Harriet Tregoning Resigning as Director of Office of Planning Feb. 23, Moving to Obama Administration

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In a series of tweets [email protected] writes:

“Director Harriet Tregoning to resign effective Feb. 23 to join the Obama Administration & U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Director Tregoning: “Thank you @MayorVinceGray for the tremendous honor and privilege of being the Director of the DC Office of Planning.”

Director Tregoning: “I could not be prouder of the progress the city has made.” @HTinWDC

Director Tregoning: “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of DC. This has been the best job ever.” @HTinWDC”

DCist recapped her experience before coming to the Office of Planning:

“Tregoning was appointed by then Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007 and retained by Mayor Vincent Gray, who has defended her in the face of criticism to the Height Act changes her office proposed. She was previously the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design and co-founded the Smart Growth Leadership Institute.”

Looking forward to hearing who Mayor Gray nominates for a replacement.

16 Comment

  • Nooooo! Congratulations to her, but I selfishly hoped Ms. Tregoning would stay longer in that position. I’m hoping the Mayor appoints someone with her same viewpoint and qualifications, as I think she’s done a great job.

  • She’ll be sorely missed. I hope Mayor Gray takes the appointment of her successor seriously. With some other agency heads it seems like he wrongly assumed anyone could handle the job.

  • That’s a shame. I think she’s really smart, and I generally liked her vision for the city. Best of luck to her, but I think it’s a loss for us.

  • Glad she is gone. She had a myopic vision for the city where everyone rode bikes and lived in little condos. This doesn’t work for or is desired by everyone.

    • +1. She was a bit single-minded when it came to transportation planning. We need somebody who cares about balancing and integrating multiple modes of transportation with one another, and not just pretending that automobiles do not exist.

    • … the Plan, amirite?

    • by my experiences, roads got better, parking enforcement got better, speed bumps were increased, speed limits on some roads increased, parking zones got fine tuned and some resident only options were added, dmv was steamlined and many things were made easier online, parking meters take credit cards and phone app payment system.

      how is that all bike and condo centric?

  • Whoa. This is a big deal.

    I can understand why highly qualified people want to want to move up a level, but DC needs her more, she can accomplish more at the local level (which can then better inform federal policy) and most importantly . . . HUD. I mean, you just can’t lift that agency. As soon as you get a lever under it, the administration changes.

  • I’m looking forward to her successor. Her views on the Height Act and several other planning issues were not shared by many (most?) DC residents and she really catered to one subset of the population. The city can do better. Hopefully Mayor Gray appoints someone who can help DC grow without disregarding the views of long-time citizens.

  • How was she anti-car? No one is banned from owning a car, the rate for registration is cheap as hell, there is no limit to the number of cars you can own. This is such a tired trope from a tired bunch of old people (ie the committee of 100) and others…The truth is, the City has become a magnet for educated and motivated people under her tenure. A lot of those people are choosing to stay and have kids and work on the neighborhood schools. Change is hard and yes its scary but now is NOT the time to backslide. Lets hope the next Mayor appoints someone with so much vision.

  • Wow, that is a seriously bad loss for Washington DC. She’s one DC government official who is wise, eloquent, savvy, visionary, and committed to the best.

    Good for her, though, and lucky America.

  • Harriet is a incredible leader and a true visionary and it is a big loss for the city. She really pushed the envelope and helped make DC a model for other cities to follow in city planning. Big, big shoes to fill.

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