The District of Columbia Municipal Planning Office released a proposed set of 34 policy goals yesterday as a first step toward creation of a comprehensive plan to provide a framework for resolving competing and conflicting city policy questions.
In releasing the document, Ben W. Gilbert, director of the planning office, said city policies often are made now on an almost ad hoc basis by a wide variety of city boards, agencies and commissions that sometimes work at cross purposes.
The comprehensive plan, which Gilbert said will not be completed for at least two years, is designed to provide a framework for future policy decisions in a wide variety of areas ranging from land use and zoning to public safety, recreation and health care.
The document released yesterday is a "first cut," Gilbert said, reflecting the planning office's initial attempt to set out general areas for discussion and general policy goals for debate. The document also lists various policy questions that the planners think should be considered in relation to the proposed goals.
For example, under the "health" section, the document suggests that the city's goal should be "to ensure that high quality, comprehensive, preventive and treatment health services are available and accessible at reasonable costs to District residents to sustain life and maintain and improve physical and mental well being."
The document then lists five "policy concerns" that should be addressed, ranging from increasing costs to health care planning.
Public forums have been scheduled for Feb. 5 and Feb. 26 for community comment on the document.They will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Howard University School of Architecture and Planning, Room 201, 6th Street and Howard Place NW.