Zoning Handbook

The Georgia Avenue Neighborhood Mixed-Use NC-8 Zone is located primarily along Georgia Avenue, N.W. south of Shepard Street, N.W. and north of Park Road, N.W. This zone district applies to non-residentially zoned lots.

The purposes of the NC-8 zone are to:

  • Implement the objectives of the Georgia Avenue - Petworth Metro Station Area and Corridor Plan, approved by the Council of the District of Columbia, effective July 20, 2006 (Res. 16-686);
  • Implement the goals of the Great Streets Framework Plan for 7th Street - Georgia Avenue, published by the District Department of Transportation and dated 2006
  • Encourage additional residential uses along the Georgia Avenue corridor
  • Encourage improved commercial uses;
  • Provide uniform building design standards;
  • Encourage vertically mixed-uses (ground floor commercial and residential above) within a quarter mile of the Georgia Avenue - Petworth Metrorail Station along Georgia Avenue, from Park Road to Shepherd Street.

The NC-8 zone permits mixed-use development at a medium density with a focus on employment, including additional residential uses above improved commercial uses.

NC-8
Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1 Height (ft.) Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories2 Lot Occupancy
(percentage)
Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
NC-8 4.0 65 12
(1 story)
75% (residential) 12 (minimum) None required, if provided it shall be at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building but no less than 5 ft. 0.25 Subtitle H, Chapter 8
4.8 (IZ) 18 for mechanical space (second additional story for mechanical space) 80% (IZ) 8 ft. for a single-family detached or semi-detached dwelling
1.0 (non-residential) 100% (non-residential)

Use Permissions Courts Parking Inclusionary Zoning Design Requirements
Subtitle H, Chapter 11 Subtitle H § 807 Subtitle C, Chapter 7/8 Subtitle C, Chapter 10 Subtitle H § 809

1 Construction of a new building, or enlargement of the gross floor area of an existing building by 50% or more, on a lot that has 12,000 sq. ft. or more of land area is permitted only as a special exception if approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment.
2 Except as prohibited on the roof of a detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling, rowhouse, or flat in Subtitle C § 1500.4.