About Ward 6
Ward 6 is located in the heart of Washington, DC, and is the only Ward to include portions of each of the four quadrants of the city. As a consequence, it has a highly diverse population and housing stock, and a myriad of neighborhood characteristics. To the west, Ward 6 covers parts of Downtown and the Penn Quarter, Gallery Place and Chinatown neighborhoods, home to office buildings, major retail and restaurants, hotels, museums and theaters, federal buildings, and, particularly over the past ten years, a growing number of residential buildings. To the south are the Modern high-rises and townhouses of the Southwest Waterfront and the new Wharf mixed use neighborhood, and the major new development of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, anchored by the Nationals Stadium and soon to include a variety of housing, retail and office buildings as well as two new parks. Ward 6 includes the growing Buzzard Point mixed use neighborhood which will be anchored by the new soccer stadium.
The center of the Ward is the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, with its townhouses and local commercial corridors. While this area includes major national symbols such as the United States Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, it is also a tight-knit community with local resources such as Eastern Market and the Old Naval Hospital.
Planning in Ward 6
The Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: District Elements has Area Elements (chapters) that provide geographically-specific policy guidance. Area Elements that cover neighborhoods within Ward 6 include:
The Comprehensive Plan’s Area Elements use planning boundaries, not Ward boundaries. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year plan, while Ward boundaries are political boundaries that can change every 10 years due to redistricting following the decennial Census.
Neighborhood and corridor plans for Ward 6 include:
- Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study: a public life study completed in 2020.
- Buzzard Point Vision Framework + Design Review Guide: a planning study with design guidelines completed in 2017.
- Southwest Neighborhood Plan: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2015.
- Southeast Boulevard Planning Study: a transportation and land use planning study completed in 2015.
- Maryland Avenue Southwest Plan: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2012.
- NoMA Vision Plan and Development Strategy: a strategy for the NoMA area completed in 2010.
- Boathouse Row Planning Study: a focused planning study completed in 2009.
- Benning Road Redevelopment Framework: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2008.
- Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Land Development Plan: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2008.
- Northwest One Redevelopment Plan: a community redevelopment plan approved by the DC Council in 2006.
- H Street Strategic Development Plan: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2004.
Development Review in Ward 6
Historic Preservation in Ward 6
- Capitol Hill Historic District
- Emerald Street Historic District
- Fort McNair Historic District
- Marine Barracks Historic District
- Mount Vernon Square Historic District
- Mount Vernon Triangle Historic District
- Washington Navy Yard Historic District
Ward 6 Maps and Data