Jerry Malitz
Commissioner
ANC 3G-05

"Building Local Engagement"

NEWS & STORIES

BUSINESS PARKING ISSUES IN CHEVY CHASE

Parking Meters:

There are many facets involved with parking issues ranging from residents not having places to park due to a myriad of reasons which all need to be discussed and acted upon, to a lack of favorable parking options in the business district along Connecticut Avenue. Initially the Task Force began examining issues related to the business community. Issues relating to the residential neighborhoods, such as Residential Parking Permit Blocks, are also being explored. In regard to parking meters we have many different types of meters (based on hour regulations). Our 83 (48 on Connecticut and 35 on cross streets) meters contained within the business corridor of Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase DC are labeled in the following manner (note: E=East, W=West)


  • 1 hour 9:30am– 6:30pm Mon-Fri and
  • 1 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Sat–13 on Connecticut(W)
  • 1 hour 9:30-6:30 Mon-Sat – 2 on Connecticut(W)
  • 1 hour 7:00am – 10:00pm and 1 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Sat – 1 on Northampton(W)
  • 1 hour 7:00am – 4:00pm Mon-Fri and 1 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Sat–22 on Connecticut(E)
  • 1 hour 7:00am-4:00pm Mon-Sat – 3 on Connecticut(E)
  • 2 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Mon-Sat and 3 ½ hour 6:30pm-10:00pm Sat –11 on Livingston (6W and 5E) & 12 on Northampton(3W and 9E)
  • 2 hour 9:30-6:30 Mon-Fri and 7:00am-6:30pm Sat – 5 on Connecticut(W)
  • 2 hour 9:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri and 2 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Sat – 3 on Connecticut(W)
  • 2 hour 7:00am-6:30pm Sat – 1 on Northampton(W)
  • 3 hour 8:00am-10:00pm Mon-Sat – 10 on Morrison(E)         The starting time of those on Connecticut Avenue of either 7:00am or 9:30am are due to rush hour restrictions. Even given that though I think it is safe to say that this haphazard way of providing meter regulations is not helpful to drivers or businesses. 


ANC3/4G PASSES PARKING TASK FORCE RESOLUTION

At the July 9, 2018 ANC meeting, by a vote of 4-0, ANC 3/4G passed a resolution creating a Neighborhood Parking Task Force. Parking issues have a significant impact on our residential neighborhoods and business districts. They directly affect quality of life throughout our district. A resolution of these issues will help facilitate a more vibrant neighborhood which is vital to the success of family, personal, commercial and community life. Parking issues also have a noticeable impact on traffic, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. By examining parking issues and providing recommendations for how they need to be addressed we have an opportunity to help shape our community's future. The membership of this task force includes 5 business representatives and 8 local residents along with the 2 co-chairs. An organizational meeting took place on August 6 and the first full-scale meeting  is set for Thursday September 20 at 7:15pm at the Chevy Chase Community Center, The complete resolution can be found here.

Parking Lots:

Parking lots associated with businesses can be found in the following locations: (the first 5 in italics require a special zoning exception for the operation of their lots)


  • Safeway - 75 spaces including 4 handicapped.
  • Magruder's - 53 spaces including 2 handicapped.
  • PNC - 27 spaces including 3 handicapped.
  • CVS - 42 spaces including 3 handicapped.
  • Circle Wine (5501 Conn. Ave) - 22 spaces.
  • Wells Fargo - 40 spaces including 2 handicapped.
  • Long & Foster - 15 spaces including 1 handicapped.
  • Citibank - 21 spaces including 1 handicapped.
  • American City Diner - 9 spaces including 1 handicapped. (current configuration)
  • Child's Play - 12 spaces
  • Subway - 6 spaces including 1 handicapped.
  • M&T - 6 spaces including 1 handicapped.
  • 5513 Conn. Ave - 19 spaces including 1 handicapped.
  • (Plus the Community Center/Library lot has 30 spaces including 2 handicapped.)

Each of the lots (not the property but the lots) for which there is a special exception (the first 5 listed) and which have restrictions on use are zoned either R-1-B (east of Connecticut) or R-2 (west of Connecticut) for the parking lots. See the DC zoning map. All of the other lots are zoned for multi-use (MU-3), meaning they can be used for parking with no requirement for a special exception and no restrictions on use except as imposed by the owner. Of the five which need special exceptions both 5501 Connecticut Ave and PNC have exceptions which have expired, Safeway has no time limit on their exception, Magruder's received a 10-year extension in 2017 and CVS got a 10-year extension in 2014. Basically, the only lots we have any negotiation possibilities with are PNC and Circle since they need to get their expired exceptions renewed. As for the other lots we need to rely on neighborly persuasion and good will among businesses to try and come up with some positive recommendations and solutions that benefit all interested parties.


SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

The September 2018 edition of WHAT'S GOING ON: NEIGHBORHOOD & BEYOND is now available on-line. You can receive future issues directly by subscribing. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.



SEPTEMBER MEETINGS ON YOUTUBE

The September 10 video recording of  ANC 3/4G's public meeting is now available on YouTube.  Highlights include: a session on updated plans for the former location of the American City Diner, advising the City Council regarding Initiative 77, and info about the Lafayette Fall Festival.

The September 17 video recording of the ANC 3/4G Modernization of the Community Center Special Meeting is now available on YouTube. Discussions  included: Scheduling Issues, Process, and Creation of a Working Group on Transitional Space for Existing Programs.