September 24, 2018, Stephen A. Hansen
The draft guidelines as they stand now are simply a giveaway to industry and there are still far too many questions unanswered. Precise information must be extracted from industry and the DC government as to the actual practical consequences, both immediate and longer term, of what is currently being proposed and pushed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.