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Home News December 12 , 2013
ACHP Comments to U.S. House Oversight Committee on D.C. Height Act
In 2012, Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Committee), requested that the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the District of Columbia (Office of Planning, DCOP) jointly conduct a study “to examine the extent to which the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 continues to serve federal and local interests, and how changes to the law could affect the future of the city.”
Given the ACHP’s statutory role of advising the President and the Congress on historic preservation matters, staff participated in the discussions conducted jointly by the NCPC and the DCOP regarding possible modifications to the Height of Buildings Act (Height Act)(DC ST § 6-601). Earlier this week, the ACHP provided comments to the Committee, which were developed with input from its members.
The ACHP asserted that for the past century, the Height Act has been an essential element in protecting the historic character of the city in its entirety. Alterations to that component require careful consideration of their potential impact on the city’s complex and interrelated tapestry of nationally and locally significant properties. Other highlights from the ACHP’s letter are noted below:
Click here to read the full text of the ACHP’s letter to the Committee.