July 9, 2009

National Mall and East Potomac Park Pedestrian Guide Pylons and Map Kiosks
(File Number 6910)

The National Capital Planning Commission approved final site development plans for the fabrication and installation of pedestrian guide wayfinding pylons and map kiosks for the National Mall and East Potomac Park. Submitted by the National Park Service, the proposal is part of a larger sign program that also includes NPS facility identification signs, rules and regulation signs, and memorial identification signs.

The final plans incorporate guidance provided by the Commission during the June meeting, such as increasing pylon height and map kiosk size. The Commission deferred approving the final pylon panel colors, pending further consultation among the staffs of NCPC, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Park Service.

The Commission recommended that the Park Service include the Circulator’s National Mall routes in the sign program. The Circulator service offers a convenient transit option with multiple access points throughout the city’s monumental core. The National Park Service responded that it would take the suggestion under advisement but said that contractual obligations to a current transportation provider prevent them from promoting a competing service on signage.

The Commission previously approved the installation of operational signs in May and memorial identification signs will be reviewed at a later date.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


FY 2010-2015 Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region
(File Number 1485)

The Commission authorized the circulation of the proposed Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region, Fiscal Years 2010-2015 for a 45-day public review and comment period. The draft will be circulated to federal departments and agencies, regional agencies, state and local governments, and interested organizations and individuals.

The draft FCIP is normally released in June, but the extra time assisted federal agencies that are making capital changes in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NCPC staff has reviewed the submitted projects to ensure conformity with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital, federal agency master plans, and other adopted plans and policies. Of the 162 projects submitted by federal agencies, the Commission strongly endorses 30 projects to receive the highest priority for federal capital improvement funds.

The draft FCIP will be available for review at www.ncpc.gov. Any additions or changes made by federal agencies to their submitted projects during the public comment period will also be available on NCPC’s website. Adoption of the FCIP FYs 2010-2015 is tentatively scheduled for the September 2009 Commission meeting.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


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