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)
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 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)
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.
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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.