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

Will the DC Council vote for inclusion or exclusion?

Take Action Today On October 8 the DC Council votes on the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Amendments must ensure that affordable housing and preventing displacement are top priorities On October 8 (postponed from Sept. 17), the DC Council will vote on the Framework Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The plan defines DC’s

About the DC Housing Priorities Coalition

DC Housing Priorities Coalition, Fall 2019 (1)
The DC Comp Plan is back – let’s ensure it allows for a more inclusive city

The DC Comp Plan is back – let’s ensure it allows for a more inclusive city

Together with you, we’ve pressed for over two years for an updated Comprehensive Plan that makes building more affordable housing a priority for the city. But for more than a year, the guiding first chapter or “Framework Element” has been bottled up in the DC Council. Finally, the second and crucial vote on the bill

DC Housing Priorities Coalition amendments to Comp Plan/Framework Element Bill, B23-1

Updated DC Housing Priorities Coalition priorities for B23-1 _ 7-8-19.docx (4)

DC Housing Priorities Coalition re DC Comp Plan B23-1 June 27, 2019

Comprehensive Plan Framework Element bill, B23-1 DC Housing Priorities Coalition briefing paperJune 27, 2019 Who we are The DC Housing Priorities Coalition includes: Enterprise Community Partners, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Somerset Development, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Greater Greater Washington, United Planning Organization, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Why