The D.C. Zoning Commission, which voted last month to put strict limits on where new fast food restaurants could be located, has tentatively adopted even tougher limitations.
Currently, fast food restaurants are allowed next to residentially zoned areas without having special permission from the city, or without the Zoning Commission holding a public hearing, which would be required under the new plan. BZA spokesman Cecil Tucker said the commission plans to take a final vote on the proposal at an Oct. 7 meeting.
This latest effort to restrict the recent proliferation of fast food restaurants in the District was adopted as a proposal at the commission's Aug. 1 meeting, and comes less than three months after the commission adopted emergency regulations that curtail where fast food establishments can open in the District.
Those regulations were given final approval by the commission in early July, and became permanent as of July 26.
The most recent proposal to restrict fast food establishments would apply to medium-density commercial areas that back onto residential areas, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue between Good Hope Road and W Street SE in Anacostia, or in Tenleytown on Wisconsin Avenue between Chesapeake and Rodman streets NW.
If approved, the regulation would also affect the Connecticut Avenue corridor between Albemarle and Van Ness streets NW, and along 14th Street between Columbia Road and Monroe Street NE in the Columbia Heights area, and on Bladensburg Road between Benning Road and Oates Street NE, which is near Trinidad and Ivy City.