As we continue to adjust to the new realities of COVID-19 as well as the old realities of summer in the District, the Office of Planning (OP) has been busy making progress on our priority projects, including the Mayor’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) proposal. In April 2020, Mayor Bowser transmitted an updated Comp Plan to the Council for consideration and approval. As shared at the time, it is critical that the Council approve the plan in 2020 to ensure the District can achieve critical goals around economic recovery, housing, equity, and resilience, among others. As I recently wrote to the Council, delays in approval will cause irreparable harm to goals we all seek to achieve at this critical time.
This month, Chairman Mendelson announced that the Committee of the Whole has opened the record for feedback on the Comp Plan, including two hearings on November 12 and 13. We urge all interested individuals and stakeholders to participate in the Council’s process. In addition to comments about the Comp Plan, it offers an opportunity to share with Council the importance of prioritizing passage of the Comp Plan in 2020 to ensure critical work can continue in line with our long-term vision and values.
We have included several important updates about the Comp Plan below. You can also learn more about the Comp Plan proposal at the PlanDC website, offering updated information and resources about the major Comp Plan Update themes and how to connect with our team.
We are gearing up for a busy fall and winter, so stay tuned as future newsletters promise to be full of milestones and planning news. Please feel free to share with others, who can sign up here. In addition, you can follow our work on Twitter under @OPinDC.
Director, DC Office of Planning