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Town Council Requests Resident Feedback

Should the Town Contribute Funding to the Farm Women's Market Project?


At its meeting on October 13, the Town Council will discuss the County's request for financial support for the Farm Women's Market project.  On September 20, Town residents received an update on the project from EYA, Bernstein Management Corporation, and the County's Department of Transportation.  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 the Town and 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, and a new underground garage would be constructed on the Market site.  Links to materials from the September meeting, including a sketch plan of the project, are at the end of this message.

The Council's discussion at the October meeting will be a session for expressing preliminary views.  There will be a further process, when the Town Council will request more resident input, before a decision is made.  However, we ask all residents to submit their initial views in advance of the October 13 Council meeting.  We want to hear from as many residents as possible in response to the following questions:

  • Should the Town support this project, and, if so, how much financial support should we provide knowing that a material contribution would be in the millions of dollars?
  • What are these parks and an expanded Farm Women's Market worth to the Town in terms of green space, possible amenities such as a playground, dog parks, a water feature and an amphitheater, the proximity of enhanced opportunities for food shopping and dining, and the revitalization of retail along Wisconsin Avenue?
  • Is a material contribution worth the avoided risk of future development on these lots that would bring high rise development next to our Town?
  • How much of our Town reserves – over $10 million – might we be comfortable committing, given other uses we may also wish to consider for funds? And might we also use a portion of our ARPA money for the green infrastructure components of this project?
  • Given the competing priorities for County funds and the resistance by many in the County to spend for amenities in our area, what level of leadership does the Town want to provide so that this vision becomes a reality?
  • What conditions might the Town attach to a contribution to ensure we receive the value we pay for?

Residents are encouraged to send in comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Farm Women's Market Open House and Listening Sessions

Councilmember Ericson will host two listening sessions on Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m.  Residents may use the same Zoom link to join both meetings (see below):

Join Online
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3016547144?pwd=NnJvS1BpM3ZkSFA4bXBwbWZhWVM2UT09
Meeting ID: 301 654 7144
Passcode: 6547144

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Meeting ID: 301 654 7144
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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 held its third work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan.  The committee discussed 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.  Comments by the Councilmembers during the work session included acknowledging that rural areas should also have town centers, the importance of overlaying infrastructure maps on top of proposed growth maps, and the need to incorporate clean energy generation into the Draft Plan.  Questions by the Councilmembers centered on the definition of 15-min living, amenities that would be a part of a complete community, and why River Road was included as a proposed growth corridor when Old Georgetown Road was not.  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.

NEW: On September 22, the County's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report on the costs associated with the implementation of Thrive.  Click here to read the report.  Among other comments, the report stated that higher-density, infill development would not necessarily result in a decrease in County infrastructure costs.  In addition, the OMB report stated that Thrive may result in an implementation cost of approximately $8.16 billion and may result in an increase in both property and personal income taxes given the infrastructure costs associated with the plan.

NEW: The County Council will hold a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. which will cover a variety of topics including Thrive, COVID vaccine and mask mandates, public schools, redistricting, and County priorities for pandemic recovery.

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 two 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

How The Planning Board Decisions Thus Far on Attainable Housing Affect Your Lot

NEW: Thus far, three decisions have been made by the Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.  The Town Council has prepared two illustrated maps that graphically show which Town lots are subject to Planning Board recommendations (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.

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 and Wisconsin Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development 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 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




ARPA Relief Funds Discussion


At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council will continue a discussion about the distribution and use of American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funds.  In September, the Council agreed to retain the funds and discussed the process for determining how to allocate them.  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.  Any allocation of ARPA funds will be subject to a public hearing.




13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets Fundraiser

October 1 to October 30


Although once again we are not able to create food baskets together in the Town Hall, we still can help 100 MCPS families this Thanksgiving.  Instead of our traditional dinner baskets, families will receive at a minimum a $75 Giant or Aldi food card.  Our timetable for donations is the month of October so families will have the cards by mid-November for holiday food shopping.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create great hardship for many families throughout the county. According to Manna Food Center, food insecurity has nearly doubled since the onset of the coronavirus. Our community effort this year is more important than ever.  Thank you for your generous support!

Here's how you can help!

  • Drop off/mail a check payable to YMCA-YFS or Giant or Aldi gift cards to Georgia Guhin (4006 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815) October 1 - 30.  If you would like us to pick up your donation, please contact one of us below.  Your donation will help purchase a $75 food card for each of the 100 families.  Additional funds raised will go toward extra gift cards.  100% of your donation will support MCPS families in need.  The YMCA is not able to accept online donations for this special project.  You will receive an acknowledgement of your donation from the YMCA.
  • Have questions?  Send an email to Georgia Guhin at gbguhin@gmail.com; Bridget Hartman at bridget@hartmanjr.net; Katie Vita at katie.vita@gmail.com; or the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




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.




Kids Music Class Outside
Sunday, October 3, 3:30 p.m., Lawton Center Playground


Join a free class with music teacher John Sygar. This event is geared for ages 0-4, but all ages are welcome.  Bring a picnic blanket and/or folding chairs and instruments for your kids to play.  No RSVP is needed.  Just arrive on time to put down your blanket and/or folding chairs and get ready to have fun.




Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Sunday, October 3, 4 p.m., Town Hall


Join fellow beer lovers for a presentation and tasting of seasonal beers -- from Germany, Belgium, and the U.S.  Sausage and cheeses will be served.  Lederhosen optional, yodeling encouraged.

RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144.  The number of attendees will be capped at 40.  Montgomery County regulations require masks to be worn when not eating or drinking.




Sign Up for the Flu Clinic!
Tuesday, October 5, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Town Hall


Adventist HealthCare will administer flu shots on Tuesday, October 5 from 2 to 7 p.m.  Please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org to sign up for a time slot.  Time slots are available in fifteen minute increments. 

  • Shots will be administered to anyone nine years of age and up.
  • The cost for the standard vaccine for those without Medicare Part B is $30.
  • There is no charge if Medicare Part B is your primary insurance.
  • Cash and checks (payable to LifeWork Strategies) are accepted. 
  • A high dose vaccine ($70) is available for persons 65 years of age and older.




Discussion and Desserts with Jeffrey Selingo

Monday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall and via Zoom


Journalist and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo will discuss his newest book, Who Gets In and Why: a Year Inside College Admissions.  From the author’s website: “Published in September 2020, it was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times.  It takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices (Emory, Davidson, and the University of Washington), revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers and how the ultimate decision is often based on a college’s priorities.”  The book will be available for purchase.

RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org or 301-654-7144 and indicate whether you want to attend the event in person or obtain a Zoom link.  Space is limited for this event.  Montgomery County regulations require masks to be worn when not eating or drinking. 




Fall Book Club Meetings

Monday, November 1, 7 p.m. 


We are making some changes to the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club.  We will meet on Mondays rather than on Sundays and schedule about 6 weeks in between meetings.  Join us on Monday, November 1 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw.  These prize-winning short stories explore the secrets of nine black women navigating the mess of real life within the strictures of the church.  Funny but poignant.  We are hoping to meet in person in November, with location to be announced.  If you want to join in, email townoffice@townofchevychase.org to receive the event information (or the Zoom link).  This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

Save the date for the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club’s next meeting on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m.  We will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  




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.




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

Healthy Lawns Without Synthetic Chemical Pesticides


  • Mow your lawn or have your contractor mow your lawn with the mower set as high as possible, thus allowing your grass to grow high and shade out weeds.
  • Use a mulching mower, returning the resulting finely chopped grass clippings to your lawn, where they will greatly reduce any need to apply fertilizers.  
  • Consider aerating and overseeding your lawn in late summer/early fall.  Now!
  • Apply any fertilizer consistent with the MD State fertilizer law (e.g., no application between November 15 and March 1).
  • If you want to use a pesticide for cosmetic purposes, use an approved and appropriately labeled organic substance.
  • For the future, consider reducing the size of your lawn, converting some or all to more ecologically diverse and productive vegetation.

More information on organic lawn care and approved organic pesticides is available on the County’s website.  The Climate and Environment Committee also is planning an event to inform and assist with organic lawn care.




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


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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Town Council Requests Resident Feedback
Should the Town Contribute Funding to the Farm Women's Market Project?

At its meeting on October 13, the Town Council will discuss the County's request for financial support for the Farm Women's Market project. On September 20, Town residents received an update on the project from EYA, Bernstein Management Corporation, and the County's Department of Transportation. 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 the Town and 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, and a new underground garage would be constructed on the Market site. Links to materials from the September meeting, including a sketch plan of the project, are at the end of this message.
The Council's discussion at the October meeting will be a session for expressing preliminary views. There will be a further process, when the Town Council will request more resident input, before a decision is made. However, we ask all residents to submit their initial views in advance of the October 13 Council meeting. We want to hear from as many residents as possible in response to the following questions:
Should the Town support this project, and, if so, how much financial support should we provide knowing that a material contribution would be in the millions of dollars?
What are these parks and an expanded Farm Women's Market worth to the Town in terms of green space, possible amenities such as a playground, dog parks, a water feature and an amphitheater, the proximity of enhanced opportunities for food shopping and dining, and the revitalization of retail along Wisconsin Avenue?
Is a material contribution worth the avoided risk of future development on these lots that would bring high rise development next to our Town?
How much of our Town reserves – over $10 million – might we be comfortable committing, given other uses we may also wish to consider for funds? And might we also use a portion of our ARPA money for the green infrastructure components of this project?
Given the competing priorities for County funds and the resistance by many in the County to spend for amenities in our area, what level of leadership does the Town want to provide so that this vision becomes a reality?
What conditions might the Town attach to a contribution to ensure we receive the value we pay for?
Residents are encouraged to send in comments to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .
Farm Women's Market Open House and Listening Sessions
Councilmember Ericson will host two listening sessions on Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. Residents may use the same Zoom link to join both meetings (see below):
Join Online [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3016547144?pwd=NnJvS1BpM3ZkSFA4bXBwbWZhWVM2UT09] https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3016547144?pwd=NnJvS1BpM3ZkSFA4bXBwbWZhWVM2UT09 [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3016547144?pwd=NnJvS1BpM3ZkSFA4bXBwbWZhWVM2UT09] Meeting ID: 301 654 7144Passcode: 6547144
Join by Phone(301) 715-8592Meeting ID: 301 654 7144Passcode: 6547144
Meeting Materials:
Video of September 20 Meeting [https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FL9R6Bq4AFEE&data=04%7C01%7Cemily%40townofchevychase.org%7C584ade18f63d4db3596308d97dca0aa5%7C12c45a916d14483bbc090837b6e229f3%7C1%7C0%7C637679129065333785%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=gjCNiTthUYbEH9Q3TSSJ5KcsINdD7e2jbCm1He693sw%3D&reserved=0] , including answers to residents' questions.
Introductory Remarks [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3350/FWM_Introductory-Remarks_9_20_2021] , providing background on the project.
Sketch Plan for the Farm Women's Market Project [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3349/Bethesda-Market_Town-of-Chevy-Chase-Update-09-20-2021-final] , including a description of the proposed community charette process.
Closing Comments [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3348/Mayor-Rush-FWM-Presentation-Closing-Comments-] , including a list of questions for community consideration.

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 held its third 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 discussed 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. Comments by the Councilmembers during the work session included acknowledging that rural areas should also have town centers, the importance of overlaying infrastructure maps on top of proposed growth maps, and the need to incorporate clean energy generation into the Draft Plan. Questions by the Councilmembers centered on the definition of 15-min living, amenities that would be a part of a complete community, and why River Road was included as a proposed growth corridor when Old Georgetown Road was not. 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.
NEW: On September 22, the County's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report on the costs associated with the implementation of Thrive. Click here [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/cm/2021/20210927/20210927_PHED1.pdf] to read the report. Among other comments, the report stated that higher-density, infill development would not necessarily result in a decrease in County infrastructure costs. In addition, the OMB report stated that Thrive may result in an implementation cost of approximately $8.16 billion and may result in an increase in both property and personal income taxes given the infrastructure costs associated with the plan.
NEW: The County Council will hold a Virtual Town Hall [https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=38104&Dept=1] on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. which will cover a variety of topics including Thrive, COVID vaccine and mask mandates, public schools, redistricting, and County priorities for pandemic recovery.
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 two 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] .
How The Planning Board Decisions Thus Far on Attainable Housing Affect Your Lot
NEW: Thus far, three decisions have been made by the Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town. The Town Council has prepared two illustrated maps [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3351/Multi-Family-Properties-in-Town_v4] that graphically show which Town lots are subject to Planning Board recommendations (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.
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 and Wisconsin Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development 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 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] .

ARPA Relief Funds Discussion

At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council will continue a discussion about the distribution and use of American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funds. In September, the Council agreed to retain the funds and discussed the process for determining how to allocate them. 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. Any allocation of ARPA funds will be subject to a public hearing.

13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets Fundraiser
October 1 to October 30

Although once again we are not able to create food baskets together in the Town Hall, we still can help 100 MCPS families this Thanksgiving. Instead of our traditional dinner baskets, families will receive at a minimum a $75 Giant or Aldi food card. Our timetable for donations is the month of October so families will have the cards by mid-November for holiday food shopping.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create great hardship for many families throughout the county. According to Manna Food Center, food insecurity has nearly doubled since the onset of the coronavirus. Our community effort this year is more important than ever. Thank you for your generous support!
Here's how you can help!
Drop off/mail a check payable to YMCA-YFS or Giant or Aldi gift cards to Georgia Guhin (4006 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815) October 1 - 30. If you would like us to pick up your donation, please contact one of us below. Your donation will help purchase a $75 food card for each of the 100 families. Additional funds raised will go toward extra gift cards. 100% of your donation will support MCPS families in need. The YMCA is not able to accept online donations for this special project. You will receive an acknowledgement of your donation from the YMCA.
Have questions? Send an email to Georgia Guhin at gbguhin@gmail.com [mailto:gbguhin@gmail.com] ; Bridget Hartman at bridget@hartmanjr.net [mailto:bridget@hartmanjr.net] ; Katie Vita at katie.vita@gmail.com [mailto:katie.vita@gmail.com] ; or the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] .

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.

Kids Music Class OutsideSunday, October 3, 3:30 p.m., Lawton Center Playground

Join a free class with music teacher John Sygar. This event is geared for ages 0-4, but all ages are welcome. Bring a picnic blanket and/or folding chairs and instruments for your kids to play. No RSVP is needed. Just arrive on time to put down your blanket and/or folding chairs and get ready to have fun.

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
Sunday, October 3, 4 p.m., Town Hall

Join fellow beer lovers for a presentation and tasting of seasonal beers -- from Germany, Belgium, and the U.S. Sausage and cheeses will be served. Lederhosen optional, yodeling encouraged.
RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or 301-654-7144. The number of attendees will be capped at 40. Montgomery County regulations require masks to be worn when not eating or drinking.

Sign Up for the Flu Clinic!Tuesday, October 5, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Town Hall

Adventist HealthCare will administer flu shots on Tuesday, October 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. Please contact the Town Office at 301-654-7144 or at townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] to sign up for a time slot. Time slots are available in fifteen minute increments.
Shots will be administered to anyone nine years of age and up.
The cost for the standard vaccine for those without Medicare Part B is $30.
There is no charge if Medicare Part B is your primary insurance.
Cash and checks (payable to LifeWork Strategies) are accepted.
A high dose vaccine ($70) is available for persons 65 years of age and older.

Discussion and Desserts with Jeffrey Selingo
Monday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall and via Zoom

Journalist and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo will discuss his newest book, Who Gets In and Why: a Year Inside College Admissions. From the author’s website: “Published in September 2020, it was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. It takes readers on a journey through the selection process from inside three admissions offices (Emory, Davidson, and the University of Washington), revealing what really matters to the gatekeepers and how the ultimate decision is often based on a college’s priorities.” The book will be available for purchase.
RSVP to townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] or 301-654-7144 and indicate whether you want to attend the event in person or obtain a Zoom link. Space is limited for this event. Montgomery County regulations require masks to be worn when not eating or drinking.

Fall Book Club Meetings
Monday, November 1, 7 p.m.

We are making some changes to the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club. We will meet on Mondays rather than on Sundays and schedule about 6 weeks in between meetings. Join us on Monday, November 1 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. These prize-winning short stories explore the secrets of nine black women navigating the mess of real life within the strictures of the church. Funny but poignant. We are hoping to meet in person in November, with location to be announced. If you want to join in, email townoffice@townofchevychase.org [mailto:townoffice@townofchevychase.org] to receive the event information (or the Zoom link). This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.
Save the date for the Town of Chevy Chase Book Club’s next meeting on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. We will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

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 [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.

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
Healthy Lawns Without Synthetic Chemical Pesticides

Mow your lawn or have your contractor mow your lawn with the mower set as high as possible, thus allowing your grass to grow high and shade out weeds.
Use a mulching mower, returning the resulting finely chopped grass clippings to your lawn, where they will greatly reduce any need to apply fertilizers.
Consider aerating and overseeding your lawn in late summer/early fall. Now!
Apply any fertilizer consistent with the MD State fertilizer law (e.g., no application between November 15 and March 1).
If you want to use a pesticide for cosmetic purposes, use an approved and appropriately labeled organic substance.
For the future, consider reducing the size of your lawn, converting some or all to more ecologically diverse and productive vegetation.
More information on organic lawn care and approved organic pesticides is available on the County’s website [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/lawns/law/] . The Climate and Environment Committee also is planning an event to inform and assist with organic lawn care.

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.