Residents of the Chevy Chase Drive, Offutt Lane and Bradley Boulevard neighborhood need worry no longer about parking meters.
"Based on written feedback and comments it received from affected residents and others, the [Montgomery County] Department of Transportation has decided to suspend indefinitely the installation of any new parking meters on Chevy Chase Drive, Offutt Lane and Bradley Boulevard," according to an email from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.
"Moreover, the meter posts that it had already installed will be removed," and the public meeting that the transportation department had scheduled for Dec. 20 to discuss the issue has been cancelled, the email continued.
In mid-October, residents of the neighborhood were shocked to see parking meters being installed in their neighborhood, Bethesda Now reported.
But a few days later, meter installation had been halted, and a residential parking permit program was under consideration, Bethesda Now added. County Spokeswoman Esther Bowring told Bethesda Now that the meters were not intended to generate revenue, but were meant to keep commuters and downtown shoppers from parking free-of-charge in the neighborhood.
Then on Monday, Oct. 22, Montgomery County Council's former President Roger Berliner took some of the blame for the situation, Bethesda Now reported:
“The meter situation was not handled particularly well,” Berliner said. “I’m not clean in respect to this. Our Council approved this, our staff received this from DOT and our [Transportation] Committee recommended it. I’m not blameless in this. That’s why I moved aggressively to say, ‘We made a mistake on this one.’ We hit the reset button on this and we’re going to make it right.”
It would seem that Berliner's "reset" has been effective.