National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — March 2014

April 9 Speaker Series | Talk vs. Action: Making Your Opinion Count

Planners use many techniques to get people involved and provide feedback, and new ways to communicate are revolutionizing this process. Informal thoughts and opinions are now shared via blogs, Twitter, and online public comment portals. Yet, the robust voices of the online community do not always show up at public hearings or in formal testimony. Join us on April 9 when NCPC will host a panel of experts who will explore how these new formats are transforming the public process and how planners should incorporate traditional and new voices in their work.

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April 3, 2014 | 1:00PM

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Commission Reviews Washington Monument Visitor Screening Facility

At their March meeting, the Commission approved preliminary site and building plans for a visitor screening facility at the Washington Monument. The plans submitted by the National Park Service call for replacing the current temporary facility with a permanent structure. Originally, facility designs fell into four categories: through the landscape; through the plaza; on the plaza; and escorted options. This larger group of alternatives was narrowed down to six options that were then studied for their impact on the Monument and surrounding grounds. The preferred alternative is a glass pavilion that would provide queuing space for up to 25 visitors, screening equipment, an office, and a staff restroom.

Check out a slideshow of the options

Potential April Commission Meeting Agenda Items

Tentative Agenda Items for the upcoming April 3 Commission meeting include the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and the American Pharmacists Association Building at 2215 Constitution Avenue, NW. Preliminary site and building plan reviews are requested for both projects. Other projects tentatively scheduled for review include a visitor screening facility at the Pentagon and the master plan of the Naval Support Facility in Arlington.

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Take Aways

NCPC thanks our intern Mathieu Philippot for his contributions to the agency.

Be sure to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from March 20 through April 12.

On March 20, NCPC’s Diane Sullivan and Beth Miller presented “The Next Phase of the SWEcodistrict” to a sold-out crowd at the National Building Museum.

Over 100 people came to NCPC’s Planning Law & Order Speaker Series event. You can watch it here.