The D.C. Zoning Commission is scheduled next month to take final action on new regulations to limit the proliferation of fast-food restaurants in the District and in particular, to keep them away from primarily residential areas.
Fast-food restaurants would be allowed in high-density commercial areas along the city's major thoroughfares but would be prohibited from most small neighborhood shopping areas, under the proposed regulations.
Currently, fast-food restaurants are allowed to locate in all commercial districts as a matter of right.
"The restaurant industry would suffer a setback to what it enjoys now," said a spokesman for the zoning commission.
Under the proposed regulations, fast-food restaurants would be prohibited in neighborhood shopping strips near residential areas.
These include such areas as Connecticut Avenue between Chevy Chase Circle and Livingston Street.
In C-2-A zones, fast-food outlets would be allowed only in existing buildings that are part of a row of buildings. This would apply to areas such as the Northwest commercial strip on Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to Calvert Street and to parts of Georgia and Connecticut avenues and some of H Street NE.
In downtown and its outskirts, fast-food restaurants would be allowed without restrictions. They would be permitted, for example, in areas such as Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to Florida Avenue.
The commission met Monday to consider the proposed regulations but delayed a final decision until its Nov. 19 meeting. In the meantime, the D.C. Corporation Counsel will review the regulations for legal questions.
A fast-food restaurant is one that has carry-out service, no waiters or waitresses to take food orders from patrons at tables, disposable containers and tableware and most food items already prepared and packaged before the customer's order.
The regulations were prompted by citizens' complaints that fast-food restaurants in their neighborhoods were causing traffic congestion, loitering and litter problems.