|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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Ward3Vision Steering Committee
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
Tenleytown Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Make Music Day — June 21
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Jazz at Van Ness
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)
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)
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
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