National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — June 2012

Comprehending the Comprehensive Plan – Environment Element

NCPC prepares the Comp Plan’s Federal Elements to assist the federal government in managing its operations and activities in the region. We’re updating all seven elements to ensure their effectiveness and that they support recent planning initiatives. On June 27 at 6:30 pm NCPC invites the public to join a discussion about proposed updates to the Federal Environment element, including policies regarding climate change, air and water quality, noise and light pollution, and energy conservation.

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July 12, 2012 | 12:30 pm

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Creating the SW Ecodistrict

NCPC is in the final stages of drafting the SW Ecodistrict Plan, an innovative effort to transform Washington’s SW Rectangle into a sustainable and livable neighborhood that efficiently uses federal land and natural resources and contributes to the city’s economic vitality and environmental health.

Two upcoming events provide the public with opportunities to learn more about the plan’s environmental and revitalization strategies. On June 22 at 1:00 p.m. the American Planning Association will host an online webinar. On July 12 the draft plan will be released for a 60 day public comment period. You can review the plan and comment online, or attend a public meeting on Thursday, July 19 and provide your feedback in person. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the DC Office of Planning in Southwest Washington.

June 22 APA Webinar >>
July 19 Public Meeting >>

Chairman Testifies about National Mall

On June 1 NCPC Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. discussed NCPC’s role in the development of new memorials in the nation’s capital at a House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Oversight hearing on the future of the National Mall.

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National Mall Design Competition

The Trust for the National Mall sponsored a competition to improve three sites on the National Mall: Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument Ground at Sylvan Theater, and Union Square. A recent event co-sponsored by NCPC and the National Building Museum provided a forum for the competition winners to outline their visions for transforming America’s front yard.

DOD Sustainable Installation Planning Policies Topic of Recent Speaker Series

NCPC’s May 17 Speaker Series presented a discussion on the Department of Defense’s changing standards for master planning that emphasizes sustainable development practices.

June Commission Meeting

NCPC’s deferred action on preliminary and final site and building plans for Phase 1 of the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda, adopted updated policies for the Comp Plan’s Federal Transportation Element, and approved a master plan modification for the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths.

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