DC Reaches Compromises on Pop Up Zoning


We have been keeping a close eye on an important issue that has had a polarizing effect on the District’s real estate community, Pop Up Zoning. A compromise was reached in a recent vote by the DC Zoning Commission. The height reduction proposal passed by a 3-2 vote. You can check out Curbed DC or WAMU for a synopsis on the ruling, but here are a few things you should know-

•Generally drops the height limit in R4 Zones from 40 feet to 35 feet.
•Developers and homeowners may obtain a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to build higher than allowable 35 feet.
•Single-family homes may be converted into a four-unit condo building if one of the units is offered at 80 percent area median income.

A second vote is coming up later this spring as the first vote confirmed the proposed rules, so the change is not yet final. DCAR is staying neutral. We will however keep a close eye on the proceedings, and keep you informed every step of the way.

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