December 4, 2008

Text Amendment to the Zoning Regulations and Related Map Amendment to Extend the Sixteenth Street Heights Overlay District
(File Number Z.C. 08-09)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) determined that a text and map amendment to extend the existing Sixteenth Street Heights Overlay District would not be inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital nor adversely affect any other federal interests. The Zoning Commission of the District of Columbia referred the project to NCPC for its review. The proposal calls for expanding the overlay district to include Squares 2708 through 2716, bounded by Colorado Avenue on the north, 16th Street on the west, 14th Street on the east, and Decatur Street on the south.

Advisory Neighborhood Council (ANC) 4C petitioned the Office of Zoning in April 2008 for the text and map amendments to conserve low density, single-family neighborhoods for housing and neighborhood-related uses. The existing overlay district was established in 1994.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

National Capital Planning Commission Policy for Adopting Planning Documents
(File Number 6893)

The Commission today approved a staff submission regarding procedures for adopting and releasing agency planning documents. The new procedures will assist staff members in implementing adopted plans and will provide guidance to Commission members and applicants for utilizing these plans during the review of future projects.

The new measures recognize planning work by “adopting” plans and “reviewing” studies. Similar to current project submissions, each new plan or study will now be accompanied by an Executive Director’s Recommendation (EDR) which will convey how each project will be used and implemented by staff. EDRs will vary for each project according to the scope of work and type of recommendations included in the document.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

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