Public Process

Review of the DC Zoning Regulations has been divided into 20 subject areas.  Each subject area will be reviewed separately by a public working group that will make recommended changes to the Regulations.  Working groups will meet for between 1-4 months, depending on the complexity of the issue.  The review of the subject areas has been staggered out between January 2008 and May of 2009 so that there will generally not be more than two working groups starting in any given month and members of the public will have the opportunity to participate in as many working groups as they would like.

After working group review, recommendations for each subject area will be reviewed by the Zoning Review Taskforce.  The Taskforce is made up of community representatives appointed from all parts of the city by DC Councilmembers, as well as government officials and building industry representatives.  The Taskforce will have between 2-6 weeks for review of the working group recommendations.

After Taskforce review, the recommendations for each subject area will immediately be posted on this website for public review and scheduled for a public hearing before the Zoning Commission.  The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on documents for at least 45 days and up to three months before they are presented to the Zoning Commission at a public hearing. 

The Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing, or series of hearings, on the recommendations for each of the 20 subject areas.  Upon completion of all 20 hearings, OP will take the language preliminarily approved by the Zoning Commission and work with the Office of Zoning to codify it into a final cohesive document.  This document will then be subject to final review on this website and by the Zoning Commission prior to final approval.

The entire review and approval process is expected to take between two and three years.