ULI Washington News

Opportunity to Submit Plan Amendments for DC Comprehensive Plan

The DC Office of Planning is seeking recommendations for Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  Amendments generally fall into one of the categories below:

  • Technical Changes
  • Reflect New Plans
  • Other New or Modified Narratives, Policies or Actions
  • Map Changes
  • Resilience Element

Any individual or company can submit a proposed Amendment, and the Open Call period for submissions ends May 26. For more information on how to submit an Amendment, click here:  https://plandc.dc.gov/page/propose-amendment

For more information on the process and timeline, click here: https://plandc.dc.gov/

Background on the Amendment Process
The 2006 Comprehensive Plan includes an Implementation Element that provides guidance on amending the plan.  It recommends that there be an amendment cycle approximately every 4 years; this year’s amendment cycle is the second since the plans adoption. The District has seen an accelerated and substantive transformation of its neighborhoods occurring at a faster pace than the Comprehensive Plan’s 20-year timeframe. Because of this accelerated timeline, there is an even greater need for conversations with District stakeholders on equitable development and on how the changes taking place in the city can benefit all eight wards. The second Amendment Cycle of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan provides the District another opportunity for these conversations. Since the last Amendment Cycle, OP has completed six Small Area Plans, as well as plans addressing historic preservation and the transformation of industrial lands. OP also is completing four smaller-scale plans launched within the last year (Adams Morgan; Van Ness; Buzzard Point and Downtown East) as well as a Master Plan for Department of Public Works (DPW) Facilities in Ward 5. Several other citywide planning efforts have been completed, such as Move DC, Sustainable DC, and Age-Friendly DC.  Additionally, the last four years have seen major District government-wide initiatives in areas such as sustainability, affordable housing, and the creative economy. The Comprehensive Plan, as last amended, does not reflect the new policies and actions captured in these recent plans and initiatives. Many of these efforts have been informed and shaped by public input and are currently being implemented by District agencies. The Comp Plan also needs to be updated to reflect priorities and initiatives launched under the current Administration, such as safe neighborhoods, housing for the homeless and economic opportunity for all eight wards.

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *