DC Comprehensive Plan

Photo credit: Ted Eytan, Flickr

Since DC adopted the Comprehensive Plan Amendments Act of 2020 in May 2021, we’ve been working with our partners on implementation. We are ensuring that the Comp Plan lives up to its goals: prioritizing affordable housing, preventing displacement, equitable distribution of affordable housing opportunities, and using a racial equity lens for all land use decisions.

The District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan is the city’s long-term framework for land use. The Comp Plan guides the physical development of the city by managing the built environment, which includes everything from roads, sewers, and sidewalks to apartment buildings, parks, and schools. It also establishes goals, policies, and action items to manage growth in the District, including both citywide and neighborhood-specific sections. It is updated every several years to reflect the changing realities of the city.

Since 2016, the DC Office of Planning has been updating the Comprehensive Plan, and the Coalition for Smarter Growth has proposed a series of amendments designed to further our vision for an inclusive, walkable, and transit-oriented city. As the Office of Planning sends the proposed amended document to the DC Council, we continue to advocate for this vision.


Latest Happenings

Testimony: ZC 22-RT1 Racial Equity Tool

We are pleased to offer our comments on the work of the Zoning Commission in order to implement the directive from the updated Comprehensive Plan that requires that all zoning actions be viewed through a racial equity lens.
Updates to the DC Comprehensive Plan Pass!

Updates to the DC Comprehensive Plan Pass!

Photo credit: Ted Eytan, Flickr On May 18, after five years of advocacy and hard work, the DC Council voted unanimously to approve the amendments to the 2006 Comprehensive Plan. Thanks to all those who have taken action over these five years to convince the city to do more to
Room for more housing proposed from Friendship Heights to Tenleytown.

Press Statement: CSG lauds final vote on DC Comp Plan update

Contact: Cheryl Cort, cheryl@smartergrowth.net We are grateful that yesterday the DC Council has finally adopted the Comp Plan update to amend the woefully out of date 2006 plan. Through the process, advocates worked with the Council and DC Office of Planning to create a much better document to guide the
DC Metro Car

Recap of DC Comp Plan 1st vote, May 4, 2021

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CSG memo on 80% MFI income targeting in DC Comp Plan