National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — March 2012

Planning Directors Speak Out
on Federal Urban Design

On March 29, three local planning directorsFaroll Hamer from the City of Alexandria, VA; Rollin Stanley from Montgomery County, MD; and Harriet Tregoning from the District of Columbiawill come together to discuss how the design of federal facilities impacts local communities. This latest Speaker Series event is part of our continuing dialogue on urban design, which will inform development of the new Urban Design Element for the region’s Comprehensive Plan. NCPC’s Chief Urban Designer Christine Saum moderates. The event is hosted in partnership with ULI Washington.

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Next Commission Meeting
April 5, 2012 | 12:30 pm

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National Mall Bikeshare Stations Approved

At its March 1 meeting, the Commission approved installation of the first five Capital Bikeshare stations on the National Mall. The National Park Service expects the first station – which will sit near the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials – to open in time for this spring’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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A Closer Look at Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts

Hear from those planning the region’s future sustainability showcases on April 11. Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts will feature presentations from five different projects, each demonstrating innovations in finance, governance, policy, and design that are helping turn these initiatives into reality.

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Federal Triangle Stormwater Study Wins Award

NCPC's Federal Triangle Stormwater Drainage Study was recognized by the American Planning Association Federal Planning Division as the winner of an Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project Award. NCPC worked with over a dozen federal and local partners to produce the study – which looked at strategies to reduce the risks of stormwater drainage flooding in this important federal precinct.

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