Those planning to open new data centers must undergo specialexemptions reviews under temporary regulations currently in place.These reviews are slated to run through Feb. 12. Applicants arebeing reviewed to assure the planned centers will have no adverseimpact on a neighborhood.

"We are looking at special exemptions in particular areas," saysJennifer Steingasser, a DC planning office development reviewspecialist. "A special exception reviews the applicant to make surethere's no adverse impact on the neighborhood."

Under the temporary regulations, data centers are limited to C3through 5 zoning areas, with the latter covering PennsylvaniaAvenue to the Capitol building. The two lower designations aregeneral commercial and higher density commercial.

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