Flagship Initiatives

Online Platform for Collaborative Planning

To engage both a larger audience and involve members of the public more deeply in the planning process, NCPC plans to develop an online platform that allows the public to directly suggest changes to the text of the agency’s plans in draft form. This collaborative platform will be modeled on other successful examples of online collaborative planning from around the world, including Melbourne, Australia’s Future Melbourne ...more »

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Commemorative Works Database

NCPC will develop a user-friendly map-enabled database application on its website that will allow visitors to browse and explore the information contained in its Commemorative Works Catalog. The application also will allow the submission of photos and comments by the public regarding the region’s commemorative works. The application framework developed for this purpose also will be extendable to other future NCPC datasets, ...more »

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Enhance the NCPC Intranet

NCPC will enhance its internal intranet to support improvements in collaboration and information sharing among staff. These improvements will include the ability to quickly contribute information about projects and events, and a repository of centralized outreach and contact lists.

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Permit Online Submission of Project Review Applications and Materials

NCPC will develop an enhanced online submission system that will allow applicants to submit a project for review on the NCPC website. This system also will allow applicants to upload supporting documents, and confirm the status of their project application.

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Develop an Online Platform for Stakeholder Collaboration

NCPC will develop and deploy an online platform to facilitate regular communication and collaboration with its various stakeholders. In addition to contacts management, information sharing, and messaging tools, the platform will provide for hosting of virtual meetings.

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Expand Use of Social Media

NCPC will expand its use of social media technologies and platforms where appropriate (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr), and work to integrate these channels with its website. This will be an important way to connect with existing communities of Internet users and link them with NCPC and its work.

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Stream Live Video from Commission Meetings and Events

NCPC will broadcast a live video and audio stream of Commission meetings accompanied by a live chat feed to allow members of the public who cannot attend meetings in person to participate in the proceedings. Video streams also will be archived on the NCPC website for later viewing. Where possible, NCPC will work to stream video in a similar manner from other NCPC events.

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Implement an Online Crowdsourcing Platform to Solicit Ideas from the Public

NCPC will implement an online crowdsourcing platform that will allow the agency to solicit ideas and opinions from visitors to its website. Visitors also will be able to comment or vote on other contributed ideas, helping to identify priorities and concerns not already considered by NCPC staff.

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Develop an Interactive Online Commenting System for NCPC Plans and Initiatives

NCPC will implement an online commenting system that will allow the public to submit comments regarding the planning initiatives of the NCPC. Comments received will be published on the website, along with responses from NCPC staff. This will help provide a more visible record of the public participation process around the agency’s activities.

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Conduct Records Management Workshops for NCPC Staff

NCPC will hold workshops for staff involved in the production and distribution of official records to ensure that their creation and electronic archival meets the standards set out in NCPC’s Records Management Handbook. Additional procedures will be established or formalized as necessary for the systematic storage of electronic records so that they can be quickly and easily retrieved in the future by people who were ...more »

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Publish Responses to Local Plans and Capital Improvements Online

NCPC staff reviews draft plans prepared by cities, counties, and regional entities within the National Capital Region. The agency also reviews capital improvements plans from local jurisdictions. To ensure that these activities are transparent to the public, NCPC will create a web page that provides a record of all plans submitted for review and the official correspondence transmitted by NCPC to the local jurisdiction ...more »

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Conduct and Publish Inventory of Records and Data

As part of the agency’s annual inventory of records, NCPC will publish a public list of the types of records it maintains. In addition, it will identify any high-value information not currently available online, and establish a timeline for its publication on the website.

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