Burleith Citizens’ Association sounds the 2010 Campus Plan rallying cry

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University administrators held the first of five November meetings with neighbors about their new draft of the 2010 Campus Plan last week. There seemed to be a fair amount for neighbors to be excited about at the meeting (whcich covered enrollment, student housing and off-campus life), such as the University not increasing undergraduate enrollment and the creation of “Community Advisers” to live in West Georgetown and Burleith.

But it seems the Burleith Citizens Association is less than enthused by the plan.  Yesterday BCA President Lenore Rubino sent an e-mail out to the Burleith listserv detailing the organization’s objections, which mostly focus on the proposed increase of graduate student enrollment:

There is no proposed new housing planned except for possible a small dorm for grad students on the “1789″ block which is opposed by the Georgetown community.

The possible 58% increase in grad students could have a significant effect on housing, parking, traffic and transportation.

The e-mail exhorts Burleith residents to attend the rest of the meetings (the next of which, incidentally, is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation) and “go on the public record” about the plan.

During the last ten-year plan process, neighbors caused trouble for GU by raising objections with the Board of Zoning and Adjustment, the body that reviews campus plans, and the e-mail hints that the BCA will be going down the same route again this time around.

While the BCA is working to formulate a plan of action, please make best efforts to attend the GU upcoming meetings as we need to go on public record that we oppose their plan.

GU’s campus plan is subject to review by the Board of Zoning and there will be a period of public comment and testimony. This process will most likely take us well into 2010.

You can read the full e-mail after the jump.  Make sure you check back later today for Vox’s reporting on tonight’s 2010 Campus Plan, which will deal with transportation.

Dear Community Members

A number of Burleith residents attended GU’s campus plan meeting on Tuesday, Nov 3rd. They presented outstanding comments and questions on GU’s proposals. This is extremely important and the continuation of residents speaking out is vital. The community needs to go on the public record via these meetings.

GU’s discussion on Tuesday was on enrollment, housing and off-campus community support. GU is projecting increasing graduate enrollment by approximately 58% with proposed growth of 3188 graduate students bringing grad student numbers up to 8700. There will be no growth in undergrads and a 30% growth rate (377 students) in nontraditional students.  Nontraditional students in include students that are part time.

There is no proposed new housing planned except for possible a small dorm for grad students on the “1789″ block which is opposed by the Georgetown community.

The possible 58% increase in grad students could have a significant effect on housing, parking, traffic and transportation.

GU is proposing implementing a dedicated Burleith SNAP car on weekends and a Burleith community advisor that will live in Burleith to facilitate off-campus student life

While the BCA is working to formulate a plan of action, please make best efforts to attend the GU upcoming meetings as we need to go on public record that we oppose their plan. GU’s campus plan is subject to review by the Board of Zoning and there will be a period of public comment and testimony. This process will most likely take us well into 2010.

Please note there are 3 upcoming meetings that I hope Burleith residents will attend. Please see the email just sent with “GU Campus Plan Thursday-November 12 Meeting @ Visitation” in the subject line.

Best regards,

Lenore Rubino
President of Burleith Citizens Association

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