Posts Tagged ‘darrell issa’

Behold the Glorious New Era of Human-Occupied Penthouses

Can you feel the claustrophobia, D.C.? Can you see the shadows encroaching? Can you sense the Manhattanization of our fair District? Because the Height of Buildings Act of 1910, ruling our skyline for more than a century, has just been amended.
Today, President Barack Obama signed an amendment to the Height Act, following passage in the House of [...]

Careful Not to “Thrust” Unwanted Authority on D.C., House Passes Minor Height Act Change

Well, D.C., you got what you asked for.
Heeding the D.C. Council's plea not to give the city any more control over its own building heights, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a change yesterday to the 104-year-old Height of Buildings Act that's notable only for its lack of ambition. In the very likely event that [...]

Congressional Panel Approves Minor Change to Height Act

After more than a century, the 1910 Height of Buildings Act is finally on its way to being amended. You'll hardly notice the difference.
A congressional committee voted today to approve a change to the federal law that regulates the maximum heights of D.C. buildings. The change doesn't allow the city to build higher than the [...]

What the Height Act Poll Didn’t Ask

A Washington Post poll released last night shows that 61 percent of D.C. residents oppose changing the Height Act to allow taller buildings, to just 37 percent who support such a change. That should send a strong signal to Congress and Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who requested a study of potential changes to the law, as [...]

Norton to Gray and Mendelson: Please Stop Bickering Over the Height Act

Fresh off a congressional hearing at which disagreements among D.C. leaders over the Height Act came to the fore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson yesterday with a simple message: Your bickering is not helping matters.

D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning [...]

Mendelson Explains Opposition to Height Act Autonomy: “Citizens Don’t Trust the Government”

In a wide-ranging discussion of potential changes to the Height Act this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had plenty of criticism to dispense, with targets ranging from "butt-ugly" 1960s architecture to the annoying air-conditioning unit on his roof that prevents him from peacefully enjoying views of the city's skyline. But he saved his biggest dose of incredulity [...]

Issa Offers Hope for D.C. Autonomy on Building Heights

A congressional hearing on the Height Act this morning held out the prospect of greater local autonomy on building height limits, just two weeks after hopes for such a change were dampened by a report from the National Capital Planning Commission recommending no substantial alterations to the 1910 law.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative California Republican [...]

Congress Will Take Up Height Act on Dec. 2

The congressional committee with oversight of the District will hold a hearing on Dec. 2 to discuss the future of the Height Act, two weeks after the D.C. government and the National Capital Planning Commission submitted to Congress two competing sets of recommendations for changes to the 1910 law that caps D.C.'s building heights.
The hearing [...]

D.C. to Congress: Give Us Some Control Over Building Heights

The D.C. government formally submitted its recommendations for changes to the Height Act to Congress today, standing firm on its earlier stance that the city should be given a degree of control over its building heights. The move comes a day after the National Capital Planning Commission rejected any many changes to the 1910 law, [...]

Congress Likely to Consider Height Act Changes Next Month

After a year of extensive study of the Height Act and public debate over the details of any potential changes, the process to amend the 1910 federal law could start moving very quickly.
Slightly more than a year ago, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) requested a joint study by the National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office [...]