|Spring is here, but there’s still a chill in the air.
Not much going on in Ward 3 these days – other than talk about a possible Wegmans at the Fannie Mae site. For the most part, projects are on hold: Georgetown Day School is going forward with the school construction but sitting on plans for the mixed-use portion; Valor has withdrawn its application to the Zoning Commission for a later date; JBG may sell off the Marriott Wardman Park site.
The chill seems to be coming from the DC Court of Appeals’ decision in the case for a 6-story residential building across from Brookland metro stop. As David Alpert observed in a GGW blog last summer: If courts start taking the FLUM’s “this broad area will probably be moderate density” as a stricter dictate that medium-density buildings are verboten, and if OP applies that to other proposals (as it may already be doing), that’d mean a big change for the ability to add housing on major corridors and near Metro stations, housing DC desperately needs.
So what can we do about this? Amend the Comp Plan to clarify the legal significance of the FLUM (future land-use map); redefine moderate density to allow for 6-story buildings as a matter of right; strengthen language in the Comp Plan to encourage higher density near transit. Any one of these or a combination of all three could make a huge difference. OP needs to hear from many people and organizations (including Ward3Vision and individual DC residents) to make the changes to break through this log-jam.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments: The Office of Planning scheduled an “open call” period for submitting proposed amendments, March 24 to May 26, 2017, and it posted a form for doing so. Find additional informational meetings here.
You can also sign onto the Priorities Statement that Ward3Vision, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and numerous other community organizations, ANCs and individuals are supporting to tell the Office of Planning what we think should be the focus of the amendment process. Sign on here.
Emergency Shelter for Families: Ward3Vision expressed its support for the emergency shelter for families proposed for Ward 3 in a letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. We stated that all city wards should participate in providing shelter for homeless families. We argued and that the increased density and other zoning relief requested would not have any adverse effect on the area and that the positive attribute of having social services located on-site at a larger facility where more families could be served should weigh in the applicant’s favor. See our letter here.
If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision or assist in drafting amendments to the Comp Plan, 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.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) workshop
Workshop on vision Zero Safety
Coalition for Smarter Growth Walking Tours
Rockville: Suburban mall to smart growth
Tenleytown Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Community Design Charrette for Fessenden Park at Fessenden & 42nd St.
Extreme Clean-Up of Wisconsin Ave and Fessenden Street. Joint Effort with Rock Creek Conservancy
Van Ness Main Street Events
For more information see www.facebook/vannessmainstreet.
See events calendar here.
Guided Community Ride, AU, and WABA
April 14, noon to 1:30 pm, location TBD
The Heart of Iona tour
Overview of programs for the community
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 Anne Schwanewilms
Pianist Yefim Bronfman
Spanish pianist Javier Perianes
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)
News that you may have missed
Wegmans grocery could be a tenant at redeveloped Fannie Mae, Washington Business Journal
Effect of short-term rentals on housing market in DC, Greater Greater Washington
DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund isn’t working as it should, audit finds, Greater Greater Washington
DC is too costly for millennials, and they are moving out, Washington Post
Cities before the EPA, City Lab
Making a concrete plaza more welcoming, City Lab