On Friday, Vince Gray continued his march into the world of modern communications with a live chat over at the Washington Post, which is supposed to become a regular thing. At the very end, some blessed soul asked:
Are there any plans to raise building heights to capture a larger tax base and to take advantage of more mixed use and transit oriented development?
To which Gray responded:
In the aftermath of a recent conversation, we checked to determine if the height standards could be changed anywhere in the city. We confirmed that the Federal government would have to change the height standards. However, we will continue to explore ways of making these changes where appropriate.
Of course, while overall height is capped by the Height Act, it’s kept lower in some places by zoning standards. Gray seems willing to push on those, so perhaps we’ll get a little closer to what we’re allowed by federal law.