The first in a two-part series of “news you can use,” Vox here provides you with the a few of the many important off-campus issues of the past year.
Campus Plan Comes to an End
Every ten years, Georgetown must submit a campus plan to the DC Zoning Commission discussing its plans for construction and land use for the next ten years. Before the Zoning Commission can approve the plan, it must hold hearings with neighborhood associations from Burleith, West Georgetown, and Foxhall Village.
The neighbors have many issues with Georgetown students, seeing us mainly as loud drunken nuisances. They would prefer that all students were forced to live on campus and not disturb the neighborhood streets. The campus plan did not adequately address this issue so the neighbors came out in full force against it by speaking out in public forums and putting up yard signs.
These activists also have recourse to a unique form of hyper-local government called the advisory neighborhood commission. There are 38 ANC’s throughout the city that provide official community input on everything from liquor licenses to traffic and land-use planning. In keeping with its history, Georgetown and Burleith’s ANC 2E opposes the 2010 Campus Plan. During the campus plan debate, Georgetown only had one commissioner, Jake Sticka (COL ’13).
The plan has some good and bad elements.