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Zoning Regulations Review



The Zoning Regulations Review, also known as the ZRR, is a project that began in 2007 led by the Office of Planning (OP) to revise the DC Zoning Regulations. This is the first time the Zoning Regulations have been comprehensively revised since 1958.

This multi-year project started a new phase when the DC Office of Planning (OP) submitted its draft text for the ZRR to the Zoning Commission (ZC) on July 29, 2013. On September 9, 2013, the ZC set down the proposed ZRR text for public hearings. The following is a list of the public meetings/hearings that were held or are on the schedule:



ZC PUBLIC MEETING/HEARING SCHEDULE

Date

Public Meeting/Hearing

July 29, 2013

Public Meeting - OP submits draft text for the ZRR to the Zoning Commission (ZC) on July 29, 2013

September 9, 2013

Public Meeting - ZC sets down the proposed ZRR text for public hearings

November 4, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitles A, W, X, Y, and Z

November 5, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitle B

November 6, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitle D

November 7, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitles E and F

November 12, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitle C

November 13, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitles G and H

November 14, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitles I, J, and K

November 19, 2013

Public Hearing on Subtitle C

November 20, 2013

Public Hearing - Questions by the Commission to OP

January 30, 2014

ANC specific Public Hearing (in City Council Chambers)

February 8, 2014

Community-Based Public Hearing for Wards 5 & 6

February 11, 2014

Community-Based Public Hearing for Wards 3 & 4

February 12, 2014

Community-Based Public Hearing for Wards 7 & 8

February 26, 2014

Community-Based Public Hearing for Wards 1 & 2

April 24, 2014

Public Hearing on all Subtitles

September 4, 2014

Further public hearing on the original text.

September 8 - 11, 2014

Public Hearings on the alternative text.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES


September 4, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. – This hearing will only be to hear testimony on the amendments to the Zoning Regulations (Title 11 DCMR) the Zoning Commission set down for public hearing at its public meeting held on September 9, 2013. Only those individuals, organizations, or associations who have not yet testified at a prior public hearing on the text may testify at this hearing. EXCEPTION: any Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner may testify on this night whether they previously testified on this text before or not

September 8-11, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. – These hearings will be to hear testimony on the alternative amendments to the Zoning Regulations (Title 11 DCMR) the Zoning Commission set down for public hearing at its public meeting held on July 10, 2014. Because this is new text, all individuals may testify.

PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE ZONING REGULATIONS TEXT (11/14/2014) TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER Z.C. CASE NO. 08-06A

OP Memo - ZC 08-06A - Zoning Regulations Review - Revised Draft Text

SUBTITLE A – AUTHORITY AND APPLICABILITY
SUBTITLE B – DEFINITIONS, RULES OF MEASUREMENT, AND USE GROUPS
SUBTITLE C – GENERAL RULES
SUBTITLE D – RESIDENTIAL HOUSE (R) ZONES
SUBTITLE E – RESIDENTIAL FLATS (RF) ZONES
SUBTITLE F – RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT (RA) ZONES
SUBTITLE G – MIXED USE (MU) ZONES
SUBTITLE H – NEIGHBORHOOD MIXED USE (NC) ZONES
SUBTITLE I – DOWNTOWN (D) ZONES
SUBTITLE J – PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND REPAIR (P) ZONES
SUBTITLE K – SPECIAL PURPOSE ZONES
SUBTITLE U – USES
SUBTITLE W – MAPPING
SUBTITLE X – GENERAL PROCEDURES
SUBTITLE Y – BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
SUBTITLE Z – ZONING COMMISSION RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE




PORPOSED ALTERNATIVE ZONING REGULATIONS TEXT (07/10/2014) TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER Z.C. CASE NO. 08-06A

Alternative Text - Exhibit 725
Alternative Text - Exhibit 725A
Alternative Text - Exhibit 725B


PROPOSED ZONING REGULATIONS TEXT (09/10/2013) TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER Z.C. CASE NO. 08-06A

Summary Chart

Subtitle A Authority and Applicability
Subtitle B Definitions
Subtitle C General Rules
Subtitle D Residential House (R) Zones
Subtitle E Residential Flat (RF) Zones
Subtitle F Apartment (A) Zones
Subtitle G Mixed Use (M) Zones
Subtitle H Neighborhood Mixed Use (N) Zones
Subtitle I Downtown Zones
Subtitle J Production, Distribution and Repair (P) Zones
Subtitle K Special Purpose Zones
Subtitle W Mapping
Subtitle X General Procedures
Subtitle Y Board of Zoning Adjustment Rules of Practice and Procedure
Subtitle Z Zoning Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure


How can you participate?

Interested persons or representatives of organizations are encouraged to participate by:

Attending a public hearing in person:

The remaining public hearings will be held on September 4th, 20114 and September 8th thru 11th, 2014. Hearings will start at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until all the witnesses are heard or the ZC decides to recess. Anyone, from any Ward in the District, who has not yet testified before the Commission on this case, is welcome to testify at the September 4th public hearing (Exception: any ANC may testify at the public hearing.) Anyone may testify on the alternative text at the September 8th thru 11th public hearings.

Watching the live webcast video of the public hearings:

You will be able to view archived recordings of the hearings by clicking on the Historical Events icon. For dates that video is not available, transcripts will be made available.

Submitting written testimony:

You may submit written testimony to the ZC by logging into the Interactive Zoning Information System (IZIS) at http://app.dcoz.dc.gov/Login.aspx. If you require assistance, please see the "Filing a Document in ZRR Case No. 08-06A" tutorial on the Office of Zoning website at www.dcoz.dc.gov or contact OZ at (202) 727-6311. If you do not have access to the internet, you may e-mail your signed testimony in PDF format to zcsubmissions@dc.gov, fax it to (202) 727-6072, or mail it to Office of Zoning 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 200-S, Washington DC 20001.

All testimony should clearly state the Case Number (ZC Case No. 08-06A) in the subject line and reference the specific Subtitle for which you are providing testimony.

Tips for submitting testimony

Use the "Filing a Document in ZRR Case No. 08-06A" tutorial as a reference! This tutorial will provide you with all of the information you need to open an account and submit documents.

Provide solutions in your written testimony! You are encouraged to propose effective solutions to issues with the proposed text.

Presenting oral testimony:

To present testimony before the ZC, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the public hearing at which you wish to testify. Although it is not mandatory to sign up, please note that testimony will be given in the order that people have signed up. To sign-up, please call or write Sharon Schellin at (202) 727-07340 or sharon.schellin@dc.gov, and leave your name, your phone number, and the date on which you wish to present testimony.

The ZC also requests that all witnesses prepare their testimony in writing, submit the written testimony prior to giving statements, and limit oral presentations to summaries of the most important points. The applicable time limits for oral testimony are three minutes for individuals and five minutes for organizations. Testifying in person is not required; written statements, in lieu of personal appearances or oral presentation, may be submitted for inclusion in the record.

Please note: As this is a rulemaking case, there are no parties nor is there any cross-examination.

Tips for presenting testimony

Sign up in advance! Although you will still be able to testify if you show up the night of any hearing, testimony will be given in the order that people have signed up.

Provide detail in your written testimony! Your written testimony is where you should provide as much detail as you need to present your views.

Submit your testimony well in advance of the public hearing! This allows the Commission time to read your entire testimony prior to your oral presentation.

Be succinct with your oral testimony! As your time is limited, use your time wisely and limit your oral testimony to the most important points.

Provide solutions in your oral testimony! You are encouraged to propose effective solutions to issues with the proposed text.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Zoning at (202) 727-6311.


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