National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — July 2013

Stay Up to Date on the Height Study

The Height Master Plan, jointly led by NCPC and the DC Office of Planning, is the Congressionally-requested study examining the federal Height of Buildings Act. The study kicks off its next phase on July 24 with a Commission work session, where the results of the visual modeling study and economic analysis will be presented. Between August 3-13 we will host five phase 2 meetings at locations citywide.

Attend a phase 2 meeting

Last month saw the completion of phase 1 meetings. We’ve compiled what we heard into one document; posted research on case study cities; and produced a 4-minute study overview video. All materials are available on the Height Master Plan website.

Next Commission Meeting
September 12, 2013 | 1:00PM

Live video from Commission meetings is available online at:

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Commission Approves Preliminary Plans for Old Post Office Pavilion

On July 11, the Commission approved preliminary site and building plans for redevelopment of the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a luxury hotel and conference center. The hotel will have 267 guest rooms, several restaurants, meeting facilities, retail, museum space, and more, and is expected to open in early 2016. The Clock Tower will remain open to the public during and after construction, with tours provided by the National Park Service. The Commission also approved final plans for three projects: site improvements and perimeter security at the Herbert C. Hoover Building; the Centrum project, the first part at the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda South Campus redevelopment; and the Millennium Project at Arlington National Cemetery.

Read more about July Commission actions

Take Aways

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for September 12, as the Commission will not meet in August.

The Committee of 100 presented the SW Ecodistrict with a 2013 Vision Award.

NCPC’s Diane Sullivan and Elizabeth Miller spoke on sustainable urbanism in SW Washington at a recent ULI Washington event.

NCPC convened an expert panel for a peer review on projects and governance in the SW Ecodistrict.

The Executive Director was invited by the University of Canberra and Australian Institute of Architects to participate in the Centenary of Canberra 2013 that explored the symbolic roles of capital cities.

NCPC welcomes Sarah Moulton as the Physical Planning Division’s newest Community Planner.

David Zaidain, Senior Urban Planner in the Policy and Research Division, left NCPC to become Amtrak's Washington Union Station Redevelopment project director.