The SEFC-4 zone provides for a five (5) acre minimum public park along the Anacostia River, with a defined retail area to serve residents of the neighborhood and the District of Columbia.

Additional objectives for the SEFC-4 zones are to:

  • Encourage open space;
  • Promote a lively, interactive waterfront environment;
  • Discourage parking;
  • Provide a development area for retail and cultural uses;
  •  Provide an open space area, intended to be the site of open space recreation use as well as limited uses that are directly waterfront dependent; and
  • Allow for a continuous publicly-accessible pedestrian and bicycle trail along and adjacent to the waterfront as part of the Anacostia Waterfront Trail system. .
Residential and Non-residential Buildings
Floor Area Ratio (maximum)1 Height (feet)2 Penthouse Height (feet)/Stories Lot Occupancy
Waterfront Setback (feet) Side Setback (feet) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
SEFC-4 0.50 40 12 /
1 story
25% 100 ft. 12 ft. 0.20 Subtitle K Chapter 2
0.75 (recreational uses) 15 ft. / 2nd additional story for mechanical space 50% (for exclusively recreational)

Use Permissions Courtyards Parking Front Setback Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle K § 237 Subtitle K § 208 Subtitle C, Chapter 7/8 Subtitle K § 205 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

1 A lot or lots in the SEFC-4 development area may receive and use density allocated from a lot or lots in the SEFC-4 open space area, subject to all other applicable area restrictions. If a single lot is included within both geographic areas, the portion of the lot in the SEFC-4 development area may use the unused density from the portion of the lot in the SEFC-4 open space area.
2A building or structure located on, in or over the water; or a watercraft, including a floating home shall have a height of twenty-five feet (25 ft.) maximum. 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.