June 5, 2014

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Information Presentation: Update on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
(File Number 6694)

The Commission heard an update on the status of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Representatives of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission informed NCPC that their design team is exploring multiple options to respond to directions provided by NCPC at its April meeting, and will provide a response at NCPC’s July 10 meeting. No actions are taken by the Commission on information presentations.

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[Begins at 07:17]


Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Draft Master Plan
(File Number MP55)

The National Capital Planning Commission provided recommendations on a draft master plan submitted by the United States Department of the Navy. This draft plan will provide comprehensive, long-term planning guidance for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. It will return before the Commission for final review. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is located on the Anacostia River’s south shore adjacent to the South Capitol Street Bridge’s eastern landing. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling currently houses approximately 13,800 employees working for multiple tenants on 966 acres of land.

NCPC supported the draft JBAB Master Plan’s overarching organization and content structure that provides a comprehensive, long-range planning scenario for the installation. This structure includes a Master Plan Program (five-year short-range component) and a Framework Plan (20-year long range component). Items that the Commission strongly supported in the plan include expansion of open space along the installation’s waterfront; numerous transportation enhancements; and the establishment of a Central Development Focus Area with a focus on developing a more walkable and functional mixed-use central business district. The Commission did not support the plan’s proposed long-term parking ratio.

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[Begins at 14:40]


Washington Navy Yard Draft Master Plan
(File Number MP120)

The National Capital Planning Commission provided recommendations on a draft master plan submitted by the United States Department of the Navy. This draft plan will provide comprehensive, long-term planning guidance for Washington Navy Yard. The Washington Navy Yard (WNY) is located on the Anacostia River’s north shore in Southeast Washington, DC. The Navy Yard employees approximately 18,000 people in 4.5 million square feet of building area located on approximately 76 acres.

NCPC supported the draft WNY master plan’s overarching organization and content structure that provides a comprehensive, long-range planning scenario for the installation. This structure also includes a Master Plan Program (five-year short-range component) and a Framework Plan (20-year long range component). The Commission requested that the Navy work with NCPC staff to modify the Framework Plan to provide greater clarity on how the master plan will guide future planning and programmatic decisions on the facility.

The Commission requested the Navy to modify the Framework Plan to include a 100-foot open space buffer along the installation’s southern boundary and commit to eliminating all imperious surfaces within the buffer to decrease stormwater runoff into the Anacostia River. Also requested was information regarding the future of the National Museum of the U.S Navy and other cultural uses.

Items that NCPC strongly supported in the draft WNY master plan include the long-term relocation of parking from surface lots to parking garages; the focus on adaptive reuse of existing facilities; and the use of the Tingey Street Gate as another pedestrian entryway to improve access to the adjacent Yards development. However, the Commission did not support the overall proposed 20-year Framework Plan because it does not adequately show how it will guide the Navy in addressing long-term issues regarding employee parking; stormwater management; future office, housing, conference, and cultural space needs; and environmental sustainability.

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[Begins at 79:43]


U.S. Department of Agriculture Headquarters - People's Garden Site Improvements and Perimeter Security
(File Number 6458)

The Commission approved preliminary site development plans submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the People’s Garden site improvements and perimeter security project on the grounds of the Jamie L. Whitten Building and the USDA South Building. The Whitten Building, completed in 1930, is the only cabinet-level federal office located on the National Mall. The South Building is the third largest federal building after the Pentagon and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The two buildings form the USDA headquarters and are connected by pedestrian bridges over Independence Avenue, SW.

The USDA plans to expand the existing People’s Garden into a 20-acre open-air agricultural museum with a focus on sustainability, landscape enhancement, and education. Perimeter security will primarily consist of a cable reinforced rail system that will be integrated into the landscape design. As part of its action the Commission requested that USDA remove all parking from the Whitten Building’s north ceremonial court facing the National Mall. They also commended the USDA for developing a design that could accommodate a memorial of preeminent and lasting historical significance on the Whitten Building’s west side.

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[Begins at 152:39]


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.