The Commission has been organizing a series of information exchanges to engage and involve residents in the next phases of the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan process, led by the District’s Office of Planning.
The process last spring addressed broader questions of “WHY” and “WHAT” (vision and goals — see: https://publicinput.com/P1554). Since the Fall the small area planning process has been addressing specific questions of “HOW” and “WHERE” by focusing on urban design and developing specific recommendations intended to realize the vision and goals for the Connecticut Avenue corridor.
The District’s Office of Planning will hold a Virtual Community Design Workshop on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 10 am to 12 pm for the purpose of capturing ideas to “inform urban design strategies and policy recommendations that will guide future growth along Connecticut Ave while recognizing the successful characteristics of the corridor that are valued by the community” (sign up here). An online design survey will complement the workshop and will be available for two weeks from January 24 to February 7, 2022. Go to the dedicated SAP webpage–publicinput.com/chevy chase–for more information.
ANC 3/4G hosted Information Exchange Sessions will continue through Winter 2022. Please join your neighbors for conversations with planning experts, advocates, and officials as we learn about affordable housing development models, hear from non-profit developers and community trust experts, discuss opportunities for the Chevy Chase Public Library and Chevy Chase Community Center campus that includes affordable housing, and engage in other topics of interest to make informed decisions as it relates to the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan.
FALL 2021 SERIES
SESSION 1: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Small Area Plans: An Outside Expert Talks About What to Look For, Ask About, & What to Avoid” with Jeff Farner, Deputy Director, Department of Planning & Zoning, City of Alexandria, VA. Over forty neighbors showed up for our kick-off session. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
SESSION 2: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Perspectives of High-Rise Residents in Chevy Chase, DC,” Kristina Svensson, single mother of two teenagers ; Eric Spencer, single father of two grown children; Maria Sims, single mother, Native Washingtonian, and longstanding President La Reine Tenants Association. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
SESSION 3: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Creative Use of Space in Chevy Chase, DC: Leveraging Underutilized Space, Supporting Creatives & Entrepreneurs, and Ensuring Economic Vitality,” with Kathleen Zeifang, founding board member of Ch/Art and former EVP of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and Pallavi Chandra, organizer of the Chevy Chase Farmers Market. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat
SESSION 4: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7-8:30 PM, “Community Land Trusts: How Can They Bring Affordability to a Neighborhood Like Chevy Chase, DC?,” with Coy McKinney, lead organizer for the Southwest Action Fund and Ginger Rumph, Executive Director of the Douglass Community Land Trust. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
SESSION 5: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Nonprofit Developers & Architects: How Do They Finance and Build Affordable Housing in the District? What Will It Take To Bring Significant Affordable Housing to Chevy Chase, DC?” with Susanne Slater, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC, and Michael Marshall, President & CEO, Michael Marshall Design, LLC. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
SESSION 6: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Vibrant Public Spaces: How Can We Create a Great Central Meeting Spot in Chevy Chase, DC? Can the Redevelopment of the Library and Community Center into a Campus with Affordable Housing Provide Such an Opportunity?” with ANC 3/4G resident Ellen McCarthy, Principal, The Urban Partnership, and faculty member, Georgetown University, Urban and Regional Planning Masters Program, and ANC 3/4G adjacent resident Matt Bell, Principal, Perkins Eastman. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
SPECIAL ANC 3/4G-05 & ANC 3/4G-06 Hosted Zoominar: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7-8 PM, “Presenting Ward3Vision’s 30-Year Vision for Chevy Chase, DC” with neighbors Ron Eichner, Principal of New Legacy Partners and Ellen McCarthy, Principal of The Urban Partnerships, faculty member, Georgetown University, Urban and Regional Planning Masters Program, and former Director of DC Office of Planning. Click on the session title above for links to the Video Recording and Q&As/Chat.
WINTER 2022 SERIES
SESSION 7: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7-8 PM, “So You Have A Small Area Plan – Now What? Putting Small Area Plans Into Action” with Alexandra L. Cain, Assistant Attorney General, and Maximilian L.S. Tondro, Chief, Land Use Section, Commercial Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Click on the session title above for links to additional information.
Note: On April 26, 2021, the Commission approved a resolution, “For the Commission to Foster More Informed Community Engagement in the Chevy Chase Small Area Plan,” supporting this outreach effort.
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