Circuit Court Judge James Clark has rejected an attempt to stop Alexandria's waterfront redevelopment plan for sites along the Potomac. Clark ruled that he could not order city officials to retroactively accept a petition by a group of residents to force a new vote.
The residents had petitioned the city to require a supermajority of the Alexandria City Council to approve the waterfront plan.
The reason they did that was because they believed the plan's supporters could not muster the necessary votes if a supermajority was required. The plan passed 5 to 2, just shy of a 6-vote supermajority.
The judge ruled residents have other remedies, appeals to either an appellate court or to Alexandria's Board of Zoning Appeals. Opponents of the plan have filed an appeal with the zoning board.