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Height Act Hearing Reveals Fissures in D.C.

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly questions witnesses during Monday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Height Act.

There was one area of consensus between the two bodies. Both the NCPC and the Office of Planning agree that the law should be amended to allow human occupancy in existing and future penthouses.

Marcel Acosta, executive director of the NCPC, suggested that the change could allow for “rooftop gardens, balconies, places for communal parties” and other recreational purposes.

Issa seemed to support that suggestion, but he made no promise of legislative activity.

“Ultimately, the D.C. Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission came to completely different conclusions,” Issa said. “We will not close the Height Act consideration without full consideration.”

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