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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 on July 29, 2013. On September 9, 2013, the Zoning Commission set down the proposed ZRR text for public hearings and subsequently held over 25 hearings and meetings. On December 11, 2014, the ZC took proposed action, approving the proposed text.


The Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, pursuant to its authority under § 1 of the Zoning Act of 1938, approved June 20, 1938 (52 Stat. 797, as amended; D.C. Official Code § 6-641.01 (2012 Repl.)), hereby gives notice of its intent to amend Title 11 (Zoning) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR).


The following documents are the proposed text amendments as approved by the Zoning Commission on December 11, 2014.


Subtitle A - Authority and Applicability
Contains information that is currently containted in Chapters 1 and 32 of the Current Zoning Regulations, including the code organization, effective date, vesting, and administration and enforcement provisions.

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.

Subtitle C - General Rules
Contains general guidelines for non-conformities, tree protection, green area ratio, parking, roof structures, etc.

Subtitle D - Residential House (R) Zones
Contains height, lot occupancy, setback, accessory standards, etc. for low- to moderate-density residential areas. It also includes the rules regarding Section 223 (special exceptions for single-family dwellings) in the current Zoning Regulations.

Subtitle E - Residential Flat (RF) Zones
Contains 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 dwelling units.

Subtitle F - Residential Apartment (RA) Zones
Contains 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
Contains development standards, density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. for mix-ed 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
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
Contains development standards, density, height, lot occupancy, setback standards, etc. to allow for the appropriate mix of residential, office, lodging, retail, service, entertainment, cultural, and other uses in defined areas of Central Washington.

Subtitle J - Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) Zones
Contains the regulations 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
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. Examples include: Union Station North, Southeast Federal Center, Capital Gateway, etc.

Subtitle U - Use Permissions
Contains the use permissions for matter-of-right and special exception uses in the R, MU, 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.

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.

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.

Proposed Title 11 DCMR – Zoning - compilation of all the Subtitles

The public is encouraged to submit comments on the proposed text. Comments should be filed using one or more of the following methods:
  1. The online ZRR Comment Module: You will be able to choose a subtitle and make comments by section by clicking on "Add Comment" in the sidebar. You will not need to create a user ID and password to use this system.
  2. Interactive Zoning Information System (IZIS): You will be able to submit comments by uploading a PDF document into the system. You will need a user ID and password to use this system. Please use the following tutorial for instructions on uploading testimony into IZIS.
  3. By e-mail to zcsubmissions@dc.gov: You will be able to submit comments by emailing a PDF document (there is an 8 MB limit for documents submitted by email.)
  4. By mail to 441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 200-S, Washington, D.C. 20001

All Comments should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2015.

If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to contact the Office of Zoning at 202-727-6311 or dcoz@dc.gov.


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