In September 2016, the City kicked off the rewrite of its Community Sustainability Plan. Updated every five years, the plan lays out the vision and priorities for the City in the upcoming years. After two series of public meetings and lots of work on our end, the draft of the plan is available for review. 


The plan in its entirety is attached to this page for review. List any comments you may have, whether they are editorial or content based, in the comment section. Comments will be accepted until Friday, May 5. 


There will also be two opportunities to meet with us to discuss the draft. Staff will be at the City Building on Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM. We will also be holding an open house on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM at Edward M. Felegy Elementary School . 


If you have any questions, please contact Katie Gerbes at or 301-985-5059. 

I did a quick word search for "train." Specifically, I was hoping to find something addressing the train noise and overgrown rail right-of-way that, unfortunately, defines the Route 1 corridor. Aside from saying it is the railroad owner's responsibility it is disheartening to see no mention of any sort of mitigation strategy. We have a major train line through the heart of our city and it is loud, especially when the trains blow their whistle multiple times. In addition to the noise, it is an eyesore. I am surprised the “apparent” focus of this plan is on sustainability and eco-friendly decrees for future development when we can’t even keep clean the green spaces along the railroad tracks. The cleanliness of the Anacostia watershed is a separate issue, but if we can't beautify what we have, why would anyone want to put a business on Route 1?

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