A photo of rowhouses located in Columbia Heights, DC.
Photo courtesy of user mr_t_in_dc via flickr.

The D.C. Council approved the latest changes to the Comprehensive Plan in the first of two rounds of votes on May 4. 

The Comp Plan guides growth in D.C. and influences how much housing developers can build and where they can build it. It has become the subject of intense debate since this current round of amendments began in 2016, with many advocates raising concerns that it will enable displacement and gentrification. 

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The text voted on May 4 included amendments from Council Chair Phil Mendelson to address the concerns. Although councilmembers were generally supportive, some advocates say the changes don’t go far enough.