The Chevy Chase Main Street (CCMS) Grant was awarded to District Bridges, a DC based community non-profit organization (follow them on Facebook and Instagram.) Alex Krefetz was hired as the full-time program manager for Chevy Chase in January 2021. The $175,000 renewable annual grant from DSLBD allows District Bridges to support small businesses with technical assistance and grants, invest in comprehensive neighborhood branding and marketing, plan community events, and to promote commercial revitalization while maintaining the traditional and unique Chevy Chase characteristics. The official launch took place on March 11, 2021 and is available to view.
CCMS awarded 12 grants to 11 businesses during fiscal year 2021. The first round of awarded grants went to nine local businesses. They were:
The second round had one applicant and it was awarded to:
There were also 2 non-competitive grants awarded:
The Main Street program is also supported by private-sector funds raised by the CCMS. District Bridges was aided in the Main Street application process by several Chevy Chase organizations including: Chevy Chase Citizens Association, Historic Chevy Chase DC, Friends of Chevy Chase Circle, Northwest Neighbors Village, and Ch/Art.
CCMS has also created a Neighborhood Strategy Council (NSC) representing businesses, local organizations and residents to work with the CCMS to support business development and overall improvements through the program. A Volunteer Engagement Survey is also available.
Chevy Chase's Small Area Plan (SAP) is intended to be a guiding vision for inclusive growth rooted in a people-centered planning and design approach that aligns with OP’s priorities of housing production, economic recovery, and equity and racial justice focusing on creating a vibrant, mixed-use gateway corridor. According to OP the SAP will be developed in coordination with residents through a formal Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which currently has 15 community members, and with partner agencies who are undertaking the design plans for the Chevy Chase Community Center/Library redevelopment project and the Conn. Ave. Reversible Lane Study. The CAC has met several times, most recently in August, 2021. Meeting summaries are available here (CAC tab). To become more familiar with OP's process see "Introduction to Neighborhood Planning."
OP encoraged individuals to read through the Chevy Chase SAP draft Vision and Goals and to provide comments. The document was the result of a 10 minute survey that OP conducted as well as four virtual Visioning Workshops which were attended by about 80 residents.
OP will be conducting community walks on 12/8 and 12/11 to explore the different features of the Chevy Chase commercial main street. The intent is for community participants to learn about current sites that can contribute to positive growth along the Conn. Ave. corridor. The walks seek to complement an urban design survey they will be launching in December. The walks will start outside the Chevy Chase Library and Community Center and cover a four-block stretch of Conn. Ave. between Chevy Chase Circle and Livingston Street. To learn more and to sign up click here.
The Public Kick-off Meeting for the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan took place on March 4, 2021. The meeting is on YouTube. The recording of the first meeting where Director Trueblood made a presentation, on April 12, 2021, was at an ANC meeting is also available. On Wednesday April 21, ANC3/4G held a special meeting, also available, with OP Director Trueblood to continue his response to questions regarding the SAP and its relationship to the Comprehensive Plan.
The current zoning category boundaries for the Chevy Chase area are basically:
Two types of zones in our Ward 4 SMD's:
R1A - East of Utah Ave.
R1B - West of Utah Ave.
Five types of zones In our Ward 3 SMD's:
R1B - East of Conn. Ave. and North of Military Rd., and West of Conn. Ave. and South of Military Rd.
R2 - West of Conn Ave. and North of Military Rd., and a small area East of Conn. Ave. and North of Nebraska Ave.
R3 - West on Conn. Ave. between Military Rd. and Nebraska Ave.
RA2 - On Conn. Ave.
RA4 - On Conn. Ave.
See the complete DC Zoning Handbook.
Partially based on recommendations by ANC3/4G it was determined that the renovation projects for the Chevy Chase Community Center and the Chevy Chase Public Library be consolidated on the same schedule so that they could be designed and built together and achieve greater efficiencies. The budget would delay funding on the Community Center until FY 2024, so that the two projects would exist on the same schedule.
At this time no more work is being done on the Community Center so as to not jeopardize a more comprehensive, potentially joint, approach with a unified campus with other features. This all still needs to be determined and will be discussed as part of other planning efforts. There is still about $300,000 left in the project now for continued planning but in the meantime there was a shift of $17.5 million of Chevy Chase Community Center allotment from FYs 2020 and 2021 to FYs 2023 and 2024, as well as about $21 million in FY 2024 for the Chevy Chase Public Library.
DDOT's Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study is assessing the multi-modal (vehicular, transit, bicycle, pedestrian) operational and safety impacts associated with either removing or maintaining the current reversible lane system along Connecticut Ave. NW from Calvert St. to Legation St. (or perhaps Chevy Chase Circle). The study developed several concept recommendations (see existing conditions report, June, 2020) which incorporated one no-build management option and one protected bicycle lane option. The goals and benefits for this study include:
After more than 1 year of study and public meetings, most recently held on April 1 (see presentation), ANC3/4G discussed at its April 26 meeting the draft resolution, "ANC 3/4G Resolution Regarding DDOT’s Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Study Supporting Concept C." The resolution (passed by a 5-1-1 vote), stated that "ANC 3/4G supports Concept C because it appears to best meet the diverse residential and business needs of our community." Concept C,
•Removes Reversible Lane System - Peak Period/Off Peak Period Operations -Two (2) northbound and two (2) southbound travel lanes •Includes one way Protected Bicycle Lanes -Located on east and west sides of Connecticut Avenue -Includes 4' or 5' bike lanes and 4' or 1.5' buffers to accommodate either mainline or left turn/parking lane requirements Traffic Operations Manageable Impacts
•Retains 118 parking spaces in commercial areas and removes 507 spaces in other Conn Ave. areas.
As of 11/1/2021 no final decision had been made. According to DDOT all options are still open.
On Jan. 4, 2021, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2020 (B24-01). Bill 24-01 represents a significant update to the Comprehensive Plan, and has the potential to influence development throughout the District for several decades.The draft of the Comprehensive Plan Amendments was released on April 14, 2021. The D.C. Council’s Committee of the Whole began working on the Comprehensive Plan with a first reading on April 20 (view hearing). It had an initial vote May 4 and a final vote May 18 in which it was passed unanimously. The section with the greatest impact on Chevy Chase is the Rock Creek West Area Element.
This bill is a companion to Bill 23-01, the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2019, which became law in August 2020 and amended the Framework Element (Chapter 2) of the Comprehensive Plan. The proposed changes update the remaining 24 District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan. In addition, proposed changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and the Generalized Policy Map (GPM) were considered. The FLUM, depicts intended land uses throughout the city for roughly 20 years into the future, generally focuses on growth at metro stations and along corridors and anticipates the transfer of federal land. The GPM helps to guide land use decision-making in conjunction with the FLUM and the Comprehensive Plan text and maps.
The updated GPM includes new designations, including Future Planning Analysis Areas. B24-01 has been referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Council Chairman sets the time frame for the bill's consideration. Once approved, the bill would take effect after a 30-day congressional layover and publication in the District Register. However, no District Element of this Comprehensive Plan amendment will apply until it has been reviewed by the National Capital Planning Commission. The development by the Office of Planning of a Small Area Plan for Chevy Chase is currently being conducted to help inform decisions for how the Comprehensive Plan will be implemented for Chevy Chase.
At the Sept. 27, 2021 ANC3/4G public meeting Maret Head of School Marjo Talbott and Trey Holloway, Assistant Head for Finance and Operation led a team of Maret staff and Board members in presenting their plans regarding the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) on Utah Avenue. A recording of their presentation can be viewed here.
Maret and ECC have executed a long-term lease for up to 50 years (20 years with three 10 year extensions at Maret's option which they fully intend to accept) for the grounds behind the ECC’s buildings (approximately 5 acres), as well as the smallest of its four buildings (the Media building), in order to develop a new athletic complex with a multi-sport field and baseball diamond.
Once developed the complex will be used primarily for Maret athletic practices and games. For example, at this time they have indicated their use of the complex would begin 2 weeks prior to Labor Day through Thanksgiving for the Fall term from about 2:30-6pm daily with a similar schedule for the Spring term. They will not be using it on Sunday's. Maret also intends to make it available (via rental) to other DC-based youth organizations. Their plans include a multi-purpose turf athletic field for football, soccer and lacrosse (195 feet wide by 360 feet long), a baseball field, an electronic scoreboard, some stands for seating, a parking lot for about 50 vehicles, landscaping, and other amenities. See the full concept plan and a 3D rendering here on pages 6-7.
This meeting was their first presentation to the community concerning this project. On Tuesday, November 16, 6-7:30pm they will have a 2nd meeting to inform local residents about the proposed creation of the athletic field. Register and participate via Zoom.