The D.C. Office of Planning, criticized by community groups for not having enough citizen participation in drafting the proposed comprehensive land use plan, has appointed three advisory committees composed of neighborhood and professional representatives to help prepare the final draft.
City officials also have announced a series of public hearings on the proposed plan that will be held during the month of April.
John (Skip) McKoy, director of the city's planning office, has said that the city is making every effort to solicit public comments.
Community groups in the past have criticized Mayor Marion Barry for taking too long to finish the plan, which would set guidelines for commercial and residential growth in Washington for the next 20 years.
Now, these same critics, concerned in part that the proposal contains inadequate safeguards against further commercial encroachment into residential areas, are asking that Barry postpone sending the draft to the council by the present July 1 deadline. Last Saturday, a majority of the city council members asked Barry to delay until at least next fall sending the proposal to the council.
The draft plan, released last October, would restrict most future commercial growth to the downtown core and designated neighborhood centers, confine most industrial construction to the New York Avenue NE corridor, and regulate land use by the city, federal government and private firms along the city's waterfront.
The planning office has also been holding a series of community workshops on the plan.
The remaining workshops are:
Wards One and Three, 6 p.m. today at the office of planning, 420 Seventh St. NW.
Wards Four and Five, Thursday at 6 p.m. at the office of planning, 420 Seventh St. NW.
Ward Seven, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sixth District police station, 100 42nd St. NE.
Members of the the community steering committee:
WARD ONE: George Frain, Myles Glasgow, Ann Hargrove, David Hartley, O'Bryant Kenner, David Parker, Dorothy Wade.
WARD TWO: Gilberto Gerald, Tom Lodge, William Middleton, Ibrahim Mumin, Lloyd Reeves, Maria Tyler, Harry Vonk.
WARD THREE: Steve Belcher Jr., Marcelo Fernandez, David Grinnell, Robert McFadden, Harry Montague, Margaret Siegal, Sue Whitman, Helen Wood.
WARD FOUR: Loretta Avant, Bob Campbell, Katherine Dodson, Ronald Evans, Helen Helfer, Joseph Horning, Samuel Jagers, Robert Keyes, Robert Nash, Mary C. Tucker.
WARD FIVE: E.F. Adair, Joyce Chestnut, Douglas Diass, Lillian B. Lee, Byron Marshall, Everett Scott, Lloyd Smith, Rick Sowell.
WARD SIX: Rev. Stanley Barry, Robert Conly, Peter Eveleth, John Jessamey, Carol Santos.
WARD SEVEN: Aloysius Briscoe, Arthur Darby, Sarah Dorsey, Richard Hamilton, Helen Mayes, James Parks, Lorraine Warren, John Woodson.
WARD EIGHT: Peggy Bradley, Aletha Campbell, Rita A. Cooper, Brenda Jones, Theresa Jones, Donald Malloy, Dr. Charles Quarles, Leona Redmond, Harold Thomas, Theresa Jones, Rita Cooper.
CITYWIDE MEMBERS: Malcomb Beech, George Colyer, Peter Fuchs, Deborah Goldberg, Karen Gordon, Marilyn Klein, Jerry Moore Jr., Thomas R. O'Neal, Louis P. Robbins, William Washburn III.
Technical Advisory Committee:
James Banks, D.C. Board of Realtors; Michael Brimmer, Federal City Council; Angel Clarens, professor of architecture, Howard University; Toni Cook, assistant dean, Howard University School of Planning; Kenneth Corey, chairman, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, University of Maryland; Edward Curry and Jonathan Farmer, D.C. Corporation Counsel's office; Leon Douglas, U.S. Department of Commerece; Dennis Gale, associate professor, George Washington University; Ben Gilbert, planning consultant; Robert Gray, Greater Washington Board of Trade; Paul L. Pryde Jr., consultant; Anne Renshaw, D.C. League of Women Voters; Thurlow E. Tibbs Jr., urban planner; Joan Towles, economist/planner; Kirk White, zoning lawyer; Eddie Williams, Joint Center on Political Studies; and Lillian Williams, Howard University.
Inter-Faculty Working Group:
Dorn C. McGrath, George Washington University; Richard Nalbandian, Howard University; Ernest Cooper, University of the District of Columbia; Julius Levine, Gladstone Associates; George T. Marcou, American Planning Association; and John Kokus, American University.