As we head into a much-needed spring, the Office of Planning (OP) continues to make progress on our 2021 priorities including supporting DC Council approval of the Comprehensive Plan Update, assisting with COVID-19 response and recovery, and executing neighborhood planning efforts in every ward (see our new section, Engage in Planning Efforts, below for links). I am happy to share that we also reached an important milestone in our continued efforts to find new ways to meet the Mayor’s housing goal of 36,000 new homes with 12,000 affordable across the District by 2025. Earlier this month, the Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve Expanded Inclusionary Zoning (IZ+), a concept proposed by the Office of Planning to increase affordable housing produced through zoning map amendments (upzonings). You can read more about IZ+ below.
At March Madness, the District’s annual economic development showcase and pre-solicitation event, I had the opportunity to provide an update on our progress on the Mayor’s housing and housing equity goals and how the proposed Comprehensive Plan update will be critical to continued progress. I also announced that OP is partnering with ULI Washington in an effort to explore the future of Friendship Heights, a critical housing opportunity area for the District.
The DC Council continues its performance and budget oversight period. OP’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Oversight hearing is scheduled for April 26, 2021. 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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