National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter ó November 2013

NCPC Approves Final Recommendations
on Height Act

At the Special Commission Meeting held on November 19, the Commission approved recommendations regarding amending the federal Height of Buildings Act. The recommendations will now be transmitted to Congress.

The Commission action followed a year-long Height Master Plan study conducted jointly by NCPC and the District of Columbia at the request of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Commission, which includes both federal and District representatives, considered extensive public comment. Following lengthy deliberations, the final recommendations closely reflect the direction established in the earlier draft recommendations, released by NCPC in September.

The Commissionís action reaffirms the importance of the Height Act city-wide, recommending no changes at this time, with the exception of allowing penthouse occupancy.

Commission Action and Final Recommendations
Public Comments and Height Study Information

Next Commission Meeting
December 5, 2013 | 1:00PM

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Tentative agenda [PDF]
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10th Street, SW and Banneker Connection Public Meeting

On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 PM NCPC will host a presentation on refined design concepts for 10th Street, SW and Banneker Connection. Attend the public meeting to learn more about draft urban design guidelines for buildings within the Ecodistrict and discuss whatís possible for this significant connection in Southwest.

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Carnegie Library Renovation and Expansion

At its November 7 meeting the Commission received an information presentation about future plans to relocate the International Spy Museum to the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. Spy Museum founder Milton Maltz talked about the museumís origins and history.

The Commission meeting also includes a presentation on plans to reconstruct the South Capitol Street Corridor and replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

Watch the full November Commission Meeting


  • Executive Director Marcel Acosta discussed "Feds and the City" at Georgetown University.

  • Elizabeth Miller presented the SW Ecodistrict story with Canadian officials in Ottawa.

  • NCPC recently hosted more than 70 local government leaders from Central and South America who learned about plans for the SW Ecodistrict and the Districtís Sustainable DC initiative.

  • On November 19 Chairman Bryant testified to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Federal Triangle South: Redeveloping Underutilized Federal Property Through Public Private Partnerships.

  • NCPCís Will Herbig shared his story with planning students at Catholic University.