The purposes of the NHR zone are to:

  • Assure development of the area with a mixture of residential and commercial uses, and a suitable height, bulk, and design of buildings, as generally indicated in the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Encourage a variety of visitor-related uses, such as retail, service, and entertainment;
  • Provide for increased height and density associated with increased affordable housing;
  • Encourage superior architecture and design in all buildings and publicly accessible outdoor spaces;
  • Require preferred ground-level retail and service uses along Howard Road, S.E.;
  • Provide for the development of Howard Road, S.E. as a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street, with street-activating uses, and connections to metro and the broader neighborhood; and
  • Encourage the inclusion of a bicycle track along Howard Road.
Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio Height (feet) Penthouses Height/Density Limits Lot Occupancy (percentage) Rear Setback (feet)3 Rear Setback (feet)4 Green Area Ratio
NHR Max. FAR: 9.01; Min. Residential FAR: 2.52 Subtitle K § 1001 Subtitle K § 1001 20'/1 story plus mezzanine; second permitted for mechanical space. 100% 12' min. 5' min. 0.2 min.

Use Permissions Designated Streets ZC Review of Buildings, Structures, Uses Courtyards Parking and Loading Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle K § 1003 Subtitle K § 1004 Subtitle K § 1005 Subtitle K § 1001 Vehicles - Subtitle C, Ch. 7
Bicycles - Subtitle C, Ch. 8
Loading - Subtitle C, Ch. 9
Subtitle K § 1002
  • 1 The maximum permitted density in the NHR zone is 9.0 FAR, except as provided in Subtitle K § 1009.
  • 2 A building on a lot in the NHR zone shall provide a minimum residential FAR of 2.5 on the lot unless modified through the provisions of Subtitle K § 1009 below. Residential FAR consists exclusively of uses that fall within the “Residential” Use Category defined in Subtitle B § 200.2
  • 3 A minimum rear yard of two and one-half inches (2.5 in.) per one foot (1 ft.) of vertical distance measured from the mean finished grade at the middle of the rear of the structure to the highest point of the main roof or parapet wall, but not less than twelve feet (12 ft.) shall be provided, subject to the following conditions:
    • (a) A horizontal plane may be established at twenty feet (20 ft.) above the mean finished grade at the middle of the rear of the structure for the purpose of measuring rear yards;
    • (b) A rear yard is not required to be provided below a horizontal plane as described in Subtitle K § 1001.9(a) above;
    • (c) 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 (d) 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.
  • 4 No side yard is required for the principal building; however, any side yard provided on any portion of the principal building shall be at least two inches (2 in.) per one foot (1 ft.) of height, and no less than five feet (5 ft.).