Posts Tagged ‘height act’

The Power Ranger: Meet the Park Service Bureaucrat With Veto Power Over D.C.’s Future

Technically, D.C. has had home rule for 41 years. In practice, the federal government still has all kinds of checks on D.C. autonomy. Congress, of course, holds the most power over District affairs, with the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973 stipulating, “the Congress of the United States reserves the right, at any time, [...]

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 [...]

D.C. Population Boom Continued in 2013

It's the data point at the heart of D.C.'s most passionate debates: How fast is the city growing? Advocates of changes to zoning and the 103-year-old Height Act to allow greater density argue that the city's population is booming, and that we need ways to expand housing and office supply in order to meet growing [...]

We Need More Housing. Lots More Housing.

We constantly hear about D.C.'s population growth—more than 1,000 new residents per month, as Gray administration officials are fond of reminding us—and the resulting threat to housing affordability. But what tends to get overlooked is the sheer challenge of actually building enough housing to accommodate all those new people over the next few decades.
A paper [...]

Four Reminders of What D.C. Would Not Look Like Under a Modified Height Act

Thanks to our friends at Fast Company for helping allay the sky-is-falling hysteria by commissioning artists to illustrate what D.C.'s skyline would not look like if the Height Act were amended or repealed. OK, so maybe that's not exactly how they billed it. But given the dismay caused by the modeling studies showing hypothetical beige blocks [...]

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 [...]