National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — February 2012

Meet Beth White:
NCPC's Newest Commissioner

On January 4, President Obama appointed Beth White to a six-year term as the Commission's At-Large member. Ms. White, who currently directs the Trust for Public Land's Chicago office, brings extensive experience in city planning, housing, and transportation to her new role in helping plan the nation's capital.

An Interview with Commissioner White


Next Commission Meeting
March 1, 2012 | 12:30 pm

Live video from Commission meetings is available online at:


Final agenda [PDF]
Project recommendations
Recent Commission actions


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Intelligence Community Campus Plan Moves Forward

At its February meeting, the Commission approved revised plans for redevelopment of the former National Geospatial Intelligence Agency headquarters in Bethesda into a new Intelligence Community Campus (ICC-B). In December, the Commission asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make changes to the proposed plans and requested additional coordination with the community.

Learn more about plans for the ICC-B

Public Provides Feedback on Federal Urban Design

Local stakeholders and the general public provided NCPC staff with suggestions for improving the urban design of federal buildings, installations, and public spaces during two workshops in January. The collected input will be used to help guide the Commission’s effort to develop a new federal urban design element for the Comprehensive Plan.

View a summary of gathered feedback

Design Competition Submission Deadline Extended

NCPC and GSA extended the submission deadline for the Beyond Granite Design Competition until March 13, 2012. The competition asks artists and designers to propose ideas for an innovative temporary installation or work that commemorates the positive impact of Earth Day, the world's largest civic observance.

Learn more about the design competition

Save the Date: Two Upcoming Speaker Series Events

Agents of Change: Local Perspectives on Federal Design
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 6:30-8:00 PM

NCPC's next Speaker Series event will feature a panel discussion with three local planning directors -- Faroll Hamer from the City of Alexandria, VA, Rollin Stanley from Montgomery County, MD, and Harriet Tregoning from the District of Columbia. The discussion will focus on the impacts federal facilities have on local communities.

Learn more and RSVP

Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 6:30-8:00 PM

Ecodistricts are popping-up throughout the National Capital Region, but each takes a different approach to sustainability. Join this casual spring gathering to hear from those planning the region's future showcases of sustainability.

Learn more and RSVP

NCPC Welcomes Back Mike Sherman

NCPC is proud to welcome back Lieutenant Colonel Mike Sherman, director of the agency's Policy and Research division, from a tour of duty in Iraq as part of his U.S. Army Reserve commitment. Christine Saum, who served as acting director during his absence, will return on a full-time basis to her role as NCPC's Chief Urban Designer.

Our Latest Videos

We've added two new videos to our website.

A Visual History of the National Mall
Tom Luebke, Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, gave a presentation at NCPC as part of a briefing on January 10 for the design firms competing in the National Mall Design Competition, sponsored by the Trust for the National Mall.

Watch the video

Happier, Healthier, Sexier, and Smarter:
Transportation and the Secret of Life

In his presentation on January 10 at NCPC, Jeff Tumlin, principal at transportation planning firm Nelson\Nygaard, offers a slightly irreverent and engaging look at how changing traffic patterns and our method of transportation can improve our quality of life.

Watch the video