National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — September 2012

A Conversation with Tommy Wells

DC Councilmember and NCPC Commissioner Tommy Wells recently stopped by our offices for a live chat with NCPC’s Julia Koster. Councilman Wells talked about many issues of interest to Washington residents including efforts to improve the city’s waterfronts, how to balance local and federal interests, the impact of the SW Ecodistrict, and the role of public architecture. Councilman Wells noted that “we want to grow as a city, but we want to be smart about it.”

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October 4, 2012
New Start Time — 1:00 PM

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Urban Design Element Policies to be Released for Public Comment

Earlier this year you told us your ideas for the Comp Plan’s new Urban Design Element. We heard you, and at its November 1 meeting the Commission will be asked to release the draft element for a 90-day public comment period. What’s in it? The element goes in-depth on policies to better integrate federal campuses into their neighboring communities, improve public space, and activate federal building’s streetscapes. Mark the evening of November 14 for a public event.

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A Look Back at September’s Commission Meeting

Last month the Commission approved preliminary and final site development plans for the Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Manmade Famine of 1932-1933. It will be located on a currently underutilized triangular site near Union Station identified in NCPC’s Memorials and Museums Master Plan as an ideal memorial location. Features include a six-foot tall bronze sculptural wall; a bas relief of wheat that gradually recedes into the wall; a five foot long panel a short dedication and text about the event and its victims; and a plaza facing Massachusetts Avenue.

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And a Look Ahead at October’s

Projects on the October agenda include the Comp Plan’s updated Environmental Element and a new commissary at Fort Belvoir’s North Post. The Commission is also expected to hear an information presentation on two projects from the National Mall Design Competition: Constitution Gardens and Sylvan Theater. Remember, meetings now start at 1:00 p.m.

View October Tentative Agenda

Eisenhower Memorial Update

While review of the Eisenhower Memorial has not been scheduled, you can see preliminary site and building plans, and other related information at NCPC’s website.

View Eisenhower Memorial Materials