Happy Black History Month from the Office of Planning (OP)! Be sure to check out some of OP’s resources chronicling DC’s Black history. Our African American Civil Rights Virtual Tour highlights 100 sites associated with the people and events that defined the local and national battle for civil rights. OP’s Historic Preservation Office recently released new ArcGIS StoryMaps that tell the African American and Civil Rights histories of two mid-20th century segregated communities – Barry Farm Dwellings and Kingman Park.
In the meantime, OP is working hard on our 2021 priorities, including supporting DC Council approval of the Comprehensive Plan Update, continuing to support COVID-19 response and recovery, moving forward with planning efforts in every Ward, and continuing to find new ways to meet the Mayor’s challenge of more housing and affordable housing across the District.
Also, District Government is in its performance and budget oversight period. OP’s 2020-2021 Performance Oversight hearing is scheduled for March 18, 2021 and OP’s FY 2022 Budget Hearing is scheduled on April 26, 2021. Both hearings fall within the Committee of the Whole and chaired by Chairman Mendelson. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to testify, you can visit dccouncil.us/2020-2021-performance-oversight-fy-2022-budget-schedules/ or chairmanmendelson.com/testify/.
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