Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B
Minutes of Regular ANC-6B Meeting
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Commissioners Absent: Daryl Snowden,
Chairperson Julie Olson chaired the meeting and all commissioners introduced themselves.
There is a quorum for conducting business.
Changes to the agenda.
There was a question from the audience regarding the process of an appeal with BZA, which Commissioner Jarboe explained that the ANC will vote to support or not support a case and the final decision is BZA. Once BZA has ruled an appeal may be lodged.
A citizen asked about the status of the Boystown situation. Commissioner Olson informed her that someone is in the process of buying Boystown with the idea of putting something in its place. She went on to say that there will probably be a meeting setup in the next few weeks to discuss this matter and the community will be informed.
Commissioner Cernich stated
that he had been contact by Bill McCloud at Barracks Row about NASA wanting to
take a mural from storage and put it under the freeway at
15th and C Condos –
Dennis Connors the architect appeared on behalf of Massey Developments for a
new project at 15th &
Commissioner Jarboe asked if this was a C-2A zoned property and the response was yes. He then asked that since it is a C-2A and not an R-4, what he could and could not do based upon the current zoning. Mr. Connors responded that since it is a C-2A zoning, they would have to provide 20% for recreational space.
Commissioner Olson asked when he expected the construction to start and he replied that he was looking at June of this year with a completion date of the first of next year.
After several questions from the audience regarding the potential for foundation problems associated with the construction, Commissioner Jarboe asked Mr. Connors if there will be some type of monitoring program to help identify and resolve any potential construction related problems that may arise and responded by saying yes.
Commissioner Olson reminded the community that Mr. Connors was coming before the Commission of his own will because his construction is a matter-of-right, but he wanted to come and get community and Commission input on the project.
Commissioner Olson turned the proceedings over to the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee, Commissioner Campbell.
Commissioner Campbell read the Committee report:
BZA #17125 – Variance - The
request is for a variance submitted by Megan Walsh for the lot occupancy
requirement to allow a one-story addition in rear dogleg of a rowhouse in the
CAP/R-4 zone located at
Commissioner Olson asked if there was any additional information on the project and there was none.
The Chair stated that the matter comes to the full ANC as a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Committee no motion was need. She then asked all in favor of supporting the motion to raise their hands. The vote was unanimous 7-0.
BZA #17130 – Special
Exception – The applicant seeks to request a special exception for
The Chair asked if there was anyone present to represent the case. The owner, Neysa Rich, rose and identified herself and her architect. She stated that they were willing to do the setback and anything else they need to do to satisfy their neighbor’s. She also presented the Commission with several letters from their neighbors who support their application. The architect explained the difference in some of the other garages in relationship to the alley centerline, but they were will to do what was required to satisfy the neighbors.
The Chair asked the commissioners if they had any comments and Commissioner Campbell stated that his only concern was the turning radius and based upon the explanation from the owner and architect we was now satisfied. Commissioner Campbell then made the motion to support the application. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
The Chair then asked all in favor of supporting the motion as adjusted to raise their hands. The vote was unanimous 7-0.
Reservation 13 – The Chair turned the meeting over to Commissioner Jarboe.
Commissioner Jarboe stated
that a number of neighbors who have been working on the Reservation 13 issue
come to the last ANC meeting and it suggested that the Commission would need
federal legislation on Reservation 13.
He went on the say that this was discussed during the last Planning and
Zoning Committee meeting. The neighbors
had drafted a letter and he had done a re-draft of their letter. They are asking Congresswoman Norton to
introduce federal legislation similar to the
After several questions from the community regarding the need for such a letter it was explained that the purpose was to remove any doubt as to the merits of private investment in the area and the economic impact of such investments. It was also suggested the appropriate local news media be sent a copy of the letter.
The Chair asked all in favor of supporting the Committee’s recommendation to raise their hands. The vote was unanimous 7-0.
Speed Bumps – Alley
The Chair turned the meeting over to Commissioner Smith, who’s SMD this case is located.
Commissioner Smith stated
that in a meeting last year the ANC supported the neighborhood in the changing
of 1600 Block of H Street, SE to a one-way street heading east and that has
increased traffic through the alleys that parallel
The Chair asked all in favor of the motion to raise their hands. The vote was unanimous 7-0.
Yes Organic Market
The Chair turned the meeting over to the Chair of the ABC Committee, Commissioner Cernich. Commissioner Cernich read the Committee Report:
Yes Organic Market has
applied for a Retailer’s Class “B” License to sell beer and wine for the
Based upon Yes Organic Market entering into a Voluntary Agreement and the presentation to the Committee, the Committee recommends that the ANC not oppose the pending license application. Commissioner Cernich went on to say that since Mr. Cha was not present he moved that the Commission approve the application contingent upon him signing the agreement that has been written.
Commissioner Jarboe made a Friendly Amendment that it be approved pending the signing of the Voluntary Agreement.
The Chair asked all in favor of supporting the motion to raise their hands. The vote was unanimous 7-0.
Committee Reports and Announcements
The Chair announced that she has put in various publications and word-of-mouth that the Commission wants a staff person. She currently have several responses and she will be setting up interviews next week and would like to know what would be a good to day for everyone to have interviews next week. The time was set for 7-9 p.m. She suggested next Thursday, March 18th.
There was no further business
Prepared by Bert Randolph