The Mixed-Use (MU) zones provide for mixed-use developments that permit a broad range of commercial, institutional, and multiple dwelling unit residential development at varying densities. The MU-15 through MU-22 zones specifically cover the Dupont Circle area with the intention of protecting and enhancing the unique characteristics of the neighborhood.
The purposes of the Dupont Circle Mixed-Use zones are to:
- Require a scale of development consistent with the nature and character of the Dupont Circle area in height and bulk and ensure a general compatibility in the scale of new buildings with older, low-scale buildings;
- Enhance the residential character of the area by maintaining existing residential uses and controlling the scale, location, and density of commercial and residential development;
- Protect the integrity of “contributing buildings”, as that term is defined by the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978;
- Preserve areas planned as open gardens and backyards and protect the light, air, and privacy that they provide;
- Enhance the streetscape by maintaining the public space in front of buildings as landscaped green spaces and limited curb cuts on Connecticut Avenue; and
- Encourage greater use of public transportation and the free circulation of vehicles through public streets and alleys.
The MU-16 zone is intended to permit medium-density areas predominantly developed with residential buildings.
|Floor Area Ratio (max.)||Height (ft.)||Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories||Lot Occupancy
|Rear Yard (ft.)1, 2||Side Yard (ft.)||Green Area Ratio||Zoning Regulation Reference|
|MU-16||6.0||90||20 (1 story plus mezzanine)||100||12 ft.||None required; however, if a side yard is provided it shall be at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building, but no less than 5 ft.||0.30||Subtitle G, Chapter 6|
|7.2 (IZ)||18 ft. 6 in. (Second story permitted for penthouse mechanical space)||A side yard for a detached single dwelling unit or semi-detached single dwelling unit shall be a minimum of eight feet (8 ft.).|
1 Where a lot abuts an alley, the rear yard may be measured from the center line of the alley to the rear wall of the building or other structure; and
2 Where a lot does not abut an alley, the rear yard shall be measured from the rear lot line to the rear wall of the building or other structure.