D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's black aluminum fence must be reduced in height or moved off of the public right of way, a city committee ruled Thursday.
In less than 30 minutes, the Public Space Committee determined that Gray's fence did not meet the standard for exceeding the District's 3-1/2-foot height limit on fences built in the public right of way.
"What we do here sets precedent," said Karina Ricks, a Department of Transportation official who leads the committee. "We try to hold very consistent, despite sympathies we might feel for property owners."
Gray, who did not appear at the hearing, was represented by former attorney general Robert Spagnoletti. After the hearing, Spagnoletti said he was "very surprised" and that "it appears the committee had made up its mind before we walked in."
Spagnoletti said he would consult with Gray on how to proceed.