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4-H Property Redevelopment Presentation


On September 9, the contract purchasers of the 4-H property, Galerie Living and Community Three, made a presentation to Town residents to introduce themselves, explain their partnership and respective organizations, review projects that they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for development.  A link to the video recording of the presentation is available here

Moving forward, 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 resident survey, 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.  The Zoom link is available below. 

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Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050 and Attainable Housing Proposals


Thrive Montgomery 2050 Update 

NEW: On September 20, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee will hold its next work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan.  The committee will discuss the first two chapters of the Draft Plan, namely Compact Growth - Corridor Focused Development and Complete Communities - Mix of Uses and Forms.  Click here to read the County Council Staff's report, which contains comments and change recommendations to the Draft Plan.  There are three additional work sessions scheduled for September 27, October 4, and October 11 before the PHED Committee sends the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration.  In addition, the County Council will hold a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. 

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  

NEW: On September 9, the Planning Board continued its review of the Planning staff's recommendations for residential zoning changes (also known as the Attainable Housing Strategies Initiative).  Thus far, three 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 and each unit within the structures would be allowed to have an accessory dwelling unit.
  3. Allowing the division of existing lots into smaller pieces to permit ownership of individual dwelling units and the land they are on.

NEW: On October 7, the Planning Board will continue its discussions by reviewing the Attainable Housing Optional Method (AHOM) recommendations for geographic applicability and development standards, including standards for existing Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU).  The Planning Staff is proposing three additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town.  These changes, which will be reviewed by the Planning Board in October, 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. 

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




American Rescue Plan Act Funds -- Proposals and Eligible Uses Update 


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.  

At its September 9 meeting, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds.  The Council agreed to retain the funds and discussed the process for determining how to allocate the funds.  Councilmembers Ericson and White agreed to propose a process for short-term and long-term decisions on recipients of the funds.  The Council also discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland and agreed to schedule a discussion about this request at the October Council meeting. 

Eligible Uses of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

The Town Council asked our Town Attorney for guidance regarding legitimate uses of ARPA money, as set out in the Treasury regulations and commentary.  The Council would like to share this memo with residents.  We also hope this will be responsive to a request we received from a resident, who asked that such a memo be made available so that residents considering ideas for how these funds might be used would also be aware of what programs or projects might or might not be legitimate.




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.




Fall Trash and Treasures Weekend


The Town’s fall Trash and Treasures is scheduled for the weekend of October 2 & 3 with bulk trash pick up starting on Monday, October 4.  The Town offers this bulk trash pickup so that residents can dispose of items that are no longer usable, such as appliances (doors must be removed for safety), furniture, rolled rugs, mattresses, games, and bikes.  If the items are usable, we encourage you to review the list of Alternatives to Trash and Treasures.  

In addition to the vendors listed for the Alternatives to Trash and Treasures event on Saturday, October 2, there will be a Lighten Up! table.  Lighten Up! is an opportunity offered by Montgomery County for residents to learn more about the difference between incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs and to SWAP out old bulbs for up to 3 new, energy efficient ones.




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.




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 and October, 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




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

Reduce Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Use


Please support the Town’s efforts to dramatically reduce the use of gas-powered leaf blowers this year and create a quieter and greener town this fall.  To achieve this goal, the Town has taken the following actions:

Subsidies are available now through June 30, 2022, to support the purchase of battery-powered and electric leaf blowers, and related accessories.

Quiet Hours are in effect during which time gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used.  Gas-powered leaf blowers may be used only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited beginning in 2022 at any time from January 1 to October 14, in parallel with D.C. and Chevy Chase Village.  Battery-powered and electric leaf blowers may be used all year.  The subsidy is intended to help speed this transition.  

To help ensure compliance: 




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.




Important Phone Numbers


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Upcoming Meetings & Events


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4-H Property Redevelopment Presentation

On September 9, the contract purchasers of the 4-H property, Galerie Living [https://galerieliving.com/] and Community Three [https://communitythree.com/] , made a presentation to Town residents to introduce themselves, explain their partnership and respective organizations, review projects that they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for development. A link to the video recording of the presentation is available here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ2XkP3eiV4] .
Moving forward, 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 resident survey, 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. The Zoom link is available below.
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Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050 and Attainable Housing Proposals

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Update
NEW: On September 20, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee will hold its next work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 [https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THRIVE-Planning-Board-Draft-2021-Pages_web.pdf] (Thrive) Draft Plan. The committee will discuss the first two chapters of the Draft Plan, namely Compact Growth - Corridor Focused Development and Complete Communities - Mix of Uses and Forms. Click here [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/2021/20210920/20210920_PHED2.pdf] to read the County Council Staff's report, which contains comments and change recommendations to the Draft Plan. There are three additional work sessions scheduled for September 27, October 4, and October 11 before the PHED Committee sends the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration. In addition, the County Council will hold a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
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 [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
NEW: On September 9, the Planning Board continued its review of the Planning staff's recommendations for residential zoning changes (also known as the Attainable Housing Strategies Initiative). Thus far, three 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 and each unit within the structures would be allowed to have an accessory dwelling unit.
Allowing the division of existing lots into smaller pieces to permit ownership of individual dwelling units and the land they are on.
NEW: On October 7, the Planning Board will continue its discussions by reviewing the Attainable Housing Optional Method (AHOM) recommendations for geographic applicability and development standards, including standards for existing Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU). The Planning Staff is proposing three additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town. These changes, which will be reviewed by the Planning Board in October, 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.
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] .

American Rescue Plan Act Funds -- Proposals and Eligible Uses Update

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.
At its September 9 meeting, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds. The Council agreed to retain the funds and discussed the process for determining how to allocate the funds. Councilmembers Ericson and White agreed to propose a process for short-term and long-term decisions on recipients of the funds. The Council also discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland and agreed to schedule a discussion about this request at the October Council meeting.
Eligible Uses of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds
The Town Council asked our Town Attorney for guidance regarding legitimate uses of ARPA money, as set out in the Treasury regulations and commentary. The Council would like to share this memo [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3344/Memo-eligible-uses] with residents. We also hope this will be responsive to a request we received from a resident, who asked that such a memo be made available so that residents considering ideas for how these funds might be used would also be aware of what programs or projects might or might not be legitimate.

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.

Fall Trash and Treasures Weekend

The Town’s fall Trash and Treasures is scheduled for the weekend of October 2 & 3 with bulk trash pick up starting on Monday, October 4. The Town offers this bulk trash pickup so that residents can dispose of items that are no longer usable, such as appliances (doors must be removed for safety), furniture, rolled rugs, mattresses, games, and bikes. If the items are usable, we encourage you to review the list of Alternatives to Trash and Treasures [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3343/Trash-and-Treasures-insert-final] .
In addition to the vendors listed for the Alternatives to Trash and Treasures event on Saturday, October 2, there will be a Lighten Up! table. Lighten Up! is an opportunity offered by Montgomery County for residents to learn more about the difference between incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs and to SWAP out old bulbs for up to 3 new, energy efficient ones.

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.

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 and October, 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]

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
Reduce Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Use

Please support the Town’s efforts to dramatically reduce the use of gas-powered leaf blowers this year and create a quieter and greener town this fall. To achieve this goal, the Town has taken the following actions:
Subsidies are available now through June 30, 2022, to support the purchase of battery-powered and electric leaf blowers, and related accessories.
Quiet Hours are in effect during which time gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used. Gas-powered leaf blowers may be used only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited beginning in 2022 at any time from January 1 to October 14, in parallel with D.C. and Chevy Chase Village. Battery-powered and electric leaf blowers may be used all year. The subsidy is intended to help speed this transition.
To help ensure compliance:
Residents may call the Town Office during work hours at (301) 654-7144 or submit a noise complaint on the Town website to report suspected violations: http://bit.ly/3jRm12r [http://bit.ly/3jRm12r] .
Residents also may contact Montgomery County regarding noise issues: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/contact/noise.html [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/contact/noise.html]
Please help notify landscape companies of these restrictions.

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.