Forest Hills Connection is hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, October 1st for the eight candidates for ANC 3F. And we’re excited to announce that Council member Mary Cheh, herself a resident of ANC 3F, will moderate the discussion.
We’ll start the proceedings on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Connect here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82202682892?pwd=dmw3SE04MzdsU2ZoNjhNOVh6R3dTQT09
Or dial in: 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 822 0268 2892
Meet the candidates
There are eight candidates for seven seats. We’ve published personal statements from each of them.
The local issues
We will focus the October 1st forum on three issues that will be addressed by the commissioners during their upcoming two-year term.
The UDC Campus Master Plan. The ANC will be engaged with UDC in providing constructive feedback on the plan that will guide the university in its development over the next decade. Proposals presented at UDC’s August 5th community meeting include adding affordable housing and activating arts spaces. UDC also talked about its efforts to land tenants for its extensive retail holdings.
DDOT’s Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane and Optimization Study. The agency is studying the potential impacts of removing the reversible lane, reducing parking, and adding protected bike lanes. You can read more about it here.
Stormwater management. The ANC has some room to breathe before DC Water comes back to the community with its choice of construction firm and plans to proceed on the Soapstone Valley sewer rehabilitation project in winter 2022. But it will have other opportunities to provide leadership on public and private efforts to control the stormwater polluting our streams. Commissioners will have input on stormwater elements in the DDOT Van Ness Streetscape Project (read more here, and we’ll have an update next week). The ANC can also encourage private property owners of both multifamily apartments and single family homes to hold stormwater on their properties. And there’s also talk of transforming the stream on the west side of Melvin C Hazen Park into a wetlands area. If there is enough local support, the DC Department of Energy and Environment might be able to tackle this project sooner rather than later.
As you can see, the new and incumbent ANC 3F office holders will be facing a number of issues when they take office in January. We hope this forum helps to prepare them as well as inform 3F voters.
Send us your questions
Do you have questions for the candidates regarding the issues above? Please send no more than three questions to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, September 26th.