residents as possible in Town affairs.
Climate and Environment: Inspires and facilitates 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.
Racial Justice Special Committee: Creates programs and initiatives to help residents understand and explore the Town’s history on racial justice issues and to guide the Town’s future role in addressing these issues.
Elections Board (one vacancy): Oversees all Town elections, including making appropriate provisions for nominations, printing ballots, appointing tellers and/or judges and supervising the polls.
Ethics Commission (one vacancy): Receives, verifies, and maintains all financial disclosure forms required by the State of Maryland.
Water Board (one vacancy): 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 June 25, 2021. Your correspondence may be submitted by e-mail to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] 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.
The Town Council extends a special thanks to all of you who have served on one of these bodies over the past year. The dedication of your time and talents provides an invaluable resource to the Town and continues to strengthen and improve our community.

Emails with Ellen

Councilmember Ericson will host various Emails with Ellen social events where residents can come together to connect, discuss questions, share opinions, and write emails to the County Council about the County's General Plan Update Thrive Montgomery 2050. Emails with Ellen will be held on Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m [https://www.townofchevychase.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1644] .; Monday, June 14 at 5 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22 at 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 27 at 3 p.m. Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] for a Zoom link.

Discussion & Desserts: Roses and Rosés
Friday, June 11, 5-6:30 p.m., via Zoom

Have you decided against growing roses because you thought they would be too much work and/or you didn’t want to use chemical sprays? Have you avoided rosé wines because you associated them with the Mateus Rosé you drank years ago? Good news: you can grow stress and chemical-free roses, and you can drink exceptionally good rosé wine. Here’s information on these two informative and fun talks:
Growing Healthy Roses: 5-5:45 p.m.: Master Gardener Carol Edwards will describe favorite, easy-care roses grown without using synthetic chemicals. She will share tips for keeping them healthy without the fuss and bother that so many gardeners assume roses require. Carol, First Vice President of the Potomac Rose Society, has been growing roses in Washington for over 20 years.
Rosés: 5:45-6:30 p.m.: Join Amanda Page, DWS (Diploma in Wine and Spirits), for a virtual tasting and discussion about this style of wine. We are fortunate to bring back Amanda for the 3rd time. Learn production methods and variety of styles that make these wines a refreshing delight. You can order two rosés online from Magruder’s for pickup and receive a 10% discount by using “TCC” as the code. The wines are Chateau L’Escarelle June 21st Rosé ($15.99) and Pala Chiaro di Stelle Rosé ($14.99).
RSVP for the Zoom link to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or call 301-654-7144.

Virtual Party Games with Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Popular demand brings back 2 games for kids -- and adds on a game for adults.
Friday, June 11: Grownup’s game session of Wits & Wagers, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: This is a team game for up to 20 players. Wits & Wagers is a trivia game that lets you bet on anyone's answer, so you can win by making educated guesses, by playing the odds, or by knowing the interests of your friends. It can be taught in 2 minutes, played in 25 minutes, and accommodates up to 20 people in teams.
Saturday, June 12: Session 1: Spyfall, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Session 2: Code Names, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: We have arranged for two game rooms for the age range of 8-13 years old. Each session will last one hour, and more information about the games is available on the Town calendar [https://www.townofchevychase.org/calendar.aspx?CID=14] .
RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] to receive the Zoom link. Please let us know if you are signing up your child (give your child’s preferred game and age) or yourself.

Independence Day -- Not Quite Back to Normal Yet!
Sunday, July 4, Lawton Center Grounds

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream truck will be in the Lawton Center parking lot from 12 to 2 p.m. The ‘not quite back to full size’ Rockville Concert Band will begin playing at 1 p.m. Bring your blankets, folding chairs, a picnic basket if you wish, your water bottles -- and settle down for a small, but happy 4th of July celebration. The wonderful video of the reading of the Declaration of Independence created last year with lots of help from Scout Troop 255, Town residents and the Community Relations Committee can be viewed here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42X42B_yHFw&feature=youtu.be] .

Increased Permit Parking Enforcement Throughout the Town

Now that traffic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, and in response to increased parking-related complaints, the Town has asked police to step up enforcement and issue citations to vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit. All vehicles within a permit parking area must display a purple permit parking decal or guest pass with an expiration date of September 30, 2020. Any resident who lives in a permit parking area and acquires a new vehicle should contact the Town office to request a permit parking sticker and guest pass. For more information, please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144.


New Gas-Powered Blower Regulations

The Town Council has approved new regulations of gas-powered blowers [https://www.townofchevychase.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=355] . 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 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. 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] .

Host a Block Party

The Town has resumed support for community block parties that comply with all applicable public health regulations. If residents wish to organize a party with their neighbors, the Town offers a subsidy to cover non-alcohol expenses. More information and the block party application are available here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/Block-Party-21/Block-Party-Application-104] .

Does Your Project Need a Permit?

As a reminder, in addition to permits for new houses and additions, the Town requires permits for new and replacement driveways, new and replacement fences, walls, pools, and other improvements. The Land Use Committee created a helpful resource to assist residents in determining if a project requires a permit. The Unofficial Land Use Handbook [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/203/Land-Use-Handbook?bidId=#page=3] outlines the local rules that govern development activities in the Town of Chevy Chase. It is intended to provide residents with an easy-to-use, non-technical manual explaining the basic Town requirements relevant to construction and landscaping activities on your property.
Please note that this is an unofficial guide, which does not attempt to provide or substitute for the full legal detail contained in the Town code. For the specific and full legal requirements governing development in the Town, please don’t hesitate to contact the Town Staff at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or at 301-654-7144.

Climate & Environment Tip of the Month
Compost to Reduce Greenhouse Gases!

Only 1 in 5 Town residents is using the free weekly compost service (curbside pickup). The Town uses our tax dollars to pay for it. There's no direct cost to you if you use the service, and no additional cost to the Town if more residents participate. Why not take advantage?
The EPA estimates that in 2018, only 4 percent of wasted food was composted (2.6 million tons). Food waste in our landfills is a major source of methane gas that contributes strongly to global warming. Composting is easy and a great lesson for kids in how to care for our earth.
Visit The Compost Crew's website [https://customers.compostcrew.com/create-account/] to sign up for the free weekly compost service [https://www.townofchevychase.org/169/Trash-Recycling] . You can compost almost anything that is 100% from plants and animals, including food scraps, coffee grounds and filters, used paper towels and napkins, other paper (though newspaper, cardboard and other relatively clean paper is probably best recycled), cut flowers and small amounts of yard and garden waste, and even wool and cotton fabric. For specific questions about what to compost and how to participate, visit www.compostcrew.com [https://compostcrew.com/] . For further questions, contact Christina Files at anglofiles1@gmail.com [mailto:anglofiles1@gmail.com] .



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 [http://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3232/The-Cicadas-are-Coming-3-12-21] .
On Friday, May 7, Dr. Feather gave a presentation on cicadas. A recording of the event is available here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtX6agh0TK4] .



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 [https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.109/e71.0fe.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/DogWasteStationsRev101519.pdf] . 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.
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.
The Town website [https://www.townofchevychase.org] provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.

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.

SMS message

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