I am honored to have been selected by County Executive Leggett to participate in the County’s Nighttime Economy Task Force (NETF). Focusing on Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Wheaton and Germantown, the NETF will study ways to enhance and promote the music, theater, bar and dining options in these areas. By encouraging safe and vibrant “hospitality zones,” we can keep more entertainment dollars in Montgomery County, rather than having them spent overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. We also want to encourage young professionals to live in Montgomery County’s urban, … Read More »
The Maryland Transit Administration is holding a series of Open Houses in May focused on the Purple Line. On May 14, they’ll be holding one at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School from 5-8 p.m. Come hear about project updates, next steps, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
In an article defending the height of a proposed mixed-use project in Arlington, Greater Greater Washington’s Ryan Arnold recently made this important and compelling point:
The Washington region has folks who commute to DC from as far as West Virginia. Their daily journey illustrates a variety of serious problems we say we care about: affordable housing, suburban sprawl, oil consumption, high emissions, and traffic. When a commercial landowner seeks to add significant housing to a single-use site, they’re offering an opportunity to … Read More »
Below is a link to the Land Company’s redevelopment proposal for Chevy Chase Lake, as submitted to the Montgomery County Council on March 5, 2013.
Chevy Chase Land Company Submission to the Montgomery County Council on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
Markets work with housing much as they do with any other commodity: limited supply results in higher prices. Here in the DC Metro area, we have some of the highest housing costs in the country. Yet according to a 2011 study by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, local jurisdictions aren’t planning for a sufficient number of residential units to house the estimated one million new workers expected by 2030. In Montgomery County, we expect to need about … Read More »
Yesterday, the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve HB 1515. This bill, proposed jointly by Governor O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch, would raise about $3.4 billion in transportation revenue over the next five years. Without this funding package, we will have no money for any new transit, road or bridge projects beginning in 2017. Virginia recently passed its own transportation revenue package, and our elected leaders need to take similar steps to ensure … Read More »
On Tuesday night, the Land Company presented its testimony to the County Council on the Planning Board Draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. Thirty-seven people testified at the public hearing, including Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier, who described the Board’s overall recommendations.
We are very grateful for the supportive testimony we heard from diverse groups like the Montgomery County and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chambers of Commerce, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Action Committee for Transit, and a number of individuals. In … Read More »
The popular blog “Greater Greater Washington” usually covers land use planning and transportation issues in Washington, D.C. But this past Friday, Just Up the Pike’s Dan Reed posted an article about the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan that does a great job describing the plan’s history, and why the Planning Board’s recommendations for the Chevy Chase Land Company’s properties make sense. Preventing mixed-use development at this location–inside the beltway, adjacent to a future transit stop and near major job centers–won’t … Read More »
Recently, the downcounty bikesharing program came one important step closer to implementation, when the Council approved a $2.4 million supplemental appropriation for the purchase of bike sharing stations near the Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Medical Center, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Metrorail Stations. This funding includes the Chevy Chase Land Company’s contribution for the purchase of the two stations in Friendship Heights and Bethesda. Eventually, we expect that the bikeshare program will expand and include a station in Chevy Chase Lake … Read More »
On Friday, January 25, the Montgomery County Planning Board submitted its draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan to the County Council for review, approval and adoption.
You may review the draft sector plan here, and Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier’s transmittal letter here.
Over the last several months, the Planning Board held a public hearing and five worksessions before voting unanimously to transmit the plan on January 17. The Planning Board Draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan reflects … Read More »
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