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SW Ecodistrict
SW Ecodistrict
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SW Ecodistrict Named One of Nine Target Cities

Target Cities

EcoDistricts named the SW Ecodistrict one of nine Target Cities projects in North America. Participation in the two-year partnership will further NCPC's efforts to transform this precinct in Southwest Washington into a model of sustainability.

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Planning Steps and Public Process

APA National Capital Area Innovative Smart Growth Award Winner The APA National Capital Area Chapter recognized the SW Ecodistrict with its Innovative Smart Growth Initiative Award in 2012.

The SW Ecodistrict Initiative

The National Capital Planning Commission accepted the SW Ecodistrict Plan in January 2013. The plan is a comprehensive and forward looking approach to transform an isolated federal precinct in the nation's capital into a highly sustainable workplace and livable neighborhood. NCPC developed a plan detailing assumptions and technical information that influenced the plan, and also provides additional guidance on general development principles created through recent planning work.


  • A revitalized neighborhood and cultural destination
  • A well-connected community
  • A high performance environmental showcase
  • An economically successful partnership

The SW Ecodistrict Plan

The SW Ecodistrict Plan provides a roadmap to prioritize and phase projects to realize core objectives:

  • Reduce carbon emissions, conserve resources, and reduce operating costs;
  • Protect the National Mall from overuse and expand the number of cultural opportunities beyond the Mall;
  • Establish a diverse mix of uses, including cultural, housing, retail and open space;
  • Remove visual and physical barriers between the National Mall and waterfront;
  • Improve walkability and animate streets;
  • Expand transit capacity; and
  • Use limited financial resources effectively to improve buildings and infrastructure.

The National Capital Planning Commission accepted the SW Ecodistrict Plan at the January 10, 2013 meeting.

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Maryland Avenue, SW Small Area Plan

A component of the SW Ecodistrict Initiative is the Maryland Avenue, SW Small Area Plan. The District of Columbia Office of Planning (DCOP) prepared the Maryland Avenue, SW Small Area Plan with input from the public and an Advisory Committee of private property owners, transit and rail operators, and nearby residents. The plan focuses on how to deck Maryland Avenue within the Ecodistrict, improve land use through zoning changes, improve transit capacity and enhance the public spaces along the corridor. For more information on the Maryland Avenue, SW Small Area Plan, visit DCOP’s website.

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