Minutes – March 2023

Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 27, 2023

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm by Commissioner Alison Brooks, Chair (ANC 4B08), presiding. The meeting was held virtually via Zoom. Also present were Commissioners T. Michelle Colson (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Zurick. T. Smith (4B03), Evan Yeats (4B04), Kevin Gilligan (4B05), Tiffani Johnson (4B06), Michael Cohen (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B10). Commissioner Audrey Walker (4B09) joined during the meeting at Agenda Item 2d, Treasurer’s Report.

  • Administrative Items
    • Instructions for Participation in Virtual Meeting
    • Consideration and Approval of March Agenda

Commissioner Yeats asked for an amendment to add the BZA case number 20915 to the title of Resolution 4B-23-0305. Commissioner Johnson moved to approve as amended. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

  • Approval of February 2023 Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Gilligan moved to approve the February 2023 regular public meeting minutes. The motion was adopted 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

  • Treasurer’s Report

No report

  • Commissioner Updates

Commissioners provided updates regarding their Single Member Districts.

  • Community Concerns

Members of the community were provided the opportunity to present questions or statements.

  • Reports
    • Sophia Tekola, Mayor’s Office on Community Relations and Services (3 min)

Sophia Tekola, representing the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCR), provided an overview of the MOCR role and reviewed information regarding the Mayor’s budget proposal.

  • Barbara Rogers, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George (3 min)

Barbara Rogers, representing the Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Lewis George, reported on the Green New Deal for Lead Free DC, the Work Order Integrity Act, budget oversight, and the Ward 4 Job Fair.

  • Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4 State Board of Education (3 min)

Frazier O’Leary, representing the Ward 4 State Board of Education, recognized the passing of former Ward 4 Commissioner Stephen Whatley, and commented on Social Studies standards.

  • Representative, Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District (3 min)

Commander Heraud, Inspector Caron, and Officer Hamrick of the Metropolitan Police Department provided information regarding public safety.

  • Housing Justice Committee (2 min)

Commissioner Palmer provided an update on Housing Justice Committee activities. The next meeting is scheduled for April 5.

  • Vision Zero Committee (2 min)

Commissioner Yeats provided an update on Vision Zero Committee activity. The next meeting is scheduled for April 19.

  • Community Safety & Support Committee (2 min)

Commissioner Johnson provided an update on Community Safety and Support Committee activities. The next meeting date is not yet scheduled.

  • Presentation: Ingrid Bucksell, Communications Specialist, Office of Unified Communications, Discussion re: Commission Issues and Community Concerns (10-minute presentation; 5-minute discussion)      

Heather McGaffin (Acting Director) and Ingrid Bucksell, representing the Office of Unified Communications, provided information and answered questions regarding Commission issues and community concerns.

  • Consent Calendar

Resolution 4B-23-0301: Calling on District Department of Transportation to Assess Need for Bus Shelter Installations and Establish Dedicated Program for Installation and Maintenance of Bus Shelters Across DC (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Yeats & Commissioner Brooks)

Resolution 4B23-0302: Calling on District Department of Public Works to Install or Reinstall Public Trash Cans in Locations Within Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Gilligan, Commissioner Brooks, Commissioner Yeats)

Resolution 4B23-0303: Calling on the Executive to Address Gap in Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funding (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Brooks, Commissioner Gilligan, Commissioner Yeats)

Resolution4B-23-0306: Calling for Better Performance and Oversight of the Department of Transportation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Brooks, Commissioner Palmer)

Letter: Offering General Support for Proposed Map Amendment from RA-2 to RA-3 Zone for 6634 & 6640 Georgia Avenue, NW (Case No. 22-37) and Providing ANC 4B Housing Goals for Future Development (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Brooks, Commissioner Gilligan, Commissioner Yeats)

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted 10 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

  • Presentation: Phillip A. Gardiner, Director of Development, Megan Mitchell, Eric Colbert, and Jessica Bloomfield, Douglas Development, Discussion re: 6901 Willow Street, NW (20-minute presentation; 10-minute discussion)

Megan Mitchell from Eric Colbert and Associates reviewed the architecture and building site and design. Jessica Bloomfield from Douglas Development reviewed the zoning requirements and special exception requests. Questions were posed to the presenters by Commissioners and members of the community.

Resolution4B-23-0304: Supporting Proposed Design for New Construction at 6901 Willow Street, NW (HPA 23-178) (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Palmer)

Commissioner Yeats moved to adopt the resolution. The motion was adopted 5 yes, 0 no, 5 abstentions.

Resolution4B-23-0305: Providing Feedback on the Request for Special Exception at 6905 Willow Street, NW (BZA CASE NO. 20915) (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Palmer)

Commissioner Yeats moved to adopt the resolution. The motion was adopted 7 yes, 0 no, 3 abstentions.

  • Adjournment

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:54pm.

The next ANC 4B Planning Meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 6:30pm. The next Regular Public Meeting is scheduled for April 24 at 7:00pm.

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