Aug 26 CDC Meeting Summary

The following is a summary of official actions** taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its August 26, 2015 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote. 

Actions Taken:

  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee in support of the public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at 1400 L St, NW (Bunna Ethiopian Café), provided that any planters positioned around the cafe area do not encumber a minimum ten foot clearance for pedestrian space.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment in support of two special exceptions related to a rear addition at 1319 Naylor Ct, NW: 1) a lot coverage special exception to allow 76%  just under 70% lot coverage, and 2) a rear yard setback special exception. View of the two-story rear addition to the existing residential structure will be completely obscured from the adjacent alley. The Applicant provided six letters of neighbor support for the addition and related special exception requests.
  • The CDC voted (11-1-1) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board in support of the concept and massing for 0012R Logan Circle, NW. The proposed project is a combination apartment/studio building with garage space on a small, currently vacant rear lot behind 1308-1310 Q Street, NW. The Applicant also detailed desired BZA special exceptions, but the Committee determined it could not make a recommendation until the Applicant filed a BZA case. The Committee expressed its concerns with adding density to an already dense area, and the precedent that might be set by supporting the related BZA requests.

Other Agenda Items:

  • The CDC tabled action on an Applicant’s request for support of the design for replacement of the front steps at 1517 Vermont Ave, NW. The Committee determined that the current steps are painted brownstone steps that are an original part of the building’s historic fabric, and as such the proposed removal of the stairs would not be in line with historic preservation guidelines. The Applicant also detailed a proposed back deck, which the Committee determined would require a zoning special exception. At the Committee’s suggestion, the Applicant agreed to return to the CDC at a future time to present the entire request for zoning special exception(s) and historic design plans.
  • The Committee debated the best course of action related to final design review for 1001 O St, NW, given that the Applicant declined to attend the CDC meeting and present a status update. After extensive discussion and a review of the HPRB’s instructions to the Applicant and HPO to communicate final design developments to ANC 2F, the Committee decided to follow up with HPO staff Brendan Meyer* (see note below), inform Meyer of the Applicant’s unwillingness to engage with the CDC, and determine when and how ANC 2F would have an opportunity to review the final design before desk approval.

*Note: subsequent to the August 26, 2015 CDC meeting, HPO staff member Brendan Meyer noted via email to ANC 2F Commissioners that the final approval process was ongoing and would eventually include DCRA’s review of multiple other disciplines required for permit approval (ie zoning, mechanical, and structural). Meyer explained that HPO would again review the design after the other disciplines had shared their comments and final approval, and at that time there would be another opportunity for the Applicant to engage ANC 2F before HPO’s final approval on behalf of the Historic Preservation Review Board.

**All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the September 2, 2015 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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