Will the DC Council vote for inclusion or exclusion?

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On October 8 the DC Council votes on the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Amendments must ensure that affordable housing and preventing displacement are top priorities

On October 8 (postponed from Sept. 17), the DC Council will vote on the Framework Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The plan defines DC’s priorities for development and will shape our city for years to come.

You have helped us win numerous positive amendments to the draft plan. However, the current bill includes language that undermines affordable housing and prevention of displacement, and even has text that is exclusionary and helps perpetuate housing segregation.

Tell the DC Council to fix the bill.

To fix the bill, we need the DC Council to adopt two amendments:

  1. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s amendment which addresses racial and social equity in DC by prioritizing affordable housing and prevention of displacement.
  2. An amendment to remove exclusionary language that makes preserving “physical and visual character” a dominating requirement in development review. This is too similar to the type of planning language that has historically perpetuated housing segregation.

It’s down to the wire, but with your help we can win these two amendments!

The Comprehensive Plan bill should ensure we meet our housing needs – affordable housing and preventing displacement.

Click here for our action page to see both amendments and send a message to the Council.

Before next Tuesday’s vote, send a message to the DC Council and let them know we want a city for all.

Thanks for all that you do,


Cheryl Cort
Policy Director