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Comprehensive Plan

The Home Rule Act requires that the District government develop a Comprehensive Plan and the DC Office of Planning (OP) serves its steward. This Plan is a general policy document that provides overall guidance for future planning and development of the city. The first Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1984 and 1985. In 2006 a new Comprehensive Plan was approved, which was the first major revision of the Plan. Subsequently, the first Amendment Cycle for the 2006 Comprehensive Plan was initiated in 2009.  After concluding the approval process the amendments officially became effective in 2011 (text) and 2012 (maps). 

The Comprehensive Plan of the National Capital is comprised of two parts, the District Elements and the Federal Elements. The District's Comprehensive Plan constitutes the District Elements. The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) develops the Federal Elements.

The District Elements contain 13 Citywide Elements that provide goals, objectives and policies for land use issues that impact the whole city, e.g. transportation, environment, parks and open space, arts and culture. There are also 10 Area Elements which provide goals, objectives and policies that are specific to geographic areas of the city.  In addition, the Comprehensive Plan consists of a Future Land Use Map and a Generalized Policy Map.  The Comprehensive Plan is available for download via the links below.

Coming Soon:  2016-2017 Amendment Cycle

In early 2016, OP will launch the second Amendment Cycle of the District Elements to the 2006 Comprehensive Plan.  Since the first Amendment Cycle, OP has completed six Small Area (neighborhood) Plans as well as other plans and initiatives.  Other significant District government-wide initiatives and plans in areas such as sustainability and transportation have also been completed in the last four years.  Additionally, the District has seen major changes in its neighborhoods occurring at a faster pace than the Comprehensive Plan’s 20-year timeframe.  There is now an even greater need for conversations with District residents and other stakeholders on how the changes taking place in the city can benefit the District’s diverse communities in all eight wards.  Public engagement is a key part of the Comp Plan Amendment Cycle and more information will be posted soon on how to be involved.

Comprehensive Plan and Supporting Documents

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan please contact Tanya Stern, Deputy Director, Planning, Engagement and Design, (202) 442-7635; tanya.stern@dc.gov or Josh Ghaffari, Comprehensive Plan Program Manager, (202) 442-7705; joshua.ghaffari@dc.gov

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