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Controversial Alexandria Waterfront Development Plan Goes To Court

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A model of the waterfront plan on display at Alexandria City Hall.
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A model of the waterfront plan on display at Alexandria City Hall.

The Virginia Supreme Court is set to take up the controversial Alexandria waterfront plan this morning.

The lawsuit was filed by three Old Town women supporters are calling the "Iron Ladies," a group of homeowners who say their rights were violated.

At issue is a protest petition filed by neighbors at three sites slated for redevelopment that city officials rejected before a January 2012 public hearing. If the petition was accepted, it would have required a supermajority of votes to pass—a threshold it would not have met.

But Planning Director Faroll Hamer rejected it because she said City Hall was not open for business during a public hearing.

Now justices of the Supreme Court will have the final say after oral arguments later this morning.

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