Check out the new blog post on OP-inions regarding proposed changes involving two issues impacting the District’s residential rowhouse neighborhoods – conversions of rowhouses to multi-family buildings, and additions to existing buildings, often called “pop ups” or “pop-outs”.
Thank you for your time, attention, and valuable comments. Since setting down the draft proposed text of the revised Zoning Regulations for public review and comment on September 9, 2013, the Zoning Commission and Office of Planning have heard a number of suggestions and ideas through the public hearing and community outreach process. In fact, the Zoning Commission has so far received more than 1,100 public comments since setting down the draft proposed text on September 9, 2013. A summary of comments received can be viewed in the case record (Z.C. Case No. 08-06A) here and here.
Having heard the extensive public comment and testimony, the Zoning Commission asked the Office of Planning to evaluate alternatives to specific proposals, and to draft text that could refine the proposed Zoning Regulations – an interim measure to try to address some issues raised to date. The Office of Planning report, which was delivered to the Zoning Commission on June 16th, contains detailed information about the alternative proposals, including draft text, and can be viewed here.
The alternatives proposed by OP, summarized below, respond to comments received to date; however, the Zoning Commission stressed that the record in the case remains open through September 15, 2014, and that additional comments are welcome. While the alternatives presented address many of the key issues identified, the proposed text does not respond to all comments raised during the public input process. Stay tuned – the Office of Planning will continue to post additional information here on the blog about these proposals, and any other proposed changes.
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AARP recently released a study describing the community preferences of older adults. Highlights of the report include findings that “most older adults want to age in place. They prefer to stay in their current homes and communities.” The community preference survey also found that older adults valued having the following amenities close to home (within 1 mile or less):
• Bus stop (50%);
• Grocery store (47%);
• Park (42%)
• Pharmacy/drug store (42%);
• Hospital (29%);
• Church/religious (29%);
• Train/subway (23%);
• Big box store (18%);
• Entertainment (16%); and
• Mall (shopping) (13%).
You can read the full study online at http://www.aarp.org (http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/liv_com/2014/what-is-livable-report-AARP-ppi-liv-com.pdf).
The Zoning Commission will hold its scheduled public hearing on the Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR) on April 24, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 220-S, Washington, DC 20001. The hearing scheduled for April 21, 2014, has been cancelled. The Zoning Commission will hold the record open for this case until September 15, 2014.
OP has prepared a summary of the Zoning Regulation Review (ZRR) proposals as they specifically relate to each individual Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) in DC – available here, on the OP ZRR website, and as part of the ZRR official record at http://www.dcoz.dc.gov. There are 40 ANCs in the District – if you are not sure which ANC you are in, please go to http://anc.dc.gov, or contact OP and we can find this information for you.
Each summary provides a bit of background on the ZRR process and a description of current and next steps, but they mostly address the question “what is of relevance to my ANC?”. Topics covered include zone naming, including a list of zones in your ANC (slide 7); use permissions; low density residential; parking; accessory apartment; alley lot; corner store; commercial zoning; industrial zoning; downtown; and campus / school plan proposed provisions. Maps are included to help you locate where various provisions would, or would not, apply within your ANC and your neighborhood.
Each summary is based on the version of the proposed text which was set down by the Zoning Commission (ZC) on September 9, 2013 for public hearing. A paper copy of the September 9th version is available at each DC public library and a disc copy was provided to each ANC in September 2013. Copies of the full text are also available on our ZRR website and the Office of Zoning website.
Copies of this summary (electronic and hard copy) are being emailed and mailed to each ANC commissioner, and are also uploaded into the Office of Zoning ZRR record (08-06A). If you have questions about or comments on OP’s ZRR proposals, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or please attend one of the open houses we are holding in March – dates and times of the remaining open houses are (click to enlarge):
District residents and the Zoning Commission aren’t the only ones talking about corner stores, the Washington Post and Washington City Paper both published articles this week looking at these neighborhood institutions.
Corner stores are small commercial establishments found in lower density residential areas. The existing zoning regulations do not allow commercial uses in our residential districts, which means that existing corner stores are “grandfathered.” Any changes to an existing corner store or a proposal to open a new store would require approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). As part of the Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR), OP is proposing to allow limited neighborhood serving commercial, service, and arts uses in our rowhouse zones (current R-3 and R-4), with a particular emphasis on encouraging corner grocery stores. You can see OP’s proposal after the jump.
The Zoning Commission announced that they will be holding two additional hearings on the OP proposed text – a public hearing in Ward 8 on April 21 and one in the Zoning Commission’s regular hearing room at 441-4th Street NW on April 24. The Commission also stated that the record will close on Friday April 25 at 3 pm. The Office of Zoning will be finalizing all of the details, which we will post when known, or you will be able to find more information on the Office of Zoning website.
The Office of Planning (OP) will hold a series of Open House meetings (see the table below for date, time, and location information) to provide residents an opportunity to discuss the draft proposed changes to zoning regulations with OP staff. The Zoning Commission set down the draft proposed ZRR text on September 9, 2013, and has been holding public hearings to gather input. The hearings are ongoing at this time, and the Commission plans to leave the record open to take testimony until at least April 17, 2014. Detailed information about the hearings and how to submit testimony in the case can be found on the Office of Zoning website at http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/ZRR/ZRR.shtm.
The Open Houses are intended to provide residents an opportunity to gather information about the proposed changes and ask questions in an informal setting and residents are encouraged to drop in at any time. OP staff will be available at the Open Houses to discuss the proposed changes on a one-on-one basis with individuals that have questions in advance of attending a hearing or submitting testimony. OP will make copies of the draft proposed text available at each location. Copies of the proposed text are available on the OP and OZ website and at each public library.
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The Zoning Commission’s Ward 1 and 2 ZRR hearing has been postponed to Wednesday, Feb 26 at 6:00 pm. The location for the hearing will be 815 Florida Avenue NW. More information can be found at www.dcoz.dc.gov.
The Zoning Commission will continue take testimony on the ZRR with three public hearings this week. For more information, please see the Office of Zoning’s website at http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/news/2013/news122013.shtm.
Don’t forget, you can access the draft proposed text in many ways. PDF copies of the text can be found online from the Office of Zoning and the Office of Planning. Paper copies can be found at each DC Public Library.