Foreign Missions & International Organizations Element
The Foreign Missions and International Organizations Element provides policy goals for the federal government to plan a secure and welcoming environment for the location of diplomatic and international activities in Washington, DC in a manner that is appropriate to the status and dignity of these activities, while enhancing Washington as one of the world’s great capitals.
At its May 2, 2013 meeting the Commission authorized the release of the draft policy updates to the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Element of the Comprehensive Plan for a 60 day public comment period.
• Draft Foreign Missions and International Organizations Element Narrative and Policies (Updated) [PDF 6.11 MB]
• Draft Foreign Missions and International Organizations Element Updated Policies (Clean Version) [PDF 41 KB]
• Draft Foreign Missions and International Organizations Element Updated Policies (Marked Up Version with Changes) [PDF 43 KB]
The updated Element includes current planning initiatives related to a new chancery development area for a foreign missions center, and guidance for the locating and siting of chanceries.
The comment period commenced on Monday, May 6, 2013 and ends on Friday, July 5, 2013.
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A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm to present the updates.
What Is The Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital (The Comp Plan) is a document that guides planning and development in and around Washington. The Comp Plan is a unified plan comprised of two components – the Federal and District Elements.
The Federal Elements are prepared by the National Capital Planning Commission, and provide a policy framework for the federal government in managing its operations and activity in the National Capital Region.
Last updated in 2004, the Federal Elements included:
- Federal Workplace: Location, Impact and Community
- Parks and Open Space
- Federal Environment
- Foreign Missions and International Organizations
- Preservation and Historic Features
The District Elements are developed by the District of Columbia government and address traditional city planning issues such as land-use, housing, and economic development.
View the District Elements of the Comp Plan >>
Updating The Comp Plan
The Comp Plan is a living document that benefits from regular updates. NCPC and its partner agencies are currently reviewing the policies established in the Federal Elements of the Comp Plan to ensure that they remain effective and support the most recent planning initiatives.
Additionally, the policies are being evaluated for their alignment with the goals of Executive Order 13514 “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” and supporting policy guidelines.
This update will also include the addition of a new Urban Design element – which is intended to support recent work in improving federal building design and perimeter security, activating public spaces, and defining the role of federal buildings and land in supporting the character of the national capital region.
Commission Action on amendments to the District Elements (January 2011)
Live chat on Greater Greater Washington:
Federal Transportation Elements (Nov. 16, 2010)
Comprehensive Plan Update Video
Live chat on DCMud:
NCPC’s Comprehensive Plan (July 22, 2010)
Activating Federal Places Publication
Activating Federal Places Video
GSA Good Neighbor Program
Visitors & Commemoration Element
At the January 10, 2013 Commission Meeting, NCPC released the draft updates to the Visitors & Commemoration Element. The revised policies focused on sustainability and various forms of transportation for visitors to the city and region. A new section included policies that reflect NCPC’s recent research on commemoration, specifically work included in the Memorial Trends and Practice in Washington, DC report.
Full Visitors & Commemoration Element Narrative and Policies (Updated) [PDF 6.3 MB]
Proposed Draft Visitors & Commemoration Element Updated Policies (Clean Version) [PDF 566 KB]
Proposed Draft Visitors & Commemoration Element Updated Policies (Marked Up Version with Changes) [PDF 236 KB]
Establishing Urban Design Policies
The National Capital Planning Commission released the draft of the new urban design element for the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. This element will establish policies designed to make federal public spaces, campuses and buildings more livable, functional, and sustainable.
Draft Federal Urban Design Element Narrative and Policies
Draft Federal Urban Design Element
Updated Preservation and Historic Features Element
At the November 1, 2012 meeting, NCPC released the updates to the Preservation and Historic Features Element.
Full Preservation and Historic Features Element (Updated)
Preservation and Historic Features Element Policies
(Clean Version) [PDF
Preservation and Historic Features Element Policies
(Marked Up Version with Changes) [PDF
Current Federal Elements
Introduction [PDF 1.5MB]
Federal Workplace [PDF 1.6MB]
Policies for the location of federal facilities and coordination with local authorities to maximize the positive effect on the immediate surroundings and the region as a whole.
Foreign Missions and International Organizations [PDF 1.3MB]
Policies to guide the location of facilities belonging to foreign governments and international organizations and ensure that their development is compatible with adjacent neighborhood uses.
Transportation [PDF 1.5MB]
Policies to promote a multi-modal regional transportation system and transit-oriented development to improve mobility and air quality throughout the region.
Parks and Open Space [PDF 2.3MB]
Policies to uphold the symbolic, recreational, social, and ecological value of national capital parks, waterfronts, and other open spaces.
Federal Environment [PDF 1.1MB]
Policies for conducting federal activities and managing properties to preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of the region’s natural resources.
Preservation and Historic Features
Policies to uphold the image and identity of the capital that respects the L’Enfant and McMillan Plans and maintains the symbolic, historic character of the capital’s setting, buildings, and places.
Visitors [PDF 1.2MB]
Policies to showcase the nation’s civic and cultural institutions and ensure that visitors have an enjoyable, educational experience.
Action Plan and Definitions [PDF 235KB]
Map of Key Locations [PDF 331KB]