At Monday night's ANC 6D meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to support a resolution requesting that the Mayor and his administration hold off on taking any substantial action regarding the use of public lands in Southwest (especially land at or adjacent to Randall Recreation Center) until after a Small Area Plan has been completed by the Office of Planning for the neighborhood. The full resolution can be found here. This action was prompted by the possibility that Randall Recreation Center could become a KIPP charter high school. Randall Recreation Center is slated for new playground equipment later this year and more programming is supposed to be done inside the Center, which for years has been woefully underused. There are several public parcels in the quadrant and since development has ramped up in the neighborhood in recent years, interest in Southwest has increased and those public lands become more attractive to developers by the day.
The Office of Planning is supposed to do a Small Area Plan for Southwest sometime in 2013. A Small Area Plan was done in 2011 for the Maryland Avenue corridor as a part of the SW Ecodistrict Initiative, but this Small Area Plan will cover a larger area. Typically, a Small Area Plan provides residents, land owners, developers, city officials and District agencies with a framework and recommendations to guide future development in the study area.
Also at the meeting, the new officers for 2013 were voted on and were sworn in. Andy Litsky (6D04) will remain as Chair, Ed Kaminski (6D02) will be Vice Chair, Donna Hopkins (6D01) will be Secretary, and Ron McBee (6D03) will be Treasurer.