June 2017 news


Whew! Saved by the bell! Just days before the May deadline, the DC Office of Planning (DCOP) extended the deadline for Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals until June 23. We hope the amendments ultimately adopted by the DC Council will resolve the current state of uncertainty regarding the intent of PUDs. In the wake of several court decisions, developers have put many projects on hold hoping that OP will clarify the comp plan and thereby reaffirm that the Zoning Commission can approve development that departs from the normal zoning rules where it brings value to neighborhoods. This is especially important for promoting residential density near transit and bringing more walkable, bikeable amenities to neighborhoods.

It’s official: Wegman’s grocery store is coming to the new development planned for the Fannie Mae property on Wisconsin Ave. That’s great news for Ward 3, but we have to be patient; it’s not slated to open until 2021, assuming all goes well. (What could go wrong? See stalled retail and residential development proposed by Georgetown Day School further up Wisconsin Ave.). And check out this rendering of the Wisconsin Avenue façade of the project.

If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us at info@ward3vision.org. We need you! The amendments to the Comp Plan are just the first round of input for what will be a multi-year project with other opportunities to submit comments or testify at hearings.

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

The Coalition for Smarter Growth team at their 20th Anniversary Party. From left to right: Aimee Custis, Claire Jaffe, Pete Tomao, Evan Riggs, Stewart Schwartz, and Cheryl Cort. Ward3Vision was in attendance, of course! Photo/ Matt Ha Photography.

Upcoming community events and meetings

Get more involved in community affairs by attending one of these upcoming events or meetings.

Coalition for Smarter Growth

Walking tour of Bethesda
Saturday, June 3, 10 am – noon
RSVP here.

Tenleytown Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Make Music Day — June 21
Make Music Day is an international celebration of the summer solstice and live music, taking place in nearly 700 cities and 120 countries across the globe – and right here in Tenleytown!

Van Ness Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Jazz at Van Ness
June 29, 5:30 pm, Location TBD

Volunteers who cleaned up Wisconsin Avenue and Fessenden Street during an April 22 Earth Day event sponsored by Tenley Main Street and Rock Creek Conservancy. Photo by Kate Shinberg Photography & Design


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)
June 8, 7:00 pm (meets monthly on the second Thursday)
Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center
4001 Calvert St NW 

This ANC covers Glover Park and Cathedral Heights.

ANC 3C meeting (ANC3C.org)
June 7, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the third Monday)
2D Police Station, Community Room
3320 Idaho Ave NW 

This ANC covers Cathedral Heights, Cleveland Park, Massachusetts Heights, McLean Gardens and Woodley Park. A proposal to redevelop the Fannie Mae site on Wisconsin Ave will be reviewed.

ANC 3D meeting (ANC3D.org)
June 7, 7:00 pm
Wesley Theological Seminary, Kresge Bldg
4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW

The ANC covers AU, Berkley, Foxhall, Kent, New Mexico/Cathedral, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights. This ANC includes American University.

ANC 3E meeting (ANC3E.org)
June 8, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the second Thursday)
Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion
Military Road and Wisconsin Avenue

This ANC covers the Tenleytown area along Wisconsin Avenue and will be considering development proposals by UIP on Wisconsin Ave and one by Valor Development in Spring Valley called “Ladybird.”

ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
June 20, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the third Tuesday)
University of the District of Columbia, Building 44, roof A03
4200 Connecticut Ave NW

This ANC covers the Van Ness area and along Connecticut Ave.

ANC 3G meeting (ANC3G.org)
June 12 and 24, 7:00 pm (meets monthly on second and the fourth Monday)
Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Ave NW 

This ANC covers the upper Connecticut Ave area in Ward 3.

Project Updates

Hearst Park pool

Tom Quinn testified on behalf of Ward3Vision regarding the proposed swimming pool at Hearst Park. You can find his testimony here.

News that you may have missed

Maryland Says It Will Appeal Purple Line Ruling, WAMU

Federal funds for affordable housing forfeited by DC, Washington Post

On the Purple Line and beyond, judges are playing planner, Greater Greater Washington

Displacement and transit, The Stranger

Sanctuary cities can fight back, City Lab

Data for DC development, CurbedDC