July 7, 2014, Richard Houghton
The SW Ecodistrict Plan seeks to address many problem issues, while also setting a high environmental standard. We commend NCPC for undertaking this project and for undertaking the additional studies that are summarized in The SW Ecodistrict Plan Addendum, particularly the study of building heights within the study area. The Committee raises a number of issues and questions with respect to transportation planning and building heights.
September 10, 2012, Richard Houghton & Monte Edwards
The SW Ecodistrict Plan (SWE Plan) put forward by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) envisions a high performance environmental showcase, with state-of-the-art energy efficiency, green roofs, waste and storm water management and other sustainability initiatives within the context of the L’Enfant grid, restored vistas and a more walkable, vibrant and programmatically diverse 24-7 neighborhood. The Committee of 100 encourages these goals and objectives, applauds the guiding document that has been produced and recognizes that considerably more work is needed to move the vision to reality. The Committee also suggests that flexibility and adaptability will be essential in the future, as sustainable technologies evolve over an optimistic 20 to 25 year—or longer—build out.