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@Gray's The Classics- I realize consensus is out of favor with young people but understand what happens when you piss off residents so extremely as by dumping hundreds of new cars on their blocks: everything freezes almost forever as residents file a notice of appeal with the DC Court of Appeals to appeal DC granting the building permit. Nothing happens because the financing falls through. In the very rare instances where the builder is self-financing, they can risk a loss if they want. Giant does but that new project on Wisconsin has taken, what, since the millenium to get started? How many deposits on condos on the Babe's site have been plunked down?

As regulatory boards forfeit their impartial mediating function and become mere rubberstamps we're seeing many more court appeals as people only have that as leverage. And few DC boards are capable of rendering a final decision that passes Court of Appeals muster. But even getting to a trial much less a decision takes years. As more neighborhoods become more affluent and educated the cost of engaging a lawyer (or self-filing) becomes minimal.

@ CrazyHorse and David- The churches have the same remedy everyone else does under DDOT rules. Any block can get a petition up and by getting 70% of the households on the block to sign can alter the days/hours anyway they want. That's how we got 7-day until midnight ERPP on my block. If a church wants to get Sundays exempted from ERPP they can circulate and get 70% of the households on the block to sign just like anyone else.

by Tom Coumaris on Dec 5, 2012 7:39 pm • linkreport

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