Posts Tagged ‘NCPC’

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, [...]

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 [...]

D.C., NCPC Considered Pilot Program for Taller Buildings on K Street

A congressional committee will gather this morning to debate the future of D.C.'s skyline. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been presented with two recommendations for revising the 1910 Height Act: one from the National Capital Planning Commission that would leave the law largely intact, and one from the D.C. Office of Planning that [...]

NCPC Votes to Send Watered-Down Height Act Recommendation to Congress

Just two days after releasing revised recommendations for changes to the Height Act that would have opened the window to future changes to D.C.'s building height limits, the National Capital Planning Commission voted to strip the proposal of its only meaningful alteration to the 1910 law and send a watered-down recommendation to Congress.
Commissioner Peter May, representing [...]

We’re Close to a Height Act Compromise

The two proposals for modifications of the Height Act don't appear to have much in common. The Office of Planning proposal would raise height limits within the historic L'Enfant City and free D.C. from congressional control over building heights outside of it. The National Capital Planning Commission proposal would retain the Height Act's 1910 limits citywide, [...]

The Vastly Improved NCPC Height Act Report Is Still Cynical, Illogical, and Self-Serving

From the District's perspective, the National Capital Planning Commission's final recommendations for changes to the Height Act represent a marked improvement over the commission's September draft recommendations. The earlier version was essentially a rejection of any alteration of the 1910 federal law that sets height limits for D.C.'s buildings, other than a small change to [...]

NCPC: Taller Buildings Are Fine, If the Feds Sign Off

The National Capital Planning Commission issued its final recommendations today for changes to the Height Act, and while they could allow for taller buildings in some parts of the city, they reject the pitch for home rule on building heights made by the District government.
A September draft report by NCPC Executive Director Marcel Acosta recommended that the 1910 [...]

Charge of the Height Brigade

Last Wednesday, nearly two hours into the second marathon public hearing of the week on D.C. building-height limits, an 83-year-old D.C. resident named Bill Haskett stepped up to the microphone and delivered the sagest line of the contentious process.
“Anything older than I am,” Haskett told the full house at the National Capital Planning Commission, “should [...]

D.C.’s Best Friend in Congress Comes to the Rescue Again

With the federal government 13 hours from shutting down and D.C. leaders pledging to keep the city running as normal, the question hanging in the air has been how, exactly, the feds will respond to this small act of defiance. The semi-autonomous District generally can't spend money without a congressional appropriation, so theoretically all nonessential [...]

D.C. Recommends Major Changes to Height Act

Two weeks after the National Capital Planning Commission recommended only very minor changes to the Height Act, the District has come out with its own proposals. And they're considerably more dramatic.
The proposals, conveyed in a letter today from Mayor Vince Gray to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican who requested the D.C.-NCPC joint study of the Height Act, [...]