The Committee of 100 participates in Council oversight of the Office of Planning, the Office of Zoning, the Zoning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Adjustment to convey how these agencies and bodies interact to support sound land use and development decision-making and the public interest. The Committee of 100 urges the independence of the regulatory bodies with a dedicated staff that would allow the Office of Planning to regain its primary function under the mayor. C100 links the Council’s interest in ensuring transparency, dissemination of disaggregated data, racial and economic equity and inclusion, and full public engagement in public processes with proposed zoning actions that often conflict with the Council’s goals as expressed in the Comprehensive Plan for the District of Columbia.

 

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C100 Statement For The April 24, 2024 OP & OZ Budget Hearing

Shelly Repp

C100 statement for the D.C. Council Committee of the Whole, Performance Oversight hearings for the Office of Planning and Office of Zoning, April 23, 2024

Date added: May 1, 2024
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C100 Testimony DC Council OAG Oversight

Sondra Mills

We urge greater transparency by OAG regarding its efforts to secure DCHA’s compliance with the law. The public needs to know whether OAG’s cases have achieved any real change in DCHA’s practices.

Date added: February 28, 2024
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C100 Testimony DC Council OAG Oversight

Laura Richards

We urge the OAG to take a step back and look at the results of 25 years of high-density development. The District lost 60,000 African-American residents during that period. IZ doesn’t work; it simply gives away bonus density for pocket change.

Date added: February 28, 2024
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C100 Testimony DC Council Performance Oversight Hearing On OP And OZ

Shelly Repp


Testimony on issues including developers vs. neighborhoods, racial equity, blanket corridor upzoning, relief from parking requirements, historic presveration, the Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and the need for independent expertise.

Date added: February 22, 2024
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C100 Testimony DC Council Zoning Oversight

Kirby Vining

C100 testified at the D.C. Council's annual performance oversight hearing on the Office of Zoning for FY20 on March 18, 2021, focusing on the Commission's appearance of favoritism toward the development community and the Commission's failure to comply with basic provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.  C100 asserted that these shortcomings undermined public confidence in the Commission's work.

Date added: March 18, 2021
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C100 Testimony Zoning Oversight

Laura Richards

The statement of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City centers on the need to rebuild public trust in the District's zoning function among rank and file residents. There exists a widespread perception that the playing field is tilted toward development at any cost, with little or no consideration for either the wishes of affected residents or the guidance contained in the D.C. Comprehensive Plan.

Date added: February 28, 2018
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C100 Comments On Proposed Revisions To 1 CFR Chapter VI

Stephen A. Hansen


In May, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) released for public comment - proposed revisions to current regulation 1 CFR Chapter VI for NCPC's administrative responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act and to the Submission Guidelines for projects requiring NCPC review and approval. On July 10, the C100 submitted comments complimenting the Commission and Commission staff on the clarity and general improvement of both. While the C100 proposed few detailed changes on either draft, it raised three broad policy issues requesting better definition or greater administrative clarity in both drafts: 1)Stronger policy link between NEPA and the National Historic Preservation Act; 2) Better description of NCPC's internal processes for "triggering" Categorical Exclusions (CATEX); and, 3) Better definition of and opportunities for public participation throughout the process.

Date added: July 10, 2017
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C100 Testimony OAG 2018 Budget

Meg Maguire

The AG’s insistence on code enforcement in the DigiMedia and Sanford Capital cases that the C100 has followed, backed by tough legal action, inspires citizen confidence. We urge the Council to fund the $2 million increase in the Litigation Support Fund in the 2018 budget so that more of the fine legal work of the Office of the Attorney General can benefit our beloved city.

Date added: April 24, 2017
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C100 Letter To Mayor Bowser Regarding Appointments

Nancy MacWood


We respectfully recommend that vacancies or expired terms for boards and commissions be posted immediately and that specific details about qualifications for the position be posted. We also recommend that the public be given at least one month to notice the vacancy and apply for the position.

Date added: May 27, 2015
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C100 Urges Mayor-Elect Bowser To Promote Planning And Sustainability

Nancy MacWood


The Committee of 100 on the Federal City today called on Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser to amend her Transition Plan to include planning and sustainability as core principles of her Administration.

Date added: December 17, 2014
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Letter from Harriet Tregoning responding to C100 Letter to Chairman Hood

Harriett Tregoning


The Office of Planning is in receipt of your letter dated June 16, 2012 to the Zoning Commission. Once again, we must reject your conclusion and the assertions that you have chosen to try to represent as facts and cite in your letter. Mr. Clark, we have plenty of legitimate concerns and issues to discuss around the zoning update and the future of the city. It is very unfortunate that you chose instead to try to create a controversy where none exists instead of allowing us and your members to have substantive interactions around real issues.

Date added: June 25, 2012
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C100 Letter to Zoning Commission Chair Hood regarding Zoning Regulations Rewrite Update

George Clark


he C100 has participated also in most of the 42 hearings cited by Ms. Steingasser and recognizes the extensive work that has gone into the code revision. We acknowledge the process has been tiresome; however, rushing to the finish line without extensive public outreach and discourse diminishes the integrity of the process, and appears to be an end run around the public. C100 strongly encourages the Zoning Commission to require a plan to implement extensive outreach in all wards and to require the process be repeated each time new text is brought forward for setdown.

Date added: June 18, 2012
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C100 Testimony before City Council Requesting Money for DOT to Study Expansion of Freight Rail

Monte Edwards


Monte Edwards testifies on behalf of the Committee of 100 before the DC City Council requesting that the Council include in the budget for the Department of Transportation funds sufficient to study how the expansion of rail freight operations will affect commuter and passenger rail operations over the shared rail facilities in SW Washington, including the Long Bridge.

Date added: April 25, 2012
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C100 Testimony before City Council regarding Budget Oversight of the Office of Planning

Alma Gates


Alma Gates testifies on behalf of the Committee of 100 before the DC City Council regarding budget oversight of the Office of Planning.

Date added: April 20, 2012
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C100 Testimony before City Council regarding Funding for the Office of Planning to Conduct a Study on the Expansion of Freight Rail

Monte Edwards


Monte Edwards testifies on behalf of the Committee of 100 before the DC City Council recommending that monies be appropriated to allow the Office of Planning to conduct a study of freight rail expansion in the city.

Date added: April 20, 2012
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Loretta Neumann Testimony Before DC Council Regarding OP Oversight On Behalf Of Historic Districts Council

Loretta Neumann


C100 testimony stating our concern about the long delays in filling positions on the Historic Preservation Review Board.

Date added: February 9, 2012
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Suzette Hemberger C100 Testimony DC Council OP Oversight

Suzette Hemberger


C100 testimony stating our concern that while we see lots of work on development coming out of the Office of Planning, we don’t see nearly enough effort devoted to actual planning.

Date added: February 9, 2012
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Loretta Nemann C100 Testimony DC Council OP Oversight

Loretta Neumann


C100 testimony supporting the intent of the bill, which we feel could do much to improve the visibility and effectiveness of many DC boards and commissions. We do, however, have several concerns about its implementation.

Date added: February 9, 2012
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C100 Testimony before City Council regarding the Office of Planning’s Streetcar Land Use Study

Meg Maguire


Meg Maguire testifies on behalf of the C100 noting that the streetcar system offers a permanent improvement that says to investors: “We are here for the long haul.” But ultimately, land development should not revolve around maximizing assessed value to generate tax revenue. We have one of the last great opportunities to create new, healthy, demographically diverse communities with convenient access to stable, high quality jobs and an enviable mix of public transportation that historically have made this city so desirable.

Date added: February 1, 2012