Issa Statement on President Signing D.C. Height Act Changes Into Law

Published: May 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released the following statement on the President’s signing into law of H.R. 4192, to amend the 1910 Height of Buildings Act.  The legislation, which passed the House on April 28 and the Senate on May 6, will allow the District of Columbia government to approve human occupancy of penthouses up to one-story tall above the top story of buildings in the city.  The bill was introduced in March by Chairman Issa and co-sponsored by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.


“This change to the 104-year-old D.C. Height Act gives the district additional options for selective growth and development in some city sectors without disrupting the iconic Washington skyline and public areas,” said Chairman Issa.  “I’d like to thank Congresswoman Norton, Mayor Gray, the City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and the National Capital Planning Commission for working together with me on this proposal.”


Click here for the text of H.R. 4192, to amend the 1910 Height of Buildings Act.