The Pennsylvania Avenue East Small Area Plan (SAP) is led by the Office of Planning (OP). This plan will develop recommendations that can be implemented within a 10-year horizon to meet the following project goals: 

  • Enhance a safe, accessible, vibrant public realm;
  • Encourage economic development and retail opportunities;
  • Improve transportation access and connectivity; and
  • Explore housing opportunities to improve access for upward mobility.

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Urban Design Workshop held on December 6, 2021

On Monday evening December 6th, 2021, a wonderful cross-section of residents and stakeholders joined a meeting hosted by the D.C. Office of Planning for a robust discussion of urban design possibilities for the Pennsylvania Avenue East corridor.  To view a recording of the meeting scroll down to the box below.  To view the Urban Design presentation given by Cunningham-Quill click on the file button below to download a .pdf of the presentation. We need to hear from you.  To share your feedback on the Urban Design Workshop draft recommendations click on the Recommendations tab above, next to the Home tab.  Once you are on the Recommendations page, click on the Participate button in the lower right-hand corner of the box.  You may then provide your comments for the Draft Vision Statements if you have not already done so as well as the Draft Urban Design Recommendations by clicking in that tab. Thank you in advance for your participation.

About the Plan

Pennsylvania Avenue East Small Area Plan

The Pennsylvania Avenue East Small Area Plan will develop a vision for a gateway corridor that is vibrant and meets the needs of adjacent neighborhoods. Building on the 2008 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Land Development Plan, this new small area plan will focus on implementation efforts along the length of the corridor East of the River. OP will work with community stakeholders and interagency partners to develop recommendations that enhance a safe, accessible, and vibrant public realm; encourage economic development and retail opportunities; improve transportation access and connectivity; and drive socio-economic resiliency.  

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Interested in getting involved in the Penn Avenue East Small Area Plan? Please provide your contact information and select topic areas of interest, below.

Pennsylvania Avenue East SAP is led by the Office of Planning (OP) and is a cooperative effort with the District's implementing agencies, including OP, Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), East of the River Development, and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). 

Questions? Reach out online at [email protected] or on the phone at 855-925-2801 (pin: 9252)

This plan is managed by Deborah Crain-Kemp, Lead Planner for Community Engagement and Outreach. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Small Area Plans (SAPs) supplement the Comprehensive Plan by providing more detailed recommendations and implementation strategies for the development of city blocks, corridors, and neighborhoods. The intent of such plans is to guide long-range planning and development that establishes future neighborhood improvements, identifies gaps and opportunities in neighborhood services and amenities, and advances social and economic benefits.

SAPs are developed through a collaborative process that includes meaningful community engagement to communicate the goals and milestones of the planning process and provide opportunities for community dialogue about place-based priorities. SAPs are typically approved by resolution of the DC Council, and key recommendations are incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan Elements.

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This planning process has been designed to be responsive. The project team is continually checking this project page for new comments and survey responses, emails, and phone messages. All of the feedback we receive over the course of this plan, will help shape recommendations for the final plan. During each community meeting, we will summarize the things we hear over the course of the plan in order to help the community reach a consensus around critical place-based issues.

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