This week, DC’s office of planning released their recommendations regarding lifting DC’s building height restriction, and boy do they mean business. Within the “L’enfant City” area, the restriction will be raised to 200 feet from the current 160. This is the area of town bordered on the north by FL Ave, and the on the south by the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. As for the rest of the city? They propose doing away with the restriction altogether. For more, read on below.
A rendering of Pennsylvania Avenue with 200-foot buildings.
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, suggest two main changes to the 1910 law governing the maximum height of buildings in D.C…
- What Washington, D.C. would look like if height limits were changed (pbs.org)
- Debates: OP vs. NCPC: A Look at Opposing Revisions to the Height Act (dc.curbed.com)
- D.C. Recommends Major Changes to Height Act (washingtoncitypaper.com)