Three northwest Washington citizen groups said yesterday they will continue their fight against commercial development along the Georgetown waterfront.
The Georgetoqn Citizens Association backed by the Wisconsin Avenue Coridor Committee and the Committee of 100, has asked D. C. Superior Court Judge Sylvia Bacon to grant an injunction that would prevent the issuance of new Building permits for waterfront construction and halt construction that is under way.
If approved, the injunction sought by the citizen groups would remain in effect until their appeal of Judge Bacon's recent ruling concerning Georgetown waterfront zoning is decided by the D. C. Court of Appeals. The judge upheld the city's rezoning of the waterfront area to allow a mix of commercial and residential uses.
"If Judge Bacon's ruling is allowed to stand unchallenged, the District of Columbia will be left without any plan to guide the zoning commission in its decisions," the citizens association said in a statement yesterday.
". . . Zoning without a comprehensive plan is like governing without a program; chaos results . . .," the statement said.
The rezoning will allow construction of luxury hotels, offices, apartments and condominiums, with some buildings of up to 90 feet in height. Much of the construction already is underway.
The citizen groups originally filed suit against the rezoning two years ago. They wanted the area to be zoned for single-family homes, parks and small commercial establishments similar to the rest of Georgetown. They contended that the city had to conform to a set of land-use objectives set down by the National Capital Planning Commission in 1968.