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Adams Morgan Vision Framework


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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Adams Morgan Vision Framework Release for Public Comment

A draft “Vision Framework” document will be made available for public comment in October 2015 at planning.dc.gov, and followed by a 30 day public comment period for neighborhood stakeholders to provide feedback on the project’s draft goals and recommendations before delivery of a final document in fall 2015.” All comments and feedback must be submitted via e-mail to Ward 1 Neighborhood Planner, Joshua Silver at joshua.silver@dc.gov by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Project Description

The Office of Planning (OP) has initiated a planning process with Adams Morgan for developing a vision framework.  This planning initiative is providing opportunities for residents, local businesses, institutions, and property owners to work to articulate a vision for the future of Adams Morgan. The Adams Morgan Vision Framework is being developed through a strategic community-based process that builds on previous planning studies to define a vision, goals, and action items into a single easily-understood framework for stakeholders and the community to use in the coming years.  This initiative is also informed by significant work that has been completed by the community through “Envision Adams Morgan”, a study that came about in response to the rapid changes associated with proposed commercial and residential development projects in the neighborhood. 

Study Area

The Adams Morgan Vision Framework Study Area is bounded by 16th Street at Florida Avenue, NW north to Harvard Street; Columbia Road, NW, and west to Connecticut Avenue, NW; Rock Creek Park.  The neighborhood is defined by two distinct retail nodes: 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.  The 18th Street node is divided into 2 sub-nodes, separated near Kalorama Road, that consist of eclectic retail and residential buildings.  The Columbia Road NW node is similarly divided into 2 sub-nodes that are separated by a major intersection: west of 18th Street and east of 18th Street.  These Columbia Road nodes contain a mix of small shops, national chains, apartments, and neighborhood-serving stores.

Project Goals and Objectives

The Adams Morgan Vision Framework will produce an actionable roadmap to improve quality of life for the community and foster a more vibrant public realm.  The project team conducted an existing conditions analysis of the neighborhood and used its results to produce an Adams Morgan Profile. The “Profile” established a baseline about the community’s demographics, public realm, market position and existing neighborhood initiatives.  A half-day, community workshop was held in February 2015.  At the workshop, community members used the “Profile” to articulate the basis for the Vision Framework through a facilitated process.  After the workshop the OP Project Team used the workshop’s conclusions to produce a draft Vision Framework document.  This document was reviewed by the project’s stakeholders at a community open house in September 2015.

Community Engagement

Community members and stakeholders had a range of forums to share their vision for the future of Adams Morgan.  The most comprehensive forum was a half-day, community workshop in February 2015, where stakeholders were encouraged to share their perspectives on Adams Morgan’s future.  Additionally, a series of office hours were held in the weeks preceding the workshop, and a neighborhood walking tour about historic preservation and sustainability was conducted by OP staff.  Stakeholders were also encouraged to provide input throughout the entire process using an on-line public engagement tool.  All input was collected and used to create the “Adams Morgan Vision Framework”.

Next Steps

A draft “Vision Framework” document will be made available for public comment in October 2015 at planning.dc.gov/adamsmorgan, and followed by a 30 day public comment period for neighborhood stakeholders to provide feedback on the project’s draft goals and recommendations before delivery of a final document in fall 2015.

illustrated map of the Adam's Morgan ares

For More Information Contact:

Joshua Silver
Ward 1 Community Planner | DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite 650, Washington DC 20024
p: (202) 442-8816 | e: joshua.silver@dc.gov