The Saint Elizabeths East Campus (StE) zones (StE-1 through StE-19) are unique location zones created to implement the public policy goal and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan, St. Elizabeths Redevelopment Framework Plan, as approved by the Council of the District of Columbia on December 16, 2008, and the Saint Elizabeths East Master Plan and Design Guidelines, June 4, 2012.

The purposes of the StE zones are to:

  • Provide for the development of the site with a mix of uses, achieved through the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as new construction;
  • Provide for a broad mix of uses, including residential, commercial, hospitality, educational, and civic uses consistent with the master plan, with a target of approximately four million two hundred thousand square feet (4,200,000 sq. ft.) of development, exclusive of the StE-2, StE-18, and StE-19 zones and specified above-grade parking;
  • Improve community connectivity and access to and through the campus;
  • Enhance the unique and historic identity of the campus;
  • Reinvigorate the campus as an important neighborhood center;
  • Preserve and adaptively reuse the historic resources;
  • Embody the District’s design and sustainability goals;
  • Create a safe public realm and enhanced pedestrian experience; 
  • Enhance multi-modal transportation networks;
  • Support wider economic development initiatives; and
  • Ensure a parking supply that meets the needs of the St. Elizabeths site while minimizing impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and incurring acceptable impacts on the surrounding road network.
Special Purpose Zones
Special Purpose Zones




The land use and design principles are as follows: 

  • Create a safe environment by providing for a mix of uses and open spaces that are capable of being programmed to ensure vitality and social activity;
  • Create a desirable development opportunity by providing for flexibility in uses and appropriate building heights and densities;
  • Provide street-activating uses such as retail on the ground floor of buildings along designated public streets;
  • Recognize the unique and historic characteristics of the site and provide for the appropriate reuse of the historic buildings and new development that will respect the site’s historic nature;
  • Design and site new development sensitively to preserve existing gateways, vistas, and campus landmarks;
  • Create focal points to help establish a unique sense of place and orientation;
  • Provide for significant open space, including community parks, plazas, and natural open space on the site;
  • Provide for significant open space, including community parks, plazas, and natural open space on the site; and'
  • Promote the use of best practice environmental and stormwater management design
Use Permissions Preferred Use Requirements
Subtitle K § 612 Subtitle K § 619