Advocacy

Threat to Licensure in Virginia

Potomac ASLA has joined with the Virginia Chapter to voice support for continued licensure of landscape architects.

The Board of Professional and Occupation Regulations (BPOR) is holding public hearings as part of their study to determine if landscape architects should continue to be licensed. The study will be completed in December 2020.

Closest to home is the May 27, 10am hearing in Fairfax:

Fairfax City Hall Annex

Council Chambers Room 100

10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

Regional Leader: Daniel Langston; daniellangston@ccl-eng.com

Anyone interested in speaking at the hearing is asked to contact Regional Leader, Daniel Langston, daniellangston@ccl-eng.com.

Details on the public hearing format, as well as talking points, can be found here: BPOR public hearing format.

Background information: JLARC info


Small Cell Implementation Guidelines in DC

The Chapter recently became aware of the Small Cell Infrastructure Proposal for Washington, DC.

Our request is that this proposal be studied carefully and allow more time for public engagement through presentations and public hearings. This process may enable the public and other agencies to collaborate on solutions that lessen the impacts to city trees caused by the added infrastructure. Our understanding is that the 5G cells are not yet ready to be installed until carriers are ready to implement the technology.  Thus, there should be no rush to implement any changes at this time.

We have HSW and other concerns, as you can see in the small cell ltr final ltr we sent to DDOT during the public comment period.

We will keep you posted on this matter.

You can read more in detail on DDOT’s website.


Licensure in DC

The Chapter has been working for several years to require licensure in the District of Columbia, the only jurisdiction in the country that did NOT require licensure for landscape architects.

Your Potomac Chapter is thrilled to share this big news with you!  Our bill has become law and DC now will have licensure:
http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B21-0790.

We appreciate everyone’s support during this lengthy process and are happy to report this wonderful news for our members!

We’re not finished yet, though.  The next step is to work on establishing regulations.  This is anticipated to be a 12-month process.  We also need to identify DC residents who are interested in representing the profession on the District Board of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design .

After establishing licensure regulations, our Chapter is committed to tackling the sales tax currently levied on landscape architectural services. So, many opportunities to get involved.  Please let the Chapter know if you are interested by emailing us at advocacy@potomacasla.org.

As you may know, the Potomac Chapter has dedicated resources (financial & volunteer) to this effort over several years.  We especially thank our Government Affairs Chair, Marsha Lea, FASLA, who has spearheaded this effort for us.  Be sure to thank her personally, when you see her.

We’ll continue to keep you all posted and are counting on your continued support as we move forward.

For more information, please contact Chapter Government Affairs Committee Chair, Marsha Lea, FASLA, marsha@lea-landscapearchitect.com.


Procedures for Identifying and Acting on Other Issues

The Chapter has adopted ASLA’s Advocacy Checklist and will follow it when other issues are brought to the Chapter’s attention.  You can review the document here: Chapter Checklist for State Federal Issues