Chevy Chase Small Area Plan

The District’s Office of Planning created a dedicated Chevy Chase Small Area Plan website that serves as a hub for all the information residents might seek about the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan. There, residents can participate in a survey, sign up for email updates, view upcoming as well as past events, access the latest schedule, and learn about the work of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Check frequently for updates at https://publicinput.com/chevy chase. Examples of previously conducted small area plans across the District can be found here.

ANC 3/4G has been hosting from Fall 2021 through Spring 2022 a series of information exchanges with planning experts, advocates, and officials to engage our community in conversations on topics of relevance to help make informed decisions as it relates to the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan. Go to the next section here for more background information and for video recordings of past information exchange sessions.

–> UPDATE on June 16, 2022 from the Council <–

CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE on PR 24-789, “Chevy Chase Small Area Plan Approval Resolution of 2022” on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Those who wish to testify must register at http://www.ChairmanMendelson.com/testify by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The roundtable will be conducted virtually on the Internet utilizing Zoom video conference technology.

Testimony should be submitted in writing to cow@dccouncil.us in advance of the hearing. Written testimony will be posted publicly to http://www.chairmanmendelson.com/testimony. If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Statements for the record should be submitted to cow@dccouncil.us or left by voicemail by calling (202) 430-6948 (up to 3 minutes which will be transcribed). The record will close at 5:00 pm on July 11, 2022.

The stated purpose of PR 24-789 is to approve the proposed Chevy Chase Small Area Plan (SAP). The SAP was initiated by the Office of Planning in March 2021, a draft was made public on March 14, 2022, and a Mayoral hearing was held on April 26, 2022. The purpose of the small area plan is to set a community-informed vision for equitable and sustainable growth along the Connecticut Avenue, N.W. corridor in the Chevy Chase area. The vision is to facilitate housing production, especially affordable housing, and to improve connectivity and vibrancy through context-sensitive redevelopment. The Plan is based on the following core themes: inviting social and cultural character; equitable housing strategy; inclusive built environment; thriving retail corridor; reimagined civic core; and safe and sustainable mobility. Once approved, the SAP will provide supplemental guidance to the Zoning Commission and other District agencies in carrying out the policies of the Comprehensive Plan.

Council notice can be found here.

–> UPDATE on June 3, 2022 from the Office of Planning (OP) <–

On June 3, 2022, Interim OP Director, Anita Cozart, sent the following email which included an attached letter to the Commission:

Good afternoon – 

Thank you for your engagement in the development of the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan (CCSAP).  

On June 2, 2022, the Mayor transmitted the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan (CCSAP) for Council approval. 
The attached letter provides additional context regarding how OP considered the feedback contained in the May 9, 2022, Resolution on the CCSAP (with attention to section 7). 


Thank you again for your continued engagement and leadership. 

The Office of Planning looks forward to continuing to work together to achieve our shared vision for Chevy Chase.

Thanks,

Anita Cozart • Interim Director 
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street, SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024
202.442.7636
anita.cozart@dc.gov 
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The Mayor submitted the final Chevy Chase Small Area Plan to the Council on June 2, 2022. You can find the Mayor’s letter to Council Chair Mendelson, the final plan, submitted comments from the community, revisions from draft to final, and the Council’s proposed legislation all here.

–>UPDATE on May 14, 2022 from OP post-comment period<–

OP states on their webpage, “The Draft CCSAP public comment period closed on May 13, 2022. The next step is for OP to submit the final SAP to Council for approval by Resolution. OP’s Council submission will include a summary of any changes made to the Draft CCSAP and a record of public comments received in writing and transcribed from the public hearing.” 

–>UPDATE on May 9, 2022 on the approved ANC 3/4G Resolution on OP’s draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan<–

The Commission discussed and deliberated on two draft resolutions (see May 9, 2022 Meeting Info page for both here), eventually approving by a vote of 5-2-0 the final Resolution on the draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan that was sent to OP.

–>UPDATE on April 29, 2022 on OP’s Public Hearing on April 26, 2022<–

OP states on their webpage, “During the public comment period, over 100 written comments were submitted by individuals using an online form. OP also hosted a Public Hearing on the Draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (Chadsey Hall), located at One Chevy Chase Circle, NW. Each individual was provided 3 minutes of time to submit oral testimony for the record. 32 people participated in the hearing, which was also streamed live online.”

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing recording. 

Download the Public Hearing transcript.

–>UPDATE on March 17, 2022 on review period and time/location of the public hearing for the draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan<–

On March 17, 2022 the Office of Planning let the Commission know that our request for additional time for the community to review the draft plan as well as a new location for the public hearing to accommodate more community members have been honored and a formal letter will be issued on March 21, 2022. In the meantime, the Office of Planning shared on the dedicated website that there will now be 60 days of review until May 13, 2022, and a new venue and time for the public hearing are being explored (see: publicinput.com/chevychase).

–>The DC Office of Planning unveiled its draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan on March 14, 2022<–

On March 14, 2022, the Office of Planning released the draft Chevy Chase Small Area Plan and provided their typical 30 days of review until April 13th when they will hold a Public Hearing at the Chevy Chase Library (upstairs meeting room). The Office of Planning is asking the community to submit their written comments online (go to: https://publicinput.com/chevychase).

–> ANC 3/4G Testimony Before the Committee of the Whole Performance Oversight Hearing for the Office of Planning February 24, 2022

ANC 3/4G submitted written testimony that can be found here.

–>Join the DC Office of Planning for a Chevy Chase Small Area Plan Community Open House on Wednesday, February 23 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Chevy Chase Library (upstairs meeting room)<–

The Open House will be in a gallery format where community members can view presentation boards about the Small Area Planning process, a summary of what we’ve heard so far, illustrative graphics of potential growth along the Connecticut Avenue corridor, and draft design principles and guidelines.The Open House is intended to facilitate in-person conversations between community members about the future of the Chevy Chase neighborhood, and OP staff will be available throughout the meeting room to describe the presentation boards and answer any questions.The February 23 Open House is a drop-in activity (no need to register). Learn more about the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan and review information from past meetings and events at: publicinput.com/chevychase.

The District’s Office of Planning held a Chevy Chase Small Area Plan Community Design Workshop on January 22, 2022, 10 am to 12 pm at Deal Middle School (changed to virtual) where over 120 residents attended. Residents were asked to register to attend on the dedicated web page: https://publicinput.com/chevychase. See below for the copy/paste of the email dated December 20, 2021:

Good Afternoon!

Join the DC Office of Planning (OP) for a community design workshop as part of the plan development phase for the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan (SAP). Your ideas will inform urban design strategies and policy recommendations that will guide future growth along Connecticut Avenue while recognizing the successful characteristics of the corridor that are valued by the community.

Sign up for for the Chevy Chase SAP Community Design Workshop on Saturday, January 22, 10am-12:pm at Alice Deal Middle School (3815 Fort Drive, NW) at: https://publicinput.com/chevychase.

An online survey will complement the workshop for those unable or not comfortable to join the in-person event. Please be aware that, per DC Health guidance, masks are required at DC Government facilities where there is direct interaction between employees and the public. Note this in-person event may change to a fully virtual activity pending developments in the public health emergency in January. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov for more information and updates.

If you need reasonable accommodations (i.e. ASL), email Rita.Poindexter@dc.gov. For language assistance services (translation or interpretation), email Edward.Giefer@dc.gov. Please make requests 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Important Chevy Chase Small Area Plan Updates:November and December have been a busy time for the Chevy Chase SAP, including these important milestones:

The Office of Planning led three community walks along Connecticut Avenue on November 20, December 8, and December 11. Thank you to the 100+ community members participated across the three days and shared great input about what they value and hope to see in the community. Feedback received will help to inform the Design Workshop in January.

On December 16, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), in collaboration with the Office of Planning (OP) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), released the Rock Creek West Roadmap which outlines how we can produce over 2,000 additional affordable housing units west of Rock Creek. The event was held outside the Chevy Chase Community Center and Library, attracting a large crowd, where the Mayor announced the interagency coordination to bring an affordable housing component to the renovated community center and library facilities. Watch the recorded presentation here.

On December 15, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the selection of a preferred redesign concept for Connecticut Avenue NW that removes the reversible rush hour lanes and adds one-way, protected bicycle lanes on the east and west sides of the roadway. The Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane project boundaries connects to the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan and this redesign will be incorporated into the plan. Read the Press Release here.”

Erkin Ozberk, AICPSenior Neighborhood Planner • DC Office of Planning

he/him/his • Why Do Pronouns Matter?

1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

202.442.7707

erkin.ozberk@dc.gov

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