August 2008

NCPC Monthly E-newsletter
Providing you with current news and other information of interest.
Please share your feedback at info@ncpc.gov.



RSVP Now For Greening the World’s Capital Cities


Registration is now open for Capitals Alliance 2008: Greening the World’s Capital Cities. A week of sessions exploring the role of national capitals in creating a greener planet begins on Monday, September 15 with a keynote address by celebrated author and filmmaker Herbert Giradet. Mr. Girardet’s address, Understanding the Complex Relationship Between Cities, People, and the World, will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club. Other symposium sessions include What it Means to Be Green, Promoting and Sustaining Smart Growth Policies, Capital Cities Leading the Way, and the Impact of Green Design on Architecture & Public Space. Sessions are free and open to the public, but please RSVP to ensure the availability of seating. Registrations may be submitted online at www.capitalsalliance.org.

The featured event, World Leaders on Sustainability, will take place in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Museum’s green lecture series. Leaders from Sweden, Brazil, and the United States will discuss how they are leading the charge to create a more sustainable planet.  Registration is being handled by the National Building Museum at www.nbm.org.

CapitalSpace Examining Design Possibilities for Anacostia Park at Kingman Island


NCPC, the National Park Service, and the District of Columbia government are working together to address challenges faced by the numerous local and federal parks located in Washington, DC. Currently the partners are finalizing three different scenarios for Anacostia Park at Kingman Island, should RKF Stadium no longer be in use. The partners are also identifying challenges and opportunities for the District’s numerous small parks ranging from maintenance issues to creating a framework to better incorporate these parks into the overall parks and open space system. Public feedback is vital to the success of the CapitalSpace effort. Visit www.capitalspace.gov to learn more about CapitalSpace and to review recommendations for the Center City and Fort Circle parks. Feedback may be provided to info@capitalspace.gov or call 202-482-7241.

Public Meeting on the Potomac Park Levee


On Tuesday, August 19 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., the National Park Service will host a meeting regarding design alternatives for the Potomac Park levee. The meeting will focus on the potential effect that preliminary designs may have on nearby historic properties. The Potomac Park levee system is designed to protect the monumental core from flooding. An improved levee system must be in place by November 2009 according to an agreement between the District of Columbia government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

NCPC is a cooperating agency with the National Park Service, the United States Army Corps of Engineers,
and the District of Columbia in proposing modifications to the section of the levee system that extends from 23rd Street, NW, parallel to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and ends on the Washington Monument grounds east of 17th Street.  The public design meeting will convene at the Park Service’s National Capital Region Headquarters at 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Second Floor Conference Room. To RSVP, email Tammy_Stidham@nps.gov or call 202-619-7474. For additional information please visit the National Park Service website.

NCPC Welcomes Your Comments


There is still time for you to tell us what you think about the National Capital Framework Plan, a joint initiative with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.  Released on July 10, the plan proposes revitalizing the federal precincts surrounding the National Mall and creating exciting new cultural destinations in the nation’s capital. The 90-day public review and comment period will close on October 10, following public meetings and briefings. If your agency is interested in having someone talk about the plan, or if you wish to submit comments, please contact us at FrameworkPlan@ncpc.gov or call 202-482-7301. You can also send your comments in the mail to NCPC, 401 9th Street, NW, North Lobby, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004, Attention: Elizabeth Miller, Project Manager, National Capital Framework Plan.

The agency is accepting comments on its Draft 2009 - 2014 NCPC Strategic Plan through September 4, 2008. Released on July 21 for a 45-day public comment period, the Draft Strategic Plan outlines NCPC’s goals and performance objectives during the next six years. Comments may be directed to info@ncpc.gov or NCPC, 401 9th Street, NW, North Lobby, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004, Attention: Barry Socks, Chief Operating Officer.

NCPC also announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared and posted for public comment by the National Park Service through August 28. This EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the selection of a site to locate a proposed memorial to Ukrainians who suffered as a result of the famine in 1932-1933. Information on providing comments to the National Park Service is available on their website. Details regarding the EA are also available on our agency’s website.

NCPC’s September Commission Meeting


The Commission’s next public meeting will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2008 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at 401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500 North, in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public and no reservations are necessary to attend. The Tentative Agenda will be available on NCPC’s website on Monday, August 18. For information on Commission Actions taken at previous meetings, please visit the Archive of Actions page on our website.

NCPC 2008.