This month, I again was only able to make it to the Planning and Zoning and Transportation Committee Votes. Below is a record of the committee and commission votes I took
Planning and Zoning
Case 1: 1719 C St SE, for a special exception to use the second story of a new two-story garage as an apartment. This is one part of the zoning code I simply do not understand. If you have a two-story garage that was built in 2013 or earlier, you can use it as an apartment. If you build a new garage, you can use it as an apartment only after five years. What? But if you build a garage now and want to use the second story as an apartment, you need a zoning exception?
Anyway, the applicants want to build a garage and use the second floor here as an apartment. It’s a giant lot (3400 feet), it’s a huge square, the alley is wide, they ensured a home for their trash cans not in public space. These are the kinds of buildings we want, not for the applicant to seek a second unit by building down or adding up or pushing back. Everyone wins here.
The committee unanimously supported this application and put it on the consent agenda.
Case 2: 811 E St SE
This was a straight forward case about adding a non-visible rear addition to a small wood framed building.
The committee voted unanimously to support this application and sent to consent
Case 3: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Resolution of Support for dispposition and a 20-year ground and property lease of the B.B. French School.
There are always some cases where a hearing seems perfunctory but we appreciate CHAW coming to give us an update. This bill will give CHAW the ability to acquire financing for necessary capital improvements and to stay a pillar in our community for another 20 yeas.
Case 4: 620 C St SE
This hearing was continued at last month’s HPRB hearing. HPRB generally approved the design but requested changes and the case come back before HPRB. ANC 6B took the opportunity to also look at those changes.
At the committee hearing, the commissioners presented support the first- and second-floor changes but took no position on the third-floor, instead kicking that to the full ANC with comments to change the rear fenestration. I voted with the majority in these motions
At the full ANC, the applicant presented updated rear elevations along with more renderings and perspectives of the concept.
With little time for in depth discussion, the changes to the first floor and second floor were unanimously approved by the ANC.
Long time readers will recall I supported last month’s design for a mansard addition on the third floor. I thought it narrowly threaded the preservation regulations and should have been approved. Given that, it should be no surprise I also supported the more modern minimally visible third floor addition here, including the rear elevation. For much the same reasons, this is a commercial building on a transitional block that retains only portions of it’s original state.
The ANC first voted to oppose the third floor, a motion that failed 2-4-3. I amended a second motion to support the third floor a that passed 4-2-3.
Case 1-1300 E Street Changes
As discussed in Reimagining E Street, I presented the idea of adding bike lanes to the 1100-1400 blocks of E Street SE and potentially to Potomac Ave or down Kentucky Ave. As the committee meeting, Will Handsfield of DDOT presented the idea of advisory bike lanes. The committee supported my position outlines in the above posts and tentatively supporting the advisory bike lanes, requesting a bit more information. I am authoring a post that will go up later this month or in early may on the concept. The case passed unanimously out of committee and onto the consent agenda
Case 2-Circulator Route Changes at Eastern Market
The committee discussed this cast last month as well without taking a formal position. In the end, we unanimously and vehemently opposed the concept of running the circulator down the 700 block of D and 400 block of 7th. Also I anger tweeted this about the real problem with the design.
Also this is a masterclass in pitting transit users against pedestrians and letting drivers win again. 8 lanes of car use on Pennsylvania, 4 lanes on 7th/8th, and 3 on D go untouched. PEOPLE DRIVING CARS ARE THE PROBLEM. Not the bus. Or pedestrians. Or cyclists. Or the metro. https://t.co/BWWAbNqez9— Corey Holman (@coreyholman) April 2, 2019
Full ANC Votes
1) District Soul Food Liquor License Renewal. The ANC moved to delay considering of this case for a month but also issue a formal notice to cure. I’m sure one of our two local newspapers will cover this story, but I could not vote to support this action because we are clearly singling out a new business rather than working with them during the renewal process. If we were two years from renewal and they had been operating this way for an extended period, sure, let’s go wild. But this is a new business in a struggling retail corridor that needs our support. I abstained from the vote because I liked the idea of delaying considering for a month while working with the applicant, but a formal notice during renewal is just unnecessary.
2) 7th Hill/Montmarte and Lavagna Liquor License Renewal Both applicants failed to appear given two opportunities so the ANC moved to formally protest the license. It’s frustrating but since ABRA functionally consolidated all opposition opportunity to the ANC and the ANC only, we need to take no shows seriously. I voted with the majority to formally protest the liquor licenses.
3) Resolution of regarding use of taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements.
I’ll let’s Commissioner Krepp take the floor
Last week DC CFO shared that he doesn’t know how many DC tax $s are used to pay sexual harassment settlement agreements involving DC agency employees. Tomorrow ANC6B will vote on ltr asking him to track this data. Solving #MeToo requires action. pic.twitter.com/gqTRwVCHJF— Denise Rucker Krepp (@kdrkrepp) April 8, 2019
And with that, I’m on vacation and will be back to ANC duties in a couple of weeks.