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Records related to neighborhood overlay and development from the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association

 Collection
Identifier: MS2354

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, hearing records, testimony, civil complaints, and other documents related to the efforts of the Woodlawn Normanstone Neighborhood Association to protect the character of their neighborhood from development they identified as detrimental. The records concern lawsuits and appeals before District agencies including the Fine Arts Commission, Zoning Commission and the Office of Planning. There is also information related to the Tree and Slope Overlay that the Association was instrumental in getting the District Government to enact and then enforce in their neighborhood. These records date from 1988-1996.

The Brandt project files concern complaints and eventual lawsuits issued by residents of homes that abutted construction undertaken by developer Lawrence Brandt to build houses along Woodland, Rock Creek and Normanstone Drs. The complaints involved The Commission of Fine Arts and the DC Government agencies includeing the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Folder 4 includes the Bylaws of the Association

Dates

  • 1988-1996

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Woodland Normanstone is a small residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., adjoining the larger neighborhoods of Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, and Observatory Circle. On March 23, 1989, the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association was certified as a nonprofit corporation composed of residents of Massachusetts Avenue Heights, an area bounded by Rock Creek Park to the east, Massachusetts Avenue to the south and west, and Calvert Street, Cleveland Avenue and Woodley Road to the north. The purpose of the Association is to preserve and enhance physical and aesthetic characteristics of the Heights by encourging widely spaced residential development and the maintenance of an attractive parkline setting.

In 1990 the Association was instrumental in the creation of the Tree and Slope Protection (TSP) Overlay District. The TSP was established to preserve and enhance the park-like setting of designated neighborhoods adjacent to streams or parks by regulating alteration or disturbance of terrain, destruction of trees, and ground coverage of permitted buildings and other impervious surfaces. The TSP District is designed for residential neighborhoods that are located at the edge of stream beds or public open spaces and that have a significant quantity of steep slopes, stands of mature trees, and undeveloped lots and parcels subject to potential terrain alteration and tree removal.

In 1992 the Commission mapped the neighborhood represented by the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Woodland Normanstone is a small residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., adjoining the larger neighborhoods of Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, and Observatory Circle. On March 23, 1989, the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association was certified as a nonprofit corporation composed of residents of Massachusetts Avenue Heights, an area bounded by Rock Creek Park to the east, Massachusetts Avenue to the south and west, and Calvert Street, Cleveland Avenue and Woodley Road to the north. This collection contains correspondence, hearing records, testimony, civil complaints, and other documents related to the efforts of the Woodlawn Normanstone Neighborhood Association to protect the character of their neighborhood from development they identified as detrimental. These records cover 1988-1996.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order. The materials came in bundles that had been identified by the donor. The archivist generated folder titles from the brief description provided on each bundle.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linda Sher, 2016 May 3 (2016.065)

Related Materials

The records of the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association are held by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Collection MS 0751Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association collection. http://historydc.pastperfect-online.com/32595cgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=C47A5A8B-0D19-4DEA-BDC9-887054644059;type=301

Source

Title
Guide to the Records related to neighborhood overlay and development from the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association, 1988-1996
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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