NCPC will likely recommend tweaking DC height limit
The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) study considering whether or not to raise DC's height limit is unlikely to recommend major skyline-altering changes. But it will suggest tweaking the rules to add more flexibility, and leaves open the possibility of taller buildings outside downtown.
In his report to NCPC, executive director Marcel Acosta will recommend against raising the height limit significantly downtown, but will suggest changing the rules regarding rooftop penthouses.
Acosta will also recommend that NCPC further consider raising the height limit for areas outside downtown, where the impact on the monumental core would be negligible. That might allow places like Anacostia or Tenleytown to develop along more similar lines to Arlington and Bethesda.
The NCPC will vote on an official recommendation in November, after hearing Acosta's report and gathering public feedback. Following that, Congress will have the power to either pass a bill making changes, or retain the status quo.
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.
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