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Welcome to the Urban Design Advisory Committee

Serving Old Town North

 UDAC Page Harris Teeter 

The Urban Design Advisory Committee (UDAC) is a five member board appointed by City Council who serve two-year terms. UDAC was established by ordinance to review development plans for compliance with the Urban Design Guidelines of Old Town North. Applications are brought to the appointed citizen group as needed and are discussed at public meetings. The Committee will provide comments to applicants and staff to guide proposals and ultimately make written recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council.  Membership consists of two residents representing the Old Town North residential community, two representatives of the Old Town North business community and one qualified professional skilled in urban design, architecture or landscape architecture.

City Staff Contacts:   Department of Planning and Zoning  703.746.4666

Dirk H. Geratz, Principal Planner 

Maya Contreras, Urban Planner 

Jessica McVary, Urban Planner 

What's New?

  •     A residential townhouse project at the Old Health Department building at 509 N St Asaph St and the parking lot at 511  Oronoco St was approved by City Council in February 2014.
  •    The mixed use commercial and residential development project at 700 N. Washington Street (Travelodge) was approved by City Council in October 2013.
  •     The Kingsley (Harris Teeter) mixed use development at 500 Madison Street is currently under construction.
  •     Get information about the GenOn Potomac River Generating Station. 
  •     Get an update about the Royal Street Bus Garage.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, and are open to the public.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 9 AM at City Hall, 301 King St, Room 2100.    

Meeting Materials

 July 16, 2014 

 April 16, 2014  

January 8, 2014  

For the UDAC Meeting Archive click here.


Bruce Machanic, Co-Chair -Old Town North Business Community Representative

Daniel Straub, Co-Chair - Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture Representative

Open -Old Town Business Community Representative

Marie Tavernini - Old Town North Residential Community Representative

Roger Waud - Old Town North Residential Community Representative

For further information about the responsibilities of this board or commission, or to apply to serve on this board or commission, contact Jackie Henderson or Lora Love in the City Clerk's Office at 703 746-4550.