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Alexandria Waterfront Zoning Put On Hold

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Robinson North is one of the properties where city officials want to increase density and allow a hotel, shown here in a planning model.
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Robinson North is one of the properties where city officials want to increase density and allow a hotel, shown here in a planning model.

The Alexandria City Council has put the brakes on a plan to increase allowable density along the waterfront, at least for now. The move was prompted by an appeal.

At issue was a technical ordinance legally required to follow the public hearing vote on the small area plan -- usually a routine matter. Not this time.

City Attorney James Banks told council members last night that they couldn't approve the ordinance finalizing the upzoning. The delay is because an appeal has been filed to a protest petition requiring a supermajority pass the plan. Because only five members voted in favor of the proposal, the appeal could change the outcome.

In addition to that appeal under consideration at City Hall, three Old Town residents have filed a separate challenge addressing similar issues in the Alexandria Circuit Court.

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