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In the real world: Zoning update hearing, citizen planners, Dupont/Logan bike safety, parking, and gentrification

Now that the summer is over, DC agencies and legislators are kicking it into gear, and there are a lot of important events coming up.

Photo by vbecker on Flickr.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is holding a hearing on the zoning update, and the Office of Planning has a forum about citizens can engage in planning. There's a meeting on Dupont and Logan bike safety, a star-studded panel on gentrification, and two parking think tanks, and more.

Tomorrow, the Dupont and Logan ANCs are having a meeting "for residents, business owners, and organizations to discuss bicycle safety issues in the community," including new infrastructure, laws like those against sidewalk cycling, and any ideas residents have. It's in the ballroom of the Chastleton, 16th and R, from 7-9.

Also tomorrow is a Humanitini panel on gentrification. Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden is moderating the panel, which includes Rauzia Ally and Maria Casarella, two architects who serve on the Historic Preservation Review Board; Jonathan O'Connell of the Washington Business Journal; and former Mayor "that's an old movie" Tony Williams. Sign up to attend here.

Next week are 2 of DDOT's Parking Think Tanks, Wednesday evening 10/3 at the West End Library (large conference room) and Thursday 10/4 at Wilson High School (cafeteria). Both are 6:30-8:30. If you can't make one of them, don't forget to fill out the online survey, which asks about both car and bicycle parking issues.

Also next Thursday, October 4, the Office of Planning is having a Citizen Planner Forum to talk about how planning projects can engage more residents. They held 4 focus groups with residents about ways planning processes can work better, and will talk about the results, new tools to involve the public and more. The event is 6:30 to 8 at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street, NW.

Finally, there's a pretty important hearing for those of you who can make a 1 pm DC Council hearing on a Friday. Zoning update opponents convinced former Chairman Kwame Brown to hold an oversight hearing on the zoning update, even though the topic already came up during the annual oversight hearings for the Office of Planning each of the last 4 years. Phil Mendelson kept it on the agenda when he became chairman. It was originally supposed to be today, but since it's Yom Kippur, they moved it to Friday, October 5.

Zoning update head opponent Linda Schmitt sent a predictably provocational and misinforming email, claiming that a process over 4 years with hundreds of community meetings (and more to come) is about "high-handed decisions by city officials ... who make every effort to play "hide the ball," deflecting questions, maligning civic advice and avoiding
stating their intentions." To sign up to testify, email with your name, address, and phone number.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Now that the Housing Complex position over at WCP is filled maybe he will post each week's development/preservation/etc. related meetings like LDP did before. Or maybe not. If he doesn't GGW could fill this gap in coverage...?

by Fare Beater since '95 on Sep 26, 2012 2:59 pm • linkreport

Do people want more calendar entries? They never get a lot of comments (what is there to say, really?) so I'm never sure if readers care that much. Therefore, I just post them when there is a lot of stuff and/or really interesting stuff. If you all want more calendar posts, speak up and I'll consider it.

by David Alpert on Sep 26, 2012 4:51 pm • linkreport

There's also the Fairfax County Transportation Funding online survey available here:

I submitted it as a tip but I guess it didn't make the cut.

by Falls Church on Sep 26, 2012 5:17 pm • linkreport

Personally I appreciate the announcements. I always read them but you're correct that there isn't much to say unless you have pertinent info about a meeting.

by Drumz on Sep 26, 2012 9:22 pm • linkreport

There's a debate of at-large Council candidates at 7pm tonight in Southwest--

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 Eye Street Southwest

by sb on Sep 27, 2012 2:51 pm • linkreport

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