Zoning Handbook

The CG-5 zone is intended to permit medium-density mixed-use development generally in the vicinity of the waterfront; encourage a variety of support and visitor-related uses, such as retail, service, entertainment, cultural and hotel uses; provide for a reduced height and bulk of buildings along the Anacostia River in the interest of ensuring views over and around waterfront buildings; and provide for continuous public open space along the waterfront with frequent public access points

Ballpark
Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1, 2 Height (ft.)3, 4, 5 Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories Lot Occupancy
(percentage)
Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
CG-5 4.0 60 12 /
1 story plus mezzanine
75% (residential) 12 No side yard is required; however, any side yard provided shall be 5 ft. minimum. 0.30 Subtitle K Chapter 5
4.8 (IZ) 80 (IZ) 15 for mechanical space
Second additional story for mechanical space
90% (IZ)
2.0 (Non-residential)

Use Permissions Courts Parking Designated Streets Waterfront Setback Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle K § 507 Subtitle K § 505.9 Subtitle K § 513 Subtitle K § 508-510 Subtitle K § 505.8 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

Non-residential floor area shall be the total gross floor area of the building not dedicated to uses in one of the following categories: Residential, Emergency shelter, Lodging uses, or Education uses that are operated or chartered by the District Government.
Information on additional FAR bonus density can be found in Subtitle K § 505.3
Subtitle K § 510 contains design-related conditions on height and upper story setbacks for South Capitol Street, a designated street of Subtitle K § 508.
4 The Zoning Commission, at its discretion, may grant an additional 10 ft. of building height in excess of the base amount to accommodate the bonus density provision of Subtitle K § 505.3
5A building or structure located on, in or over the water; or a watercraft, including a floating home shall have a maximum height of 25 ft. For the purposes of this subsection, the maximum height shall be measured from the mean high water level along the shore directly in front of the building, structure or watercraft to the highest point of the building or structure, not including sailboat masts.