SW Ecodistrict Archive

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SW Ecodistrict Initiative Archive

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Planning Steps and Public Process

To develop the SW Ecodistrict Plan, the Task Force provided several ways for the community stakeholders and the general public to provide their input at the major steps of the planning process:

  • Identify the scope of work
  • Identify challenges and initial findings
  • Develop concepts
  • Develop preliminary recommendations

Community meetings were held in the Southwest Washington neighborhood to allow for early consultation with the public in accordance with the requirements for public scoping meetings of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. The public also provided their input through e-mails, letters, and web-based media.

Draft Plan Schedule

July 12, 2012
SW Ecodistrict Plan released for public comment

September 10, 2012
Public comment period ends

Past Public Events:



First Public Scoping Meeting: Overview of the SW Ecodistrict

February 2, 2010, NCPC Chambers
(Initially called 10th Street Corridor Study)

Watch the highlights of the first public scoping meeting (hyperlink the video)

Meeting Purpose: To introduce the purpose of the SW Ecodistrict Initiative and identify the community stakeholders, affected parties, and scope of work.

Second Public Scoping Meeting: Existing Conditions

February 17, 2011, US Dept. of Agriculture Whitten Building

Meeting Purpose: To identify the most pressing concerns and challenges that the community believes should be addressed by the SW Ecodistrict initiative. The public had the opportunity to review a comprehensive inventory of the land use, transportation, environmental, cultural, and social conditions that presently characterizes the study area presently. This inventory also included an initial assessment of the energy, waste and water usage of the federal buildings in the study area.

Third Public Scoping Meeting: Livability, Mobility and Sustainability Concepts

May 19, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., DC Office of Planning, 1100 4th Street, SW

Meeting Purpose: To obtain input on the future character of the SW Ecodistrict as a sustainable and livable community. The public was asked to provide input on several questions. What activities, amenities, and connections would improve existing and new streets? What are the benefits and impacts if new streets like Maryland Avenue, SW and F Street, SW are established?

Fourth Public Scoping Meeting: Revitalization Scenarios

July 26, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., DC Office of Planning, 1100 4th Street, SW

Meeting Purpose: To share and obtain public input on the land use, urban design, and sustainability framework for a range of revitalization scenarios for the SW Ecodistrict. The public was also asked to provide input on the future character and experience along 10th Street, SW and the Overlook at Banneker Park.