As mentioned here last week, tonight the Citizens Association of Georgetown is hosting a meeting to discuss the ongoing zoning rewrite. The meeting will be structured like a debate, with the Office of Planning’s Travis Parker presenting the case for the changes, and Nancy MacWood will present the case against the changes, or at least some of the more controversial topics.
The tenor of the debate could be affected somewhat by the recent hubbub over whether or not Mayor-elect Vincent Gray should keep on the Director of the Office of Planning, Harriet Tregoning. What initiated this recent scuffle is that the Committee of 100 wrote a letter to Gray asking that he not keep Tregoning or DDOT director Gabe Klein.
The Committee of 100 is an old and established preservation group that can proudly look back on many great accomplishments such as stopping the construction of highways through the heart of the District. But in recent years, the organization has found itself at odds with a new generation of urban activists who are less wary of development and the intensification of land use in the city so long as it is guided by the doctrine of smart growth. To this new generation, Tregoning and Klein are nearly patron saints for advancing many smart growth policies. So it came as no surprise when over 800 people co-signed a letter to Gray encouraging him to keep both directors on board. (GM was one of those signers).
Whoever is in charge of the Office of Planning as the zoning rewrite moves forward will have tremendous influence in how it ends up looking. While that drama continues, though, why don’t you stop by tonight to get up to speed on what the fuss is all about? The reception starts at 7:00 and the meeting at 7:30. It’s at the Letelier Theater on Prospect St. It’s open to members and non-members alike, so come on by.