Introducing Ward 1’s New Community Planner — Joshua Silver

Josh Silver, the Office of Planning's new Community Planner for Ward 1

Josh Silver, the Office of Planning’s new Community Planner for Ward 1, at the GACDTF meeting.

Since the departure of Tarek Bolden from the Office of Planning last year, Ward 1 has been without a permanent Community Planner. That changed on June 2, 2014, when Josh Silver was hired to take on the roll. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Mr. Silver twice. Not only did he attend and introduce himself at the July 14th Georgia Avenue Community Task Force meeting, but he also joined me on a walk through the Park View community on Saturday morning, July 12th. We walked a good amount of the neighborhood and Josh took several notes on his observations of our planning challenges.

My initial impression is very favorable. While his background is impressive, what I like most is how engaged he is. Much of the outreach he has done so far has been self-initiated. With just over a month in the role, he has already done a significant amount of outreach and values communication and accessibility, meaning he is approachable and interested in partnering with the community on our planning challenges.

As you can read from his bio posted on the Office of Planning Web site and below, I’m also encouraged by his experience with historic preservation.

Bio from the OP Web site:

Mr. Silver comes to the DC Office of Planning from the Montgomery County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, where he worked for seven years in the Historic Preservation Section. His work at the planning department focused on historic preservation, design review analysis, and land use planning. Mr. Silver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Mr. Silver is a District resident and looks forward to serving the residents of Ward 1 and commuting to work by bicycle.

I’m looking forward to working with Josh in the coming year — especially as the District’s Comprehensive Plan is revisited next year.

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