In the blink of an eye, it was over. Bill 22-57 – Closing of a Public Alley in Square 2960 on the Jemal Gateway property was approved unanimously yesterday by the D.C. Council via Consent Agenda during the June 27th Legislative Meeting.
A Consent Agenda groups the routine, procedural and non-controversial items that need to be approved into a single motion. The final reading of the Councilmember Todd’s alley closing bill was grouped with a bunch of ceremonial recognitions and other items that did not require discussion. Chairman Mendelson asked for the question, and ten seconds later it was done.
I think that we just experienced a bit of legislative jujitsu here; I guess there is a reason more than a third of federal lawmakers are lawyers.
The bill now heads to the Mayor’s suite to await her (almost certain) signature. From there we’ll need to wait for the two D.C. Court of Appeals Zoning Cases filed by neighbors to resolve themselves.
This is not the end of the road. It is not even the end of the beginning. Our city is changing and growing, to the tune of 900+ net new residents per month. It is the reason we can have a $13.8 billion budget that funds almost every constituency’s needs with very little controversy. As neighbors, we have to remain vigilant and shape that growth in a way that benefits new and older residents alike. But there will be no “standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'” In many ways, we are living in the city’s Golden Age. How do we find a seat at the table for everyone?
Link: Consider joining ANC 4A’s new Design Review Committee.
I will update this post when I learn more.
This post was updated at 9:30 AM on June 28th.