We had a great turnout at the January 20th Forum on the DC Comp Plan Amendments. See this link for pictures >> https://www.facebook.com/DCGrassrootsPlan/
All Eight Wards in attendance! Resolution passed to send a letter to Chairman Phil Mendelson asking him to bounce the unsubstantiated amendments back to OP to get the public feedback as the agency promised.
Handouts from meeting here >> grassrootsplanning.us/dc/events/jan20
VISIT THE OFFICE OF PLANNING WEBSITE >> plan.dc.gov
DC Grassroots Planning Coalition Meetings
Saturday, February 10th
CITYWIDE COALITION GATHERING
Christ United Methodist Church.
2:00pm to 4:00pm
900 4th St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024
HERE'S THE FLYER (please download and share)
(please consider attending the march against slumlord Geoff Griffis in solidarity with Congress Heights tenants prior to the grassroots citywide gathering - meet at noon at the Cleveland Park Metro Station)
Saturday, March 10th
[Note: the Coalition typically meets every second Saturday from 1:30-4 at a rotating location. To offer a meeting space, please contact Parisa@empowerdc.org]
Coalition City Council Action Days
Tuesday, February 20th
Meet in the first floor lobby at 11 AM - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
The Day will include visible presence at the Committee of the Whole, catching/talking to Council members and their staff in the halls, and pre-scheduled visits/walk around in the afternoon. More details as the plans are set. RSVP to join us as we walk the halls of the Wilson Building, Parisa, 202-234-9119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 23rd
Advocacy meetings with Council offices. RSVP to join us in meeting with specific Councilmembers at the Wilson Building, Parisa, 202-234-9119, email@example.com
Agency Oversight Hearings for Office of Planning & Zoning
Wednesday, February 28th
starting sometime after 10 AM (they are the 3rd and 4th agencies on the list)
Room 500, Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
This schedule could change, but please mark your calendar and plan to be there.
We will provide talking points at the February 10th Coalition meeting.
City Council Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan
Tuesday, March 20th
Starting at 2:00pm, at the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
COMP PLAN COUNCIL HEARING -- Weigh in on OP's amendments to the Framework Element
The Chairman has shared he will hold a hearing; the announcement has not officially come out yet. Mark your calendar and help us pack the room!
Look out for a Coalition Sign-On form, Comp Plan Fact Sheet (and draft resolution) and other materials! //
For more information contact Parisa at (202) 234-9119 x 100
Write to the Coalition Steering Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANCs Hit Comp Plan Changes at Meeting with Mendelson
PRESS ALERT -- January 30, 2018
About 100 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners filled a meeting at the Wilson Building Monday evening (1-29-18) called by Council Chair Phil Mendelson to hear Office of Planning Director Eric Shaw explain the changes to the DC Comprehensive Plan that OP has submitted to the Council, but the commissioners would have none it.
From across the District, but particularly from Wards 1, 4, 7 and 8, commissioners condemned OPs proposals because:
- ANC's had not been given the opportunity to review and comment on the changes, as promised by OP and required by law. In fact, Dir. Shaw did not deny that he had told an earlier meeting that his office did not have to pay attention to ANC positions.
- The changes to the definitions will allow bigger and taller buildings and intend to negate recent court decisions, such as the McMillan Park case, that communities are using to curb neighborhood-destroying over-development, -- new language that came directly from developers and their supporters, such as Greater Grater Washington.
- The OP proposals state that displacement in the District has been a voluntary migration “because of family ties, increased opportunities and lower cost of living,” not the forcible dislocation caused by rising taxes and housing costs, as happened in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown and now across the city.
Dir. Shaw said that the evaluation of 3,000 amendments was a much bigger job that expected, that they would be made public and that the Plan should be looked at as whole, of which the current proposals are a part. Chairman Mendelson invited all participants to come and voice their views at the March 20 Council hearing where he will preside.
Among the ANC commissioners participating in the Chairman's meeting were: Anthony Muhammad (SMD 8E02), Holly Muhammad (8A01), Paul Trantham (8B02), Tyrell Holcomb (7F01), Robin Marlin (7B05), Renée Bowser (4D02), Nancy MacWood (3C09), Sherice Muhammad (7D06).
ANC Commissioner (2B04) 202-667-9639