Was Gray's fence built on public property? City agencies debate.
Attorneys for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) hand-delivered this week a drawing to complete his permit application to the District Department of Transportation for a fence built around his Hillcrest home.
DDOT has been threatening to fine Gray $300 a day for failing to apply for the public space permit to erect the fence.
But records show that there's been a dispute within the Fenty administration as to whether Gray's fence passed the line into public space to require a permit.
Though DDOT's inspections division found that Gray's fence was on public property, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs deemed the fence on private property.
Documents provided to The Washington Post by Nickles show that a DCRA inspector found the fence to be compliant after a review on March 3. "The work in question is located on the owner's property and is not in public space. All work appears to be compliant with the permit in review," the inspector wrote.
Another report by DCRA's chief building inspector said the agency could not draw a conclusion because it did not have a licensed survey of the property.
Nickles said in an interview that the two agencies agreed verbally that the fence was on public property.
-- Nikita Stewart
Christopher Dean Hopkins
April 14, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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