CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2297, a bill to promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. H.R. 2297 was introduced by Del. Holmes-Norton (D-DC) on June 22, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Committee held a markup of the bill on November 3, 2011, and reported the bill, as amended.
H.R. 2297 would amend the District of Columbia Official Code to revise certain specifications for the authorized transfer by the District Council, on behalf of the United States, to the District Redevelopment Land Agency of all federal right, title, and interest in the Southwest Waterfront Project Site. The bill would authorize such transfer by one or more quitclaim deeds.
The bill would authorize the Agency to lease or sell the Site to a redevelopment company or other lessee or purchaser, and would repeal the U.S. reversionary interest in such property.
H.R. 2297 would amend the Code to permit at the municipal fish wharf and market “activities … not limited to, the enclosed or open air vending, selling, leasing, demonstrating, crafting, consuming, and exhibiting of all types of food and beverage, produce, consumables, organic or ‘green’ themed items, plants and flowers, artisan wares, arts, handmade or handicrafts, and such other similar or related retail and consumer goods, as well as any and all appurtenant, ancillary, complementary or co-existing cultural, theatrical, residential, exhibition, office, or arts uses.”
This bill would allow the area in the Southwest waterfront of DC to be leased or sold to a private sector developer, enabling the District to advance the implementation of its redevelopment plan for that area (near Cantina Marina).
This legislation is needed to update current zoning laws to allow the District the flexibility to lease or sell the real property in order for the planned $2 billion redevelopment to begin.
Information from the National Park Service and the National Capital Planning Commission indicates that the property that would be transferred is not being used by the federal government, and no income is generated from it under current law. Thus, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 2297 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues or direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.