Forecast Newsletter_ March 2006

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					MARCH 2006                                                          NEWSLETTER FOR THE TOWN OF CHEVY CHASE

                        MARCH 8, 7:00 PM, TOWN HALL
  On March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, the Town Council will hold a public hearing
  and work session on an ordinance codifying the requirement for two pre-
  construction consultations. The ordinance provides for a mandatory consulta-
  tion with Town officials prior to the submission of a building permit application
  and for a mandatory site management consultation with Town officials prior to
  the issuance of a building permit.
  A complete copy of the ordinance is available on the Town’s website or in the
  Town Office. If you have any questions or need additional information, please
  call 301-654-7144.

                              NEW SETBACKS ORDINANCE IN EFFECT
  On February 22, the Town Council changed the building setbacks law in the Town as it relates to the dis-
  tances between property lines and buildings. One of the major ways to limit the size of houses involves
  increasing the size of required setbacks. One of the chief requests in the Moratorium Petition was to find
  a way to decrease the size of houses being built in the Town. The Setback Committee continued the
  work of the previous Town Construction Committee and made recommendations to the Council. After
  several public hearings and suggestions from the community, the ordinance that follows was adopted.
  Several other municipalities such as Kensington, Garrett Park and Section 3 have also changed their set-

  The Town staff has developed a work sheet to allow residents to see how the law applies to their lots.
  The staff is also able to examine a survey brought to the office and tell residents what the effect is. Eve-
  ryone should be aware that there is a grandfather clause in the law that allows any building that is
  harmed in an accident to be rebuilt to its original size, even if that is no longer allowed by the new ordi-
                               SUMMARY OF SETBACKS ORDINANCE
  At its February 22, 2006 meeting, the Town Council adopted comprehensive amendments to Chapter 4 of
  the Town Code to add definitions, to clarify terminology, to codify procedures and to modify building set
  back requirements. The Setbacks Ordinance was adopted as emergency legislation, thereby becoming
  effective immediately upon adoption.

  A copy of the entire adopted ordinance is available online at, or can be ob-
  tained from the Town Office.

  The adopted Setbacks Ordinance requires, among other things, the following:

  Interior Lots:
           Front Setback
              • The greater of 25’ or the Established Building Line
           Side Setback
            •   Total of both side setbacks will be the greater of 16’ or 30% of the width of the lot at the
                front building line.
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            •  The minimum for each side will be the greater of 8’ or 40% of the total side setbacks. For
               additions to buildings currently 7’ or more from side lot lines, new construction may con-
               tinue along one existing wall, as long as the total side setbacks comply with the general
               side setbacks rule and as long as projections for such additions do not come closer to
               the side property line than they would in the case of a minimum side setback of 8’.
        Rear Setback
           • The rear setback is 20’ for lots 100’ deep or less.
           • The rear setback is 20’ + 70% of any amount the lot is deeper than 100’ for lots that are
               greater than 100 feet deep and less than or equal to 120 feet deep.
           • The rear setback is 25’ +70% of any amount that the lot is deeper than 100’ for lots that
               are over 120’ deep.
               A credit of 1’ is subtracted from the applicable rear yard setback for every foot that the
               established front building line is greater than 30’. At no time will the rear setback be less
               than 20’ for lots that are 120’ deep or less, or less than 25’ for lots that are greater than
               120’ deep.

Corner Lots:
       Front Setback
          • No change from the existing County rule.
       Side Setback
          • No change from the existing County side setback for lots that are 70’ wide or less at the
              front building line.
          • Increases the side setback to a minimum of 8’ for lots that are over 70’ wide at the front
              building line.
       Rear Setback
          • 20’ for lots that are 120’ deep or less.
          • Increases the rear setback to 20’ + 70% of any amount that the lot is deeper than 120’ for
              lots that are over 120’ deep.
              For lots greater than 120’ in depth, a credit of 1’ is subtracted from the required rear set-
              back for every foot that the established building line is greater than 30’. At no time will
              the rear setback be less than 20’ for any corner lot.

Interior Lots:
            • 5’ from the rear and side yard for accessory buildings or garages that are 12’ or less to
               the highest point of the roof (including flat roofs).
            • For garages and accessory buildings that are 12’ or higher to the highest point of the
               roof, the minimum setbacks from the rear and side yard is 7.5’.

Corner Lots:
          •     10’ setback from rear property line and 5’ setback from side property line.

All Accessory Buildings (in addition to the provisions above):
           • Any garage or accessory building with a height greater than 12’ for a flat roof or greater
              than 15’ when measured to the ridge of a roof other than a flat roof, the side yard and
              rear yard minimum setback must be increased from the requirements above at a ratio of
              1½’ of additional setback for each foot of height in excess of 12’ for a flat roof or 15’ for a
              sloped roof, whichever results in a greater setback.
           • For each foot of linear dimension along the rear and side property line that the garage
              exceeds 24’ the setback shall be increased from the requirements above at a ratio of 1½’
              of additional setback for each foot the dimension exceeds 24’.

        • A bay window ten (10) feet or less in width and not more than one (1) story in height may
           project no more than 3’ into any minimum front or rear yard. Bay windows may not ex-
                tend more than 2’ into any minimum side setback. As to side, rear and front bay win-
                dows, there may be no more than two single-story bay windows.

                     Town Launches Redesigned Website
If you haven’t seen our new website, you are in for a nice surprise. The website not only has a new
look, but also includes many new features. We have updated all of the website information and have
provided many new links. In order to achieve our goal of making the Town website attractive, user-
friendly and informative, we need to hear from you. We hope you will take a look at the website
and e-mail us your thoughts about it. Please feel free to make suggestions on ways we can improve
the website. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Town’s new Tree Ordinance establishes a Tree Ordinance Board to hear requests by property own-
ers to cut down trees 24 inches in circumference or larger that are not certified by the Town arborist as
dead, dying, hazardous, or nuisance trees. Mayor Hudnut has named Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Miriam
Daniel, Penny Douglas, David Strom and Chris Wright (Chair) to the five-member panel, which is ex-
pected to meet on the first Thursday of each month. Panel proceedings will follow the same format as
hearings on fence permits and other variance requests, which gives the applicant an opportunity to pre-
sent the request and residents a chance to support or object to it before the panel makes a public deci-
sion to approve, deny, or approve with conditions. So far, the Town has issued a tree removal permit for
one hazardous pine tree.
At the February Council meeting, Mayor Hudnut explained the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agree-
ment to address Global Warming and the Council adopted the Agreement. As a follow up to the Coun-
cil’s endorsement, the Town has set up a new subcommittee on Climate Protection under the Environ-
mental Committee. Mayor Hudnut appointed the following residents to serve on the Committee: Judy
McGuire, Chair; Georgia Guhin; Betsy Johnson; Stuart Sessions; John Kress and Rob Enelow, Council
Liaison. We will be doing an inventory of our current greenhouse gas emissions, rallying the town around
some goals for greenhouse gas reductions, doing some public education, and working with townspeople
and organizations in town to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We hope to involve local schools, uni-
versities, and scouts in this effort. If you have expertise to offer or would like to work on the subcommit-
tee, please contact Judy McGuire at
The Town Code states that the Council shall appoint an election board to coordinate and manage all
Town elections. The following residents have been appointed to serve during Election 2006: Sue Hill,
Chair; Hope Pinkerton; Tom Rosshirt; Costas Toregas; and Dennis Wood. The duties of the Board are
stated in the Town’s Municipal Code, which can be found on the Town’s website. The April FORECAST
will include an announcement of the 2006 Election and the REGISTRATION, NOMINATION AND ELEC-

                                  TOWN ARBORIST PROGRAM
 Trees on both private and public property are very important to our town. Because of a desire to help
 maintain and grow the tree canopy, the Town offers a program by which each homeowner in Town will
 be given one hour of free time with a consulting arborist every two years. The arborist will visit your
     property and return to you a report on the tree health and care specific for your house. The arborist
     will examine trees on your property for pest infestation, and hazardous conditions such as dead-
   wood, rot, or co-dominant branches. The Town will schedule the visits on a first come, first served
basis. The Town will try to notify you when the arborist is scheduled to visit your house, but due to
weather, heavy demand, and other circumstances beyond the Town’s control, the schedule may change.
The Town/the arborist will leave you a detailed report after the visit. If you are interested in having the
Town’s Arborist visit your home, please call the Town Office at 301-654-7144 to sign up.

                                  CHILI DINNER – GREAT FUN!
The Town Chili Dinner was a huge success. Yes, we mean huge! There were approximately 325 resi-
dents of all ages at the event. All indications are that everyone had a great time. John Henry England,
the rock star of the younger set, provided entertainment. We know that the kids’ enthusiasm will carry
over to our next event on March 12 when our guest will be Magicians Without Borders at 3:00 pm in the
Leland Center Social Hall.

                                 The Leland Center will sponsor a
                          TRASH AND TREASURE FLEA MARKET
                    SATURDAY, APRIL 22           10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
                  at the Leland Center Parking Lot, 4301 Willow Lane

Bring your “Trash” and turn it into “Treasures” at our Community Flea Market! Families or indi-
viduals may rent table(s) to display and sell their wares for as little as $10 or they may wish to
donate an item(s) for sale at the Community Advisory Committee table whose sales will benefit
the Leland Community Center. Tables are rented on a first-come-first-served basis. Space is
limited. For general information and cost of vendor tables, contact Ingrid or Alex at 301-652-

                                                         MARYLAND TAX RETURN 2005
                                                               FORM 502 RESIDENT
                                                One of the major sources of revenue that the Town
                                                receives each year is the Town’s share of income
                                                taxes, which each resident pays to the State of
                                                Maryland. Remember to write “Town of Chevy
                                                Chase” in the box marked city, town or taxing
                                                area. This will insure that a portion of your tax
                                                dollars will return to the Town.

                                    HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
          The Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership is seeking host families for uni-
           versity students from the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. The students will arrive in mid-
            June and stay here for eight weeks. The program brings together Catholic and Protestant
             young adults in order to further the process of peace in Northern Ireland. The students
             have a full schedule of internships, workshops, meetings and social events. Terry and
    David Eason, Jim Gray, Pat and Larry O’Rourke, Colet and Roger Mitchell, Cindy and Dennis
Flannery, Amy Kossoff and Rob Enelow, Lisa and Murray Horwitz and Cathy and Mier Wolf have hosted
students in the past and are avid supporters of the program. If you have an interest in this exciting pro-
gram and a spare bed or two, please call Terry Eason at 301-657-4343 for details.

                                 Joanne Hurt, Deputy Executive Director
ALL SAINTS ALL DAY is currently celebrating 30 years of quality child care in the Chevy Chase commu-
nities. In 1989, ASAD opened a site at the Leland Community Center which serves children two to five
years of age. Many current students and alumni live in the Town of Chevy Chase. The staff and parents
of ASAD have planned many festive events to celebrate their thirty year history. On March 25 at 11 am
Turley the Magician will perform at the All Saints Church Great Hall at 3 Chevy Chase Circle. All of our
current and alumni family, friends and prospective students are invited to join us.

New Program for ASAD!
Over the past 30 years, ASAD has grown to include 11 sites. This year ASAD is opening a new Pre Kin-
dergarten program at Somerset Elementary School beginning August 2006. This program will serve chil-
dren who are at least 4 years old by September 1, 2006. The class will consist of 20 students and two
teachers. The hours are 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. The cost is $915 per month for five days per week enroll-
ment and $615 per month for three days per week enrollment. Extended day care is available to children
who are five years old. The Pre Kindergarten program is built on our core philosophy of nurturing each
child’s social and emotional growth. ASAD teachers take great care in getting to know each child, ena-
bling them to better support the child’s growth in sense of self, respect of others, personal responsibility
and empathy. We believe in using teaching methods that match the way children develop and learn.

Our curriculum incorporates language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, motor skill de-
velopment, and social and emotional development. Our teachers plan learning activities to build on and
extend children’s thinking. This program will provide children with the tools needed for success in Kin-
dergarten. For more information please visit the ASAD website at or call Rose
Beckner at 301-654-8143.

ASAD Summer Camp for Kindergarten – Sixth Graders
Our summer camp offers engaging, friendly and experience-rich opportunities for summer fun. Children
are able to explore their interests during our morning specialist sessions and relish in the relaxed pace of
summer each afternoon. Swimming and field trips are offered each week. ASAD camp counselors pro-
vide excellent leadership and guidance. Our counselors work in our school age programs during the year
and bring his or her experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to the camp day. Children choose a special
activity for each session. Specials include: hockey, open studio, spy games, basketball, drama, invention
dimension, trailblazers, tennis, space odyssey, food on the go, soccer and dance. Each two week ses-
sion is $510 for the core day (8:30 am to 3:00 pm) or $590 for the extended day. For more information
please visit our website: or call Asanki Abeyratne at 301-656-4270.

                           BETHESDA HELP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
                    Volunteer and be a part of this vital community service!
Bethesda Help, an all volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1968, provides emergency short-term
financial aid and food to the working poor of southern Montgomery County. We have several unique op-
portunities for volunteers. Work one day a month or less frequently as a substitute. We work with your
time schedule. Training provided for all jobs.

Officer of the Day: Call our secure answering service several times on the day that you are scheduled to
work. Talk with clients/social workers on your telephone line about their specific aid requests and make
follow-up phone calls about each case. Home or cell-phone based. 100% secure – volunteer phone
numbers always remain private.

Driver: Use your own vehicle to drive clients to medical appointments and/or deliver food bags to needy
This is a great way for stay-at-home Moms/Dads, people with flexible/part-time work schedules and
homebound people to make a difference in our community. For more information, contact Nancy Horton,
301-654-1559 or Thanks!

     There are several areas in Town that have a persistent problem with dog owners allowing their dogs
     to defecate in the rights-of-way and other green spaces. Residents in these areas report the
    incidents to the Town office. In an effort to remedy this issue, we are asking that you show courtesy
     to your neighbors by not letting your dog defecate on the public rights-of-way, private property, other
     than your own, or in the Town parks. We have placed DOGIPOTS strategically around Town. We
hope that you will make a habit of using these containers when walking your dogs. Remember that your
dogs should always be on a leash when they are not in a fenced portion of your yard. Thanks for your

                               Order by March 10 – Delivery on March 19
Local Scouts will deliver the mulch to your driveway on Sunday, March 19, 2006. The mulch comes in 3
cubic feet bags. One bag covers up to a 15 square foot area at a 2-inch depth. Orders must be received
by March 10, 2006. Supply is limited, so orders that cannot be filled will be returned with checks. Please
make checks payable to: BSA Troop 255. All orders must be paid in advance. Questions? Call Kyle
Saylor at 301-655-4251 or Carlton Klein at 301-657-3327. Go to the Troop’s website to download the
flyer and order form:
                         Rates (Includes Delivery, no extra charges or tipping)
    15 bags or less…$5.00/bag             16 to 25 bags…$4.75               26 or more …$4.50/bag

                            THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE
            Enjoy great performances of classical, pop, world music, jazz, folk fun and more!
         March 7,8,14,21,22,28,29 – Afternoon Tea. Music and Tea at the Strathmore Mansion.
                      March 11,23,31 – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concerts
For tickets and further information, please call 301-581-5100 to request information or visit the website: Strathmore is located on Rockville Pike adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore sta-
tion on Metro’s Red Line.

                                     ROUND HOUSE THEATRE
                                        4545 East-West Highway
                         THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW by William Nicholson
                          2004 Tony Nominee for Best Play! April 5 – 30, 2006
This acclaimed Broadway hit, by the author of Shadowlands, is a remarkable examination of a marriage.
Called “subtle and powerful” by The New Yorker, this compelling drama is a tender, intimate and unspar-
ing look at the complicated puzzle that is the human heart. Gannett Newspapers called it “the best new
play in twenty years.” Roundhouse Theatre suggests that you come find out why.

DATE:            MONDAY, MARCH 27              10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
The MVA on Wheels will be set up at the intersection of North Park Avenue and
Friendship Heights Boulevard near the Friendship Heights Village Center. The
mobile unit is usually in front of the Village Office on the fourth Monday of each
month. For details of the services offered at the MVA on Wheels, call the MVA
at 1- 800-950-1682.
      The FORECAST is published monthly by the Town of Chevy Chase, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815;
      phone: 301/654-7144; fax: 301/718-9631; E-mail: Mier Wolf, Editor. Copies are
      mailed to all Town residents. The Town Council meets in open session the second Wednesday of each month in the
      Town Hall.      All residents are invited to attend.     Copies of the FORECAST are available online at
                             MAGICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS – MARCH 12 AT 3 PM

      We hope this date is already noted on your calendar, but just in case you haven’t heard Magicians
      Without Borders will be our guest performers at our March event.

      Magicians Without Borders began when Tom Verner, a professor of Psychology, was traveling through
      Eastern Europe in 2001 and did some magic shows in the refugee camps of Kosovo and Macedonia. The
      shows were so well received, that Tom decided to take a leave from his teaching and perform full time.
      Magicians Without Borders performs magic shows for children in refugee camps, orphanages and hos-
      pitals around the world -often in war torn places where love, laughter and magic are desperately needed.
      Tom and his wife Janet, a visual artist and teacher, performing as a mime and clown in the shows, have
      traveled to Ethiopia, Haiti, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Chad, Bangladesh, India and Ne-
      pal.. Tom and his daughter Mira traveled to India and Mira was also along on the Haiti trip. Tom says,
      "I like to think that the magic brings not only laughter and surprise, but on some deeper level perhaps,
      magic plants seeds of hope. Hope that the impossible is possible. Hope that after years of waiting in a
      refugee camps, the waiting will end and the people will go home again."

          Public Hearing Notice                                Town Arborist Program
          New Setback Ordinance in Effect                      Flea Market
          Summary of Setbacks Ordinance                        Events In and Around Town
          New Town Website                                     Boy Scout Troop 255
          Mayor Appoints Volunteers                            Magicians Without Borders

  Town of Chevy Chase                                                                                       PRSRT STD
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  Chevy Chase, MD 20815                                                                                        PAID
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William H. Hudnut III, Mayor
Linna Barnes, Vice Mayor
Scott Orbach, Secretary
Robert Enelow, Treasurer
Mier Wolf, Community Liaison

Todd C. Hoffman

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