Yesterday, two Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and a neighborhood group requested that D.C. Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony Hood postpone community members’ campus plan testimony scheduled for Thursday.
According to the Georgetown Dish, the Citizens’ Association of Georgetown and ANC commissioners from Georgetown, Burleith, Foxhall, and other neighborhoods farther from campus filed the request in light of changes the University made to its plan earlier this month. The letter argues that community testimony should be delayed until the D.C. Office of Planning revises its report about Georgetown’s 10-year campus plan.
“Georgetown University filed voluminous new material only recently, and the parties need time to digest, analyze and respond to it,” the letter, which was supported by D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Mary Cheh, reads. “We need to have the [Office of Planning] and the [District Department of Transportation] reports in hand as the foundation for our presentation.”
Representatives from the Office of Planning and DDOT are scheduled to testify on May 12, according to the Dish. While both ANC commissioners and community leaders have been openly critical of the plan, which they claim does not provide enough on-campus housing to students, the details of the community testimony are largely unknown.
“If the Office of Planning needs more time to present its findings, the community representatives should be able to see what those findings are,” Cheh told the Dish.
[Editor's Note: We'll have more about the community's delay request later today, and in tomorrow's issue of the Voice.]