DC Zoning Commissioners have long held that land use and zoning review had to only concern itself with traffic and the color of the brick. The highest court in the District reset the erroneous posture of the Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), as well as those of DMPED's subordinate agencies, Office of Planning (OP) and the Historic Preservation Office (HPO).
The Court of Appeals decision also clarifies the fundamental planning scope for Zoning Commissioners as per the city's land use and preservation directives and guidelines in the DC Comprehensive Plan. The Court makes plain, city planning policies and laws concerning land value destabilization and advserse impacts on the environment and other public services must be under zoning review when major developments are proposed.
If you want to explore the legal context for your notes and our appeal, see the Zoning Code as it pertains to Planned Unit Development (PUD) approvals, which is what we are appealing.
CHECK OUT THE RECORD TOO... To see all details, go to the Zoning Case Search Form HERE. Then enter 13-14 in the 'search term' box (and hit 'Go'). Next page, click 'view details' beside case 13-14, and on the next page hit 'view full log' on the right side to see a paginated list of all the Exhibits in this case.