NEW! Washington DC and Ward 3 Redistricting Map Approved by DC Council (posted 6/8)
On June 7, 2022 at its Legislative Meeting, the DC Council voted 10-3 to accept the Cheh-Silverman amendment for the Ward 3 ANC/SMD Redistricting map as part of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022 (Bill 24-700). The 3 NO votes cast by the Council were from Mendelson, Bonds and Gray. A copy of the final approved map for all of DC can be found here. A look at the new boundaries for ANC3/4G can be found here. These boundaries will be in effect for the next decade.
NEW! Public Meeting Notice: Conn. Ave NW Reversible Lanes and Multimodal Safety Project ( 6/7)
DDOT is inviting the public to participate in public meetings for the Connecticut Ave. NW Reversible Lanes and Multimodal Safety Project (formerly known as the Connecticut Ave. NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study). There are two meeting dates (see media release)—the same information will be presented both days: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 (virtual only) and Wednesday, June 29, 2022 (in person at UDC). The purpose of the Project is to reduce crashes while enhancing safety for all modes, and it supports DC's commitment to its Vision Zero initiative. The project area extends 2.7 miles along Connecticut Avenue NW from Calvert Street NW to Legation Street NW. The purpose of this Public Meeting is for DDOT to provide an update of the project, present information regarding the selected concept (Concept C) and introduce the project elements. This public meeting provides an opportunity for the public to provide input on the preliminary elements of Concept C prior to the initiation of the design phase. Concept C removes the peak hour, peak direction reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue, adds protected one-way protected bicycle lanes on each side of the street, adds left and right turn lanes at signalized intersections, adds pedestrian refuge islands, evaluates all bus stop locations holistically along the Corridor, considers the addition of HAWK signals at various locations, reduces the posted speed limit on Connecticut Avenue from 30 mph to 25 mph, plus other safety improvements.
NEW! Bowser Administration Completes Chevy Chase Small Area Plan (6/3)
The Bowser Administration, led by the DC Office of Planning (OP), has transmitted the final Chevy Chase Small Area Plan, along with what changes were made to the final Draft, to DC Council for adoption. The Small Area Plan guides government, private sector and community actions to bring new housing, retail, and community amenities to upper Connecticut Avenue NW. Once the Council adopts the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan, property owners can petition the Zoning Commission to enact zoning changes that are aligned with the small area plan, unlocking additional density permitted by the updated Comprehensive Plan for increased market rate and affordable housing.
NEW! DC Vehicle Registration Cost to Get More Expensive (6/2)
If you own a heavier SUV or pickup truck that is registered in DC it will soon get more expensive. The DC Council approved a provision in its recently passed 2023 budget that raises the annual registration fee for most vehicles. Owners of vehicles that weigh more than 6,000 pounds will have to pay $500 per year. That's more than triple the current $155 fee that owners now pay. Fees will increase from $155 to $250 for vehicles that are more than 5,000 pounds and vehicles weighing between 3,500 and 5,000 pounds will jump $60 from $115 to $175. If your vehicle weighs 3,500 pounds or less the fee will remain the same, $72 fee. Commercial vehicle fees will also go up. Trucks weighing more than 7,000 pounds will pay $500 and those more than 10,000 pounds $700 and up.
NEW! Temple Sinai Preparing for a Two-Story Addition Project ( 6/1)
Temple Sinai (3100 Military Rd NW) is breaking ground on a 9,500 square foot, 2-story addition on the southwest side of its building in mid-late June. Planning and fundraising for this project was interrupted during the pandemic. The project is now permitted and is on track for completion over the course of 16-17 months, Neighbors are invited to participate in an information session on Thursday, June 9 from 7:30-8:30 pm. For questions please email them directly.
Beach Drive to Remain Closed Through Labor Day (5/5)
NPS has announced that closures along the northern sections of Beach Drive, which started early in the pandemic, will not end as previously expected. The closures effect much of the road from Broad Branch Road NW to the Maryland state line and has been closed to give people more walking, jogging and biking areas through the park. They stated that the extension will ensure more recreational opportunities this summer through September 5. NPS continues to conduct environmental studies to determine if closing much of the northern portion of the road should be permanent. Those sections of the road will continue to be closed for drivers until a final determination is made.
BZA Approves Maret's Application For Developing ECC Property (5/5)
On April 6, the Board of Zoning Adjustment formally approved Maret's BZA special exception application on a voice vote of 4 (yes), 0 (no), with one member absent. The application, is to permit private school use in the R-1-B Zone. The Maret School proposed to re-purpose one of the existing ECC buildings (Near Nebraska and Utah Ave.) on the property to be used as a fieldhouse and to construct a baseball diamond, multi-purpose field, and parking spaces on the property. The application was accepted including the conditions that are in the DDOT report, as well as the conditions that are in the Office of Planning report. BZA added that a designated representative from the Maret School must work with ANC3/4G on any adverse impacts which may result from the use of the field.
NEW! The Chevy Chase News & Notes June issue is out. Highlights include: A closer look at bike lanes; DC Council Chair race, know the candidates; A new business, Wine & Organic coming to Conn. Ave.; DC vehicle registration cost to increase; Blue 44 awarded Great Street Grant; DC historic designation facts; Get to know Dr. Jeffrey Haggquist; and much more. Please subscribe to get this newsletter emailed to you directly when published. Your information is never shared or used for any other purpose, and visit the Newsletter Archive for past issues.