23 Feb '12, 2pm

DC zoning update seeks to legalize, encourage better neighborhoods

DC zoning update seeks to legalize, encourage better neighborhoods

Last year, I wrote an article setting out “a beginning agenda for making smart growth legal.” I asserted that some of our most beloved historic neighborhoods could not be built today, because zoning and building codes have evolved to prohibit some of their key characteristics. Describing the recommendations of a task force in Seattle, I offered several suggestions for a sort of “back to the future” reform, among them allowing home-based businesses, permitting small commercial uses in certain zones, expanding options for accessory dwelling units , and being more flexible about minimum parking requirements. I don’t know to what extent Seattle may be moving in that direction, but the District of Columbia is, and that’s a very good thing. In particular, DC’s planning office has just released a draft of a proposed new zoning code, after four years of public engagement. Or, more...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/dc_zoning_upd...

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