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Planners to Present Draft Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan to Board

SILVER SPRING – In the just-released staff draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan, county planners outline strategies that build on the character of this well-established, primarily residential community by enhancing the town center with new housing to support local businesses, adding public spaces, and improving connections.

On Monday, July 16, the Planning Board will consider the draft sector plan, the result of three years of work with the community, property owners, and other stakeholders to develop recommendations for a future Chevy Chase Lake.

The plan focuses on preserving the overall residential character of this 380-acre community along Connecticut Avenue, with its tree-lined streets, local businesses, and historic sites.  Planners recommend retaining all residential zoning outside the proposed Town Center and setting standards for compatibility between new development and the existing community.

In the enhanced Town Center, which will be served by a future Purple Line station, the plan recommends new zoning that would allow about 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 1,000 new dwellings and new public space.  Planners are proposing that new development be phased to coincide with the implementation of the Purple Line.

The plan also recommends new alternatives to improve access in the community, including pedestrian and bicycle paths, a new road, and accommodating future transit, like Rapid Transit Vehicles, in the Town Center.

Sign up in advance to speak before the Board. Full testimony is encouraged at a public hearing the Planning Board is expected to schedule in September.

Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. Those visions help planners and policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – develop land use strategies and decide on proposed development.

Download the plan and plan appendix at  or view a reference copy at the Chevy Chase Library, Town Hall, Village Hall or the Planning Department Information Counter.

Montgomery County Planning Board

Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan staff draft

5 p.m. (time approximate) Monday, July 16

Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

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