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Zoning Regulations Review

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Structure of the New Regulations



The Zoning Regulations Review, also known as the ZRR, is a project that began in 2007 with the Zoning Commission holding two roundtables and concluded on January 14, 2016 with the Zoning Commission voting unanimously to adopt text to revise the DC Zoning Regulations and approve map amendments to implement that text. This is the first time the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map have been comprehensively revised since 1958. The new text and a description of the map amendments will be published in a forthcoming issue of the District of Columbia Register. The Notice will indicate that the new text and Zoning Map will become effective on September 6, 2016.

The following is a list of subtitles that comprise the text as approved by the Zoning Commission on January 14, 2016:


Subtitle A - Authority and Applicability

Contains information that is currently contained in Chapters 1 and 32 of the current Zoning Regulations, including the code organization, effective date, vesting, and administration and enforcement provisions.


Chapter Title
1 Introduction to Title 11
2 Administrative and Zoning Regulations
3 Administration and Enforcement
4 Other Authorities




Subtitle B - Definitions, Rules of Measurement, and Use Categories

Contains definitions for the entire set of regulations; definitions, examples, and exceptions for use categories; and rules of measurement for height, setbacks, lot occupancy, etc.


Chapter Title
1 Definitions
2 Use Categories
3 General Rules of Measurement




Subtitle C - General Rules

Contains general guidelines for non-conformities, subdivisions, tree protection, green area ratio, parking, inclusionary roof structures, etc.

Chapter Title
1 Introduction to General Rules
2 Noncomformities
3 Subdivision
4 Tree Protection
5 Pervious Surface
6 Green Area Ratio
7 Vehicle Parking
8 Bicycle Parking
9 Loading
10 Inclusionary Zoning
11 Waterfront
12 Combined Lot Provisions
13 Antennas
14 Retaining Walls
15 Penthouses
16 Public Education, Recration, Library Buildings or Structures
17 Plaza




Subtitle D - Residential House (R) Zones - (former R-1-A through R-3 zones, including those with overlays)

Contains development standards, including height, lot occupancy, setback, accessory standards, etc. for low- to moderate-density residential areas. It also includes the rules regarding § 223 (special exceptions for single-family dwellings) in the current Zoning Regulations, which can be found in the new § 5201.








Subtitle E - Residential Flat (RF) Zones- (former R-4 zone, including those with overlays and two new residential flat zones)

Contains development standards, including height, lot occupancy, setback, accessory standards, etc. for areas developed primarily with row dwellings, but within which there have been limited conversions of dwellings or other buildings into more than two dwellings units.








Subtitle F - Residential Apartment (RA) Zones- (former R-5 zones, including those with overlays)

Contains development standards, including height, lot occupancy, setback, accessory standards, etc. for moderate- or high-density residential areas suitable for multi-household development.








Subtitle G - Mixed-Use (MU) Zones- (former SP, C-1 through C-3, CR, and W zones, including those with overlays)

Contains development standards, including density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. for mixed-use developments that permit a broad range of commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential development at varying densities.








Subtitle H - Neighborhood Mixed-Use (NC) Zones- (former Macomb-Wisconsin, Takoma Park, Woodley Park, Eighth Street, Georgia Avenue, and H Street NE Neighborhood Commercial Overlay zones)

Contains development standards, density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. for stable mixed-use areas permitting a range of commercial and multi-household residential development in defined neighborhood commercial areas.








Subtitle I - Downtown (D) Zones- (former downtown commercial areas, including the Downtown Development, Mount Vernon-Triangle, Hotel/Residential Incentive Overlays and Transfer Development Right areas)

Contains development standards, including density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. to allow for the appropriate mix of residential, office, lodging, retail, service, entertainment, cultural, and other uses.








Subtitle J - Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) Zones- (former CM and M zones, including those with overlays)

Contains development standards, including density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. for the use of land and structures and the erection and modification of structures in areas characterized by production, distribution, and repair uses, typically with heavy truck traffic and loading and unloading operations.








Subtitle K - Special Purpose Zones- (former Southeast Federal Center, Capital Gateway, St. Elizabeth's, Union Station North, Uptown Arts, Reed-Cooke, Hill East, and Walter Reed Overlays)

Contains the regulations for single large sites that require a cohesive, self-contained set of regulations to guide site design, building height and bulk, land uses, or other aspects of development.













Subtitle U - Use Permissions

Contains the use permissions for matter-of-right and special exception uses in the R, RF, RA, MU, ARTS, and PDR zones.












Subtitle W - Specific Zone Boundaries

Contains boundaries established for specific zone districts.

















Subtitle X - General Procedures

Contains procedural regulations for campus plans, chanceries, planned unit developments, map and text amendments, design review, etc.


Chapter Title
1 Campus Plans, School Plans, and Medical Campus Plans
2 Chancery Applications
3 Planned Unit Developments
4 Applications for Amendment to Create a New Zone
5 Map Amendments
6 Design Review
7 Air Space Development
8 Water Tower on the East Campus of Saint Elizabeths
9 Special Exceptions
10 Variances
11 Zoning Appeals
12 Civil Infraction Appeals




Subtitle Y - Board of Zoning Adjustment Rules of Practice and Procedure

Contains regulations pertaining to Board information, application requirements, party status, ANC report information, hearing and meeting procedures, orders, fees, etc.


Chapter Title
1 Administration
2 Public Participation
3 Application Requirements
4 Prehearing and Hearing Procedures: Applications
5 Prehearing and Hearing Procedures: Zoning Appeals
6 Post Hearing Procedures
7 Approvals and Orders
8 Remand Procedure
16 Fees




Subtitle Z - Zoning Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure

Contains regulations pertaining to Commission information, application requirements, party status, ANC report information, hearing and meeting procedures, orders, fees, etc.


Chapter Title
1 Administration
2 Public Participation
3 Application Requirements
4 Prehearing and Hearing Procedures: Contested Cases
5 Prehearing and Hearing Procedures: Rulemaking Cases
6 Post Hearing Procedures
7 Approvals and Orders
8 Sua Sponte Review
9 Remand Procedure
16 Fees
17 Appointment for Appointing Director



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