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In NCPC: National Capital Planning
Commission, an undated brochure issued in 2001, the NCPC describes the Legacy Plan:
In 1997, as part of its long-range planning responsibilities, the Commission
released its framework plan for the Washingtons Monumental Core, Extending the
Legacy: Planning Americas Capital for the 21st Century redefines
Washingtons Monumental Core by creating opportunities for new museums, memorials,
and federal office buildings in all quadrants of the city. The Legacy Plan preserves the
historic character and open space of the Mall and its adjacent ceremonial corridors while
accommodating growth and new development. The plan expands the reach of public transit and
eliminated obsolete freeways, bridges, and railroad tracks that fragment the city. It
reclaims Washington's historic waterfront for public enjoyment, and adds parks, plazas,
and other amenities to the urban fabric. Using federal resources to generate local
investment, the Legacy Plan will spur community renewal well into the twenty-first
The National Capital Planning Commission, working with leading planning and
design professionals and with business, community, and federal and local government
partners, developed the plan in response to the anticipated demands on the Nations
Capital in the coming century. Tourism is expected to double over the next 50 years,
automobile traffic could increase by a third during the next 20 years, and site for many
new memorials, museums, and federal buildings must be found.
The NCPCs brochure, Extending the Legacy: Planning Americas Capital
for the 21st Century, undated but issued in 1997, includes among its economic
development proposals: Convert the area around RFK Stadium into a new eastern
gateway to Washington, featuring museums, park and educational centers, and includes
this general map:
The Extending the Legacy brochure also labels the following map detail,
"The Anacostia waterfront could become a dramatic center for recreation,
entertainment and learning.
the Legacy, the plan itself, was issued in 1997. It is available in PDF format
on the NCPCs web site. The plan says of itself that: It redefines the
Monumental Core to include adjacent portions of North, South and East Capitol streets. It
reclaims and reconnects the citys waterfront, from Georgetown to the Potomac River
to the National Arboretum on the Anacostia.
In the plan, the riverfront area that now contains RFK Stadium and DC General Hospital
is entirely redesigned: East Capitol Street will become the link between the
traditional Monumental Core and the Anacostia River. While the existing Capitol Hill
neighborhood of quiet streets and historic row houses will remain undisturbed, the
Anacostia waterfront will be transformed into a new ecological precinct, with the river
and parks as the centerpiece and environmental stewardship as the theme. The area will
celebrate parks, islands and wetlands; an aquarium is proposed for Kingman Island. The RFK
Stadium site, now mostly parking lots, will contain a major memorial, surrounded by new
housing and commercial development. This proposal for the Anacostia waterfront would not
only increase total park acreage in the District, but also make it more accessible to more
people for more activities. This is further expanded, with more explicit references
to DC General Hospital, later in the plan: For East Capitol Street at the Anacostia
River another area in need of revitalization the plan proposes a new
environmental park containing wetlands, an aquarium and a regional education center
focused on making the river part of Washingtons daily life. The park would replace
RFK Stadium and adjacent institutional buildings with gardens, fountains and
waterfalls connected to playing fields, marinas and a riverside nature preserve. New
housing and commercial development would complete the redevelopment of the area.
A small amount of further information about plans for the Anacostia Waterfront Park is
in the NCPCs December 1999 report, Washingtons
Waterfronts: Phase I.
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THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING is entered into this 22nd day of March 2000, by and
among the following entities:
General Services Administration
The Government of the District of Columbia
Office of Management and Budget
Naval District Washington
Military District Washington
Commanding Officer Marine Barracks Washington
US Department of Labor
US Department of Transportation
National Park Service
US Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
District of Columbia Housing Authority
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
National Capital Planning Commission
District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
National Arboretum of the United States Department of Agriculture
US Small Business Administration
(Each a "Party" and collectively, the "Parties").
The Parties, each of whom owns land on, or otherwise has an interest in the waterfront
of the District of Columbia, have joined together to create a new partnership that will
help to attain a vision for the waterfront areas. This partnership will build on the great
historic plans for the District of Columbia as an investment undertaken in partnership
with the people of the District of Columbia (the "Waterfront Revitalization
Endeavor" or "Endeavor"). The Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor envisions
a new, energized waterfront for the next millennium that will unify diverse waterfront
areas of the District of Columbia into a cohesive and attractive mixture of recreational,
residential, and commercial uses by capitalizing on one of the City's greatest natural
assets, its shoreline. The Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor will contribute to the
revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods, provide enhanced park areas, develop
Government-owned land for the benefit of the people of the District of Columbia and the
federal and District of Columbia Governments, where appropriate, increase access to the
water, where appropriate, and enhance visitor participation in the activities and
opportunities provided along the new waterfront. The Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor
will contribute to urban revitalization through better coordination of waterfront
development, as well as provide greater access to adjacent neighborhoods, where
appropriate, and connect the waterfront and its adjacent neighborhoods with Downtown, the
Mall, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Southwest and the Anacostia neighborhoods. The Waterfront
Revitalization Endeavor will provide for investment in building the capacity of
surrounding communities to create wealth and jobs, as well as mechanisms for enhancing
local labor force development through training and apprenticeships. Upon completion of the
Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor and concurrent private and community efforts, the
Parties believe that the waterfront of the District of Columbia will rival that of any of
the great cities of the world and serve to maintain the City as one of the most beautiful
capital cities in the world.
The Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor is made possible by the commitment of the United
States Government and the federal parties listed above to devote time and resources, as
agreed upon by the parties to the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor, and by the
willingness of the District of Columbia Government to engage in the Waterfront
Revitalization Endeavor. In furtherance of the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor, the
District of Columbia Office of Planning will develop a plan for the Anacostia Waterfront
in partnership with the National Park Service and the General Services Administration.
Over seventy percent of the subject land area and over ninety percent of the subject
shoreline is currently publicly owned, with the Department of Defense and the National
Park Service among the major landowners.
The Parties have joined together to sign and implement this Memorandum of Understanding
to set forth their goals and requirements for the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor in a
spirit of cooperation and shared vision. By working together, the Parties believe that
they can cause the dream of a new waterfront for the Federal City and the District of
Columbia to become a reality. This is a great and good endeavor which will leave an
inspired legacy for the future citizens of the District of Columbia and the people of this
great nation. It will be one of the most important partnerships ever made between the
District of Columbia and federal governments.
The Parties agree as follows:
- Specific Goals. Among the specific goals of the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor are
- To realize the full potential of the District of Columbia's waterfronts (the
"Waterfronts") in order to enhance the quality of life for residents of, and
visitors to, the greater Washington, DC area through a partnership which will provide
access to, where appropriate, and improvement of the Waterfronts. For purposes of this
Memorandum of Understanding, and as more fully described in Exhibit A, the Waterfronts
consist of, inter alia, both shores of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, and landmarks
such as the Southwest Waterfront, Fort McNair, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the Anacostia
River parks, the National Arboretum and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It is clearly
understood by all of the parties to this agreement that security is the number one
priority of military installations. Consequently, where issues arise concerning public
access to waterfront areas on military installations, the installation commanders will be
the ultimate decisionmakers.
- To ensure that the Waterfronts are planned and developed to provide the appropriate
development potential for the District of Columbia and the federal government. This
development will preserve the environment and encourage the use of sustainable development
techniques. Waterfront development should be planned to take advantage of its location,
particularly view corridors and where appropriate, access to green spaces.
- To build on existing relationships to ensure that Waterfronts are planned and developed
with the participation and input of surrounding communities and community organizations.
The Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor will build on existing relationships between the
City, federal agencies, and the Washington, DC community (e.g., the Bridges to Friendship
- To assess existing infrastructure with respect to anticipated future demand,
particularly with respect to transportation, storm water management, wetland restoration,
and bulkhead rehabilitation. The infrastructure will be planned in order to support the
mix of private development and park protection and rehabilitation desired by the District
of Columbia Government, the federal government, and the surrounding communities.
- To build a framework by which the Parties will develop a cooperative plan for the
Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor.
- To develop a timetable and appropriate implementation and management mechanisms for the
realization of the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor. The implementation should assess
the impact of development in the project area on environmental quality, economic
development, access to open space, where appropriate, and sustainability of the entire
- To build on existing plans for the District of Columbia, including the L'Enfant Plan and
the McMillan Plan, to create consistent and compatible development.
- To bring economic development, employment, and recreational opportunities to the
communities surrounding the Anacostia River consistent with all applicable laws.
- Endeavor. The parties agree to partner in the Endeavor for the purpose of carrying out
the terms of this Agreement. The signatories, or their designees, for each of the
constituent federal agency parties shall meet with the Mayor of the District of Columbia,
once a year, to review the status of the Endeavor and the progress of the Waterfront
- Management. The coordination of the Endeavor will be the responsibility of a Joint
Management Committee comprised of one or more representative(s) from each of the Parties.
The primary responsibility for coordinating the affairs and activities of the Joint
Management Committee shall be borne jointly by the representative of the General Services
Administration and the District of Columbia Office of Planning. The Parties agree to
appoint their initial representatives to the Joint Management Committee on or before April
19, 2000 and to schedule an initial meeting of the Joint Management Committee on or before
April 26, 2000. The Joint Management Committee will make recommendations regarding joint
planning and project development matters. The individual agency or agencies affected will
be responsible for obtaining all required approvals from planning and permitting agencies
and ensuring compliance with all applicable local and federal rules, regulations and
statutes. The Party that appointed a member may remove and replace that member at its sole
- Community Participation Process. The parties recognize the importance of public
participation in the planning and implementation of projects along the Waterfront. To that
end, when appropriate, outreach will be made to the community and stakeholders to discuss
proposals and plans. As appropriate, the Endeavor will work with existing organizations
and others. This process is only for the area designated in Appendix A and will not
supersede requirements and missions of the parties.
- Planning. The Parties involved with the Endeavor will collaborate with the overall
planning effort for the Anacostia Waterfront that is being developed by the District of
Columbia Office of Planning in partnership with the National Park Service and the General
- Funding for the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor. It is the intention of the Parties
that the costs of the planning process may be funded by the parties involved, consistent
with the missions, authority, and budget process of each constituent Party.
- Implementation. It is the intention of the Parties that implementation will be an effort
by the appropriate parties and others in the private and public sectors as will be
determined by the Joint Management Committee. The Joint Management Committee shall make
recommendations with respect to implementation and where appropriate, shall facilitate
coordination among relevant stakeholders. Recommendations shall be coordinated with
appropriate federal and local bodies.
- Timetable. Within sixty (60) days of the date the parties enter into the MOU, the Joint
Management Committee will agree to the initial scope of the Endeavor's planning efforts,
including community participation mechanisms for the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor;
will establish mechanisms to review projects and provide recommendations to appropriate
agencies/organizations; and will develop a list of initial projects that can be completed
relatively quickly to further the stated goals of the Endeavor and to provide momentum for
the Waterfront Revitalization Endeavor.
- Miscellaneous Provisions.
- Entire Agreement. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the Parties with
respect to the subject matter thereof.
- Admission. Parties who own land on or otherwise have an interest in or concern about the
waterfront of the District of Columbia may join the Endeavor at any time throughout the
term of the Endeavor.
- Amendment/Modification. This Agreement may be amended or modified with respect to a
party upon notice by a party to the agreement.
- This agreement is intended only to improve the management and collaboration on the
matters referenced herein and does not create any new regulatory, permit, zoning, or other
federal or District of Columbia approval requirements or any enforceable rights against
the United States, its agencies, its offices or any person.
Anacostia Waterfront Revitalization Initiative Geographic Boundaries