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Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Contribute to Parks Creation Project


At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council discussed a possible financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site.  The Council unanimously agreed to propose contributing 25% of the public funds needed for the park project, up to a maximum of $4 million, and discussed conditions related to this contribution.  As of June 30, 2021, the Town had an unrestricted fund balance of over $10 million.

The parks project includes the cost of constructing an underground garage behind the current market and the creation of parks above that garage and on the lot between Leland and Walsh streets.  It does not include the refurbishment and expansion of the Farm Women’s Market building or land, which is being financed separately by the developers and the County’s Parks Department.  It is expected that the County will be the primary source of public funds for this project.  The project also will receive a $7 million payment from the developers for the right to build a seven-story building on a portion of the lot behind the current market.  The total cost of the park project has not been finalized, but it could be in the range of $20 - $25 million, which, after subtracting the contribution from the developers, would leave $13 - $18 million to come from the County and Town. 

At the October meeting, the Council also discussed proposed conditions related to the contribution, including the commitment of funds by all parties to build both parks in their entirety; establishment of the parks in perpetuity; a community engagement process by the developers and the Parks Department on park amenities; Town involvement in ongoing decisions regarding the regulations and programming of the parks; and County/Parks Department responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the parks.  

The Council agreed to communicate this proposal to Town residents, invite further public comment this month, and hold a public hearing on the proposal at the November 10 Council meeting.  Councilmember Ellen Ericson, who will be joined by Mayor Barney Rush, will hold a third listening session on October 21 at 7 p.m. to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer any questions.  Residents may use the following Zoom link to join the meeting:

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4-H Redevelopment Update


Last month, the buyers 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 they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for redevelopment of the 4-H property.

Moving forward, and while a specific redevelopment 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.  On September 30, the Town sent a letter to the buyers outlining the Town's primary interests to be considered as plans are developed and discussions proceed.  And on October 5, the Town’s real estate advisors and Town staff met with the buyers to discuss process issues and the content of the Town’s letter in more detail.  At this meeting, the purchasers agreed to develop conceptual plans incorporating Town interests and to present those plans for our review later this fall. 

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.




American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds


In September, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds.  The Council agreed to retain the funds and adopted a policy for the allocation of ARPA funds, as proposed by Councilmembers Ericson and White.  At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council heard a presentation and discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland.  The Council agreed to schedule a public hearing on this request at its November 10 meeting.  More information on the request will be included in the November Forecast newsletter.

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.




County Council Redistricting Update


The County’s Commission on Redistricting is drawing up the boundaries for the newly established 7 districts that will elect County Councilmembers in 2022, as compared to the current 5 districts. (The number of at-large Councilmembers remains unchanged at 4.)  On October 1, a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities sent a letter to Montgomery County’s Commission on Redistricting expressing a united view that the Commission, as it considers options for creating the new County Councilmember districts, will decide that our municipalities remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights.  

The Commission met on October 13 to choose 3 redistricting maps for public comment.  Residents are encouraged to comment on these maps, which have been posted on the Commission’s web page.  The Commission is required to complete its work and submit its plan and report to the County Council by November 15, 2021.  Within thirty days after receiving the plan of the Commission, the Council is required to hold a public hearing on the plan.




Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050 


On October 11, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee held its seventh work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan. The PHED committee discussed comments and change recommendations to the Draft Plan for Chapter 5: Affordable and Attainable Housing.  Click here to read the County Council's Staff report.  On October 13, the PHED committee held its eight work session to review Chapter 6: Parks and Recreation.  More information will be available next week.  The intent is for the PHED Committee to complete its discussions on October 18 and send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration.




How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots


The Planning Staff released an interactive tool so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals.  Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Corridors 500 Feet Buffer, CR Employment Zones 200 ft. Buffer, CR Employment Zones 300 ft Buffer, Parcels: Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: 200 Feet Buffer, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor). 

On October 7, the Planning Board continued its discussions by reviewing the Attainable Housing Optional Method (AHOM) recommendations, including standards for existing Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) and allowing townhouses and small apartment buildings to be built on properties whose lots are on Connecticut Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development or properties that are within 300 feet of properties zoned for commercial development.  Click here to read the Planning Staff report.  

On October 21, Planning Staff will present its "Loose Ends" recommendations for affordability, displacement, trees, parking, subdivision of lots, pattern book, and suggest catalyst policies.  The Planning Staff is planning to propose two additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town.  They are allowing quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit and reducing on-site parking requirements from 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit to ½ per dwelling unit.  Finally, on November 4, the Planning Staff will present the full report to the Planning Board along with any applicable Zoning Text Amendments (ZTAs) that might be sent to the County Council for consideration.

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, are slated to be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council wants to hear from you soon. Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org




Town Council Adopts Laws to Protect the Climate & Environment


At its October 13 meeting, the Council approved two ordinances related to climate and environmental protection.  The Council approved an amendment to the Town’s Urban Forest Ordinance to add 11 species to the list of trees protected under the ordinance.  The Town’s Climate and Environment Committee recommended expanding the protected tree list for several reasons, including broad community interest in maintaining a healthy tree canopy and protecting additional native trees.  The Council also approved an ordinance to adopt the County’s Pesticides Law.  The ordinance applies the County’s law in the Town and prohibits homeowners and contractors from using synthetic pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns.  The Town’s Climate and Environment Committee also recommended that the Town adopt this County law because restricting the use of pesticides protects local waterways and promotes a healthier environment for ourselves, our pets, and pollinators.  The Climate and Environment Committee plans several activities to publicize the pesticide ban, and the Committee has already begun to educate Town residents on alternative ways to maintain and beautify their lawns.




Public Forum on Town Voting Eligibility
Monday, October 25, 6 p.m., via Zoom


On October 25 at 6 p.m. via Zoom video conference, the Town Council will hold a public forum to discuss and consider whether to lower the voting age to 16 for residents who wish to vote in Town elections.  Several mayors and chairs of neighboring municipalities that have lowered the voting age to 16 will be at the forum to discuss their experiences with doing so.  There will be an opportunity at the forum for resident questions.  Below is the Zoom link to join the meeting.

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Leaf Collection to Begin on Monday, October 25


Leaf vacuuming will begin on Monday, October 25.  Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection.  Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The Town’s contractor will use battery-powered leaf blowers again this year to help reduce the noise associated with this service.  The leaf collection schedule is available here.

If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.




Please Consider Supporting Our Town's 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Effort!

October 1 to October 30


The Town’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner effort is off to a good start.  Thanks to many of our neighbors, we have received generous contributions to purchase grocery cards for 32 of the 100 MCPS families we’ve been asked to help this Thanksgiving.  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) between October 1 and 30.  Your donation will help purchase a $75 food card for each of the 100 families.  All 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 or prefer to have someone stop by to pick up your donation?  Send an email to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.




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.  This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

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. 




Town Street Closures for CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause on Friday, October 29


On Friday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Town streets immediately surrounding Chevy Chase Elementary School will be closed intermittently to accommodate the CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause. 

Portions of Rosemary Circle, Valley Place, Rosemary Street, Meadow Lane, Beechwood Drive and Hillcrest Drive will be closed.  During these street closures, Woodside Place residents will have limited access.  CCES will provide monitors at each intersection to assist in providing access to residents who live on those streets and to emergency vehicles. 




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.  




Winter Clothing Drive Begins on November 1


Every year from, November to February, the Community Relations Committee of the Town of Chevy Chase sponsors a Winter Clothing Drive for those in need.  We donate to Interfaith Works who distribute to 13,000 income-qualified county residents, including nearly 6,000 children.  Please donate clean, gently used, or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks.  Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow.

Since the Town Hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place).




What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?


New Frauds and Scams - and Seniors Are Often the Intended Targets -- Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Are there still scams out there?  Yes - and the scammers are getting smarter.  Come listen to Suzanne McGovern from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy discuss current scams, red flags of fraud, and ways to protect your investments.  Suzanne will include faith-based frauds, Covid frauds, and new “smishing”, among other topics.  Hosted by Northwest Neighbors Village.  Register to receive the Zoom link here.

JCA's Montgomery County Virtual 50+ Employment Expo -- Tuesday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are you age 50 or better and looking for employment? This virtual 50+ employment expo, where you can network with area employers, attend free workshops, and learn new job-search skills. There are multiple employers with available Full-time and Part-Time salaried job opportunities. Find the list of employers and other employment-related resources here. Hosted by JCA (The Jewish Council for the Aging) and Montgomery County.  Register in advance here.

Medicare: Evaluating Plans and Saving Money at Open Enrollment -- Thursday, October 21, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Join in for a special free Zoom presentation on ways to save money and evaluate your options on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan), as we prepare for this year’s open enrollment period, which is from October 15 to December 7, 2021, for enrollment for 2022. Hosted by Potomac Community Village.  Register in advance on PCV's event page online.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit -- Tuesday, October 26, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Have you ever left your doctor's office realizing you forgot to ask an important question? As you reflect on the visit on the car ride home, were you frustrated because you didn't fully understand the doctor's instructions? Join Steve Lorberbaum of Assisting Hands Home Care as he talks about how you can prepare to get the most out of your doctor visit. He will cover how to prepare in advance for a visit, how to focus on what is important during the visit and how to share your point of view to get the best outcome from your visit. Hosted by Bethesda Metro Area Village.  Register by October 25 by emailing pdubroof@assistinghands.com.

Looking Further Ahead: Navigating Life's Journey: Building a Life Plan to Age in Place -- Friday, November 5, 1 to 2 p.m.

This will be the first of our new interactive "Navigating Life's Journey" series, in which you will learn how to navigate your options for each stage of aging. In this session, we will discuss how to plan for aging in place. Panelists include Rebecca Bianco, Business Development Manager at Family & Nursing Care; Allyson Butler, Director of Business Development at Smithlife Home Care; Alison Carelli, LCSW-C, Care Manager and Psychotherapist at Aging Network Services; Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC, Owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates; Debbie Hedges, LCSW-C, Director of Senior Services at the Jewish Social Service Agency; Kathleen McGuinness, CDP, EOL, Director of Community Relations at Smithlife Home Care; and Jihan Starr, Owner of Davenport Senior Connections, LLC Eldercare Consulting and Care. Participants may submit questions to ask anonymously in advance here. Hosted by Chevy Chase At Home in partnership with Charles E. Smith Life Communities and Ingleside.  Register in advance on CC@H's event page online. For your convenience, this event will be recorded and sent to all who register in advance.




2021-2023 Parking Permit Renewals 

New Instructions for Decal Placement


The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits expired 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.  

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 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.  Through the end of the year, 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 (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) 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 in this fiscal year.  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.




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Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Contribute to Parks Creation Project

At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council discussed a possible financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site. The Council unanimously agreed to propose contributing 25% of the public funds needed for the park project, up to a maximum of $4 million, and discussed conditions related to this contribution. As of June 30, 2021, the Town had an unrestricted fund balance of over $10 million.

The parks project includes the cost of constructing an underground garage behind the current market and the creation of parks above that garage and on the lot between Leland and Walsh streets. It does not include the refurbishment and expansion of the Farm Women’s Market building or land, which is being financed separately by the developers and the County’s Parks Department. It is expected that the County will be the primary source of public funds for this project. The project also will receive a $7 million payment from the developers for the right to build a seven-story building on a portion of the lot behind the current market. The total cost of the park project has not been finalized, but it could be in the range of $20 - $25 million, which, after subtracting the contribution from the developers, would leave $13 - $18 million to come from the County and Town.

At the October meeting, the Council also discussed proposed conditions related to the contribution, including the commitment of funds by all parties to build both parks in their entirety; establishment of the parks in perpetuity; a community engagement process by the developers and the Parks Department on park amenities; Town involvement in ongoing decisions regarding the regulations and programming of the parks; and County/Parks Department responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the parks.

The Council agreed to communicate this proposal to Town residents, invite further public comment this month, and hold a public hearing on the proposal at the November 10 Council meeting. Councilmember Ellen Ericson, who will be joined by Mayor Barney Rush, will hold a third listening session on October 21 at 7 p.m. to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer any questions. Residents may use the following Zoom link to join the meeting:

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Meeting ID: 301 654 7144
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4-H Redevelopment Update


Last month, the buyers 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 they have previously developed, and discuss their anticipated timeline for redevelopment of the 4-H property.

Moving forward, and while a specific redevelopment 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. On September 30, the Town sent a letter to the buyers outlining the Town's primary interests to be considered as plans are developed and discussions proceed. And on October 5, the Town’s real estate advisors and Town staff met with the buyers to discuss process issues and the content of the Town’s letter in more detail. At this meeting, the purchasers agreed to develop conceptual plans incorporating Town interests and to present those plans for our review later this fall.

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.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds


In September, the Town Council discussed the distribution and use of ARPA funds. The Council agreed to retain the funds and adopted a policy for the allocation of ARPA funds, as proposed by Councilmembers Ericson and White. At its October 13 meeting, the Town Council heard a presentation and discussed a request for ARPA funds from Wonders Early Learning at Leland. The Council agreed to schedule a public hearing on this request at its November 10 meeting. More information on the request will be included in the November Forecast newsletter.

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.


County Council Redistricting Update


The County’s Commission on Redistricting is drawing up the boundaries for the newly established 7 districts that will elect County Councilmembers in 2022, as compared to the current 5 districts. (The number of at-large Councilmembers remains unchanged at 4.) On October 1, a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities sent a letter to Montgomery County’s Commission on Redistricting expressing a united view that the Commission, as it considers options for creating the new County Councilmember districts, will decide that our municipalities remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights.

The Commission met on October 13 to choose 3 redistricting maps for public comment. Residents are encouraged to comment on these maps, which have been posted on the Commission’s web page. The Commission is required to complete its work and submit its plan and report to the County Council by November 15, 2021. Within thirty days after receiving the plan of the Commission, the Council is required to hold a public hearing on the plan.


Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050


On October 11, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) committee held its seventh work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan. The PHED committee discussed comments and change recommendations to the Draft Plan for Chapter 5: Affordable and Attainable Housing. Click here to read the County Council's Staff report. On October 13, the PHED committee held its eight work session to review Chapter 6: Parks and Recreation. More information will be available next week. The intent is for the PHED Committee to complete its discussions on October 18 and send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration.


How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots


The Planning Staff released an interactive tool so that residents can better understand which lots could be impacted by the County Planning Board Attainable Housing Proposals. Residents are encouraged to zoom in on the map and select the layers that correspond to the current Planning Board recommendations (i.e. Red Line 1-mile Buffer, Purple Line 1-mile Buffer, Corridors 500 Feet Buffer, CR Employment Zones 200 ft. Buffer, CR Employment Zones 300 ft Buffer, Parcels: Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: 200 Feet Buffer, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor).

On October 7, the Planning Board continued its discussions by reviewing the Attainable Housing Optional Method (AHOM) recommendations, including standards for existing Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) and allowing townhouses and small apartment buildings to be built on properties whose lots are on Connecticut Avenue or "adjacent" to properties zoned for commercial development or properties that are within 300 feet of properties zoned for commercial development. Click here to read the Planning Staff report.

On October 21, Planning Staff will present its "Loose Ends" recommendations for affordability, displacement, trees, parking, subdivision of lots, pattern book, and suggest catalyst policies. The Planning Staff is planning to propose two additional changes that are of particular interest to the Town. They are allowing quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit and reducing on-site parking requirements from 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit to ½ per dwelling unit. Finally, on November 4, the Planning Staff will present the full report to the Planning Board along with any applicable Zoning Text Amendments (ZTAs) that might be sent to the County Council for consideration.

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, are slated to be voted on by the County Council this fall, the Town Council wants to hear from you soon. Residents are encouraged to email their questions, concerns, and suggestions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Town Council Adopts Laws to Protect the Climate & Environment


At its October 13 meeting, the Council approved two ordinances related to climate and environmental protection. The Council approved an amendment to the Town’s Urban Forest Ordinance to add 11 species to the list of trees protected under the ordinance. The Town’s Climate and Environment Committee recommended expanding the protected tree list for several reasons, including broad community interest in maintaining a healthy tree canopy and protecting additional native trees. The Council also approved an ordinance to adopt the County’s Pesticides Law. The ordinance applies the County’s law in the Town and prohibits homeowners and contractors from using synthetic pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns. The Town’s Climate and Environment Committee also recommended that the Town adopt this County law because restricting the use of pesticides protects local waterways and promotes a healthier environment for ourselves, our pets, and pollinators. The Climate and Environment Committee plans several activities to publicize the pesticide ban, and the Committee has already begun to educate Town residents on alternative ways to maintain and beautify their lawns.


Public Forum on Town Voting Eligibility
Monday, October 25, 6 p.m., via Zoom


On October 25 at 6 p.m. via Zoom video conference, the Town Council will hold a public forum to discuss and consider whether to lower the voting age to 16 for residents who wish to vote in Town elections. Several mayors and chairs of neighboring municipalities that have lowered the voting age to 16 will be at the forum to discuss their experiences with doing so. There will be an opportunity at the forum for resident questions. Below is the Zoom link to join the meeting.

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Leaf Collection to Begin on Monday, October 25


Leaf vacuuming will begin on Monday, October 25. Please rake leaves to the edge of the curb -- not into the street -- for collection. Leaves must be free of debris such as sticks, bottles, and rocks. The Town’s contractor will use battery-powered leaf blowers again this year to help reduce the noise associated with this service. The leaf collection schedule is available here.

If you or your landscape company will be using gas-powered leaf blowers this fall, please follow the Town’s quiet hours schedule and refrain from using them before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.


Please Consider Supporting Our Town's 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Effort!
October 1 to October 30


The Town’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner effort is off to a good start. Thanks to many of our neighbors, we have received generous contributions to purchase grocery cards for 32 of the 100 MCPS families we’ve been asked to help this Thanksgiving. 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) between October 1 and 30. Your donation will help purchase a $75 food card for each of the 100 families. All 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 or prefer to have someone stop by to pick up your donation? Send an email to the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

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. This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee.

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.

Town Street Closures for CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause on Friday, October 29


On Friday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Town streets immediately surrounding Chevy Chase Elementary School will be closed intermittently to accommodate the CCES Color Run/Walk for the Cause.

Portions of Rosemary Circle, Valley Place, Rosemary Street, Meadow Lane, Beechwood Drive and Hillcrest Drive will be closed. During these street closures, Woodside Place residents will have limited access. CCES will provide monitors at each intersection to assist in providing access to residents who live on those streets and to emergency vehicles.

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.


Winter Clothing Drive Begins on November 1


Every year from, November to February, the Community Relations Committee of the Town of Chevy Chase sponsors a Winter Clothing Drive for those in need. We donate to Interfaith Works who distribute to 13,000 income-qualified county residents, including nearly 6,000 children. Please donate clean, gently used, or never worn items: coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters, pants, and socks. Also needed is waterproof warm winter wear for those who are outside in the cold rain or snow.

Since the Town Hall is still open only part time, the clothing box will be located on the front porch of Marjorie Shaw and Barney Rush, at 6917 Maple Avenue (between Stanford and Pine Place).


What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?


New Frauds and Scams - and Seniors Are Often the Intended Targets -- Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Are there still scams out there? Yes - and the scammers are getting smarter. Come listen to Suzanne McGovern from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy discuss current scams, red flags of fraud, and ways to protect your investments. Suzanne will include faith-based frauds, Covid frauds, and new “smishing”, among other topics. Hosted by Northwest Neighbors Village. Register to receive the Zoom link here.

JCA's Montgomery County Virtual 50+ Employment Expo -- Tuesday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are you age 50 or better and looking for employment? This virtual 50+ employment expo, where you can network with area employers, attend free workshops, and learn new job-search skills. There are multiple employers with available Full-time and Part-Time salaried job opportunities. Find the list of employers and other employment-related resources here. Hosted by JCA (The Jewish Council for the Aging) and Montgomery County. Register in advance here.

Medicare: Evaluating Plans and Saving Money at Open Enrollment -- Thursday, October 21, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Join in for a special free Zoom presentation on ways to save money and evaluate your options on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan), as we prepare for this year’s open enrollment period, which is from October 15 to December 7, 2021, for enrollment for 2022. Hosted by Potomac Community Village. Register in advance on PCV's event page online.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit -- Tuesday, October 26, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Have you ever left your doctor's office realizing you forgot to ask an important question? As you reflect on the visit on the car ride home, were you frustrated because you didn't fully understand the doctor's instructions? Join Steve Lorberbaum of Assisting Hands Home Care as he talks about how you can prepare to get the most out of your doctor visit. He will cover how to prepare in advance for a visit, how to focus on what is important during the visit and how to share your point of view to get the best outcome from your visit. Hosted by Bethesda Metro Area Village. Register by October 25 by emailing pdubroof@assistinghands.com.

Looking Further Ahead: Navigating Life's Journey: Building a Life Plan to Age in Place -- Friday, November 5, 1 to 2 p.m.

This will be the first of our new interactive "Navigating Life's Journey" series, in which you will learn how to navigate your options for each stage of aging. In this session, we will discuss how to plan for aging in place. Panelists include Rebecca Bianco, Business Development Manager at Family & Nursing Care; Allyson Butler, Director of Business Development at Smithlife Home Care; Alison Carelli, LCSW-C, Care Manager and Psychotherapist at Aging Network Services; Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC, Owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates; Debbie Hedges, LCSW-C, Director of Senior Services at the Jewish Social Service Agency; Kathleen McGuinness, CDP, EOL, Director of Community Relations at Smithlife Home Care; and Jihan Starr, Owner of Davenport Senior Connections, LLC Eldercare Consulting and Care. Participants may submit questions to ask anonymously in advance here. Hosted by Chevy Chase At Home in partnership with Charles E. Smith Life Communities and Ingleside. Register in advance on CC@H's event page online. For your convenience, this event will be recorded and sent to all who register in advance.


2021-2023 Parking Permit Renewals
New Instructions for Decal Placement


The extension of the 2018-2020 parking permits expired 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.

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 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. Through the end of the year, 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 (gas-powered leaf blowers may not be used before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on weekdays and before noon or after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) 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 in this fiscal year. 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


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Upcoming Meetings & Events


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