D.C.’s Office of Planning has announced dates for eight public meetings around the zoning update. These forums will be ground zero for some epic battles, as they have in Montgomery County, even for complaints that have nothing to do with the zoning update.
Around the Washington region, we’ve been arguing for years now about a fundamental question: Should our communities keep growing, adding people and restaurants and shops, and making it easier to get around without driving? Or should existing neighborhoods remain static, with little change in buildings, people or transportation?
Bicycle lanes often become a flashpoint in this fight. D.C. has had it easy compared to New York, Toronto, and some other cities. Our last three mayors and their transportation directors have all steadfastly supported new bicycle infrastructure. The only question has been whether to build them faster or slower.
The eight zoning update meetings will become another crucible for different views to duke it out. It’s already been happening for months on neighborhood e-mail lists in Chevy Chase, Tenleytown and Cleveland Park, and in public meetings for Montgomery County’s zoning update, which is confronting similar issues.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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