Avoiding Roadblocks: Strategies for Residential Permit Approval in DC

  • Date

    Tuesday, October 19 2021

  • Time

    5:00pm - 6:30pm

  • Location


Join DC CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) for a panel discussion on best practices and strategies for navigating the DC permit process for residential architects. While the panelists will discuss general issues often encountered, the focus of the discussion will be on project upload, zoning, and energy review.

The panel of experts will cover:
-Common obstacles in project upload, and how to avoid them
-How to make the overall approval process more efficient
-Changes to the zoning code that affect residential architects
-Key zoning issues to look for when evaluating a site in DC
-Understanding the DC energy code

Presented By:

Marty Sullivan, Head of Zoning at Sullivan and Barros LLP

Marty Sullivan heads the Zoning practice at Sullivan & Barros, LLP. Marty’s practice is focused exclusively on District of Columbia zoning matters. He represents a variety of clients, including developers, investors, homeowners, and institutions. Marty evaluates properties and potential development projects and explains the options in plain English. The success of a project, and a zoning engagement, is not just about getting an approval; it is about getting the right approval, without spending unnecessary time and money. In addition to winning hundreds of BZA cases, Marty has also successfully represented clients before the Zoning Commission, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Office of Administrative Hearings. 

Mike Babcock, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Building Partners

Mike Babcock has been in the energy efficiency and green-building consulting arena for over twenty years. With a background in mechanical engineering and a passion for holistic building design, Mike looks to find creative solutions that balance long-term performance and environmental impact with cost, health, comfort, durability, and return on investment. Mike is committed to advancing the art and science of high performing buildings through collaborative workflow, technical agility, and meaningful dialogue. Mike is co-founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Building Partners, an award winning, full service sustainable consulting firm in Fairfax, VA.

Olusola Pyne, Co-Owner of The Pyne Tree LLC

Sola Pyne has been expediting construction building permits in the DC Metropolitan area since 2014. Her company, The Pyne Tree (www.thepynetree.com) , specializes in allowances for homeowners and developers to complete any proposed alterations, remodeling or new construction jobs for residential and commercial properties. Services include permitting consultation and processing of the following; Construction, Public Space, Wet/Dry Utility Coordination, Soil Erosion, Business Licensing, Corporate Registration, Vacant/Blighted Property. -Sola Pyne (sola@thepynetree.com)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key energy performance goals as to design/build energy efficient and resilient projects.
  • Identify critical DC energy code requirements and apply them to future residential projects.
  • Analyze DC zoning code for residential sites in order to determine allowable lot coverage, setbacks, and other zoning requirements.
  • Describe the DC permit intake process, including all required drawings and supplemental materials, and understand strategies to make it more efficient.

Sponsored By:

Campion Hruby Landscape Architects and Huska Consulting

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