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Southwest Neighborhood Plan


On July 14th, 2015 the Council of the District of Columbia approved the Southwest Neighborhood Small Area Plan.  The DC Office of Planning (OP) developed the plan based on input from Southwest DC residents and other stakeholders with the goal of maintaing the unique characteristics of the neighborhood and shaping anticipated future growth that will support building more pathways to the middle class.

The Final Plan , Summary of Public Comments, Executive Summary of Changes between the Draft Plan and Draft Final  Plan, and the Notice of the Public Hearing are available for download at the bottom of this page.

About the Southwest Neighborhood Plan

The Southwest Neigbhorhood  Plan, is a community-based strategy developed for the purpose of creating an urban design, land use, and neighborhood preservation framework to enhance parks, pedestrian and street connections, integrate community amenities, enhance transportation choices, and accommodate and guide the direction of future growth in the Southwest neighborhood.    The Plan also provides land use guidance for multiple, underutilized District-owned properties where government uses are currently located. It also provides residents, property owners, city officials and District agencies with a blueprint for informing future capital funding priorities, shaping growth and preserving neighborhood character.  

The Plan documents the community-based process and records the shared vision and guiding principles that were collectively developed to serve as the foundation for the Plan’s key opportunity areas and recommendations. The Plan’s vision is to create a thriving, active environment that preserves and enhances the Southwest neighborhood’s culture and character. The recommendations are framed around seven core Concepts:  Model Community Modernist Gem; Green Oasis; Arts and Cultural Destination; Thriving Town Center; Optimized District Parcels; and Vibrant Connections.

To view the SW Council Approved Final Plan click here