21st Century Planning


Looking at Change Before It Occurs

DC lags behind many other cities around the world in adopting the best technology to help residents visualize land use changes and determine development options for our neighborhoods.

We call on the Office of Planning (OP) to use ArcGIS Urban and CityEngine, advanced 3D modeling software, to create a common visual language for Ward 3 residents as we plan for substantial change and redevelopment over the next 10 years.

While OP has created some helpful ArcGIS maps and posted an excellent database of 2020 Census information using ArcGIS, it has not adopted the full capabilities of GIS technology to engage citizens in examining development alternatives in our neighborhoods.  The result is a great deal of public confusion and misunderstanding of basic planning terms and requirements, proposed changes to the Future Land Use Map, the impact of zoning changes and much more.  OP can fix this problem!  

ESRI is the global market leader in GIS, founded in 1969


ArcGIS CityEngine – Advanced 3D City Design Software

ArcGIS Urban and CityEngine are interactive 3D programs based on real-world GIS data, that could enable DC residents to:

  • Collaborate within diverse teams to shape changes in housing, economic development, transportation, etc.
  • Develop a clear visual understanding of specific projects and their impacts on the immediate surroundings to make informed, effective decisions.
  • Create and use 3D and real-world visualizations to analyze community improvement; to plan emergency responses; and to design improvements for buildings, roads, open spaces, streetscapes and much more.
  • Review design proposals from every angle to assess their full impact and feasibility.
  • Monitor and manage services and environmental conditions in the context of the real world.

Review design plans with a complete perspective

We believe in the power of shared vision and sustained commitment to create dynamic communities for all people, regardless of income.

NW Opportunity Partners Community Development Corporation