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Development Review

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The mission of the Development Review Branch is to examine transportation projects, developer and zoning plans to ensure they are consistent with, and do not adversely impact, DDOT’s multimodal strategic objectives and the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Development Review Branch accomplishes this by doing the following:

  • Convening and guiding a structured review process for evaluating transportation impacts
  • Providing and administering policy framework; and
  • Providing consistent public space policy guidance.

Focuses on 10 Key Areas

To deliver its mission, the Development Review Branch has adopted a framework for managing development reviews in a standardized format, which focuses on 10 key areas.
  1. Strategic Elements
  2. Roadway Capacity and Operations
  3. Bicycle and Pedestrian Network
  4. Site Access and Loading
  5. Safety
  6. Parking
  7. General Streetscape and Public Space/Realm
  8. Transit Service
  9. Transportation Demand Management
  10. Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Review Process

The Development Review Branch requires a majority of applicants to complete a scoping review and a Comprehensive Transportation Review (CTR).
  • To begin your application by requesting a scoping review meeting or a follow-up meeting, please visit our Transportation Online Permit System (TOPS) at tops.ddot.dc.gov
  • To view our scoping guidelines please see the CTR document
  • For a step-by-step chart of the Development Review process see the DDOT Development Review Process Flow Chart
  • DDOT’s policies and practices in the 10 Key Areas play an integral role in shaping the response to development applications

Policy Compendium

For a listing of DDOT’s policies and practices, please see the Policy Compendium

Frequently Asked Questions