Comprehensive Plan
Amending the DC Comprehensive Plan

Why Amend Now?

The Comprehensive Plan includes an Implementation Element that provides guidance on amending the plan.  It recommends that there be an amendment cycle approximately every 4 years.

The District has seen an accelerated and substantive transformation of its neighborhoods occurring at a faster pace than the Comprehensive Plan’s 20-year timeframe. Because of this accelerated timeline, there is an even greater need for conversations with District stakeholders on equitable development and on how the changes taking place in the city can benefit all eight wards. The second Amendment Cycle of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan provides the District another opportunity for these conversations.

Since the last Amendment Cycle, OP has completed six Small Area Plans, as well as plans addressing historic preservation and the transformation of industrial lands. OP also is completing four smaller-scale plans launched within the last year (Adams Morgan; Van Ness; Buzzard Point and Downtown East) as well as a Master Plan for Department of Public Works (DPW) Facilities in Ward 5. Several other citywide planning efforts have been completed, such as Move DC, Sustainable DC, and Age-Friendly DC.  Additionally, the last four years have seen major District government-wide initiatives in areas such as sustainability, affordable housing, and the creative economy. The Comprehensive Plan, as last amended, does not reflect the new policies and actions captured in these recent plans and initiatives. Many of these efforts have been informed and shaped by public input and are currently being implemented by District agencies. The Comp Plan also needs to be updated to reflect priorities and initiatives launched under the current Administration, such as safe neighborhoods, housing for the homeless and economic opportunity for all eight wards.