Dozens of developers and other pro-business advocates will testify before the D.C. Council on Tuesday to voice concerns about the volume of appeals that have tied up projects in litigation.
They will push for changes to the city's comprehensive plan that would clarify land use rules regarding planned-unit developments, make it easier for developers to expedite projects and lower the number of legal challenges developers face. Roughly two dozen projects, from the Union Market area to McMillan, have faced legal hurdles despite prior zoning approval.
"As a developer and as someone who works for one of the world's largest commercial real estate developers in the city, I am very concerned about the frequency with which these appeals are happening," said Adam Weers, a principal with Trammell Crow Co., one of three companies, along with EYA and Jair Lynch Real Estate, co-developing the 25-acre McMillan site into a mix of office, residential and retail. "There were three in 2015, there were two or three in 2016. There were 17 appeals in 2017. There are four appeals already in 2018."