We’re Studying & Analyzing

As part of the joint Congressionally-requested Height Master Plan currently underway, the DC Office of Planning (OP) hired consultant teams to develop two of the three studies that comprise the Height Master Plan.  

Let’s talk about it (again)…

On Wednesday, July 24 a special work session with members of the National Capital Planning Commission formally kicked-off phase 2 of the Height Master Plan. This gathering made way for the next wave of public meetings that will engage citizens in a meaningful conversation on the future shape, form, and character of our nation’s capital.

Lessons from other Cities

London. Paris. Barcelona. Vancouver. San Francisco. Just the name of each city conjures up vastly different images. Read more about these exciting cities and how building height polices shape city identity.

The Height Master Plan in Four Minutes (Video)

We're excited to post our first Height Master Plan video. In four minutes, the film includes just about everything you’d want to know about the project. Go ahead and share it with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Make sure you encourage them to weigh-in and provide comments on the project. Phase one of the study continues until July 23, and on July 24 we kick-off our phase 2 public meeting series with a special meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission.

Postcards from the Future

We’ve just wrapped up the first round of public meetings for the Height Master Plan, where we outlined the scope and schedule of the study, and reviewed other cities’ tactics in shaping their skylines. Our favorite part, though, was getting to hear your opinions on how the nation’s capital should look in the future.

We asked meeting attendees to answer questions and provide comments on the study—but a conversation on the future shape and form of our city is inherently visual, so we provided an opportunity for visual input as well.

We should meet and talk about it…

The National Capital Planning Commission and the District of Columbia Office of Planning have engaged consultant teams and started various studies to help inform the development of recommendations that will be presented to Congress later this fall.

Height Master Plan Phase 1 Public Meetings

Height Master Plan for Washington, DC, Phase 1 Public Meetings

In the next few weeks NCPC and the District Office of Planning will hold Phase 1 public meetings to discuss the work underway for the joint Height Master Plan for Washington, DC. Each meeting will provide updates on the scope and schedule of the study; outline how other cities manage building height; and provide opportunities for public feedback. The meetings’ objective is to gather input on how Washington’s Height of Buildings Act impacts federal and local interests.

What are those balloons in the sky?

There have been some recent news stories and blog posts noting the sighting of tethered balloons over Arlington National Cemetery and the National Arboretum in the last couple of weeks.  

Ready, Set, Go!

Some of you call Washington, DC your home, to others it is your nation’s capital.  However you experience this great city, we welcome you.  Thanks for checking out this website and blog. 

Viewed from a distance or experienced walking down the street, a city’s form helps shape its identity and affects its growth and vitality. By setting a maximum limit on building heights city-wide, the federal Height Act plays a key role in sculpting Washington’s skyline and buildings. 

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