National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — January 2012
Beyond Granite Design Competition Announced

In cooperation with the General Services Administration, NCPC is sponsoring a design competition for a new temporary outdoor commemorative installation in Washington, DC.

The competition and planned installation is intended to enhance a prominent but underutilized public space in the city’s monumental core while fostering a public dialogue regarding the nature of commemoration in the nation’s capital.

Learn more about the competition

Next Commission Meeting

February 2, 2012 | 12:30pm

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Discussing the Future of Public Space

We kicked off our 2012 Speaker Series on January 11 at the National Archives with (r)Evolutionary Parks, a panel discussion co-sponsored by the the Trust for the National Mall and the City Parks Alliance. The program provided food for thought for the finalists in the ongoing National Mall Design Competition.

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CapitalSpace Progress Report Released

The newly released CapitalSpace Progress Report provides an update on the work of NCPC and its partner agencies in implementing the six big ideas in the CapitalSpace Plan. Since adopting the plan in 2010, 19 priority action projects were completed – including the improvement of several schoolyards and the installation of new signage and trail guides at the Fort Circle parks.

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Recapping our Achievements – 2011 Year In Review

Our latest Annual Report provides an overview of NCPC's work and accomplishments in FY 2011, and features a conversation with Commission Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. and Executive Director Marcel Acosta.

View our annual report online
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Give Feedback on Draft Plan for Maryland Avenue SW

The DC Office of Planning is seeking public comment on the recently released Maryland Avenue SW Plan, a component of NCPC's Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative. Comments will be accepted through February 3. A public hearing is also scheduled for February 1.

Read the draft plan and submit comments online
Get the details on the upcoming public hearing

NCPC staff are currently developing environmental and urban design recommendations for the overall ecodistrict area, which will be the subject of an upcoming public meeting this spring.

Learn more about the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative

Environmental Assessment for Proposed National Zoo Retaining Wall Available for Public Comment

Submit comments on the proposed alternatives and potential impacts outlined in the Environmental Assessment for the General Services Building and North Road Retaining Wall at the National Zoological Park. The deadline for comments is February 24.

Learn more about this public comment opportunity

New Videos on Housing and Transportation Planning

We've added two new videos to our website, highlighting our ongoing brown bag series.

Housing and Transportation Affordability in the Region
Art Rodgers, Senior Housing Planner for the DC Office of Planning, discusses findings from the regional Housing + Transportation Affordability report produced by the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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Leveraging New Development to Improve Public Transit

Camilla Ween, an architect and planner with Transport for London, explores development's potential to generate funding and creating opportunities to redesign transport infrastructure.

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