In a 3-2 vote on Monday evening, the D.C. Zoning Commission voted to drop the height limit of homes from 40 to 35 feet. This new pop-up ruling will only affect homes in R-4 zones, which include neighborhoods like Petworth, Bloomingdale, and Adams Morgan. According to WAMU, R-4 zones make up 15 percent of all residentially zoned land in Washington, D.C. The ruling also limits conversions of homes into multi-unit condo buildings. While this new ruling makes it more difficult to build additional third or fourth stories to row houses, it doesn't make it impossible. The Washington Post reported that any pop-ups that are already in progress are protected from the new rules.
· Popped: D.C. Restricts Pop-Ups, Condo Conversions In Residential Neighborhoods [WAMU]
· D.C. zoning panel approves new regulations for pop-up rowhouses [The Washington Post]
· What You Should Know About D.C.'s New Rules for Pop-Ups [Curbed DC]