Posts Tagged ‘office of planning’

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 [...]

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, [...]

NCPC Chief: Our Role on Height Act Is to Define Federal Interest

On Wednesday, I expressed some righteous indignation at a report by the executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission on the Height Act. The report, by Marcel Acosta, essentially recommends that Congress keep the 1910 law, with its restrictions on D.C.'s ability to allow tall buildings, completely intact, suggesting only that minor changes be made [...]

Height Act Recommendations Not a Done Deal

So the National Capital Planning Commission has released its (misguided, shortsighted, detrimental) recommendations for changes to the Height Act, which basically call for no change at all. Fortunately for Washingtonians who want more power to shape our own city outside of the strictures imposed by the federal government, that won't be the last word to [...]

How Transformative Will the “Transformation” of Franklin Square Be?

Of the row of downtown squares between I and K streets NW, Franklin Square is arguably the one falling shortest of its potential (and not just because it currently hosts Washington City Paper's offices). Stroll through the spacious square on a sunny weekday afternoon and you're likely to see about a hundred office workers lining [...]

This Is What D.C. Would Look Like With Taller Buildings

Last week, as part of their congressionally mandated review of the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, the National Capital Planning Commission and D.C. Office of Planning unveiled a few images from their modeling study of what the District would look like under various changes to the law. Today, NCPC released a whole lot more. So [...]

How to Rile Up a Crowd (in D.C.): Talk Building Heights

So far, reviewing the Height of Buildings Act to provide recommendations to Congress on how to amend it has been pretty fun for Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning.
"From a totally geeky planning perspective, I have to say it’s kind of thrilling to be asked to look at this issue," Tregoning said last night at [...]

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