Two development review boards take steps toward openness
The DC Office of Zoning (DCOZ) and National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) have both made improvements to their websites to help residents get information about the cases they are considering and their deliberations about those cases.
NCPC launched live streaming video of its meetings, one of which took place today and, at least at the moment, is still going on. The video shows the presentations being made and zooms in on individual commission members as they speak. The video will also be archived afterward.
DCOZ has launched its system to provide access to zoning filings online. The search tool is still somewhat limited, but if you know the case number or name of a case, you can now see the submitted applications, at least for some cases.
Here's one that has a number of supporting documents, including a community letter in support. This is for the Parkside development by Minnesota Avenue Metro.
Not all of them are online yet; for example, a case about Buzzard's Point coming up before the Zoning Commission later this month has no documents listed, nor do older cases like this one at 14th and U from a few years ago.
But this is a great start. Hopefully DCOZ can continue to get more of the filings online.
I've been maintaining a little table of how different development review boards in DC are doing to make their cases and decisions open and accessible. The boards listed are the Zoning Commission (ZC) and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), both of which are part of DCOZ; the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the Public Space Committee (PSC), NCPC, and the Commission on Fine Arts (CFA).
|Post staff reports||N/A2||N/A2|
|Post agency/ANC comments||3|
|Receive emailed comments||Unclear|
|Post individual comments|
In addition to the changes listed above, the table now reflects that NCPC posts detailed information about its cases under consideration, once those cases are on the upcoming agenda for consideration by the commission.
NCPC has also recently started tweeting, and during today's meeting, tweeted interesting developments throughout the meeting. Nice job!
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