STATEMENT: re Harriet Tregoning

FEBRUARY 4, 2014
CONTACT: Stewart Schwartz, (703) 599-6437 – cell
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz issued the following statement today reacting to the announcement that the Director of the DC Office of Planning, Harriet Tregoning, has accepted a position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Obama administration, effective February 24: 

“Harriet Tregoning is a visionary leader and the District of Columbia has benefited tremendously from her service during the past two administrations. Effective planning combines strategic thinking, an inclusive approach with the community, an understanding of where people and technology are going to be in the future, and putting good policies and plans in place to anticipate those future needs. Harriet has shined in her ability to do so.

New neighborhood plans, an extensive and progressive draft update to the DC zoning code, and the Sustainable DC plan are among her achievements. In addition, she made a significant contribution to smart growth in our region, playing a central role in the development of the Region Forward plan – focused on a transit-oriented future, winning a federal grant for bus priority corridors, and focusing the first regional transportation priority plan on transit, walking, and bicycling.

DC in the coming decades will be a much more inclusive and sustainable city than it otherwise would have been and Harriet’s leadership has been central in making that happen We’re sorry to see DC and region lose her but we’re excited to see what she’ll achieve at HUD.”

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