Outcome for Alexandria Waterfront Plan Uncertain

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    Alexandria's waterfront plan is back in court, but there's no resolution in sight.

    Supporters have won two legal victories: one several months ago involving adequate notice of a hearing and the other last week challenging the vote as arbitrary and capricious.

    Opponents have an important victory, too, in the Board of Zoning Appeals — a decision city leaders are now challenging in Circuit Court.

    "The legal challenges represent what is now the only means of opposition to the pro-development forces that are pushing the development of the waterfront," said Boyd Walker, who's been one of the leading opponents.

    Dennis Auld has been one of the leading supporters of the plan to allow hotels and increase density. He feels confident that the city will prevail in the end.

    "I feel it's in OK shape," Auld said. "I'm not too concerned about the outcomes of the legal proceedings. I think they did their work correctly."

    Even though the courts are considering the plan, voters may have the final say in November when they select members of the next city council.

    Complete story at wamu.org

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