National Capital Planning Commission

June 2011 


Next Commission Meeting

July 7, 2011 . 12:30 PM

Tentative Agenda  

(Available Friday, June 17) 


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at its July meeting.
(Available Friday, June 17)

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Upcoming Events


President's Park South Design Competition Public Display

 June 21 - 27, 2011
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM | Details  


National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission

June 23, 10:30 AM | Details  


Presidents Park South

Design Competition Showcase

June 28, 12:30 PM | Details 


  Maryland Avenue SW Plan

July 14, 6:30 PM | Details  


Southwest Ecodistrict Meeting

July 26, 6:30 PM | Details 




New in NCPC Cinema



2011 Speaker Series: Contemporary Design,

Historic City


Podcast: Part 1 | Part 2

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NCPC to Unveil Competition Designs for President's Park South


NCPC invited five talented architecture and landscape design firms to develop concepts to beautify the security components and improve the visitor experience at President's Park South, located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW. 

Beginning Tuesday, June 21 and running through Monday, June 27, the public is invited to view the project teams' designs on NCPC's website and at the White House Visitor Center (1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). The center is open daily from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. The public can share their opinions both online and at the visitor center.

On Tuesday, June 28 NCPC will host a public showcase where representatives from the five firms will present their concepts for President's Park South. All public opinions will be shared with NCPC's Interagency Security Task Force, which will rank the finalists and announce the competition winner on July 7, 2011.

President's Park South Design Competition Public Display

June 21 - 27, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Daily

White House Visitor Center
or online at

Display Details


President's Park South Design Competition Showcase

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 12:30 PM

National Capital Planning Commission


Southwest Ecodistrict Update

Southwest Ecodistrict 

Incorporating comments received at the May 19 public input meeting, NCPC staff is creating development scenarios and 

preliminary recommendations for the Southwest Ecodistrict. Concurrently, the District Office of Planning (DCOP) is developing preliminary recommendations for the Maryland Avenue SW corridor.

Two meetings in July will provide the public with opportunities to learn about these plans. On July 14 DCOP will present land use, urban design, transportation, and public real estate recommendations for the Maryland Avenue SW corridor and CSX railway corridor between 14th and 12th Streets, SW. Their draft plan will be released in September. On July 26 NCPC will share draft recommendations for overall sustainability and livability strategies for the Southwest Ecodistrict study area, with a focus on the 10th Street Corridor. Public feedback is encouraged at both meetings.

Newschannel 8 ran a story on the Southwest Ecodistrict and interviewed project manager Elizabeth Miller and sustainability planner Diane Sullivan.

Maryland Avenue SW Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, July 14 | 6:30 PM

Waterfront Station

Event Details


Southwest Ecodistrict Public Meeting

Tuesday, June 26 | 12:30 PM

Waterfront Station

Top Honors
The National Association of Government Communicators recognized NCPC's efforts with both a 2011 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award. The first place Blue Pencil Award honored graphic design work associated with the Daniel Burnham documentary film screening held on the National Mall last June. The agency's monthly e-newsletter ranked second nationally and received a Gold Screen Award. 

The Committee of 100 for the Federal City presented one of its 2011 Vision Awards to the National Park Service for the Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail initiative. NCPC nominated the project, as connecting the Fort Circle Parks is one of the CapitalSpace initiative's Six Big Ideas. The Committee of 100 also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to former NCPC Chair Elizabeth "Libby" Ulman Rowe. Ms. Rowe, NCPC's first female Chair, was at the Commission from 1961-1968.

Phelps Architectural and Engineering Senior High recognized NCPC architect Ken Walton for his volunteer work mentoring students in a semester-long urban design competition with the Washington Architectural Foundation.