Analysis Of Planning, Development Review And Zoning Processes In The District Of Columbia

Analysis Of Planning, Development Review And Zoning Processes In The District Of Columbia

Office of Contracts and Procurements

The District of Columbia completed a revision of its Comprehensive Plan in December 2006. The revised Plan calls for a study of the feasibility of creating a Planning Commission in the District, an evaluation of the District's Planned Unit Development regulations and procedures, and an evaluation of the District's Large Tract Review procedures.

Rather than undertaking each of these studies separately and in a vacuum, the Office of Planning is undertaking a comprehensive review and analysis of the entire planning, zoning and development review process in the District, how the processes are working (or not working), and how we can improve them to serve the residents of the District more effectively and efficiently in achieving a more inclusive and livable city. A key component of the study will be the exploration of ways to more effectively implement the District's newly adopted Comprehensive Plan, including assessing the feasibility of creating a local planning commission.

Community outreach is a core value of this study. OP expects extensive outreach to and consultation with District residents.

Because the of the District's location in the nation's capital, and its status as a "district within the federal government" rather than a city or a state, several District and federal bodies share planning responsibilities and have jurisdiction over various aspects of planning for land in the District. Thus, extensive consultation with elected officials, relevant District and federal government officials will be required.

OP seeks recommendations specific to the establishment of a Planning Commission, the zoning and development review processes (including PUD's and Large Tract Review), and the best mechanism for implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations should provide for improved certainty, increased transparency, quality development outcomes and more meaningful public participation in all planning review processes.

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Jeanne Sheridan
Office of Contracts and Procurements
441 4th St., NW, 700 South
DC 20001

Phone: 202/724-4063
Fax: 202/727-8842
Email: [email protected]

Posted May 17, 2007

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