DEC. 3, 2014: ANC1C VOTES AS EXPECTED
The ANC was most interested in the opinions of the owners of the 165 unconverted single family row houses in Lanier Heights. They are the group that will be most directly affected by downzoning, since their property rights are on the line. They are the group that will be most directly affected by any new pop-ups. That was the view of the ANC.
The downzoning petition claims support from 99 of that select group while "only" 15 people who have signed our petition own unconverted single family row houses. The 50 Lanier Heights row home owners who never publicly took a side on the issue weren't a part of the ANC's calculation.
Obviously, we disagree with the ANC's decision, but we understand why they voted as they did, based on their definition of who the true stakeholders are.
Our view is different. Those 99 petition signers represent just 60% of the affected home owners. Although that's a majority, it is not an overwhelming majority. If only a handful of those 99 people change their minds or sell their homes and move, the percentage could easily drop down to around 50%.
While those slim percentages might be enough for the ANC, we think it is a weak result to use as a basis for taking away the rights of 100% of current and future home owners in Lanier Heights.
The ANC did their job as they viewed it. Now the downzoning petition will move on to the next step in the process. How long it may take for a final decision from the zoning commission is unknown.
If you have a NEIGHBORS AGAINST DOWNZONING yard sign in your yard, keep it there. If you want a yard sign (or two or three) let us know.
We are encouraged that more home owners on Lanier Place signed the petition and put up yard signs in just the last few days.
If you live in an apartment or condo in Lanier Heights and want signs for your yard or window, let us know. We think your opinion counts. Everyone who lives in Lanier Heights is a stakeholder.
ANC1C VOTES FOR DOWNZONING
Years of Continued Controversy, Litigation Ahead.