ANC Member Meg Roggensack The 2B0 ONE Newsletter
October Edition

October ANC Meeting

The monthly meeting of ANC 2B takes place Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. The full agenda is available online. We will have two briefings on efforts to address the availability and affordability of housing - to follow up on, and further inform recent discussions on office building conversion to residential use and on the Dupont Circle BID's installation of planters in public space.

The first briefing is from representatives from the Office of the Attorney General will report on three recent Zoning Commission cases that relate to the applicability of inclusionary zoning in downtown conversion projects and the efficacy of a proposed racial equity tool in assessing whether proposed developments are advancing stated city goals for housing:

  • IZ Exemption on Downtown Zones: the exemption and OAG proposed text amendment to OP: Z.C. Case No. 21-23;
  • Racial Equity Analysis Tool: ZC September 22 public roundtable readout and next steps: Z.C. Case No. 22-RT1; and
  • Procedural Text Amendment relating to ANC and public input: ZC Case No. 22-25: Z.C. Case No. 22-25.
The second briefing is from representatives of the Department of Human Services and Miriam’s Kitchen will report on progress in transitioning unhoused into housing and identified bottlenecks and progress of efforts to address them. Bill Kuennen, Program Manager at DHS, will talk about new initiatives to accelerate the transition to housing, including the status of staffing increases, streamlining documentation requirements of applicants, and additional incentives to support client transitions. Andy Wassenich, Assistant Director of Outreach at Miriam’s Kitchen will report on progress with and services to Dupont unhoused, and why he is optimistic that ending chronic homelessness is within reach.

I thank these dedicated public servants and service providers for the important work they do and for their willingness to brief us at the start of our meeting after their long days’ work.

We will be considering two “by right” land use applications in ANC 2B01, both involving disused town homes, one of which was reputedly a CIA safe house: 18227 S Street and 1820 19th Street.

The Mobility Committee will be offering a resolution opposing to the Council’s effort to realign residential parking permit boundaries; this was identified as a concern during redistricting deliberations. Note that our regular monthly mobility meeting for October will be Thursday, October 20, to enable residents to attend a public safety event co-hosted with Council Member Pinto on Tuesday, October 18, featuring Attorney General Karl Racine.

We will consider several changes to our policy manual: one is a set of amendments to align the conduct of virtual and in-person meetings to ensure greater transparency and to align our time and work with issues germane to our “great weight” jurisdiction and agendas; the other involves additions to general policies to inform our review of our regulatory applications, to protect and expand our green canopy and green-scape as part of climate change mitigation and the other to promote the expansion of housing affordability and accessibility.
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Pedestrian Safety Month

The Pedestrian Safety Month initiative continues, as we post signage around the neighborhood to remind everyone to be more careful as darkness falls earlier in the day, when schoolchildren and others are out and about. Our Council Member Brooke Pinto is hosting her community bike ride on Saturday October 22 to highlight safety issues. You can register here:

Dupont Events in October

This month is also filled with some iconic Dupont events:

The 35th running of the High Heel Race is Tuesday, October 25th at 9 p.m., with a pre-race parade at 8 p.m. I’ll be holding the finish line again this year and urge you to come out and cheer on your favorite contestants. More information is here.

The 1700 block of Swann Street is resuming its annual Halloween Street Party - there will be music, food, and costumed trick-or-treaters (as well as residents) starting at 7 p.m.

For our youngest residents, the Little Goblins Walk takes place Saturday, October 29, terminating at Stead Park.
Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, thus, a good time to check on your on-line practices. This year the event organizers are focusing on four key practices you can adopt to better protect yourself in our connected world:
Click through these links for tips on what you can do and adopt the practices that make sense for your circumstances.

Everyone has a right to a safe internet, so let’s remember to #BeCyberSmart.
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Meg Roggensack
2B01 ANC Commissioner
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