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Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan

Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan cover The 2013 Approved and Adopted Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan updates the 1990 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Master Plan for the area surrounding the proposed Purple Line Station at Connecticut Avenue.  It makes recommendations for zoning, urban design, the transportation network, and the environment, focusing on the redevelopment of the Center, a 25-acre area around the planned station. 

In the Center, the plan recommends replacing lower-scale, single-use, automobile-oriented development with medium-scale, mixed-use, and transit-, bicycle-, and pedestrian-oriented development, including affordable housing, that is compatible with the character of the surrounding community.  The Plan further recommends that redevelopment be staged with the construction of the Purple Line, with limited development allowed before the Purple Line and more after the line is constructed. 

The Plan recommends two significant new public open spaces and greatly expands the pedestrian and bicycle network in the Plan Area.  The Plan also includes measures to expand tree cover in the Center and protect the Coquelin Run stream valley. 

On October 16, 2013, the bi-county Planning Commission adopted the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. With the County Council's July 30, 2013, approval, the Sector Plan is now final, Approved and Adopted. The final version of the document, which incorporates the changes included in the Council Resolution (pdf, 1.6MB), will be available later in the year.

Sectional Map Amendment

Planning staff has begun the Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) process to update the official zoning maps to reflect the new zoning recommended by the Sector Plan. On October 24, 2013, the Planning Board approved a request to file the SMA with the County Council. Staff filed the Application (number G-958) on October 30, 2013. The County Council has set Tuesday, December 10, 2013, for a public hearing on the SMA. Within 60 days of the public hearing, the Council is expected to make a decision on the proposed SMA.

The SMA application G-958 may be viewed at the following locations:

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, staff will discuss the Planning Board's recommendation for the SMA. The Board's recommendation will be submitted as testimony for the Council's December 10 public hearing. View the staff report.(pdf, 2.1MB)

Design Guidelines

We are also updating the Design Guidelines that will accompany the Plan and guide the design of future redevelopment in Chevy Chase Lake. 

View the Chevy Chase Lake Design Guidelines which was presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, July 24.

If you have questions, please contact Margaret Rifkin at 301.495.4583 or



Elza Hisel-McCoy

Date of last update: November 15, 2013