In a meeting earlier this month, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the 150-foot height limit for a building adjacent to the proposed light rail line, provided the rail line is funded, The Gazette reported.
The Connecticut Avenue Corridor Commission, which represents many of the municipalities and neighborhoods near Chevy Chase Lake, had requested a 90-foot height limit for that building, The Examiner reported.
Still, the county council has the final say on building heights in the Chevy Chase Lake sector, The Gazette added, so some county residents may take their building height protests to the county council level, The Examiner added.
The redevelopment of the sector—the bulk of which is owned by the Chevy Chase Land Company (other property owners include the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the owners of the Newdale Mews)—is likely to increase traffic congestion on Connecticut Avenue and adjacent roads, county planner Elza Hisel-McCoy said at a planning board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, The Examiner reported.
But Francoise Carrier, chair of the county planning board, expressed the opposite opinion, saying that the project would not bring additional congestion, The Examiner added.
Meanwhile, the development plan for the Chevy Chase Lake sector is behind schedule, The Gazette reported. The plan was to be approved by the planning board and in the hands of the county council by November, but that is unlikely to happen until January, Hisel-McCoy said, The Gazette added.