Last Monday, the Citizens Association of Georgetown hosted a forum to discuss proposed changes to city zoning regulations.
The meeting, which filled the Letelier Theater, brought Travis Parker of the D.C. Office of Planning to discuss what will be the first changes to the regulations since 1958. Although Parker mostly spoke about how the changes can affect the neighborhood, many questions focused around Georgetown University’s proposed campus plan.
According to the Georgetown Dish, one resident waited over an hour in an aisle to ask how the neighbors can have their voices heard without being “steamrolled” by the University. Parker responded to this, and similar questions, by directing neighbors to voice their opinions to the Zoning Commission.
“The Zoning Commission is, in my experience, very good about listening to concerns and if not resolving them, at least addressing them,” Parker said.
Although the neighbors were concerned with how the zoning changes affect the proposed campus plan, only a small portion of the changes would affect the plan. According to Georgetown Patch, the changes would have no effect rounds of campus plan negotiations.
The opposition to the University’s plan also spread to Foxhall last week. Lenore Rubino, president of the Burleith Citizens Association, presented to the Foxhall Community Citizens Association the BCA’s arguments against the plan, and brought along the group’s “Our Homes, Not GU’s Dorm” signs.
Bob Avery, FCCA president, echoed Rubino’s concerns and voiced problems that Foxhall residents have with the plan as well. He said the University disregards the neighbors’ concerns, citing a senior week party held at Yates on Kehoe Field that lasted until 2 a.m.
Avery offered a solution for the University to control off-campus students—suspend or expel students who do not comply with laws and University rules.