The Federal Planning Agency for America's Capital

July 2010

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Don't Forget: No Commission Meeting in August
Next Commission Meeting
 September 2, 2010

NCPC Cinema Now Playing:
Office Sustainability

Coming Soon:
 Comp Plan Update
  Capital Space Plan 
Final Version Now Available

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NCPC seeks input to
improve transparency
and encourage participation. 
GSA Shops Retail
The General Services Administration revealed groundbreaking plans at the July Commission meeting to possibly add a retail element to its national headquarters located at 1800 F Street, NW. The building is long overdue for a major renovation and plans have been on the books since 2005. GSA is taking the re-design opportunity to explore the removal of perimeter security measures and the addition of ground floor retail to enliven the neighborhood while providing amenities for federal workers and visitors. NCPC's The Monumental Core Framework Plan and Activating Federal Places encourage adding ground floor retail and mixed-uses to federal facilities.
Agency Schedules Comprehensive Plan Update 
An update of the Comprehensive Plan, NCPC's blueprint for long term planning is now underway along with the addition of an urban design element. The "Comp Plan" serves as the basis for every project reviewed by staff and the Commission. The adjustment of the plan reflects the evolving nature of the National Capital Region and the recently passed executive order mandating increased sustainability within the federal government. Transportation is the first component getting a makeover, public participation is encouraged.

Join the conversation on July 22 at noon as DCMud hosts a live chat with NCPC Senior Urban Planner David Zaidain to discuss details of the Comp Plan and details on how you can get involved in the update process.
Seven Minutes and Change
toward a Better Region
Where is our region heading? Join us in the Commission Chambers on August 12th as planners and design aficionados from around the area reveal their thoughts in a series of rapid-fire presentations in seven minutes or less. Then, join us on the rooftop to continue the conversation. Presentations start at 6:30 p.m. and rooftop networking begins at 7:30.
AIA Honors Framework Plan
The Monumental Core Framework Plan, a joint effort of the NCPC and the Commission of Fine Arts, received a 2010 Institute Honor Award for Urban Design from the AIA during the organization's national convention in Miami.