National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — June 2014

July 10 Event: Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks

Don’t miss the upcoming Speaker Series event: Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Fort Stevens on July 10 at noon in the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater.

Come learn about the development of Washington’s Civil War forts, from their role in the war to their modern day transformation into the public parks and cultural resources known as the Fort Circle Parks.

Learn more and RSVP here

Next Commission Meeting
July 10, 2014 | 1:15PM

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SW Ecodistrict Selected for Target Cities Program

NCPC announced on June 24 that the SW Ecodistrict was selected to participate in the Target Cities program, a two-year partnership of nine development projects aimed at sustainable community development across North America. Notably, three of the nine selected projects are in Washington, DC. Those selected will receive tools and guidance to advance and implement their district-scale community regeneration projects.

EcoDistricts, the Portland, Oregon based nonprofit behind the Target Cities program, announced their commitment to the selected projects on a global stage at the CGI America event this month. CGI America is program of the Clinton Global Initiative, supporting economic growth and social mobility nationwide.

EcoDistricts and the Target Cities Program

June Commission Meeting Recap

At their June Commission meeting Commissioners provided a preliminary review on two draft Master Plans submitted by the Navy for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Washington Navy Yard. Commissioners commented favorably on the overall organization and structure of both plans and provided recommendations for each.

Commissioners approved preliminary site and development plans submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the People’s Garden site improvements and perimeter security project on the grounds of the Whitten Building and the USDA South Building. The proposed program includes a 20-acre open-air agricultural museum with a focus on sustainability, landscape enhancement, and education.

Commissioners also received a status update from representatives of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The design team is exploring options to respond to direction provided by NCPC at its April meeting. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission anticipates providing a response at NCPC’s July meeting.

Information and Commission Actions

Take Aways

The Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative is underway. Get more info at the July 23 public meeting. Event Info.

Provide comments on the SW Ecodistrict Plan Draft Addendum through July 7. Learn more here.

NCPC welcomes its 2014 Summer Associates: Julie Ann Nepomuceno, Tammy Do, and Tori Campbell.

NCPC extends best wishes and thanks to Stephanie Brown and Will Herbig who recently left the agency.