Today my friend and I woke up early, met at the metro, and traveled into the city with the morning commuters to see a BZA hearing in action.

Zoning and the underlying land use policy is one of my top five legal interests, and I was personally excited to see the Board in action. Further, one of my clinic clients is considering pursuing an application before the BZA, so observing the hearing setting and procedural format seemed like the responsible thing to do.

The hearing was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. It is currently 9:56 a.m. and while more than a dozen people are waiting the Board has yet to make an entrance.

An older man with hair as styled like Donald Trump is telling people that there is “a mammoth amount of corruption” among the BZA members stemming from the Fenty administration. A nice woman is asking every female in the room if she is her lawyer, because she cannot find the person she was supposed to meet. People seem nervous, but not highly prepared, as we continue to wait for the public hearings to begin.

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Waiting for the BZA
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