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Public Hearings Scheduled for November Council Meeting


The following public hearings are scheduled for the November 10 Town Council meeting.  If you are unable to attend the November Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. via Zoom video conference, you may submit comments to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Contribution to Farm Women’s Market Parks Creation Project

At its November 10 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site.  In October, 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 fees collected from other development in Bethesda.

At its October meeting, the Council discussed proposed conditions related to this 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 in October, and hold a public hearing on the proposal at the November meeting.  In September and October, the Town held three listening sessions to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer questions.

ARPA Funds Request – Wonders Early Learning & Extended Day

On November 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a request from Wonders Early Learning and Extended Day (“Wonders”) for $125,000 from the Town’s $2.4 million allotment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.  Wonders is a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education, before/after school, and summer camps with eight locations in the metropolitan D.C. area.  Wonders runs two programs in the Town of Chevy Chase -- one at CCES and the other at the Lawton Center -- and both programs are expected to realize a combined deficit in FY22 in the same amount as the requested allocation.  Wonders applied for Town ARPA funds in September, and the Council heard a presentation and discussed the request at its October 13 meeting.  Because the request meets federal eligibility guidelines and the Town’s policy regarding allocating ARPA funds, the Council agreed to hold a public hearing on the request at its November 10 meeting.




County Council Redistricting Update


On November 3, the County’s Commission on Redistricting approved its final report and boundary map to be submitted to the County Council 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.)  The boundary map reflects that the Town and other nearby Chevy Chase communities will remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights, as was requested in a letter to the Commission from a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities.  The County Council will now consider the report and map and will hold a public hearing on November 18.




Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050


On October 25, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee held its final work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan.  Thus far, the committee has made some minor updates to each of the chapters of the Draft Plan and received a presentation based on the report issued by the County's Office of Management & Budget (OMB).  Click here to read the County Executive's letter to the County Council about Thrive and click here to read the OMB report, which is required by law to be produced.  Before the PHED Committee voted unanimously to send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration, they did discuss the possibility of holding a Town Hall or Listening Session with the public in the coming weeks.  This recommendation is being considered by County Council President Hucker.




How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots


The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council this fall.  Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods. 

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 (if adopted by the County Council).  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, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor). 

Thus far, four decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.

  • Establish "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).
  • Allow "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.
  • Allow quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
  • Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.

NEW: On November 4, the Planning Board discussed the issues of affordability, displacement, subdivision, tree canopy, parking, and pattern books that would be provided to builders so that they can be granted permits for building a duplex, triplex, and quadplex without additional oversight by the County.  The Planning Staff plans to present the Zoning Text Amendment to the Planning Board on December 2 for approval and transmittal to the County Council.

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.




Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December


Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December.  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 leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible.  However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.  

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.




Town Office Closure --Veterans Day Holiday


The Town office will be closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11.  Household waste collection will continue as usual. 




Winter Clothing Drive Continues Through February


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).




Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims


It’s time for the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive!  Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence.  The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling.  There are two donation options: 1) gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or 2) checks made out to MCFJC Foundation.  Please deliver your donation to the Town Office or mail it to 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.)  Gift cards and checks for the Holiday Gift Drive will be collected through Monday, December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year.  If you have any questions, contact Cathy Wolf at cathrynwolf2@gmail.com or Quynh Tran at vanstinger2205@gmail.com.  As in past years, we ask you to be generous and extend a helping hand to these needy families.  Thanks in advance!




Coffee Meet Up
Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m., Town Hall


Turn back your clocks and come join your neighbors for coffee and sweets (to be provided) on Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m. in the Town Hall (Feel free to bring your own coffee mug!).  If you are a baker and would like to contribute home-made baked goods, let us know at townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  COVID protocols observed.  




Movies for Grown-Ups Is Back!
Friday, November 12, 7:30 P.M., Town Hall


Missed seeing the Academy Award winning movies of 2020?  Here’s your chance to catch up!  Join us on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to watch Minari, which follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.  It received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Supporting Actor.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  COVID protocols observed.




Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic


Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways.  If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation.  Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition.  Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.  Responses appreciated by December 1.




What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?


Monday, November 8, 2 to 3 p.m.: How to Age with Vitality, Dignity, and Humor and Live Your Life with No Regrets --  Author and filmmaker Chris Palmer will give an entertaining and interactive talk on how to get the most out of life and live with more joy, success, and fulfillment. He will discuss what's important, how to find purpose and meaning, and how to live fully, especially as we grow older. His talk is about actively designing our lives rather than drifting forward, reacting to what happens to us, and how to behave in ways that are true to our most honorable, generous, and best selves. Register by Nov. 7. Hosted by Bethesda Metro Area Village.  Email director@bmavillage.org for the link. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2 to 3 p.m.: The History of Airmail -- Join Montgomery History as College Park Aviation presents the History of Airmail. From experimenting with military airmail flights to the first civilian airmail flight, the history of airmail will take you on a journey to share how airmail began and transformed commercial transportation in 1918. Hosted by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Register in advance here.




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.




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
Renewable Electricity Options


Reducing unnecessary electricity use is one of the best ways to reduce your home's environmental footprint.  For example, at our Fall 2021 Trash & Treasures, Montgomery County hosted a “Lighten Up” booth to encourage the use of energy-efficient LED bulbs.  Next on your list could be switching your household to renewable electricity supply. This will reduce harmful emissions, support the conversion away from fossil fuel-produced electricity and help the County achieve its goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 and 100% by 2035.  Here are some quick tips for making the change:

  • Easiest Option: Switching to a Renewable Electricity supplier is a fairly simple paperwork transaction.  Use our Renewable Electricity Guide for step-by-step instructions to replace your PEPCO-supplied electricity with 100% wind- and/or solar-generated electricity. 
  • This State of Maryland website allows you to easily compare renewable energy supplier options available in our Town.  (Hint: AEP and Groundswell are County-recommended suppliers because they are Green-E certified.)
  • For more impact: Our Renewable Electricity Guide also discusses Solar Panels, Solar Co-ops, and Geothermal Energy for reducing fossil fuel-generated electricity use.
  • This Montgomery County website provides options for residential energy switching and related clean energy topics.




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.




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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Click here for a list of important phone numbers.  In case of emergencies, always call 911.




Upcoming Meetings & Events


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Public Hearings Scheduled for November Council Meeting


The following public hearings are scheduled for the November 10 Town Council meeting. If you are unable to attend the November Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. via Zoom video conference, you may submit comments to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

Contribution to Farm Women’s Market Parks Creation Project

At its November 10 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed financial contribution to the parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site. In October, 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 fees collected from other development in Bethesda.

At its October meeting, the Council discussed proposed conditions related to this 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 in October, and hold a public hearing on the proposal at the November meeting. In September and October, the Town held three listening sessions to hear from residents about this proposal and to answer questions.

ARPA Funds Request – Wonders Early Learning & Extended Day

On November 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a request from Wonders Early Learning and Extended Day (“Wonders”) for $125,000 from the Town’s $2.4 million allotment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Wonders is a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education, before/after school, and summer camps with eight locations in the metropolitan D.C. area. Wonders runs two programs in the Town of Chevy Chase -- one at CCES and the other at the Lawton Center -- and both programs are expected to realize a combined deficit in FY22 in the same amount as the requested allocation. Wonders applied for Town ARPA funds in September, and the Council heard a presentation and discussed the request at its October 13 meeting. Because the request meets federal eligibility guidelines and the Town’s policy regarding allocating ARPA funds, the Council agreed to hold a public hearing on the request at its November 10 meeting.

County Council Redistricting Update


On November 3, the County’s Commission on Redistricting approved its final report and boundary map to be submitted to the County Council 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.) The boundary map reflects that the Town and other nearby Chevy Chase communities will remain in the same district that includes Bethesda and Friendship Heights, as was requested in a letter to the Commission from a coalition of Chevy Chase municipalities. The County Council will now consider the report and map and will hold a public hearing on November 18.

Update on Thrive Montgomery 2050


On October 25, the County Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee held its final work session on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 (Thrive) Draft Plan. Thus far, the committee has made some minor updates to each of the chapters of the Draft Plan and received a presentation based on the report issued by the County's Office of Management & Budget (OMB). Click here to read the County Executive's letter to the County Council about Thrive and click here to read the OMB report, which is required by law to be produced. Before the PHED Committee voted unanimously to send the Draft Plan to the full County Council for consideration, they did discuss the possibility of holding a Town Hall or Listening Session with the public in the coming weeks. This recommendation is being considered by County Council President Hucker.

How the County's Attainable Housing Proposals Affect Town Lots


The County Planning Board is operating under the assumption that the principles of Thrive (i.e., compact growth or urbanism) will be passed by the County Council this fall. Therefore, the County Planning Department is currently preparing a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to change the zoning in single-family neighborhoods.

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 (if adopted by the County Council). 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, Priority Housing District, AHOM Parcels: Abut Corridor).

Thus far, four decisions have been made by the County Planning Board that would impact residential buildings within the Town.

Establish "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).
Allow "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.
Allow quadplexes to be bigger than "house-scale" if they contain an affordable dwelling unit.
Create a new optional method of development that would allow townhouses and small apartment buildings (containing up to 19 units) to be built on properties that abut Connecticut Avenue.
NEW: On November 4, the Planning Board discussed the issues of affordability, displacement, subdivision, tree canopy, parking, and pattern books that would be provided to builders so that they can be granted permits for building a duplex, triplex, and quadplex without additional oversight by the County. The Planning Staff plans to present the Zoning Text Amendment to the Planning Board on December 2 for approval and transmittal to the County Council.

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.

Leaf Collection Continues Through Mid-December


Leaf vacuuming will continue through mid-December. 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 leaf collection schedule is available here.

During the leaf collection season, the Town’s contractor will use battery-powered blowers whenever feasible. However, if the weight or volume of leaves becomes too great, the contractor will need to use one or more gas-powered blowers in order to maintain the collection schedule.

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.

Town Office Closure --Veterans Day Holiday


The Town office will be closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. Household waste collection will continue as usual.

Winter Clothing Drive Continues Through February


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).

Holiday Gift Drive for Domestic Violence Victims


It’s time for the 9th annual Holiday Gift Card Drive! Town residents purchase gift cards to be given to Montgomery County families who are victims of domestic violence. The adult beneficiaries are clients of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and the children are clients of Chesapeake Counseling. There are two donation options: 1) gift cards in denominations from $10 to $50 for stores such as Target, Marshalls, Kohl's, Ross, and Giant or 2) checks made out to MCFJC Foundation. Please deliver your donation to the Town Office or mail it to 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. To receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes, be sure to include your name and e-mail address.) Gift cards and checks for the Holiday Gift Drive will be collected through Monday, December 20 but will be accepted gratefully at any time of year. If you have any questions, contact Cathy Wolf at cathrynwolf2@gmail.com or Quynh Tran at vanstinger2205@gmail.com. As in past years, we ask you to be generous and extend a helping hand to these needy families. Thanks in advance!

Coffee Meet Up
Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m., Town Hall


Turn back your clocks and come join your neighbors for coffee and sweets (to be provided) on Sunday, November 7, 9-10 a.m. in the Town Hall (Feel free to bring your own coffee mug!). If you are a baker and would like to contribute home-made baked goods, let us know at townoffice@townofchevychase.org. COVID protocols observed.

Movies for Grown-Ups Is Back!
Friday, November 12, 7:30 P.M., Town Hall


Missed seeing the Academy Award winning movies of 2020? Here’s your chance to catch up! Join us on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to watch Minari, which follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. It received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Supporting Actor. Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon to townoffice@townofchevychase.org. COVID protocols observed.

Calling All Artists & Creatives -- Artistic Expression in the Face of the Pandemic


Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, the pandemic has affected us all in big and small ways. If you (or your child) created or wishes to create a painting, poem, sculpture, musical composition, or other artistic expression that reflects how you have shown resiliency or faced the pandemic, the Community Relations Committee would be interested in learning more about your creation. Depending on the interest, the Town may hold an exhibition. Please describe your creation or take a photo and send it to townoffice@townofchevychase.org. Responses appreciated by December 1.

What's Happening @ Chevy Chase at Home?


Monday, November 8, 2 to 3 p.m.: How to Age with Vitality, Dignity, and Humor and Live Your Life with No Regrets -- Author and filmmaker Chris Palmer will give an entertaining and interactive talk on how to get the most out of life and live with more joy, success, and fulfillment. He will discuss what's important, how to find purpose and meaning, and how to live fully, especially as we grow older. His talk is about actively designing our lives rather than drifting forward, reacting to what happens to us, and how to behave in ways that are true to our most honorable, generous, and best selves. Register by Nov. 7. Hosted by Bethesda Metro Area Village. Email director@bmavillage.org for the link.

Tuesday, November 9, 2 to 3 p.m.: The History of Airmail -- Join Montgomery History as College Park Aviation presents the History of Airmail. From experimenting with military airmail flights to the first civilian airmail flight, the history of airmail will take you on a journey to share how airmail began and transformed commercial transportation in 1918. Hosted by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Register in advance here.

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.

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
Renewable Electricity Options


Reducing unnecessary electricity use is one of the best ways to reduce your home's environmental footprint. For example, at our Fall 2021 Trash & Treasures, Montgomery County hosted a “Lighten Up” booth to encourage the use of energy-efficient LED bulbs. Next on your list could be switching your household to renewable electricity supply. This will reduce harmful emissions, support the conversion away from fossil fuel-produced electricity and help the County achieve its goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 and 100% by 2035. Here are some quick tips for making the change:

Easiest Option: Switching to a Renewable Electricity supplier is a fairly simple paperwork transaction. Use our Renewable Electricity Guide for step-by-step instructions to replace your PEPCO-supplied electricity with 100% wind- and/or solar-generated electricity.
This State of Maryland website allows you to easily compare renewable energy supplier options available in our Town. (Hint: AEP and Groundswell are County-recommended suppliers because they are Green-E certified.)
For more impact: Our Renewable Electricity Guide also discusses Solar Panels, Solar Co-ops, and Geothermal Energy for reducing fossil fuel-generated electricity use.
This Montgomery County website provides options for residential energy switching and related clean energy topics.


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.

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.

Click here to view the Town calendar.

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Weekly Town Updates are now available. Visit www.townofchevychase.org for more information.