Thursday, April 4, 2013
The planning department's recommendations for the Chevy Chase Lake sector came under criticism during the Montgomery County Council's first work session on the sector plan.
The Montgomery County Planning Board's recommendations for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan came under criticism from the Montgomery County Council late last month, when the council took up the sector plan for the first time, Bethesda Now reported. At-large Councilman Marc Elrich said that the plan was focused too much on creating density around the planned Purple Line station in Chevy Chase Lake, rather than on the needs of the existing community, according to Bethesda Now. "The purpose of planning is not to provide riders for transit systems," Elrich said, Bethesda Now reported. "The purpose of planning, I thought, was to provide livable communities," Elrich added. The council's next work session for the sector plan will take place in …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Square footage and building heights scrutinized; others praise the plan's transit-oriented nature.
Residents took concerns about the size of the “Town Center” portion of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan to the Montgomery County Council at a public hearing Tuesday night. Nearly 40 people testified before the council about the plan recommended by the county Planning Board. Many took issue with the size of the “Town Center” portion of the plan, particularly the number of square feet the board recommended be built before the Purple Line is constructed. The Purple Line, a proposed 16-mile light rail line from Bethesda to New Carrollton, would have a station in Chevy Chase Lake. The board recommended that the old Chevy Chase Lake Shopping Center (on the east side of Connecticut Avenue at Manor Road) be built up to 790,000 square feet of mixed…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Don't wait to sign up to testify at the March 5 public hearing before the county council on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector plan.
Have an opinion on the proposed plan for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector? Sign up to speak at a public hearing on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector plan on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the county council headquarters (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, in the third-floor hearing room). Only 30 speakers will be allowed to testify at the hearing, according to an email message sent by the Town of Chevy Chase office. The Town of Chevy Chase and the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee already have signed up to testify, the email added. To sign up to testify, call the county council at 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m. on March 5, but the 30 available spots are likely to be taken long before that, the Town of Chevy Chase advised. …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The county planning board approved the draft for the sector on Jan. 17.
The County Planning Board approved county planners' draft for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan last week, according to the updated agenda for last Thursday's board meeting. Next, the draft plan for the sector is sent to the County Council and county executive for analysis and approval, The Gazette reported. "The county executive will do a fiscal analysis of the plan and report to the County Council, which will hold a public hearing and work sessions before voting on whether to approve it, [county planner Elza] Hisel-McCoy said. He expects the County Council to discuss the plan in early March," The Gazette added. The draft plan's "recommendations emphasize mixed residential development [and] a shift from the current commercial zoning that …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The county planning staff's Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan draft is up for planning board approval on Thursday, Jan. 17.
After years of discussion, work sessions and public hearings, the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan draft may be approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday. A work session about the sector plan draft will take place at the end of the board's day-long meeting, and planning staff are set to recommend that their draft be approved by the planning board. If approved, the draft will be presented to the county executive and council on Jan. 31—only a couple months behind schedule, The Gazette reported. The draft plan's "recommendations emphasize mixed residential development [and] a shift from the current commercial zoning that will help balance the ... jobs-housing ratio" in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector—which straddles Connecticut …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan will go to the county executive and Council on Jan. 31, The Gazette reported.
The Montgomery County Planning Board's draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan will be presented to the county executive and Council on Jan. 31, 2013—only a couple months behind schedule, The Gazette reported. Additional work sessions are scheduled for Jan. 10, 17 and 31, "when the board is scheduled to approve its draft version of the plan," The Gazette added. Once County Executive Ike Leggett provides commentary on the draft, the draft will be passed to the County Council, which will hold a public hearing before approving a final sector plan, The Gazette reported. Read more about the process by which the planning board's draft could become the new plan for the sector on The Gazette's website. Last September, county planning staff …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The commission seeks to nearly double the number of apartment units at its Chevy Chase Lake property.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Nicole Macon
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Buildings, trails and roads circle the 68 garden-style units of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments. A proposed Purple Line station—and a steady increase in the area's population—is projected to increase the area's housing demand. The only way for the complex—which offers one-quarter of its units as affordable housing—to significantly increase its density is to build up, according to the executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission. The commission has requested that the property of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments be re-zoned as part of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. The commission wants to increase density because, according to the Maryland State Data Center, the population of Montgomery County is projected to increase by more…
Monday, September 17, 2012
County planning staff presented the planning board with drawings of what the Chevy Chase Lake sector could look like if built up according to staff-recommended densities and heights, or according to property owners' requested densities and heights.
At a Sept. 6 Montgomery County Planning Board work session, county planning staff presented drawings of what the Chevy Chase Lake sector could look like if built up according to staff recommendations for height and density. Planning staff also presented drawings illustrating what the sector could look like if built up according to the heights and densities requested by property owners in the Chevy Chase Lake sector. Property owners—the Chevy Chase Land Company, the Housing Opportunities Commission (which owns the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the owners of the Newdale Mews Apartments along Newdale Road—all have asked for additional building density and height, according to the staff's work session …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
County planners outline proposed recommendations for new zoning of Chevy Chase Lake Sector.
Low-to-medium-scale development, with mixed-use buildings standing no more than 65 feet tall, is likely to be the future of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector, according to Montgomery County planners. At a public meeting on Saturday morning at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, county planners outlined their recommendations to the county council for a new zoning scheme for the section of Montgomery County known as the Chevy Chase Lake Sector, which is bound by Jones Bridge Road to the north, East West Highway to the south, Rock Creek to the east and the Columbia Country Club to the west. As the entire zoning code for the county is rewritten, planners and local residents are paying close attention to the zoning recommendations for this mostly …
Monday, March 14, 2011
Residents voiced concerns and hopes at Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan Community Design Workshop Saturday.
Change. Development. Congestion. Preservation. That's what was on the minds of residents who participated in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan Community Design Workshop at the Chevy Chase Library Saturday. A key concern for Chevy Chase residents as well as neighboring towns: transparency, according to Montgomery County Planning Board project manager Elza Hisel-McCoy. “We’re working to make sure folks are plugged in — working with the community as we get more specific on the plan,” he added. Saturday’s design workshop gave residents an opportunity to pre-register and attend one of six one-hour sessions to share their concerns and hopes about the future of Chevy Chase Lake. Each participant was given a questionnaire to provide feedback on an …