Six Years Later—More Revisions for Washington D.C.'s Zoning Code Update
"In the six-year-and-counting saga of DC's zoning update, the Office of Planning (OP) has watered down proposed zoning changes yet again. Planners have removed residents' right to put an accessory apartment in a carriage house or other external building and reinstated most of the existing parking minimum requirements around high-frequency bus lines," reports David Alpert.
Alpert provides commentary on the decision regarding parking minimums, which has been a public concern for awhile now: "By specifying that parking minimums are cut in half around streetcar lines (and Metro stations) but not high-frequency bus lines, OP is perpetuating the unfortunate assumption in DC government that buses don't count as meaningful transit."
The article also provides a chronology of the six-year revision process that has whittled away at these two policy areas within Washington D.C.'s proposed zoning update.