November 20, 2020, Meg Maguire, Nancy MacWood, & Andrea Rosen
To achieve racial and economic equity in this city, and to gain the confidence and community buy-in necessary to do that, we recommend that Council: 1) Retain the current plan as a starting point, as flawed as it may be; 2) Immediately focus our city government capacities on implementing best practices in community visioning and planning to develop community-driven Small Area Plans; and 3) Identify specific sites and potentially convertible spaces and buildings in each ward that can produce affordable housing to strengthen our neighborhoods and enable low income families to achieve a better and more equitable future.
October 13, 2020, Kirby Vining
C100 October 12, 2020 letter to the Zoning Commission, objecting to the Zoning Commission’s August 5, 2020 letter to the Council encouraging the Council to pass the amended Comprehensive Plan because delay in passing the Plan “is having a negative effect on ((Zoning Commission)) progress.”
August 24, 2020, Kirby Vining
The draft Comprehensive Plan fails to address the problems COVID has caused and continues to cause for our city. We recommend that the Council return the draft plan to the Office of Planning to properly include language addressing these dire problems.
May 15, 2020, Kirby Vining
The current version of the Comprehensive PIan is in force and will serve us well as residents, businesses and the government absorb and analyze the assumptions embedded in the amendments against the realities exposed by and resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 10, 2020, Kirby Vining
These “amendments” to the Comprehensive Plan constitute a rewrite (a major revision and not an amendment as described in Implementation Element Section 2513.2) making major changes and rewrites to policies without the public engagement required. (see Implementation Element Section 2507.4, Policy IM-1.5.2 Promoting Community Involvement). This has been a top-down process and all amendments that exceed the scope of an amendment cycle should be removed, and a rewrite with extensive community involvement should be started soon with the new plan to be completed by 2026 as envisioned in the 2006 plan.
November 21, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) is urging Mayor Bowser to extend the 60-day public comment period, from December 20, 2019 to April 1, 2020, for the 1500 pages of amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan posted for public review by her Office of Planning (OP). Further, the deadline for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions should be extended to May 1, 2020.
November 18, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen, Chair
The C100 urges Mayor Bowser to extend the public comment period on the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Elements, released on October 15, from December 20, 2019 to April 1, 2020.
October 2019, Larry Hargrove & Laura Richards
On October 8, the City Council, urged on by Mayor Bowser, acted to smack down citizen activism with its vote aimed at making zoning decisions appeal-proof. But at what cost? Eager to keep the developers’ cranes in the air, the Council transferred a sizeable portion of its own authority under the Home Rule Act to the Zoning Commission. A proverbial giant sucking sound might have been audible as the vote on the Plan’s Framework Element proceeded and part of our self-government drained away.
June 29, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen
C100 urges Chair Mendelson to consider postponing the vote on the Comprehensive Plan Framework if is not responsive, too dense to be analyzed in a few days, or should be furthered amended after talking to Council members.
February 5, 2018, Meg Maguire
Mayor Muriel Bowser has submitted legislation to the DC City Council to amend the Framework Element of the DC Comprehensive Plan, the city’s most important land use law. The bill strips citizens and their elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) from effectively challenging development projects. The DC City Council will hold a hearing on B22-0663 Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendment Act of 2018, a.k.a. The Developer’s Wish List Act, on March 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM at City Hall.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your ANC and your Council Members immediately. Sign up to testify on Tuesday, March 20 @ 2:00 PM at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 500 by contacting email@example.com or calling Sydney Hawthorne at 202-724-7130 and provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation if any and title by COB Friday, March 16, 2018.
September 25, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
For a year, the Committee of 100 has asked for the redrafted Framework Element, or at least a reliable time when it would be released. The Office of Planning has had the public’s submitted amendments now for two months and is reportedly planning to issue a report on which amendments OP will present to Council and which your agency will not support. This unique and unsupportable process has permitted OP to judge citizen’s policy preferences before sharing the information that is influencing your decisions. This is absurdly backwards. It makes no sense and is neither fair nor transparent. The Committee of 100 calls on the Office of Planning to release the draft Framework Element immediately.
May 15, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) has issued a statement in opposition to a specific provision in the “Priorities Statement” issued by a coalition of DC-area developers and non-profit organizations under the auspices of Greater Greater Washington, that would empower the Zoning Commission (ZC) to ignore the Council-adopted Comprehensive Plan.
The coalition’s proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Plan would: “Clarify zoning authority. Through the Comprehensive Plan, the District should affirm that the Zoning Commission has the purview to allow increased density for Planned Unit Developments that supersedes the levels in the Comprehensive Plan’s maps in exchange for community benefits.”
May 8, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen, Nancy MacWood, & Laura Richards
The C100 rejects the “clarification” proposal as a spurious attempt to use affordable housing as a vehicle to avoid future challenges to Zoning Commission decisions and to destroy the ability of citizens to challenge developments that are inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Maps.
February 24, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
The inclusion of the new multi-faceted Resilience Element in the Comprehensive Plan is an important step forward for our city. The Committee of 100’s Parks and Environment Subcommittee has recently completed a detailed study on how the District can adapt to climate change. This study is the first in a series of issues we will be addressing as noted in our letter to you of Feb. 20. It includes some policies and action items proposed for inclusion in the Resiliency Element that are briefly summarized below.
February 24, 2017, Parks & Environment Subcommittee
DC Office of Planning (OP) and DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) recommend that climate resilience be incorporated in the DC Comprehensive Plan. We commend them for this important forward-looking step. Climate change will cause rising water levels and increased flooding. To add to these challenges, there will be more people living in the city. DC's 2015 population was 672,228, and OP projects population will increase to 987,245 in 2045.
OP, Citywide Community Workshop #6, 3 Nov. 2016. DOEE, "Climate Ready DC: The District of Columbia's Plan to Adapt to a Changing Climate, draft for public comment" 10, 16 (2013). Rising temperatures caused by climate change and effects on other infrastructure such as Metro, communications, Metrorail, and utilities are beyond the scope of this report.
February 20, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
We envision an amended Plan that includes and inspires all residents and stakeholders. The amended Plan should accommodate growth while respecting the District's built assets and national environment. Most of all, the Plan must respect both current, as well as future residents of the District of Columbia. Under these broad goals, we expect to focus on the following areas during this amendment cycle: (1) creating inclusive, successful neighborhoods; (2) strengthening historic districts and other resources; (3) building a working transportation system; and (4) fostering a resilient environment.
February 13, 2017, Caroline Petti
Some developers are taking aim at DC’s Comprehensive Plan— a key planning document that provides a framework for future city growth and development— in hopes of expediting projects by avoiding legal challenges by residents. Specifically, they are hoping to modify the Plan to preempt the ability of residents to challenge Planned Unit Developments (PUD).
June 21, 2016, Beth Purcell
The Committee of 100 is concerned with the overall Parks and Open Space Element. However, certain issues are particularly important, and particularly the Anacostia Park/RFK issue.