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Here's your last chance to speak out on DC's zoning update

Have you testified on DC's zoning update yet? The DC Zoning Commission is holding another round of public hearings in each ward to get feedback from voices across the city that have not been heard.

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DC is working on a new zoning code for the first time in over half a century, a process that's already taken over 5 years. In what could be the last set of hearings, the commission will hold one hearing for ANC commissioners on January 30, followed by four additional ward-by-ward hearings restricted to only people and organizations that have not yet testified.

In light of this latest round of hearings, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has established an online sign-up center on its website to help people register to testify, and provide resources and information for those planning to testify. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

Residents who wish to testify in person must do so at the meeting for the ward where they live. Here are the dates:

  • Wards 1 & 2: Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 pm, DC Housing Finance Authority building, 815 Florida Ave. NW
  • Wards 3 & 4: Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00 pm, Wilson High School Auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW
  • Wards 5 & 6: Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 am, Dunbar High School Auditorium, 101 N St. NW
  • Wards 7 & 8: Wednesday February 12th at 6:00 pm, Dept. of Employment Services, 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE
Sign up now to speak

The hearings will be first come, first served, so the earlier you sign up, the higher up on the meeting agenda you'll be. Don't know which ward you live in? Look it up now at the DC Board of Elections.

Sign up for the Wards 1 & 2 public meeting Sign up for the Wards 3 & 4 public meeting
Sign up for the Wards 5 & 6 public meeting Sign up for the Wards 7 & 8 public meeting

If you'd like to learn more about the zoning update, you can read our previous posts on it or visit the DC Zoning Update website.

Aimee Custis is a wonk, communicator, and professional advocate at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Her writing represents her own views, though they're often aligned with her employer's. Weekends, you'll find Aimee at home in Dupont Circle or practicing her other love, wedding photography


There are about 88 million documents on the linked website. The first one that caught my eye is titled "ZC 08-06A ZRR OP Presentation Subtitles A,W,X,Y,Z." Let's stipulate that the careful citizen will read them all. But here's a question anyway:

Can someone summarize the state of the plan? At various times, GGW has lauded reducing parking minimums and adding corner stores and accessory dwellings. But at other times, GGW has rued that the Office of Planning "caved" on those good ideas. What's left to discuss?

by Turnip on Jan 12, 2014 9:28 am • linkreport

That eventhough OP has continued to water down the original proposals, longtime residents and advocates are continuing to fight for the maintenance of the status quo, rather than make any changes to accommodate future growth with greater transportation flexibilities.

by William on Jan 12, 2014 9:49 am • linkreport

Upset that I missed the Ward 4 meeting. Just wading into the zoning update issues, but I'm firmly on the side of more/better corner stores and for allowing accessory dwellings. Could someone clarify - currently in, say Petworth, can someone for example refurbish a backyard shed into a little studio and/or living quarters? Either for themselves or possibly a renter? Is this the kind of scenario affected by the zoning update?

by Bill on Feb 15, 2014 12:39 pm • linkreport

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