DC Comprehensive Plan

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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

CSG in the news: D.C. fails to take up Comprehensive Plan amendments, pushes issue to 2019

Bisnow, Dec. 14, 2018: Advocates are not happy that the council pushed the Comprehensive Plan amendment to 2019. Coalition for Smarter Growth Policy Director Cheryl Cort said the group is pushing the council to take up the amendments early next year. "We are frustrated that it was not moved forward," Cort said.

Expect Crowds at Tuesday’s Hearing on Proposed Amendments to D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan

More than 270 people have signed up to testify at a D.C. Council hearing on Tuesday afternoon. The topic: Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed amendments to D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan, the thick planning bible that guides how tall and dense new construction should be throughout the District. Drafted by the mayor’s Office of Planning (OP),
D.C. - Homes for an Inclusive City

D.C. – Homes for an Inclusive City

The Coalition for Smarter Growth prioritizes the production and preservation of affordable housing, especially with access to transportation choices and jobs, as one critical element of truly interconnected, sustainable communities.