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At this juncture, Mr. McDuffie has another leadership opportunity in the District becoming a national model for urban economic resurgence.

The planning commission is expected to report its recommendations in September, while the McDuffie measure proposes an unveiling in July.

Jumping ahead of federal planning decisions may leave the city short-handed.

At the very least, a persuasive argument should be made to push the due date on the Ward 5 plan until after the federal planners have delivered.

It’s impossible to know which, if any, height-limitation laws and zoning regulations are forthcoming.

What is certain, though, is the McDuffie panel should exploit them on behalf of D.C. stakeholders.

The sky’s the limit.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at