SAVE THE DATE: We’re having a social on MARCH 13. Details to come.We’re back with this first email for 2018. You will feel like we haven’t missed a beat since before the holidays.
Comprehensive Plan amendments…✔check. On January 9, 2018, the DC Office of Planning (DCOP) released proposed amendments to the Framework Element. (DCOP promised to evaluate the rest of the Comprehensive Plan for possible amendments, having received 3,000 suggestions.) DCOP’s proposal must now be voted on by the DC Council. DCOP projects continued growth for DC, including in Ward 3 (Rock Creek West), and the agency discusses the need for more development. What’s most encouraging is that the proposal makes very clear that, through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, there is flexibility to build more density than zoning would otherwise allow. The Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is not to be read to impede this flexibility, the proposal states, but rather is to be applied in conjunction with the principles of the Comprehensive Plan as a whole. Here are links to the DCOP proposal and an article in Greater Greater Washington: (See especially Section 227).
Support for proposed mixed-use development…✔check. On January 11, 2018, we testified as a party before the Zoning Commission to support the Valor Ladybird project (219 apartments, a downsized grocery store, and other retail) at the former Superfresh site off Massachusetts Avenue. John Wheeler handled our successfully party-status application, and Susan Kimmel presented the testimony. Read it here.
ANC 3E (where the project is located) and ANC 3D testified in support (with new Commissioner Troy Kravitz leading). The hearing continued on January 25 with opponents’ testimony.
Local business closings: Finally, we are sad to report several closings of long-existing, local businesses: Artisan Lamp (after 39 years in Cleveland Park, photo below); Terasol (French restaurant and artisan shop in Wakefield); Café Ole (to make way for redevelopment of the building at 4000 Wisconsin Ave); and Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown.
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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 (TMS)
See events calendar here.
Van Ness Main Street events
See events calendar here.
Greater Greater Washington calendar
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
Rent control isn’t working, Greater Greater Washington
Missing middle housing needed in cities, Washington Post
Opposition by single family homeowners to building more housing, New York Times
Entitled attitudes about neighborhoods, New York Times
Need for more housing in cities hurting economic growth, New York Times
City living is healthier, Next City
DC has more historic buildings than Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia combined. Why?, Greater Greater Washington