Like a dog chasing and biting its own tail, the D.C. Zoning Commission has adopted a formal resolution urging the public not to buy copies of a new edition of its own zoning regulations.
By a vote of 5 to 0, the commission said the edition of 500 copies just issued by the city's office of documents and selling for $10 is incomplete. It does not contain recently adopted regulations creating a hotel incentive zone on a section of Massachusetts Avenue NW or regulations permitting halfway houses throughout the city, it was pointed out.
"That's really kind of weird, isn't it?" asked Avis T. Hawkins, deputy director of the documents office, when told of the action the zoning body took Thursday night.
Hawkins' boss, David A. Splitt, said the regulations his office published were up to date when they went to press, and will be supplemented as needed and replaced by a conplete set of municipal regulations now being prepared.
Walter B. Lewis, the Zoning Commission chairman, proposed the resolution after describing the new edition as "horrible" and saying that "citizens will be raising all kinds of hell with us for doing this, which we did not [do]."
Lewis said the resolution would be submitted for publication in the D.C. Register, the city's weekly compendium of official government notices.The Register's editor is Splitt.