RCA Comments on Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan – Council Hearing Tonight
At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on the Planning Board’s recommended Sector Plan for Chevy Chase Lake. The hearing will take place in the Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville. All interested neighbors are encouraged to attend. This hearing will also be televised live on CCM Channels — Comcast 6, RCN 6, and Verizon 30.
The Sector Plan proposes major redevelopment of Chevy Chase Lake on both sides of Connecticut Avenue. Redevelopment presents both opportunities and challenges. The project will provide neighborhood-serving retail opportunities, new housing options, open space, and other amenities. At the same time, Connecticut Avenue is already highly congested, neighborhood schools are over-crowded, and overly-large buildings could overwhelm the residential character of the Chevy Chase Lake area. Achieving proper balance is key to compatible growth.
Throughout the planning process, RCA has worked closely with our neighbors to communicate community concerns. In general, neighboring communities support a development of moderate scale in two phases. Phase One would involve smaller-scale development of the shopping center at Chevy Chase Lake East. The larger development would occur in Phase Two once there is certainly with respect to the Purple Line. Because Rollingwood is somewhat separated from Chevy Chase Lake, RCA also supports amenities providing greater connectivity to our community. RCA’s full comments are posted here.