The purposes of the Takoma Neighborhood Mixed-Use NC-2 zone are to:

  • Reserve sufficient open space to provide adequate light and air to encourage retail and service uses, and pedestrian circulation in the vicinity of the Takoma Metro station; 
  • Require a minimum clear floor-to-ceiling height on the ground floor sufficient to accommodate the needs of neighborhood-serving retail, service, and office uses;
  • Allow and encourage residential development to help meet the need for housing, enhance safety, and provide sufficient resident population to support neighborhood-serving retail, service, and office uses;
  • Permit mixed-use development at a moderate density;
  • Encourage residential development to enhance safety and provide resident population to support neighborhood-serving commercial uses; and
  • Limit the height of new buildings and encourage a scale of development and a mixture of building uses that is generally compatible in scale with existing buildings.
Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.)1 Height (ft.) Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories2 Lot Occupancy
Rear Yard (ft.) Side Yard (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
NC-2 2.5 55 12
(1 story)
60% (residential) 15 (minimum) No side setback is required; however, if a side setback is provided it shall be at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building but no less than 5 ft.3 0.3 Subtitle H, Chapter 4
3.0 (IZ) 15 for mechanical space (second additional story for mechanical space) 100% (non-residential) 8 ft. for a single-family detached or semi-detached dwelling
1.5 (non-residential)

Use Permissions Courtyards Parking Inclusionary Zoning Design Requirements
Subtitle H, Chapter 11 Subtitle H § 407 Subtitle C, Chapter 7/8 Subtitle C, Chapter 10 Subtitle H § 409

1 An existing building no a lot 10,000 sq. ft. or less may exceed maximum FAR standard for non-residential uses, provided the uses are located in the ground story directyl above the ground story.
2 Except as prohibited on the roof of a detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling, rowhouse, or flat in Subtitle C § 1500.4.