2013 will bring many opportunities to help shape the future of Forest Hills, in the most literal sense.
DC is in the midst of a rewrite of the 1958 zoning code, which will shape development for decades to come. The Office of Planning is hosting a series of meetings on the subject. The Ward 3 meeting is Tuesday, January 8th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Wilson High.
There are concerns about what the zoning changes will do to efforts to protect the trees of Forest Hills. George Clark explained what the Tree and Slope Overlay does. There’s a lot more where that came from.
Forest Hills Connection co-sponsored a walk in October of the area around Van Ness, in which city planners explained why it looks as it does now, and laid out their vision for development. Several changes are coming, so you will have an opportunity to share your vision.
You can find all the stories related to the zoning rewrite, on parking, proposed “transit zones,” and the process itself here.
The 2012-2013 school year was the first that Wilson did not admit any students from outside of its boundaries. Efforts to assess and redraw the boundaries might help alleviate the crowding at Murch, Deal and Wilson. It might also increase anxiety among parents.
DDOT wants to rebuild Broad Branch Road, and three of the proposed designs include sidewalks. One would add a separate bike lane.
Please visit the Pedestrian Updates section of our site for much more about ongoing efforts to make walking safer for everyone in Forest Hills.