National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — February 2013

Draft Federal Visitors & Commemoration Element Public Forum

NCPC invites the public to weigh in on the Comp Plan’s draft Visitors & Commemoration Element. The proposed policy updates address national commemoration and other cultural attractions, and consider efforts to enhance visitor access such as improved transportation. On February 20, we’re hosting a public forum where NCPC staff will highlight proposed changes and new additions. In case you can’t make the forum, please take the opportunity to share your thoughts now.

View Public Forum Details and Draft Element

Next Commission Meeting
March 7, 2013 | 1:00PM

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March 5 Heightened Conversations Event

NCPC is convening a panel of international experts to discuss the role governments play in managing building height in capital cities and examine strategies to balance city character and economic vitality. The event will take place at 7:00 pm at the National Archives. This is part of a study NCPC and the DC Office of Planning are conducting to examine building heights in Washington.

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New Direction for Public Space in the Federal Triangle

At its February meeting, the Commission provided comments on plans for the space around the Herbert C. Hoover Building that integrates perimeter security while improving the public realm. The landscape proposal for the building, which houses the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Aquarium, and White House Visitors Center, includes security elements that complement the site’s style and scale as well as Capital Bikeshare stations and benches. Although perimeter security elements often degrade public space, in this case the Commission found that the proposed design supports a more pedestrian friendly and sustainable environment.

Watch the Commission meeting presentation

Take Aways

CEQ selects NCR Climate Change Pilot Program as a spotlight community.
Camilla Ween discusses London’s green initiatives on 3/12. The public is welcome.
Video of 1/22 walkable urbanism event at NCPC is available.
NCPC's Executive Director shared the SW Ecodistrict with Ottawa leaders, inspiring parallel efforts.
Current public comment opportunities include NCPC’s Climate Adaptation Plan.