Might we see a taller DC after all?
After analyzing visual models and the economic impact of altering the city’s Height Act, DC’s Office of Planning (OP) released a draft of their recommendations Tuesday, complete with several bold conclusions: the height limit should be raised within L’Enfant City, and eliminated beyond it.
Specifically, the recommendation is for the area outside of L’Enfant city (beyond Florida Avenue) to be released from the height limit completely and left to the discretion of the city and Zoning Commission, and the rules within L’Enfant altered slightly. Currently, building heights in DC are capped at a 1:1 plus 20 feet ratio in comparison to city streets; the OP is proposing increasing that ratio, within L’Enfant City, to 1:1.25, which would bring maximum heights up to 200 feet along the city’s widest boulevards. Additionally, viewsheds would be created around the Capitol, White House and Washington Monument to protect the iconic landmarks.
These changes will “allow the federal government and the District of Columbia to reap the economic, fiscal and social benefits of additional height while preserving the visual preeminence of the Capitol and other national monuments,” states the report.
The OP states that the ability to build upwards will be an economic boon for the city, allowing the District to “compete in the regional market” and build more attractive buildings with taller ceiling heights. They estimate that between $62 million and $115 million in additional annual tax revenues could be generated over the next 20 years from higher-rise office and residential buildings.
They also determined that an increase in heights is necessary to accommodate growth. “In total, the population and job demand through 2040 could require between 157 million and 317 million square feet,” states the report. “Under current zoning we have less than a 30 year supply of development capacity.” If DC fills up under current Height Act limitations, the report warns, it “risks becoming a city of primarily wealthy residents and investors.”
For the past several months, the National Capitol Planning Commission and DC’s Office of Planning have been studying the potential impacts of changing the Height Act. NCPC released their somewhat minor recommendations earlier this month; the OP’s recommendations foresee a vastly different District. The two agencies had slightly different lenses: NCPC was tasked with determining the federal interest, while the OP was more concerned with local interest.
On Wednesday evening, the NCPC and OP will be holding a public information session to discuss the two reports. They will welcome feedback over the next month as they put together their final report for Congress.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/tall_buildings_beyond_the_core_dc_releases_height_act_recommendation/7605.
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
In this edition of First-Timer Primer, we look into the question of how to determine ... read »
Here's what you need to know about reporting profit made from the sale of your home.... read »
A Roth IRA is one of those accounts that people feel is totally off limits until you ... read »
The latest edition of What $1.5 Million Buys includes a Falls Chuch home reminiscent ... read »
The now-historic Uptown Theater; the coming plans for the Landmark Mall; and the high... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
Why condo fees are high in some buildings and low in others can be a difficult questi... read »
Virginia's homebuyer assistance programs can seem complex. This edition of First-Time... read »
When sellers haven't quite lined up their next house before their settlement date com... read »
The preferred mortgage product among most home buyers is the fixed-rate mortgage. How... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro