ANC 3C on Monday night took an unusual measure to clarify its position on the Giant PUD application. In a 7-2 vote, the ANC passed the following resolution:
Clarification of ANC 3C Resolution No. 2009-01
Regarding the Planned Unit Development
Friendship Neighborhood Center (Giant)
Zoning Commission Case No. 08-15
WHEREAS, on January 21, 2009, ANC 3C unanimously passed a resolution (2009-01) supporting (with conditions) the Planned Unit Development (PUD) filed by Friendship Neighborhood Center (Zoning Commission Case No. 08-15);
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED it was not the intent of ANC 3C to allow the Macomb-Wisconsin Overlay to limit the PUD;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chair of ANC3C or her designee is authorized to represent ANC 3C on this matter.
This is clearly in response to the unannounced testimony provided by Councilmember (and former ANC 3C Commissioner) Phil Mendelson. This seems to be important because the opponents of the Giant PUD have produced a 47 page legal brief. According to AWARE head Jeff Davis:
Last week, the Wisconsin Newark Neighbors Coalition filed a 47-page legal memo of Opposition to the project. This group has been actively represented at the Zoning Commission hearings by John O'Sullivan and John Korbel. Their statements at the first two hearings and this brief in Opposition indicate clearly that they will do anything within their considerable power to defeat or delay the Giant proposal.
This sets up an interesting Thursday hearing with the Zoning Commission.