Highlights of May's ANC 6C Meeting

University of Georgia Dorm

Bill Young, Jr., trustee and former chairman of the University of Georgia (UGA) Foundation, spoke to the Commission about their plans for its new dormitory at 608 Massachusetts Avenue. Promising to “...comply with every law, regulation, code, anything at all within the District,” Young announced that UGA and area residents came up with a neighborhood cooperation agreement last October. The project, which will begin late May, aims to renovate the building's interior while updating the landscape on the C Street side. Young also stated that the construction crew will utilize underground parking during work hours (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

Caroline Crenshaw, who acted as the neighborhood representative, stated that she will participate in quarterly meetings with UGA to address issues and feedback and can contact the head of the program directly if there are any problems. She also announced that there will be a UGA hotline residents can call if they have any questions or concerns.

DDOT Discussion

Joe McCann, chair of the Transportation and Public Space Committee, discussed three issues during his report. First, he talked about the H Street performance parking zone, which was created to adjust rates for metered parking in order to provide more options and take pressure off of adjacent streets. However, the metered rates are not being adjusted, prompting questions on whether DDOT will implement a demand model. McCann reported that the process is being implement in the Downtown area, but it could come to H Street.

Second, there is a moratorium on instituting ward-only residential permit parking (RPP). Currently, DDOT is drafting regulations on ward-only parking criteria, which requires the city to determine “traffic generators.” According to Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), there is no legal basis for instituting resident-only parking city-wide. The third issue involved visitor parking placards. As part of the performance parking program, residents living on G and I Streets received the placards. However, DDOT is discussing the possibility of making them available to all Wards on an opt-in basis.

Grant Administration

Sonte DuConte, chair of the Grants Committee, announced that the Committee will meet every last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Library. She also proposed a moratorium on grant applications in order to develop better grant application guidelines and schedules. The results will be presented during the Committee's August meeting and the Commission's September meeting. Finally, DuConte announced that the Committee will accept applications on a quarterly basis; Commissioner Mark Kazmierczak (6C05) explained that this is for grants to be given and closed out in the same quarter and the Committee to have sufficient time to consider each application.

Although Commissioner Tony Goodman (6C06) agreed that the Committee needs strengthen the application process, he questioned the need for the moratorium; he suggested that the Committee make the changes as soon as possible, but still accept applications in the meantime. DuConte answered that the Committee has been constantly reacting to applications rather than evaluating them. Commissioner Kazmierczak added that the new guidelines would help improve the quality of applications as set a limit on how much money can be requested. Commission Chair Karen Writ (6C01) suggested a middle ground: the Committee could still accept applications, with the most urgent going straight to the Commission. However, as Commissioner Eckenwiler pointed out there is still the issue of application quality. The Commission voted 4-2 to implement the moratorium.

ANC 6C meets every second Wednesday of the month at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Avenue NE) starting at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting will be June 11, 2014.