Friday, August 24, 2012

Friendship Neighborhood Association

In a recent post to the Chevy Chase Yahoo Group, one activist noted:

I testified on behalf of Friendship Neighborhood Association and asked the
Commission to reconsider some of the more sweeping and untested recommendations
in OP's proposal. I pointed out that OP was recommending the elimination of
minimum parking requirements in areas where there was a potential for a
spillover effect, when high-density residential and commercial development is
near low-density residential neighborhoods. At an earlier hearing, I had
provided a map of the low-density residential neighborhoods that were most at

So who or what is the FNA?

An internet search doesn't yield much. There is this website. It doesn't appear to have been updated since 2009. It also doesn't list any meeting times or dates. It also doesn't really list how to become a member, other than sending an email to an address that may, or may not work.

Is this an organization that carries any weight with the zoning commission, the ANC or other political bodies? According to the website, the organization was created under the District of Columbia's Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act of 2000 (D.C. Law 13-231). Does that mean there are, or are not any tax or other filings?

Shouldn't there be some sort of threshold of public engagement, public input or other means of gauging sentiment of a community to even be able to carry the banner of representing that community?

Many neighborhood organizations and advocacy groups have extensive information and outreach available on the web or through social media. They actively recruit new members and inform their constituencies of ongoing concerns in their communities. This appears not to be the case with this organization.

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