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Washington D.C. Downzones to Curb Pop-Ups in Rowhouse Neighborhoods
"The District’s Zoning Commission gave final approval Monday night to new regulations governing the 'pop-up' homes sprouting up in some of the city’s gentrifying neighborhoods, reducing the maximum height of single-family rowhouses to 35 feet from 40 feet," reports Ian Shapira.
"In a surprising reversal from a preliminary vote in late March, the commission also voted to limit developers to building two 'by-right' condo units in a pop-up, a renovated rowhouse with an added story or added stories often towering over neighboring homes. A third or fourth unit would require a special exception from the city."
According to Shapira, the decision concludes a contentious debate that persisted for over a year across the District. The article includes more detail about the politics of the decision and provides soundbites from the commission hearing.