Zoning Handbook

The PDR-5 zone is intended to:

  • Permit moderate-density commercial and PDR activities employing a large workforce and requiring some heavy machinery under controls that minimize any adverse impacts on adjacent, more restrictive zones;
  • Promote and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the U.S. Capitol precinct and the area adjacent to this jurisdiction, in a manner consistent with the goals and mandates of the United States Congress in Title V of the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1976 (Master Plan for Future Development of the Capitol Grounds and Related Areas), approved July 25, 1975 (Pub. L. No. 94-59, 89 Stat. 288), and in accordance with the plan submitted to the Congress pursuant to the Act;
  • Reflect the importance of and provide sufficient controls for the area adjacent to the U.S. Capitol;
  • Provide particular controls adjacent to properties having a well-recognized general public interest; and
  • Restrict some of the permitted uses to reduce the possibility of harming the site, building, or zone to be protected.
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Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1, 2 Height (ft.)3, 4/
Stories
Transition Setback Rear Setback (ft.) Side Setback (ft.) Green Area Ratio (min.) Zoning Regulation Reference
PDR-5 3.5 40 See Subtitle J § 207 See Subtitle J § 205 None unless abutting a residential zone or lot developed for residential use (see Subtitle J § 206) 0.30 (see Subtitle J § 208) Subtitle J, Chapter 2
2.0 (max. for restricted uses) 3 (max.)

1 The following use categories may achieve the maximum FAR: agriculture, large; animal care and boarding and animal shelter; arts, design, and creation; basic utilities; large scale government; production, distribution, and repair; and waste-related services. All other permitted, conditional, or special exception use categories are subject to the maximum restricted uses FAR.
2 Development on a lot that directly abuts a residentially zoned property with a lower height limit, shall not project above a plane drawn at a 1:1 angle subject to the following: (a) the plane shall be measured 10 ft. above the by-right height of the abutting residential property line; and (b) the measuring point shall be established at the middle of the abutting residential property line.
3 A building or other structure may be erected to a height not exceeding 90 ft., provided that the building or structure shall be removed from all lot lines of its lot for a distance equal to the height of the building or structure above the natural grade.
4 An institutional building or structure may be erected to a height not exceeding 90 ft., provided that the building or structure shall be removed from all lot lines of its lot a distance of not less than 1 ft. for each foot of height in excess of that authorized in the zone in which it is located.