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.

Years of Continued Controversy, Litigation Ahead.

NOTE for those who read the Washington Post headline below without clicking on the link for the full story: The "mini-skyscrapers" refer to pop-ups in some commercially zoned areas of the city that permit 65 foot height limits in blocks where some existing houses are only 20 feet tall. That is not the case in Lanier Heights, where current buildings almost always have a height of at least 40 feet, and where current R-5-B zoning limits height to a maximum of 50 feet.

Washington Post, November 28, 2014:
In a city filled with pop-up loathers and lovers, D.C. ponders its mini-skyscrapers

The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character" 

Greater Greater Washington, November 20, 2014


1696 Lanier Place NW 
(2nd from left, in case you were wondering).

Do you know about the other "ugly pop-ups" destroying Lanier Heights?

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