Posts Tagged ‘office of planning’

Cabinet Shakeup for Gray as Lame-Duck Period Begins

Mayor Vince Gray began his nine-month lame-duck period following his primary defeat last week with a cabinet shakeup that will see the departure of head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the arrival of a new director of the Office of Planning.
Nicholas Majett, who has been with DCRA since 2006 and headed the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

A Dance Party in Protest of Harriet Tregoning

Yes, you read that right. This afternoon, a coalition of groups and individuals opposed to the zoning, Height Act, and other changes proposed by the Office of Planning and its director, Harriet Tregoning, are staging a catch-all dance-party protest.
"Has D.C.'s Office of Planning pissed you off and screwed over your community?" a group called DC for [...]

The Main Arguments Against Changing the Height Act, and Why They’re Wrong

Opponents of the city's proposed changes to Congress' 103-year-old Height of Buildings Act came out in full force to a D.C. Council hearing yesterday to lay out their arguments for preserving the law that caps the verticality of D.C.'s skyline. Their points were manifold, and often intelligently thought out and presented. But there were a [...]