Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DC Zoning Commission votes to reduce pop-up height to 35 feet (without a special exception) and to establish a max pop-back to 10 feet

Last night's DC Zoning Commission vote.

Popped: D.C. Zoning Commission votes to limit pop-ups in certain residential neighborhoods.
6:58 AM - 31 Mar 2015

2)  Click on the link below to read the entire Washington Post article by Ian Shapira:

D.C. Zoning Commission votes to reduce maximum height of pop-ups

 March 30 at 11:24 PM

The D.C. Zoning Commission took its first action on Monday night against developers building the city’s growing number of pop-up homes, voting to reduce the maximum by-right height of single-family rowhouses to 35 feet, down from 40, in some of the city’s gentrifying neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Shaw and Columbia Heights.
The Zoning Commission’s decision is not final. But its vote Monday night gives residents and developers who have been anxiously following the pop-up debate an initial look at the likely set of rules that could govern one of the city’s most controversial building practices. Later this spring, the Zoning Commission will take a second, final vote after a legally required advisory review by the federal National Capital Planning Commission.
During Monday night’s meeting, the commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of the by-right 35-foot height cap, but also allowed residents or developers to pursue a special exception if they want a 40-foot tall building.
Developers won’t be allowed to build rear additions that pop back and extend 10 feet past the rear wall of any adjacent rowhouse...

3)  Click on the link to read the Urban Turf post:

Pop-Up Block: Zoning Commission Votes to Reduce Height of Residential Additions

4)  Click on the link to read the WCP Housing Complex blog post:

Pop Goes the Pop-Up


Todd said...

Thanks for that DCRA about 3 weeks to late. T

Todd said...

So this makes really no sense to me.... you can't build a building taller than 35 feet without getting a special exception and you can't bump out more than 10ft past the neighboring houses....but you can have 4 units. So what is that about? You could have a basement unit, a ground floor unit, a second story unit and then what? a garage or alley unit? T

Bloomingdale Resident said...

The 900 square feet of lot coverage still applies. Some of the other R-4 neighborhoods have some really big lots.