November 2008

NCPC Monthly E-newsletter
Providing you with current news and other information of interest.

NCPC Considering Plan Adoption Procedure


To better assist Commission members and staff, NCPC is developing procedures regarding its adoption practices and release of planning documents. The new procedures will assist staff in the implementation of adopted plans and provide guidance to Commission members and applicants for utilizing these plans during the review of future projects. The new measures, to be considered by the Commission at its December 4 meeting, would recognize planning work by “adopting” plans and “reviewing” studies. Similar to project submissions, each plan or study will be accompanied by an Executive Director’s Recommendation (EDR) conveying how each project will be used and implemented by staff. EDRs will vary for each project, according to the scope of work, type of recommendations, etc. Comments or questions may be directed to Jeff Hinkle at 202-482-7265 or jeff.hinkle@ncpc.gov.

Metro’s Goals for Expanding Rapid Bus Service


 “New Rapid Bus Service—Metro's Plan and the Region's Response” will be the topic of the next Coalition for Smarter Growth Forum, hosted by NCPC on Monday, December 1. Faced with an increasing desire for more mass transit options, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) proposes to expand its current five express bus routes to twenty-four within the next six years. Speakers include John Catoe, WMATA General Manager; Neil Pederson, Maryland State Highway Administration Administrator; and Chris Zimmerman, WMATA Board Chief and Arlington County Board Member. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or to learn more visit http://citizennetworks.org/csg/events/rapidbusplan/details.tcl.

Greater Washington 2050


NCPC senior staff participated in a regional workshop on November 20 to explore how the metropolitan Washington region can develop, grow, and remain competitive given the changes expected in the economy, technology, and the environment by 2050. Greater Washington 2050 is a coalition of local elected officials, business, and civic leaders seeking to advance regional cooperation to address land use, transportation, environmental, and community and economic development issues. NCPC is supporting several key events that are being led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, including workshops to explore the potential impacts to the region resulting from dramatic changes in energy, climate, the economy, and the federal presence.

Executive Director Named to Chesapeake Crescent Initiative Board


At its November 12 board meeting, NCPC Executive Director Marcel Acosta became one of the newest members of the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative Board. Now in its second year, the Initiative’s mission is to improve the region’s global competitiveness and economic prosperity by advancing regional innovation and energy independence. To learn more about the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, please visit http://www.thechesapeakecrescent.com/.

Publications Now Available on NCPC’s Website


To assist the public in learning more about the Commission and its work, the agency posts all of its plans and documents online. Recently posted documents include the Federal Capital Improvements Program (FCIP) for Fiscal Years 2009-2014, the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, and the Autumn 2008 Quarterly newsletter.

Commission Approves National Zoo Master Plan and Watha T. Daniel Library


At its November 6 meeting NCPC reviewed and approved a submission by the Smithsonian Institution to update its 1988 master plan for the 163-acre National Zoological Park, subject to the implementation of required mitigation actions. The new master plan lays out proposals to upgrade zoo facilities and infrastructure, and to provide flexibility for future exhibits and collections. The plan includes a new parking facility, improved accessibility, new shuttle services, and an aerial tram. The Commission did not approve a proposed 300-space underground parking deck and request for 35 official guest and volunteer parking spaces. The Commission also approved preliminary and final site and building plans for a new Watha T. Daniel (Shaw) Neighborhood Library to be located at 1701 8th Street, NW in Washington, DC. The new facility will replace the previous library, which has already been demolished. Construction is expected to begin in January 2009 for an opening date of March 2010. For more detailed information on these Commission Actions please visit the Actions page on the NCPC website.

December Commission Meeting


The Commission’s next public meeting will take place on Thursday, December 4 at 12:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and no reservations are necessary to attend. The Tentative Agenda is available on NCPC’s website. Executive Director's Recommendations on Final Action Items will be available to the public on Monday, December 1 via NCPC’s website or by calling 202-482-7200.

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