March 4, 2004

Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: Federal Elements
(File Number CP01)

The Commission released the draft Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: Federal Elements for a 60-day public comment period. The Plan establishes goals and policies for future federal development in the Washington area and examines significant Federal Elements that impact the region: Federal Workplace; Foreign Missions and International Organizations; Transportation; Parks and Open Space; Federal Environment; Preservation and Historic Features; and Visitors. Last updated in the mid-1980s, NCPC’s latest draft is designed to address federal and national capital activities, while also accounting for emerging planning issues and challenges facing the region.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Washington Monument Grounds
(File Number 6436)

The Commission approved preliminary and final site and building plans for a temporary concession facility on the Washington Monuments Grounds, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of 15th Street and Madison Drive. The facility, which cannot be in place longer than two years, consists of two trailers, a handicapped ramp, sixteen tables with seating for 64, a light blue vinyl tent to cover the trailers, and trash and storage areas hidden from view. Site and building design for the permanent concession facilities will begin this spring.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse
(File Number 5853)

The Commission approved preliminary and final site development plans for perimeter security at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse Annex with the exception of the proposed treatment outside the rotunda, located on Constitution Avenue. Security plans consist of a continuous line of bollards—incorporating four different designs—and a post and rail element. In its approval, the Commission recommended that the bollard line be pulled back at the corner of C and 3rd Streets in order to allow standing room for pedestrians at the crosswalk. In order to ensure coordination with the National Capital Urban Design and Security Plan and with adjoining perimeter security measures, the Commission also requested that the applicant consult with NCPC staff prior to submitting perimeter security projects for the main Prettyman Courthouse building. The Commission expects to see revised security plans for the rotunda area at its next meeting.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Consent Calendar: The Commission voted on Consent Calendar items without staff presentations or public testimony.

Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.