Breaking News:

The Pennsylvania Avenue East

Small Area Plan

has gone to DC Council


The DC Council has set a date for the PennAve East Small Area Plan. The Hearing will take place on Monday, January 30, 2023 at 12:00pm. 

For your convenience we have added the direct links to the Public Hearing:

– On the Council site, at
– On the OCTFME site, at


The DC Office of Planning pleased to announce that the final Pennsylvania Avenue East Small Area Plan (PAESAP) was submitted to DC City Council on November 28th, 2022 for review. The Plan was introduced by Council Chair Mendelson will be referred to the Committee of the Whole on December 6th, 2022.  To review the Resolution and supporting documents you may click here:    Once a date for the Council Roundtable has been determined, it will be posted on this webpage. 


We encourage members of the community to provide testimony on the final plan prior to and during the Council Roundtable. We ask ANC Commissioners to provide a Resolution in support of the plan which can also be submitted prior to or during the Council Rountable once it is scheduled. If you have additional questions regarding the plan or the please contact Deborah Crain-Kemp, Project Manager Email: d[email protected]v or Phone: 202.442.7615.




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. 

Learn more from our partners at American University online at:

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.

Learn more about SAPs at

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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