July 7, 2011

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Information Presentation: President’s Park South Design Competition
(File number 6974)

NCPC Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. announced that Rogers Marvel Architects of New York City won the design competition for President’s Park South. Rogers Marvel’s design best met the goals of beautifying the security components and improving the visitor experience at President’s Park South, located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Rogers Marvel’s design defines the edge of the Ellipse by adding a seating wall with integrated pedestrian lighting, while subtly raising the grade of the Ellipse. This establishes a security feature, reinforces the Ellipse as an event space, and minimizes the visual appearance of adjacent parking.. The design culminates in a new E Street terrace that joins the enhanced space of the Ellipse with the White House South Lawn. Should threat conditions change in the future, this design could also accommodate re-opening E Street, NW without requiring significant changes.

The National Park Service-led interagency Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House and President’s Park (2000) set the vision for this important historic public space. The results of NCPC’s design competition will inform the development of alternatives for President’s Park South that will be undertaken by the National Park Service and the United States Secret Service. The competition’s designs, along with the results of public scoping for the project and the alternatives from the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Comprehensive Design Plan, will be utilized in developing alternatives. These alternatives will be examined through a federal, local, and public review.

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Comprehensive Plan: Federal Workplace and Transportation Elements Amendments
(File number CP01)

NCPC authorized release of draft policy updates to the Federal Workplace and Transportation Elements of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital for a 60 day public review and comment period.

NCPC last updated the Comprehensive Plan’s Federal Elements in 2004. The current update follows an examination of current policies to ensure they reflect the Administration’s goals regarding sustainability and regional coordination in the National Capital Region. The Federal Elements are blueprints for long-range federal development in the National Capital Region, and set out policies that guide NCPC’s review process.

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National Museum of the United States Army
(File number 7094)

The Commission approved preliminary site and building plans for the National Museum of the United States Army. The proposed 184,500 square foot museum will be located on an 83-acre site on Fort Belvoir’s North Post. The design includes a parade ground, grandstand, memorial garden, amphitheater, and parking. As part of its preliminary approval (the project will return for final site and building plan review) NCPC recommended that the Army: provide an architectural or sculptural focal point at the end of the parking lot entrance drive, include pedestrian amenities along the walkway adjacent to the parade field, add additional landscaping, and reconfigure parking to minimize impervious surfaces.

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[Begins at 32:05]


Fort Belvoir South Post – Route 1 Perimeter Fence
(File number 7244)

NCPC approved preliminary and final site development plans for a portion of a proposed 4,200-foot perimeter security fence that would replace a 3,500-foot security cable on the base’s South Post adjacent to Route 1. The Commission approved the section stretching from Gunston Road to Belvoir Road, but deferred action on the section running from Belvoir Road to the Fort Belvoir eastern boundary pending further coordination between the Department of the Army, NCPC, the National Park Service, Fairfax County, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. This coordination is in regards to the relationship of the deferred section with the planned widening of Route 1 and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

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Little Falls Stream Valley Park
(File number MP046)

NCPC approved a submission by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to modify the Little Falls Stream Valley Park General Development Plan to allow for an easement so an access road and bridge over M-NCPPC parkland could be constructed. The new road and bridge would connect the Little Falls Parkway with a proposed residential development on a 1.81 acre plot of private land. In its approval NCPC noted that any changes to the size or location of the easement made during the ongoing local planning and zoning process might require further Commission review, and required the M-NCPPC to submit any changes prior to construction.

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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.