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Posts tagged DC Land Use/Zoning.

Have you heard the DC Zoning Commission is looking into adopting a new set of GAR requirements?  No, we're not talking about the kind of fish that eats every other kind of fish it can fit in its mouth, we're talking about Green Area Ratio ("GAR") requirements.  According to the report prepared by DC zoning staff, the GAR concept is not a new concept, but is a Low Impact Development best management practices tool used in major cities in Europe such as Berlin and Malmo.

I had a great time last Thursday at another one of Rutherfoord’s Trends in Building Green seminars. We got to hear from Tommy Russo from Akridge, Eric Oliver from EMO Energy Solutions, Bobby Christian from Tangible, and Tom Mawson, the Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Capital Region Chapter. 

I made a presentation outlining our region’s local jurisdictional green building trends, policies and incentives for private commercial development from a zoning, planning and land-use perspective. Here’s the slide show from the presentation. There was quite a bit more explanation beyond what is outlined in the slides, including bonding and other security requirements for incentives and a number of new initiatives a number of localities are currently pursuing. If anyone has any questions about what any of these localities (Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Washington, D.C.) are doing, please feel free to post a question and I can respond in more detail.