D.C. height restrictions to be maintained outside downtown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A planning body has voted against a recommendation that taller buildings be allowed in parts of Washington outside the downtown core.

Buildings in the District of Columbia are generally required to be no taller than the width of the streets they face. Congress asked the National Capital Planning Commission last year to look at possible changes to the more than 100-year-old law.

The Washington Post reports that the commission voted Tuesday evening to remove language from a staff report that said the law should be changed for portions of the city outside the historic core. The vote makes it unlikely that Congress will consider significant changes to the law.

Mayor Vincent Gray's administration has argued that height restrictions should be loosened everywhere in the city to accommodate future growth.