Chevy Chase Lake Plan Heading to County Council on July 9th — Comments Requested

The Rollingwood Citizens Association has remained actively engaged in the planning process for redevelopment of Chevy Chase Lake.  We have advocated on behalf of our individual neighborhood concerns as well as through membership in the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee (CACC).  The CACC is the coalition of “inside-the-beltway-communities” along Connecticut Avenue that was formed to speak with a unified voice.

This week, the Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee met again to discuss how to proceed with the Chevy Chase Lake redevelopment.  Overall significant progress has been made, but the work isn’t complete.

There is much to be pleased about and some things to continue to worry about.   Areas of disagreement include the phasing of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) property along Chevy Chase Lake Drive, the height of their tall building and the building of a new road connecting Manor Road to Chevy Chase Lake Drive, and the Chevy Chase Land Company’s 120 foot building in in Phase 1 prior to Purple Line construction.

At this point, RCA residents who are interested in this project should contact the County Council directly.  Messages should be sent to the entire Council, our local District 1 Councilmember, and to RCA at these addresses:

county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov

  councilmember.berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov

rollingwoodchevychase@hotmail.com

The full Council will be taking up the discussion on July 9nd and this will be the final substantive review of the proposed plan.  Therefore, comments should be provided by July 4th or 5th.

Even for those of us who have been deeply involved in the process, we recognize that Chevy Chase Lake issues are complex and numerous.  At the same time, any and all comments to the County Council are welcome and encouraged.  We have been asked that comments to the Councilmembers be simple and to the point.

Some of the key actions taken by the Council’s PHED Committee are listed below:

1)     Retention of the two section map amendments (a two phased approach).

2)     Reduction of the Phase I Chevy Chase Lake 150 foot building to 120 feet (down from the Land Company’s proposed 130 “compromise”).

3)     Change for Newdale Mews to 45 feet and only Phase II.

4)     Acceptance of the HOC’s new proposal which includes overall reductions in property densities and heights on the eastern portion of property, the continuation of the new road from the Chevy Chase Phase I property on the HOC site connecting to Chevy Chase Lake Drive, the addition of a park further to the west of the property.  Against the HOC wishes, they voted 2-1 to retain the development in Phase II.

5)     Acceptance of the zoning on the Chevy Chase Land Company’s 8401Connecticut Avenue property at a FAR 4.0 and a height of 150 feet.

6)     Discussion of traffic: while a few intersection improvements are being contemplated, the real way they plan to address the issue is to just raise the bar for “failing”.

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