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Zoning Commission

The Zoning Commission (ZC) is an independent, quasi-judicial body. Created by the Zoning Act of 1920, as amended, the ZC is charged with preparing, adopting, and subsequently amending the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map in a means not inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital area. Three members of the ZC are residents of the District of Columbia appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The fourth member of the ZC is the Architect of the Capitol (or his/her representative). The fifth ZC member is the Director of the National Park Service (or his/her representative).

The ZC members are as follows:


Public Hearings and Meetings are held primarily on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at 441 4th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001 in Room 220 South. Visit "How to Reach Us" on the DCOZ website for detailed directions.

Please note that Public Hearing Notices for all cases before the ZC are published in the District of Columbia Register.

The ZC Schedule and Agenda are available under the "Calendar" function of the DCOZ website.

For more information on ZC-related items, please see the links below:


Map Amendments

All applications for building permits are reviewed by the Zoning Administrator (ZA) in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for compliance with relevant zoning regulations. Upon such review, the ZA may determine that a project conflicts with existing regulations (i.e. land use(s), height, density, bulk, etc.) permitted by the zone district covering the site. In such cases, the affected property owner may seek permission from the ZC to develop the proposed project by filing a map amendment application. Map amendments may also be initiated by petition from the public, including public agencies such as the Office of Planning.



Text Amendments

Applications to change the text of the Zoning Regulations may be filed with the ZC. A text amendment changes the development standards in one or more zone districts.



Air Rights Development in Public Space

Requests for renting or using the space above or below streets and alleys in the District of Columbia, under specified conditions, are referred to the ZC by the Building and Land Regulation Administration within DCRA. The ZC follows the map amendment process when reviewing applications for air rights development.



Planned Unit Development (PUD)

The ZC hears and decides requests for special multi-purpose projects referred to as Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). A PUD is a planning tool which allows a developer greater flexibility in site planning and building design. This flexibility permits the developer to incorporate amenities in the project that exceed those that could have been achieved under the general provisions of the Zoning Regulations. When a project is designated as a PUD, the ZC usually mandates the development of standards specifically tailored to the project.





Anthony J. Hood [X]
Anthony J. Hood
Chairman
(Term Expiration: February 3, 2018)

Anthony J. Hood has served on the Zoning Commission since 1998 and has served as Chairman since 2007. He is the Chief of the Printing and Mail Management Section, Facilities Operations Branch, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Currently, Mr. Hood served as the President of the Woodridge Civic Association and the Woodridge Civic Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Bryant Park Homeowners Association and is a Member of the 5th District's Citizens Advisory Council and the Bryant/Channing Streets Orange Hat Patrol. Mr. Hood is both a life-long member and Deacon of the Greater First Baptist Church of Washington, DC and resident of Ward 5. He has a Bachelor of Science in Printing Management from the University of the District of Columbia and was educated in the District's Public Education System.

Robert Miller [X]
Robert Miller
District Resident
(Term Expiration: February 3, 2017)

Robert Miller has served on the Zoning Commission since October 2012. Mr. Miller previously served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and prior to that he spent over 25 years as the legislative counsel to the DC Council Chairman. During his tenure at the Council, Mr. Miller was the staff person primarily responsible for oversight of land use matters, including public hearings and Council adoption of five major legislative measures amending the Comprehensive Plan, with which the District's Charter requires zoning to be "not inconsistent." Mr. Miller has also served on the National Capital Planning Commission since 1985; first as the DC Council Chairman's alternate representative, and then in 2007 as the elected vice-chairperson and finally since January 2011 as a Mayoral appointee. A longstanding member of the DC Bar, Mr. Miller has a B.A. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from George Washington University. He is a third generation native Washingtonian.

Marcie Cohen [X]
Marcie Cohen
Vice-Chairman
(Term Expiration: February 3, 2015)

Marcie Cohen has served on the Zoning Commission since 2011. She retired in July 2010 after serving in both the public and private sectors. She has special expertise in affordable housing and community development and was active in the fields of housing production, economic development and urban planning for over 40 years. Her knowledge of urban issues led to appointments as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Conference on Human Settlements (1996) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (2010).

In 1998, Ms. Cohen was selected as one of ten recipients of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Ms. Cohen received an appointment as Visiting Senior Scholar at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the fall of 2000.

Ms. Cohen served for nearly nine years as Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Housing Authority. She is a board member of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an advisory board member for 5 Stone Green Capital and a member of Lambda Alpha International.

Ms. Cohen hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York in Buffalo and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Konrad W. Schlater [X]
Konrad W. Schlater
Vice-Chairman
District Resident Appointee
(Term Expiration: February 3, 2013)

Konrad W. Schlater has served on the Zoning Commission since 2009. He is a Vice-President at William C. Smith + Co (WCS), a multidisciplinary real estate firm based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining WCS in 2008, Mr. Schlater served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and was responsible for the day-to-day management of numerous large-scale public-private partnerships. He served earlier as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Development, where he focused on policy development for public housing and other urban policy issues. Mr. Schlater holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government with a focus on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin.

Michael G. Turnbull [X]
Michael G. Turnbull, FAIA
Architect of the Capitol Designee

Michael G. Turnbull has served on the Zoning Commission since 2005 and is the Assistant Architect of the Capitol (AOC). The Office of the AOC is responsible to the United States Congress for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of buildings and more than 450 acres of land throughout the Capitol complex. He is the senior executive overseeing the Modernization of the Supreme Court of the United States and instituted the AOC's first best practices initiative aimed at improving project delivery of capital projects which included a major reorganization of the AOC's divisions involved in design and construction. Prior to joining the AOC, Mr. Turnbull served as the Director of the Department of Design and Construction at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the nation's premier fine art museums and schools of art. Mr. Turnbull is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a licensed architect in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Illinois, and a member of the American Planning Association and Lambda Alpha. He received his Bachelor of Architecture, a five-year professional degree, from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Peter G. May [X]
Peter G. May
National Park Service Designee

Peter G. May has served on the Zoning Commission since 2007 as the National Park Service (NPS) Designee, and previously served as the Architect of the Capitol Designee from 2001 - 2004. He is the Associate Regional Director for Lands, Resources, and Planning with the National Capital Region of NPS. Prior to joining NPS, Mr. May was Deputy Director of Operations in the District of Columbia's Office of Property Management, Project Administrator with the Architect of the Capitol, and an architect with Weinstein Associates Architects and Quinn Evans | Architects. Mr. May is a Board Member of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. He formerly served on the District of Columbia Public Schools Modernization Advisory Board and Committee of 21. Mr. May has a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.