Local & Regional Involvement
NCPC guides planning efforts throughout the National Capital Region and participates in both local and regional organizations.
District of Columbia – Board of Zoning Adjustment
NCPC has a seat on the 5-member Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), an independent, quasi-judicial body of the District of Columbia. It is empowered to grant relief from the strict application of zoning regulations, approve certain uses of land, and hear appeals of actions taken by the Zoning Administrator. In cases involving foreign missions, NCPC's executive director sits as the NCPC representative.
National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC)
NCPC is a designated representative to NCMAC, which advises the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of General Services on commemorative works policy within the capital and surrounding area. NCMAC, NCPC, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts are responsible for approving site selection and design of all memorials on federal land in the National Capital Region.
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)
MWCOG is comprised of 21 local governments surrounding our nation's capital, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. NCPC participates in several committees and is a nonvoting member of the independent Transportation Planning Board.
As part of the Greater Washington 2050 steering committee, NCPC helps devise regional approaches to
growth, transportation, and environmental policy.
Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA)
WMATA provides Metrobus and Metrorail service in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. NCPC’s Executive Director was appointed to the Metro Board of Directors in 2010 as an alternate, one of four federal posts established in accordance with federal law P.L. 110-432. The Board determines agency policy and oversees funding, operation, and expansion of transit facilities.
WMATA is a partner in operating the Circulator bus, a public/private initiative first envisioned in NCPC’s Extending the Legacy plan.