|As we reported in January, Ward3Vision has signed onto a Priorities Statement to establish our requirements in the on-going amendment of the Comprehensive Plan. It was drafted by a coalition of organizations including Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth. The goal is an increase in available housing generally and in affordable housing in particular, as well as supporting other smart growth principles like development on commercial corridors near transit. Read the statement here and sign the petition here.
Unfortunately, The Committee of 100 published a retort misrepresenting the Priorities Statement as a developer effort that will “preempt” challenges to Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in the zoning review process. This is untrue. The Priorities Statement was drafted by a broad coalition of organizations and is now publicly supported by about 68 groups, including four ANCs, and many individuals. It does not make any reference to reducing public input in the zoning review process for PUDs but rather clarifies that consistent with zoning law, the PUD process may increase density beyond the comprehensive plan in exchange for community benefits
Make your voice heard by the Office of Planning by signing onto this Priorities Statement or sending your own statement about how the Comprehensive Plan can be improved to support smart growth.
If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision including outreach through social media, the comprehensive plan amendment process, or proposed development in Ward 3, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need you!
Ward3Vision Steering Committee
Upcoming community events and meetings
Get more involved in community affairs by attending one of these upcoming events or meetings.
Tenleytown Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Van Ness Main Street Events
For more information see www.facebook/vannessmainstreet.
See events calendar here.
UDC Arts Center at Van Ness
Washington Performing Arts Society is giving performances at UDC Arts Center at Van Ness while their space at the Kennedy Center is being renovated.
Soprano Lisette Oropesa
Pianist Richard Goode
Korean pianist Dasol Kim
American University Community Liaison Committee Meeting
March 15, 6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm meeting
Ward 3 ANC meetings
Get more involved in Ward 3 by attending one of these upcoming ANC meetings. Note that each meeting’s agenda may change between today and the actual meeting, so please check the ANC’s website for updates.
ANC 3B meeting (ANC3B.org)
ANC 3C meeting (ANC3C.org)
ANC 3D meeting (ANC3D.org)
ANC 3E meeting (ANC3E.org)
ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
ANC 3G meeting (ANC3G.org)
Valor Development’s “Lady Bird”
This proposed development includes about 230 apartments and a grocery store at the former SuperFresh site in Spring Valley off Massachusetts Avenue. Valor Development notified ANC 3E that a hearing on its pending design review application before the Zoning Commission has been postponed from May to October 2017. The delay was said to be necessary to give the developer “ample time to incorporate design changes we are still studying, finalize transportation, circulate to you for review, and leave appropriate time to come back before the community to introduce and discuss changes.” The changes cited include:
Urban Investment Partners (UIP) PUD development in Tenleytown
This proposed mixed-use building with 135 apartments would replace two office buildings in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Ave. Underground parking already exists, and 58 spaces would be for rent by residents. UIP presented its plans at the December ANC 3E meeting, proposing a number of amenities in exchange for permission to build an 85 foot building. One such amenity would be to offer inclusionary zoning (IZ) units to tenants beyond that mandated by regulations. Also proposed is a green space between the project and the adjacent Tenley View building and a clean-up of the decrepit house at Chesapeake and Belt Road owned by the Park Service for use as a community space. The PUD application is pending before the Zoning Commission, and Ward3Vision is filing for party status.
Roadside Development made a presentation to a Ward3Vision meeting on February 27 about its plans for the 10-acres site on Wisconsin Ave (see photo above). They plan to preserve the colonial-style building and make the grassy area in the front open for public activities. They envision a multi-building, village-style development with residences and destination-type amenities. They are also exploring cultural, educational, and sports activity areas. The developer wants input from the community on what it should include there. You can also contact them at Rlake@roadsidellc.com.
News that you may have missed
Judge Rejects Developer’s Challenge to Inclusionary Zoning, Washington City Paper
Millenials priced out of the DC area housing market, Washington Post
Plan for Shared Housing in DC Upsets Neighbors, Washington Post