Capital Improvement Planning
What is a Capital Improvement Plan?
Capital improvement plans provide a link between the visions articulated by comprehensive plans and annual capital expenditure budgets. They allow for a systematic, simultaneous evaluation of potential projects. They also facilitate coordination among the units of government that are responsible for project implementation.
A capital improvement is a substantial, nonrecurring expenditure for a physical improvement with a long useful life. Specific criteria vary across jurisdictions. It is necessary to consult each plan for a precise definition.
NCPC coordinates capital improvement planning within the National Capital Region at federal and local levels, including the District of Columbia.
Federal Capital Improvements Program (FCIP)
The National Capital Planning Act charges NCPC with the annual review of federal capital budgeting proposals for projects slated for the next 6 years. NCPC evaluates the proposals for consistency with federal and local planning policies and prioritizes projects. The analyses and recommendations are compiled in the FCIP report, which is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use in preparing the President's annual budget.
On November 13, 2013 the Commission submitted the Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region, Fiscal Years 2014-2019, to OMB for use in its preparation of the President's annual budget.
Through this document the agency provides OMB with NCPC's planning and funding recommendations for federal public works over a six year period.
Questions about the Federal Capital Improvements Program should be directed to or 202-482-7237.
FCIP preparation schedule »
Each agency must prepare its submission in accordance with the posted instructions and meet the deadlines for submitting program materials. Download instructions »
Local Capital Improvements Programs
As part of its authority to guide the long-range development of the National Capital Region, NCPC reviews capital improvement plans prepared by the primary county and city jurisdictions within the region. NCPC identifies whether the plans will create adverse impacts on a federal interest and notifies the respective jurisdiction during the plan's public comment period.
FY 2013 Recommended Capital Budget and FY 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program »
NCPC response (May 30, 2012) »
Prince George's County
Proposed Capital Budget & Program Fiscal Year 2014-2019 »
NCPC response (May 15, 2013) »
City of Alexandria
Proposed FY 2013-2022 Capital Improvement Program »
NCPC Response to Proposed CIP (April 05, 2012) »
Arlington County prepares a six-year Capital Improvement Program every other year.
FY 2011-2016 Adopted CIP »
NCPC Response to Proposed CIP (July 23, 2010) »
Fairfax County prepares a five-year Capital Improvements Program annually.
FY 2012-2016 Advertised Capital Improvements Program »
NCPC Response (March 10, 2011) »
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget »
NCPC response (April 15, 2013) »
Prince William County
Proposed FY 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program »
NCPC response (April 05, 2012) »
NCPC has a more specific obligation to review the District of Columbia Multi-Year Capital Improvement Plan (DCCIP). As specified in the National Capital Planning Act, the District submits its six-year plan to NCPC each spring for review. NCPC has 30 days to comment.
The DCCIP is sometimes reviewed in two parts, one of which is devoted entirely to District Department of Transportation projects.