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Harriet Tregoning Resigns From Office of Planning

  • February 4, 2014

by UrbanTurf Staff

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From TEDxWDC.

Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning will resign on February 23rd, according to Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. Tregoning will take a new position with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). DCist was first to break the news of Tregoning’s departure.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of D.C.,” Tregoning said on Twitter. “This has been the best job ever.”

News of Tregoning’s departure is not a complete surprise, but her new job is not where people thought she would end up. A report last month indicated that new New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio had Tregoning on a short list for the city’s new planning commissioner.

An advocate for increased density, Tregoning spoke out as a strong proponent of relaxing the city’s Height Act, tangentially making a case for DC Home Rule. To the latter, here is Tregoning after the National Capitol Planning Commission decided to dismiss a recommendation that would put the ability to raise the heights of buildings in the hands of the DC Council, the NCPC and the Zoning Commission:

“We are the only citizens in the free world in a capital city that doesn’t have representation in Congress. We have been given precious few opportunities to claw back any of our autonomy. This is a rare occasion. What I don’t understand is why we would leave it to Congressmen, who are all too often indifferent. Would Congress care if long-term residents couldn’t afford to live in the District anymore? I don’t think they would care, but we care, and we can decide to do something about it.”

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