Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
March 28, 2016 Regular Public Meeting
Approved at the April 25, 2016 regular public meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM, Commissioner Ron Austin, Chair (and ANC 4B06) presiding. It was held at the MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Andre Carley, 4B02 Frank Jones III, 4B03 Scot Knickerbocker, 4B04 Brenda Parks, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B07 Judi Jones, and 4B08 Barbara Rogers. A quorum was present for all votes.
2) Consideration of the Agenda
Commissioner Judi Jones moved that agenda item #8, Design Review Committee report and Resolution 4B-16-0301, Recommendations to the Zoning Commission Regarding ZC 04-33G, Amendments to Chapter 28, Zoning Regulations: Inclusionary Zoning be removed from the agenda. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion. The motion was not adopted by roll call vote, 2 yes, 4 no, 1 abstain.
The roll call vote:
YES NO ABSTAIN
4B05 Speaks 4B01 Carley 4B02 F. Jones
4B07 J. Jones 4B03 Knickerbocker 4B06 Austin
The agenda as amended was adopted, 5 yes, 2 no.
3) Committee Report: Design Review Committee Regarding ZC 04-33G, Amendments to Chapter 28 of the Zoning Regulations: Inclusionary Zoning;
Vote: Resolution 4B-16-0301 – Recommendations to the Zoning Commission Regarding ZC 04-33G, Amendments to Chapter 28, Zoning Regulations: Inclusionary Zoning
Ms. Sara Green, Chair, Design Review Committee, presented the committee’s report on ZC 04-33G, Inclusionary Zoning.
Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission adopt a resolution making recommendations to the Zoning Commission on Inclusionary Zoning based on the Committee’s recommendations. Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion. The motion was adopted by roll call vote, 6 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain.
The roll call vote:
YES NO ABSTAIN
4B01 Carley 4B07 J. Jones 4B05 Speaks
4B02 F. Jones
The adopted resolution:
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) is concerned about the continued loss of affordably-priced housing in the District of Columbia, especially for families.
ANC 4B takes note of the following:
The city lost almost 50 percent of apartments that rent for $800 or less/month between 2002 and 2013, according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and very few two and three-bedroom apartments that can accommodate families are currently being built
The median rent in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area was $1,320/month in 2014, according to the Urban Institute.
The median income for a family of four in the District of Columbia was $66,583 in 2015, which is only 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for a family of four ($109,200).
The Comprehensive Plan For The National Capital (Policy H-1.3.1 – Housing For Families) calls on the city to “provide a larger number of housing units for families with children by encouraging new and retaining existing single family homes, duplexes, row houses, and three-and four-bedroom apartments.”
The Office of Planning is not proposing that developers receive additional density.
That ANC 4B supports many of the recommendations of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Specifically, it recommends that provisions in the Zoning Regulations for Inclusionary Zoning (Chapter 26) should:
Require that developers of ten or more apartment units allot all of their affordable units to those earning 60 percent or less of the AMI. Allocating the scarce number of affordable units to those with incomes of up to 80 percent AMI will not address the critical shortage of housing for those with lower incomes.
Require that every new building with ten or more units include apartments with two or more bedrooms and earmark them as affordable housing for families.
Increase to 12 percent (from the current 8 percent) the required minimum square footage in new apartments to be set aside for affordable housing.
Require that all of the affordable housing be provided on the site of the new development and not in other buildings, to ensure accountability, to encourage economic and social diversity and to give lower-income residents access to the same public and private amenities available to those who live in market-rate units.
Require that the Mayor and/or the DC Housing Authority purchase or rent vacant affordable units to ensure that they remain in the city’s housing stock and available to low-income families, rather than permit private, non-profit groups to purchase or rent them.
ANC 4B does not support increasing density in any zone. Density has recently been increased in many zones and additional changes are not needed.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission designates Commissioner Scot Knickerbocker, ANC 4B 03, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this resolution.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that, in the event the designated representative Commissioner cannot carry out his/her representative duties for any reason, the Commission authorizes the Chairperson to designate another Commissioner to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this resolution.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that consistent with DC Code §1-309, only actions of the full Commission voting in a properly noticed public meeting have standing and carry great weight. The actions, positions and opinions of individual commissioners, insofar as they may be contradictory to or otherwise inconsistent with the expressed position of the full Commission in a properly adopted resolution or letter, have no standing and cannot be considered as in any way associated with the Commission.
4) Presentations and Reports
Ms. Lilia Ledezma, DC Clean Rivers Project/DC Water, gave a presentation on the project.
Ms. Patricia Howard-Chittams, Nurse Manager, Children's School Services, Children's National Health System, gave a presentation on their programs and services.
The Public Works/Infrastructure committee reported on information received about the Zika virus and measures to mitigate the disease.
Commissioner Rogers presented the Treasurer’s Report:
ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – March 28, 2016
As of February 29, 2016, the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $2,083.72.
Balance – 2/1/16 $ 678.57
Income – 2/1-2/29/16 $ 3,000.04
Transfer from Savings $ 3,000.00
Interest $ 0.04
Expenditures – 2/1-2/29/16 $ 1,594.89
Ending balance – 2/29/16 $ 2,083.72
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the February 22, 2016 meeting were presented for approval. Commissioner Carley moved that the minutes be approved. Commissioner Rogers seconded the motion. The motion was approved 7 yes, 1 no.
Commissioner Rogers moved that the meeting be adjourned. Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.