“This week there was a buzz about the office. On the first Thursday of every month NCPC’s 12-member Commission, representing local and federal constituencies, meets to review federal and District development projects and provide legal rulings based upon NCPC staff recommendations.

Throughout the week, staff prepared and ran through presentations that they eventually delivered to the Commission on Thursday afternoon.



Melanie Stern, MUP 2018

Summer 2017

National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, DC

Sponsor: Greater Boston Community Service Fellowship

This month’s main action items were the rehabilitation of the historic Carnegie Library as well as the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC) 2017 Master Plan Update. The NFATC campus, located in Arlington, Virginia is home to the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute which provides training for foreign service officers throughout the federal government.The Carnegie Library will be redeveloped by Apple Inc., which will operate a retail, events, and education facility within the building. Apple has overseen similar redevelopment efforts of historic structures in New York, London, and Paris.

Before the Commission meeting began, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with the Commission’s chairman, Preston Bryant Jr. He was appointed by President Obama and is currently Senior Vice President for Economic and Infrastructure Development at McGuireWoods Consulting. We discussed a variety of topics, including urban arts districts and economic development within the cities of Richmond and Pittsburgh.

This week I also researched the Capper-Cramton Act of 1930 and NCPC’s authority with regard to the Act. The Act provided funding for the acquisition and protection of land in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in order to create a comprehensive park, parkway and playground system. The Act also granted NCPC legislative authority to approve any park development on Capper-Cramton land. I am currently helping to develop a review process outline as well as an informative brochure that would provide guidance to applicants regarding NCPC review of Capper-Cramton projects.”