Congress to hear testimony on DC height restrictions

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The early morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol building September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee will hear testimony on whether century-old restrictions on building heights in the nation's capital should be relaxed.

The Height Act of 1910 generally requires that buildings in the District of Columbia be no taller than the width of the streets they face.

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Congressman Darrell Issa of California is chairman of the House committee that oversees the district. Last year, he asked the city government and an influential planning body to come up with recommendations about possible changes to the law.

The city government would like to see taller buildings to accommodate future growth. But the National Capital Planning Commission went against its own staff by recommending no major changes to the law.

Both sides are scheduled to testify at a hearing Monday.


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