The DC Office of Planning (OP) is pleased to share the Draft Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines for public review and comment. The public comment period on the draft runs from Friday, April 21, through Friday, May 26. During the public comment period, written comments are encouraged, and can be submitted using the Public Input online form.

To View and Download the Draft Document CLICK HERE

To Submit your feedback CLICK HERE

OP staff will be participating at the Friendship Heights Makers Market event on Saturday, May 20, 3-5pm, to talk about planning initiatives in Rock Creek West. Details can be found on the Friendship Heights Alliance website here.

OP will be presenting the Draft document for the Historic Preservation Review Board’s (HPRB) consideration at their monthly meeting, on Thursday, May 25th. More details on how to participate in the HPRB process can be found here:         

After the public comment period and HPRB hearing concludes, OP will revise and release the Final Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines in the Summer. The submission will include a summary of any changes made and a record of public comments received in writing.

View the video recording below that provides a brief overview of the draft document and public comment process:


The Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines is a neighborhood planning effort focused on the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods and is part of a broader Rock Creek West Corridors Planning initiative outlined in the 2021 Rock Creek West Road Map. The planning process is led by the DC Office of Planning (OP) and is intended to implement the Comprehensive Plan Act of 2021, particularly where land use designations have been updated along Connecticut Ave.

The Development Guidelines will explore how to support the need for additional housing, particularly affordable housing, in these high-capacity transit nodes while allowing for development that is compatible in character with the established historic districts. The effort will be undertaken in collaboration with OP’s Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Preservation Review Board to determine how design can both support the historic districts and meet the new land use designations provided in the updated Comprehensive Plan.

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