June 7, 2012

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Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda - Phase 1 (North Campus)
(File number 7326)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) deferred action on preliminary and final site and building plans for Phase 1 of the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda, as submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The one month deferral to the July 12 meeting allows the applicant time to resolve community concerns regarding stormwater management and views.

This first phase includes all redevelopment and new construction proposed for the site’s North Campus. The USACE plans to completely redevelop the approximately 39-acre site, former headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, into a secure campus for the Defense Intelligence Agency. The 12 acre North Campus is currently used primarily for surface parking. Plans for this area include replacement of existing parking lots with a parking deck (six stories and space for 1,800 vehicles), a small 24 space visitor parking lot, a new temporary vehicle entrance, vehicle inspection station, visitor control center, and related site and security enhancements.

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[Begins at 6:51]


Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: Federal Elements - Amendments to the Federal Transportation Element
(File number CP01)

The Commission adopted updated policies for the Federal Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. Last updated in 2004, the Transportation Element sets policies that guide the federal government’s efforts to support and enhance the region’s transportation network. The policies in the updated element will not take effect until the Commission adopts updates to all seven existing elements and the new Urban Design Element under development. NCPC anticipates completing the update process for all elements by February 2013.

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[Begins at 1:54:43]


Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation, St. Elizabeths West Campus - Master Plan Amendment (Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters and Transportation Improvements)
(File number MP211)

The Commission approved a master plan modification for the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters (DHS) Consolidation on the St. Elizabeths West Campus. The master plan places all DHS employees on the West Campus, except for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters which would be placed on a Federal Use Parcel on the East Campus.

The modification proposed by the General Services Administration (GSA) includes plans for the new 750,000 gross square foot FEMA headquarters building on the East Campus along with a 775 space parking garage, roadway improvements for Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, and a new interchange linking Malcolm X Avenue, Interstate 295, and an access road through the existing Shepherd Parkway.

In its approval NCPC commended GSA and DHS for developing a well thought out and thorough master plan modification. It also commended these agencies, along with the Federal Highway Administration, for working with the National Park Service to develop a solution for the access road through Shepherd Parkway.

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[Begins at 2:30:14]


Information Presentation:
Fort Belvoir - North Post Town Center Concept Design
(File number MP20/7382)

The Commission heard an information presentation on possible designs for a proposed town center on Fort Belvoir’s North Post. The town center concept will be included in the Fort Belvoir Master Plan currently under development. NCPC anticipates seeing the master plan in the fall. No action is taken on information presentations.

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[Begins at 3:10:27]


Consent Calendar: The Commission votes 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.