Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Virginia's Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal to a Circuit Court decision on the city's waterfront plan and related zoning issue.
The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to an Alexandria Circuit Court decision on the city’s waterfront redevelopment plans. Three women who live near the city’s riverside — April Burke, Beth Gibney and Marie Kux — had sought to invalidate City Council’s 5-2 adoption of its waterfront small area plan and its accompanying zoning change that would allow development such as hotels. They say council must adopt a zoning change by a supermajority or 6-1 vote because a required number of property owners who live within 300 feet of the waterfront areas being rezoned signed petitions protesting the change. Old Town waterfront property owners attempted to file such documentation, but it initially was deemed not properly filed. …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Dismissal allows Virtue Feed & Grain to proceed with building a deck in the alley, if it desires.
The Alexandria Circuit Court has dismissed the Old Dominion Boat Club’s dispute over Wales Alley, allowing Virtue Feed & Grain to lease and expand the area for outdoor dining. “We are certainly disappointed in the Circuit Court’s dismissal of this case,” said Miles Holtzman, president of the Old Dominion Boat Club. “It is distressing that a court—any court—would allow a government to take private property and allow it to be used by another private owner.” Mayor Bill Euille praised the ruling for "providing clarity of property rights for the site for the city to do as it sees fit. ...The court says the alley belongs to the City of Alexandria. "It's time to put these things behind us and move forward on the future of the waterfront …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Old Town resident Michael Peck is pleased with the Alexandria Circuit Court's decision on Wednesday.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Letter To The Editor: The people who play by the rules won an important legal battle against a predatory and rapacious city government Wednesday. In a valiant neighborhood-wide effort to defend basic property rights against the Mayor’s hidden eminent domain agenda, to ensure open city-wide resident access to as much of Alexandria’s waterfront as possible, and to push back against arbitrarily increasing ecologically and community destructive density to the benefit of special outside developer interests threatening those who live in what has become “waterfront harm’s way,” Wednesday’s court ruling by the Honorable Nolan Dawkins gives cause for hope. Judge Dawkins denied the Burke Respondents' Motion to Strike the City of Alexandria's Second …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Former Alexandria City Councilman David Speck will finish out Rob Krupicka's term, which ends on Jan. 1, 2013.
David Speck is the appointee to fill the vacancy on Alexandria City Council, he told Patch on Thursday afternoon. The vacancy was created on Sept. 11 when Rob Krupicka resigned from City Council following hiselection to the House of Delegates. Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Lisa Kemler made the appointment. He will take the oath of office Thursday and will be on the dais this evening for council’s second legislative meeting of month. Speck will serve out the remainder of Krupicka's term, which ends on Jan. 1, 2013. Speck served on council from 1991 to 1994 as a Republican. He switched parties in 1995 and served as a Democrat from 1996 to 2003. A longtime Alexandria resident, Speck is a managing director of investments with the Speck-…