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After 527 Days, Mayor Bowser Urges Council to Pass the District’s Comprehensive Plan Framework Element to Address Housing Needs

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement urging the Council to take up her legislation to update the District’s Comprehensive Plan Framework Element to help address the District’s growing housing needs.

“This budget season, we secured historic investments in housing that will help get us closer to the ambitious goal I have set of creating 36,000 new homes – including 12,000 affordable – by 2025. But if we truly want to meet that challenge, we need to think bigger and complete the amendment process for the Framework Element of the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Our city is growing and constantly changing, and updating this critical element will ensure we are crafting a strategy that meets those conditions. My legislation has been sitting untouched for over 17 months. With the budget process over, we need the Council to take action now.”

In January 2018, Mayor Bowser began the process of amending the District’s Comprehensive Plan by introducing legislation to update the Framework Element. The Comp Plan guides the city’s future growth and development, and was adopted in 2006 and first amended in 2011.

In late 2016, the DC Office of Planning (OP) launched an initiative to amend the Comp Plan a second time to ensure that the plan reflects updated conditions and community priorities. The effort involved participation from residents across all eight wards and a three-month Open Call for amendment proposals that wrapped up in the summer of 2017.

While waiting for Council to approve the framework, in May, OP launched a DC Values engagement effort to ensure that the remaining Comp Plan elements reflect the most important values and concerns of DC residents. In addition to attendance at events, OP is gathering feedback through a survey at dc2me.com through the end of June.

Learn more about the update of the Comprehensive Plan at plandc.dc.gov.