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Condition b in 603.1 basically eliminates most of the ability to add ADUs to places where they can be accommodated. Why tout or f*ing bother with it, if you can't add in substantive ways to the building stock through expansion of this opportunity.

I didn't think a provision in DC's zoning code could be even stupider than MoCo's maximum number provision of 2000 ADUs being allowed under their changes (this number is totally arbitrary which is why I think it's stupid), but this far exceeds it.

My neighborhood could accommodate hundreds of ADUs. Many of the blocks east of 5th Street have large lots (e.g., my backyard is 90 feet long). Many lots do not have garages, even if they may have existed in the past. A large section of my neighborhood lies within 3/4 to 1 mile walking distance of the Takoma Metro Station. Not being able to create new ADUs from the ground up destroys at least 75% of the opportunity for ADUs within this neighborhood. Adding to the population would make it possible to better support neighborhood retail, transit use, eyes on the street, etc.

by Richard Layman on Dec 8, 2012 6:17 am • linkreport

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