Phillips Park is one of Washington’s premier luxury neighborhoods along the city’s prestigious Foxhall Road, but the urban planning necessary to plot the 46-lot development took special care. The site was originally the 17-acre Dunmarlin estate, which Duncan and Marjorie Phillips built in 1929. The environmentally sensitive property is steep, and bordered on two sides by National Parkland.
We worked with the developer and the community to craft a plan based on the older, more established residential area that surrounds it. We wrote a new zoning overlay and architectural guidelines for the homes that would be built there—and have since designed more than a dozen of them. We also established environmental requirements to preserve existing mature trees and ensure that substantial numbers of new trees would be planted. DC’s Zoning Board noted that the environmental planning “set a new standard in environmental design” for a residential development.
We guided the development plans through the neighborhood entitlements process, successfully negotiating with neighbors and elected and regulatory officials to reach a mutually acceptable solution. Through the urban plan’s guidance, the development is nearly complete, with only a few lots remaining in 2015.