DC Grassroots Planning Coalition

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14 February, 2018

The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition (DCGPC) is a citywide network of individuals and organizations who are committed to furthering racial, economic and environmental justice by challenging rampant development which contributes to gentrification and displacement of existing residents. The Coalition supports community-led development which creates uplift, opportunity and ownership for low income communities of color.

We further our objectives by:

  • Providing a space for shared learning and support to further confident engagement of residents in planning, zoning and development-related decision making including the city’s Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Supporting residents and communities who wish to push back against harmful development by assisting with organizing, participation in the process of the Zoning Commission, and related activities
  • Organizing to hold the Office of Planning, Zoning and other related agencies and decision makers accountable to the needs and desires of residents, and to enforce and implement desired policies

The coalition evaluates all planning policies, development actions, and budgeting decisions according to the following core principles:

  • Racial Justice – District policies and actions must benefit, not harm, residents and communities of color especially the city’s historic majority Black population.
  • Economic / Class Justice – Policies that exacerbate and perpetuate poverty and wealth disparity in the District must be changed. Human needs and human rights must always be prioritized above corporate interests.
  • Stop Displacement – Forced displacement, both commercial and residential, must be prevented. Housing and commercial/retail space that is truly affordable and accessible must be preserved.
  • Environmental Justice – District policies and actions must protect human health and the environment. Low income and communities of color must be protected from the placement of polluting facilities and other land uses that threaten human health, and must share equally in the enjoyment of open/green spaces, clean air, soil and water.
  • Public Resources for Public Needs – Public money, public land, public housing, and public services must not be privatized or used as means of profit for private entities.
  • Equitable Access to Public Services – Low income and communities of color must have full, fair, and affordable access to amenities and services including community facilities and services such as public transportation, quality schools, recreation centers, libraries, emergency responders, senior services, healthy food options, and more.
  • Community Driven – District policies and actions must empower directly-impacted, long-term and low income residents and families, giving greater weight to those DC communities vulnerable to displacement.

The DCGPC is led by a volunteer Steering Committee including representatives of partner organizations and Ward representatives. 


COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE:

Join us in calling for #NoMoreBuildingAsUsual

Mayor Bowser’s changes to the Comprehensive Plan call for more market-rate housing & do nothing to stop displacement or require deep affordability. We need to advance public housing, rent control, housing subsidies, & community-led equitable development - not more gentrification

The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition has outlined our Housing Justice Priorities that we will push to be included in the Plan before its final passage, expected in early 2021. Join us at the DC Council hearings on the Comp Plan to testify in support of these priorities. The hearings are November 12 and 13, but you must sign-up by Monday, November 9th at 5 PM.

If you missed the Testimony Prep session, take a look at the presentation with testimony talking points here.

Also – email your Councilmember asking them to hold a Ward-level roundtable to discuss changes to the Comp Plan’s Area Elements and maps, which impact your community. Take action now.

If you represent an organization, show your support for our Housing Justice Principles by signing on.


Learn more about the impact that “UpFluming” (changes to the Comp Plan maps to allow more density) may have on your community.


*Don’t know your ANC? Click here.

For more info please contact: Parisa Norouzi or call 202-234-9119 ext 100 or visit the website

**Coalition Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month from 1:30pm - 4:00pm. Due to COVID-19 closures, monthly meeting will take place online. ** 

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