Phase 2 of D.C. Building Height Restriction Study Nears Completion

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The battle between developers and preservationists continues to be waged over whether to leave the current building height restrictions in place in Washington, D.C. or raise the city’s skyline.

Phase 2 of Height Master Plan – the comprehensive study being conducted by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and District of Columbia Office of Planning – is nearly complete, with a series of public meetings concerning the aesthetic issue nearing completion.

The last informative meeting will be held on Aug. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the District Office of Planning in Southwest.

Currently, most buildings in the District of Columbia are limited to right around twelve stories by the Heights of Buildings Act of 1910, but the NCPC is currently hearing both sides on the debate and considering the possibility of raising the restriction to make way for the city’s expanding population.

Designers have been hard at work, creating computer models to show imaginary buildings rising in various points around the city, allowing residents to weigh the pros and cons of an evolving skyline by witnessing how the taller buildings will affect the view of the monuments before any changes are made.

The Office of Planning has contracted consultant services for feasibility analysis, to look at construction costs at various height-level alternatives, and to give an economic projection of the consequential effects of changes, versus leaving the current restriction in place.

For more information and to view the models, click here.

DC Building Heights Could Be Expanding

Height Master Plan boards set-up for review at Phase 2 public meeting on Aug. 10 at Catholic University’s Crough Center. (Credit: Facebook.com/ncpc.gov)

Height Master Plan boards set-up for review at Phase 2 public meeting on Aug. 10 at Catholic University’s Crough Center. (Credit: Facebook.com/ncpc.gov)

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