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September 16, 2013

Zoning Commission Case No. 08-06A Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR) Scheduled for Public Heaings in November 2013

The Zoning Regulations Review, otherwise known as the ZRR, is the first comprehensive revision of the current DC Zoning Regulations (11 DCMR) 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 hearing. The final decision on the text will be made by the ZC using its rulemaking authority after public hearings are held and the public's comments are considered. The public is strongly encouraged to play a role in this process by participating in the public hearings.

The schedule for the Zoning Commission (ZC) public hearings on the proposed text of the new Zoning Regulations will be split by Subtitle as noted below:

Subtitle Groups for Public Hearings*

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
A Authority and Applicability
W Mapping
X General Procedures
(includes PUDs and Campus Plan procedures)
Y Board of Zoning Adjustment Rules of Practice and Procedure
Z Zoning Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
B Definitions
(includes uses)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
D Residential House (R) Zones
(includes ADUs and corner stores for the current R-3 zones)

Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
E Residential Flat (RF) Zones
(includes corner stores for the current R-4 zones)
F Apartment (A) Zones

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
C General Procedures
(includes parking, bike parking, loading)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
G Mixed Use (M) Zones
H Neighborhood Mixed Use (N) Zones
(includes new zones created from Neighborhood Commercial Overlays)

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
I Downtown Zones
J Production, Distribution and Repair (P) Zones
K Special Purpose Zones

Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Reserved for overflow from previous hearings.

How can you participate?

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

  • Attending the public hearings in person,
  • Watching the live webcast video of the public hearings,
  • Submitting written testimony, and/or
  • Presenting oral testimony.

Attend the Public Hearing

The public hearings will be held as outlined in the above chart. The hearings will be held at the Office of Zoning (OZ) in the Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 220-S, Washington, DC 20001. The hearings will start at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until all the witnesses are heard or the ZC decides to recess.

Watch the Web-Streamed Video

The public hearings will be webcast live on the aforementioned nights. You may access the video on OZ's website at www.dcoz.dc.gov by clicking on the Live Webcast icon in the sidebar. You will also be able to view archived recordings of the hearings by clicking on the Video On Demand icon.

Submit 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. For instance, if you wish to provide comments on Subtitle A and Subtitle C, they should be written and uploaded as separate documents since those subjects will be heard on different nights.

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.
  • Reference the Subtitle you are providing testimony for! As the hearings will take place over many nights, this will assist us in making sure your testimony is before the ZC for the correct subject matter/Subtitle(s).
  • Provide solutions in your written testimony! You are encouraged to propose effective solutions to issues with the proposed text.
  • Submit your testimony by October 28, 2013! In order for the Commissioners to have ample time to read all the public comments prior to the hearing, it is necessary that testimony be submitted as early as possible, but no later than October 28, 2013. Testimony submitted after the 28th will still be given to the Commissioners; however, it is possible that it will not be reviewed prior to the hearing day.

Present Oral Testimony

To present testimony before the ZC, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the specific public hearing(s) 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 Donna Hanousek at (202) 727-0789 or donna.hanousek@dc.gov, and leave your name, your phone number, and the date(s)/Subtitle(s) 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 described below. Testifying in person is not required; written statements, in lieu of personal appearances or oral presentation, may be submitted for inclusion in the record.

The public hearing on this case will be conducted as a rulemaking in accordance with the provisions of 3021 of the Zoning Regulation (Title 11 DCMR). The ZC will impose the following maximum time limits on testimony presented to it at the public hearing and no time may be ceded:

1. Presentation by the Office of Planning - 60 minutes
2. Organizations - 5 minutes each
3. Individuals - 3 minutes each

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.
  • 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.

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