PETITION: We Support Updating the D.C. Zoning Code

The D.C. Zoning code shapes the form of our city and influences how walkable, inclusive and transit-oriented it is. Yet the code hasn’t been comprehensively updated since 1958! Priorities have changed a lot since 1958 – and that’s why it’s so important to get involved in this effort to create the framework to help us ensure the gains we’ve made in recent years continue far into the future.

Do you agree? Join with us and sign the petition below:

We the undersigned strongly support updating the outmoded D.C. zoning code. We urge the Zoning Commission to revise D.C.’s 1950s-era zoning regulations and help to take a great city with great neighborhoods and turn it into an even more vibrant, walkable, and inclusive place.

Simply put, our zoning code written in 1958 is not befitting what a modern, dynamic city like D.C., nor does it respect the form of our treasured historic neighborhoods. Our current zoning code is based on dated concepts of what a city is and how it should grow and has no emphasis on sustainability. 50 years of accumulated amendments have made the code far too complicated and hard to navigate. We need to modernize our zoning code to better accommodate the needs of current and future D.C. residents.

Specifically, we would like to see real progress made in the following areas:

• Better options for homeowners to create an accessory dwelling unit without a long and burdensome process. More residents will be able to rent out a basement or garage to help pay the mortgage, give a young person the opportunity to live in the neighborhood, and let seniors age in place in their own homes.

• Recognition that parking minimums require more parking than people need and damage the historic and walkable form of many neighborhoods. Easing parking requirements in downtown areas and along busy transit corridors will help to create more walkable, vibrant neighborhoods and provide more accessible housing options for more people.

• Reasonable allowances for local corner stores in residential areas. The ability to walk just a short distance to local, neighborhood-friendly amenities enriches our neighborhood fabric.

• A simplified zoning code with clear rules that can be followed by your average resident. We want to make sure the zoning code is accessible to everyone – not just land use lawyers.

The previous zoning code tried to force people to live in one type of community in vogue at the time but which radically departed from D.C.'s historic form. A new zoning code will let DC grow in a sustainable way that doesn’t create new traffic or parking problems, but meets the needs of current and future residents.

Thank you for your consideration of these positions. We look forward to working with you for a more vibrant and inclusive city in the years to come.


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Number Date Name Location
3271 Tue Aug 26 08:19:32 EDT 2014 Dale Johnson Arlington, VA
3270 Sat Jul 26 13:51:56 EDT 2014 Roseann Mueller Washington, DC
3269 Fri Jun 13 21:10:36 EDT 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3268 Sun Jun 01 16:15:01 EDT 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3267 Thu Apr 17 15:51:01 EDT 2014 Eric Wingerter Washington, DC
3266 Mon Mar 31 01:33:50 EDT 2014 Lia Johnson Washington, DC
3265 Sun Mar 16 14:29:18 EDT 2014 Anonymous Catonsville, MD
3264 Wed Mar 05 18:12:19 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3263 Sat Mar 01 12:01:05 EST 2014 Kathleen Rooney Washington, DC
3262 Thu Feb 27 21:18:02 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3261 Tue Feb 25 09:56:06 EST 2014 Arlova Jackson Washington, DC
3260 Sat Feb 22 07:18:54 EST 2014 Taneka Caffee Washington, DC
3259 Fri Feb 21 09:17:38 EST 2014 EW Win ST SE, DC
3258 Tue Feb 18 20:02:36 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington , DC
3257 Mon Feb 17 18:13:01 EST 2014 Jared Heming Washington, DC
3256 Sun Feb 16 08:36:26 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3255 Fri Feb 14 08:37:20 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3254 Thu Feb 13 01:51:42 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
3253 Tue Feb 11 22:06:15 EST 2014 Greg Sensing Washington, DC
3252 Tue Feb 11 18:07:17 EST 2014 Ross Dannenberg Washington, DC
3251 Tue Feb 11 15:56:14 EST 2014 Evgenia Lomize Washington, DC
3250 Tue Feb 11 13:59:29 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington , DC
3249 Tue Feb 11 08:50:56 EST 2014 Anna McLaughlin Washington, DC
3248 Tue Feb 11 05:29:42 EST 2014 Faith Hall Washington, DC
3247 Mon Feb 10 19:05:37 EST 2014 Anonymous Washington, DC
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