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4-H Site Under Contract to Galerie Living and Community Three
Town Presentation on September 9, 6 p.m. via Zoom


Galerie Living, a senior living community developer based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Community Three, a real estate developer based in Washington, DC, have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire the 4-H property.  The buyers have offered to make a presentation to Town residents so that they can introduce themselves and provide information on their basic vision for the 4-H site.  This initial presentation will take place by Zoom on Thursday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

After this introductory meeting, and while a specific site 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 survey that so many residents responded to, resident comments received to date, and further consultations that will be held with residents during this period.

Upon completion of a proposed site plan - a process that could take several months - Galerie Living and Community Three will be asked to present their plan to the Town in an open session for further public comment.

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




Farm Women’s Market Project Update
Town Presentation on September 20, 7 p.m. via Zoom


The developers of the Farm Women's Market property, EYA and Bernstein Management Corporation, are now set to restart work after 18 months of dormancy.  This project would refurbish and expand the Farm Women’s Market and result in a much-needed expansion of park and green space for the benefit of Bethesda.  Most of the surface parking lot directly behind the Market would become a park, as would the entire parking lot between Leland and Walsh streets. 

A key step for this fall will be putting together a financial plan to pay for a new underground garage and the park development.  This must be in place before EYA can proceed to the Planning Board, a step they would like to take in the first months of 2022.  Funds would come from many sources, including the developers, the County, and amounts previously paid by developers who have acquired additional density to build in Bethesda.  In addition, County officials have advised us that they will ask the Town for a contribution.  We have informed the parties that before the Town can come to any decision, we need to undertake an intensive level of engagement with residents regarding project benefits and funding, to determine how much we may be willing to contribute from our current reserves.  We may also wish to consider use of a portion of the ARPA funding that the Town is receiving, if permissible. 

We also are encouraging the Parks Department to proceed with a charette process so that the neighboring communities, including the Town, can comment on the proposed amenities for the park space.  And we have asked the County Department of Transportation for a presentation of its final recommendation of the size of the new underground garage. 

We will begin this engagement with a presentation from EYA of the current design for the project, which residents last saw in September 2019.  We have scheduled this presentation for Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. by Zoom.  County officials also will attend.




Proposals for Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds


Last month, the Town Council solicited input from residents on how to spend funds allocated to the Town under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  ARPA established the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to help municipalities control the spread of COVID-19, bridge budget shortfalls resulting from economic impacts of the pandemic, fund selected types of infrastructure, and lay a foundation for a strong, equitable economic recovery.  

We thank all residents who shared ideas, opinions, and specific proposals for either using the funds or declining to use the funds.  Councilmembers Ellen Cornelius Ericson and Joy White followed up with potential recipients of grants under ARPA, including Chevy Chase Elementary School, Wonders Childcare, and Chevy Chase @ Home, for more input on their needs for COVID-19 recovery.  Other proposals dealing with stormwater management and green infrastructure were vetted with the Town’s municipal counsel to determine which proposed projects would be fundable under ARPA rules.  We have compiled a comprehensive list of projects and constructive suggestions that will be discussed at the September 9 Town Council meeting.  While we don’t expect to make any decisions at this meeting, we want to make progress in establishing priorities for allocating ARPA funds.




September Book Club Meeting
Sunday, September 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom


September Book Club Meeting Sunday, September 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom Join the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club on Sunday, September 19 at 7 p.m. to discuss This Is Happiness by Niall Williams.  The novel is centered in an Irish village in the 1950s and the stories it contains.  If you want to join in, email townoffice@townofchevychase.org to receive your Zoom link.  This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.




Georgetown Hill Early School Q&A with Town Residents
Tuesday, September 21, 7 p.m. via Zoom


Georgetown Hill Early School is slated to begin operating at its new location on 7235 Wisconsin Avenue in early October.  Drop-off (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and pick-up (from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) will occur using four designated parking spaces on the south side of Elm Street between 47th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.  In addition, families and employees will be provided with validated parking options.  Finally, Georgetown Hill Early School will communicate in its newsletters that client families should not park on any Town streets. 

If you have any additional questions about parking, use of Elm Street Park, or something else, residents are encouraged to attend a Q&A presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at which Georgetown Hill Early School will introduce themselves and answer resident questions.  Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org to receive the Zoom link.




2021-2023 Parking Permit Renewals
New Instructions for Decal Placement


The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits will expire 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.  

There will be a change in the placement of parking permits in the coming term.  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.  




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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050 and Attainable Housing Proposals


Thrive Montgomery 2050 Update 

During July, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee held three work sessions on Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive).  The first two meetings focused on the content of Thrive as compared with the current general plan and plans from other jurisdictions across the county; the third meeting focused on the contents of the introductory chapter.  The PHED committee also discussed the need for additional community outreach.  The PHED committee's next work sessions on Thrive will be held on September 20 and 27 and October 4 and 11.  The full County Council may begin its review in late October.

Thrive is Montgomery County’s general plan update - the first major update since 1964.  At its essence, Thrive promotes compact growth or urbanism, which means increased residential housing in 32 designated “activity centers” and along designated “growth corridors.”  The Town is near both an "activity center" (Bethesda) and located along designated "growth corridors" (Connecticut & Wisconsin Avenues).  The County Council held public hearings on Thrive on June 17 and June 29.  You can review Mayor Rush's testimony here, Vice Mayor Lane's testimony here, and the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Neighborhood Coalition letter (signed by 29 communities representing over 213,000 residents across the county) here

Planning Board Decisions Thus Far on Attainable Housing  

Before its August recess, the Planning Board began its review of the Planning staff's recommendations for residential zoning changes (also known as the Attainable Housing Strategies Initiative).  Thus far, two decisions have been made that will impact residential buildings within the Town (if adopted by the County Council). 

  1. Establishing "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
  2. Allowing "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town. 

The Planning Staff is proposing four additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town.  These changes, which will be reviewed by the Planning Board in September, include: 

  1. Allowing quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
  2. Reducing on-site parking requirements from 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit to ½ per dwelling unit.
  3. Creating a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (and possibly larger buildings) to be built on properties within 500 feet of Connecticut Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development (this could affect properties in the Town along 46th Street and West Avenue, and those on Elm Street, Lynn Drive, and Oakridge Lane that abut the Purple Line) or properties that are within 300 feet of properties zoned for commercial development. 
  4. Allowing the division of existing lots into smaller pieces to permit ownership of individual dwelling units and the land they are on.

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 are encouraged to read Mayor Rush's testimony to the Planning Board on June 24 regarding the Attainable Housing recommendations and view a July 15 webinar from Dan Parolek (who coined the term "missing middle housing"), which describes the top 5 implementation mistakes made by well-intentioned planning officials whose communities are facing housing shortages.  Dan calls out mistakes including allowing the building of multi-family housing types that are not attainable, disincentivizing the delivery of smaller units, and not ensuring "house-scale" units.  

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, will be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council will continue to formulate its position over the summer.  Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org




Fall Tree Planting Program -- Request a Tree


The Town is preparing its fall tree planting list.  If you have a spot in your yard suitable for a tree, you might want to take advantage of the Town’s Private Tree Planting Program.  Under this program, the Town will purchase and plant a tree on your property at no cost to you.  The Town Council recently expanded the offerings under this program to include understory and evergreen trees in addition to more canopy trees.  Residents are responsible for the long-term care of the trees once installed.  

You also may request to have a tree planted along the street in front of your home.  Residents always will be consulted before a public tree is planted in front of their home.  Once the trees are planted, the Town will care for them for the first year by ensuring that they are watered.  To request a tree, complete the form on the Town website under Quick Links or email townoffice@townofchevychase.org




Town Council Approves 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.  Effective Monday, August 9, staff will be available to help residents in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the month.  In September, 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.  The Town Council will reassess this plan after September to determine the future needs of the Town and residents.




The Community Relations Committee Welcomes Your Ideas!


Central to our mission is to organize events and activities for residents of all ages and interests in our community.  As the new committee year gets underway, we are thinking about ways that we can meet up with neighbors in our Town -- whether in person or virtually -- within whatever limits are necessary for public health.   Are there events or activities from last year or years past that we should consider?  Do you have suggestions for new events?  We welcome ideas from residents of all ages, including high schoolers, teens, and kids.  Please email your ideas to the Town office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




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.




Climate & Environment Tip of the Month: Be Cool!


Now that we’re into the hot & humid time of year, here’s some reminders about keeping your family and others cool and saving energy and money: 

  • Install and use a programmable thermostat to optimize your cooling and savings.  Set your default cooling temperature up several degrees.
  • Close blinds or shades when there is direct sunlight hitting your windows.  Open your windows when it cools off at night and close them when it heats up outside. 
  • Use fans – ceiling or household fans move air to keep you cooler and you can use bathroom or kitchen ceiling vent fans to exhaust hot air outside and reduce the AC load.  If you have a whole house fan, use it to pull in cool outside air. 
  • Use plants and foliage shade outside of your home to reduce radiant heat. 
  • Turn off lights & unplug devices – they generate heat and waste energy & money. 
  • Make sure your interior spaces have proper insulation to reduce interior heat seepage (e.g., hot air from your attic/eaves can seep into the home through interior openings).
  • Install a mini-split heat pump or window or portable air conditioner for room-specific cooling or for homes without ducts. 
  • Take advantage of PEPCO’s many programs for energy assessment and savings and switch to 100% renewable electricity supply for broader environmental impact. 
  • Have unused AC equipment (window units, fans, etc.)?  Donate unneeded equipment or money to Community Forklift or Habitat for Humanity to help others. 




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.




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Upcoming Meetings & Events


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4-H Site Under Contract to Galerie Living and Community ThreeTown Presentation on September 9, 6 p.m. via Zoom

Galerie Living [https://galerieliving.com/] , a senior living community developer based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Community Three [https://communitythree.com/] , a real estate developer based in Washington, DC, have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire the 4-H property. The buyers have offered to make a presentation to Town residents so that they can introduce themselves and provide information on their basic vision for the 4-H site. This initial presentation will take place by Zoom on Thursday, September 9 at 6 p.m [http://www.townofchevychase.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1677&month=9&year=2021&day=9&calType=0] .
After this introductory meeting, and while a specific site 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 survey that so many residents responded to, resident comments received to date, and further consultations that will be held with residents during this period.
Upon completion of a proposed site plan - a process that could take several months - Galerie Living and Community Three will be asked to present their plan to the Town in an open session for further public comment.
We encourage all residents to listen and participate as we learn more about the redevelopment plans for the 4-H property.

Farm Women’s Market Project UpdateTown Presentation on September 20, 7 p.m. via Zoom

The developers of the Farm Women's Market property, EYA and Bernstein Management Corporation, are now set to restart work after 18 months of dormancy. This project would refurbish and expand the Farm Women’s Market and result in a much-needed expansion of park and green space for the benefit of Bethesda. Most of the surface parking lot directly behind the Market would become a park, as would the entire parking lot between Leland and Walsh streets.
A key step for this fall will be putting together a financial plan to pay for a new underground garage and the park development. This must be in place before EYA can proceed to the Planning Board, a step they would like to take in the first months of 2022. Funds would come from many sources, including the developers, the County, and amounts previously paid by developers who have acquired additional density to build in Bethesda. In addition, County officials have advised us that they will ask the Town for a contribution. We have informed the parties that before the Town can come to any decision, we need to undertake an intensive level of engagement with residents regarding project benefits and funding, to determine how much we may be willing to contribute from our current reserves. We may also wish to consider use of a portion of the ARPA funding that the Town is receiving, if permissible.
We also are encouraging the Parks Department to proceed with a charette process so that the neighboring communities, including the Town, can comment on the proposed amenities for the park space. And we have asked the County Department of Transportation for a presentation of its final recommendation of the size of the new underground garage.
We will begin this engagement with a presentation from EYA of the current design for the project, which residents last saw in September 2019. We have scheduled this presentation for Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. by Zoom [http://www.townofchevychase.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1678&month=9&year=2021&day=20&calType=0] . County officials also will attend.

Proposals for Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Last month, the Town Council solicited input from residents on how to spend funds allocated to the Town under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA established the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to help municipalities control the spread of COVID-19, bridge budget shortfalls resulting from economic impacts of the pandemic, fund selected types of infrastructure, and lay a foundation for a strong, equitable economic recovery.
We thank all residents who shared ideas, opinions, and specific proposals for either using the funds or declining to use the funds. Councilmembers Ellen Cornelius Ericson and Joy White followed up with potential recipients of grants under ARPA, including Chevy Chase Elementary School, Wonders Childcare, and Chevy Chase @ Home, for more input on their needs for COVID-19 recovery. Other proposals dealing with stormwater management and green infrastructure were vetted with the Town’s municipal counsel to determine which proposed projects would be fundable under ARPA rules. We have compiled a comprehensive list of projects and constructive suggestions that will be discussed at the September 9 Town Council meeting. While we don’t expect to make any decisions at this meeting, we want to make progress in establishing priorities for allocating ARPA funds.

September Book Club MeetingSunday, September 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom

September Book Club Meeting Sunday, September 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom Join the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club on Sunday, September 19 at 7 p.m. to discuss This Is Happiness by Niall Williams. The novel is centered in an Irish village in the 1950s and the stories it contains. If you want to join in, email townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] to receive your Zoom link. This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

Georgetown Hill Early School Q&A with Town ResidentsTuesday, September 21, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Georgetown Hill Early School is slated to begin operating at its new location on 7235 Wisconsin Avenue in early October. Drop-off (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and pick-up (from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) will occur using four designated parking spaces on the south side of Elm Street between 47th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. In addition, families and employees will be provided with validated parking options. Finally, Georgetown Hill Early School will communicate in its newsletters that client families should not park on any Town streets.
If you have any additional questions about parking, use of Elm Street Park, or something else, residents are encouraged to attend a Q&A presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at which Georgetown Hill Early School will introduce themselves and answer resident questions. Please RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] to receive the Zoom link.

2021-2023 Parking Permit RenewalsNew Instructions for Decal Placement

The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits will expire 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.
There will be a change in the placement of parking permits in the coming term. 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.

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 townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050 and Attainable Housing Proposals

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Update
During July, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee held three work sessions on Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive). The first two meetings focused on the content of Thrive as compared with the current general plan and plans from other jurisdictions across the county; the third meeting focused on the contents of the introductory chapter. The PHED committee also discussed the need for additional community outreach. The PHED committee's next work sessions on Thrive will be held on September 20 and 27 and October 4 and 11. The full County Council may begin its review in late October.
Thrive [https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THRIVE-Planning-Board-Draft-2021-Pages_web.pdf] is Montgomery County’s general plan update - the first major update since 1964. At its essence, Thrive promotes compact growth or urbanism, which means increased residential housing in 32 designated “activity centers” and along designated “growth corridors.” The Town is near both an "activity center" (Bethesda) and located along designated "growth corridors" (Connecticut & Wisconsin Avenues). The County Council held public hearings on Thrive on June 17 and June 29. You can review Mayor Rush's testimony here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3303/TOCC-Testimony-on-Thrive-Montgomery-2050-6-17-21-revised-6-18-21] , Vice Mayor Lane's testimony here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3308/Councilmember-Lane-Thrive-Montgomery-2050-Testimony-] , and the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Neighborhood Coalition letter (signed by 29 communities representing over 213,000 residents across the county) here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3309/Thrive-Montgomery-2050-Coalition-Letter-070621] .
Planning Board Decisions Thus Far on Attainable Housing
Before its August recess, the Planning Board began its review of the Planning staff's recommendations for residential zoning changes (also known as the Attainable Housing Strategies Initiative). Thus far, two decisions have been made that will impact residential buildings within the Town (if adopted by the County Council).
Establishing "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
Allowing "house-scaled" duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes to be built by-right on all lots in the Town.
The Planning Staff is proposing four additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town. These changes, which will be reviewed by the Planning Board in September, include:
Allowing quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
Reducing on-site parking requirements from 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit to ½ per dwelling unit.
Creating a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (and possibly larger buildings) to be built on properties within 500 feet of Connecticut Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development (this could affect properties in the Town along 46th Street and West Avenue, and those on Elm Street, Lynn Drive, and Oakridge Lane that abut the Purple Line) or properties that are within 300 feet of properties zoned for commercial development.
Allowing the division of existing lots into smaller pieces to permit ownership of individual dwelling units and the land they are on.
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 are encouraged to read Mayor Rush's testimony [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3304/TOCC-Testimony-on-Attainable-Housing-Strategies-6-24-21] to the Planning Board on June 24 regarding the Attainable Housing recommendations and view a July 15 webinar [https://smartgrowth.org/the-top-five-missing-middle-housing-implementation-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them/] from Dan Parolek (who coined the term "missing middle housing"), which describes the top 5 implementation mistakes made by well-intentioned planning officials whose communities are facing housing shortages. Dan calls out mistakes including allowing the building of multi-family housing types that are not attainable, disincentivizing the delivery of smaller units, and not ensuring "house-scale" units.
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, will be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council will continue to formulate its position over the summer. Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Fall Tree Planting Program -- Request a Tree

The Town is preparing its fall tree planting list. If you have a spot in your yard suitable for a tree, you might want to take advantage of the Town’s Private Tree Planting Program [http://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/Trees-3/Native-Canopy-Tree-Planting-Request-47] . Under this program, the Town will purchase and plant a tree on your property at no cost to you. The Town Council recently expanded the offerings under this program to include understory and evergreen trees in addition to more canopy trees. Residents are responsible for the long-term care of the trees once installed.
You also may request to have a tree planted along the street in front of your home [http://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/Trees-3/Street-Tree-Planting-Request-46] . Residents always will be consulted before a public tree is planted in front of their home. Once the trees are planted, the Town will care for them for the first year by ensuring that they are watered. To request a tree, complete the form [https://www.townofchevychase.org/FormCenter/Trees-3] on the Town website under Quick Links or email townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

Town Council Approves 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. Effective Monday, August 9, staff will be available to help residents in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the month. In September, 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] . The Town Council will reassess this plan after September to determine the future needs of the Town and residents.

The Community Relations Committee Welcomes Your Ideas!

Central to our mission is to organize events and activities for residents of all ages and interests in our community. As the new committee year gets underway, we are thinking about ways that we can meet up with neighbors in our Town -- whether in person or virtually -- within whatever limits are necessary for public health. Are there events or activities from last year or years past that we should consider? Do you have suggestions for new events? We welcome ideas from residents of all ages, including high schoolers, teens, and kids. Please email your ideas to the Town office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

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 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. 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 Month: Be Cool!

Now that we’re into the hot & humid time of year, here’s some reminders about keeping your family and others cool and saving energy and money:
Install and use a programmable thermostat to optimize your cooling and savings. Set your default cooling temperature up several degrees.
Close blinds or shades when there is direct sunlight hitting your windows. Open your windows when it cools off at night and close them when it heats up outside.
Use fans – ceiling or household fans move air to keep you cooler and you can use bathroom or kitchen ceiling vent fans to exhaust hot air outside and reduce the AC load. If you have a whole house fan, use it to pull in cool outside air.
Use plants and foliage shade outside of your home to reduce radiant heat.
Turn off lights & unplug devices – they generate heat and waste energy & money.
Make sure your interior spaces have proper insulation to reduce interior heat seepage (e.g., hot air from your attic/eaves can seep into the home through interior openings).
Install a mini-split heat pump or window or portable air conditioner for room-specific cooling or for homes without ducts.
Take advantage of PEPCO’s many programs for energy assessment and savings [https://www.pepco.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/Maryland.aspx] and switch to 100% renewable electricity supply for broader environmental impact.
Have unused AC equipment (window units, fans, etc.)? Donate unneeded equipment or money to Community Forklift [http://communityforklift.org] or Habitat for Humanity [https://habitatmm.org/restore/restore.html] to help others.

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.

SMS message

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