Issa requested that the National Capital Planning Commission and the city work jointly to examine how changes to the height act could affect the future of D.C.
Detailed urban design and economic studies that build the case for the city’s approach to modifying the height act are currently being prepared by the District’s Office of Planning, according to Chief of Staff Tanya Washington Stern. Stern said the city hopes to release its draft recommendation later this month, after a consultation with the mayor’s office.
Both agencies shared models of potential changes to D.C.’s skyline with the public during a series of meetings earlier this summer and received verbal and written feedback, much of which appeared critical of a taller D.C. Next up in the process is another 30-day period for public review. The NCPC expects to take final action to approve the report at its Nov. 7 meeting, then present its findings to the committee.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.