Rewrite of Downtown D.C. Zoning Rules Under Way
The article highlights new proposed zoning rules in Washington, D.C., that would alter incentives given to developers in an effort to encourage expansion of housing, retail, parking and arts programming in the city's downtown area. The new guidelines, proposed by the Office of Planning, aim to simplify the city's downtown zoning system, add housing without removing existing development rights, and create an easier process for the downtown area to meet preset retail goals.
Mr. Glasgow commended the city for taking an incentive-based approach and protecting underlying commercial development rights. However, he encouraged the city to provide parking limitations for both existing and new surface lots, as the new proposals allow exceptions only for new lots.