Mayor Muriel Bowser has nominated gay businessman David Franco for a seat on the five-member D.C. Zoning Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial body that prepares, amends and approves the city’s zoning regulations and zoning map.
Franco’s nomination must be confirmed by the D.C. Council. Brian Moore, chief of staff for D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), said the Council’s Committee of the Whole, which is chaired by Mendelson, was expected to schedule a public hearing on Franco’s nomination within the next few weeks.
Moore said that due to other business pending before the committee, the hearing for Franco could be held either shortly before the Council adjourns for its summer recess on July 15 or shortly after the Council returns from its recess on Sept. 15.
Franco is co-owner of Level 2 Development, a D.C.-based real estate development company that has built a number of residential apartment and condominium buildings with ground floor retail space in the 14th and U Streets corridor. He is also co-owner of the Universal Gear men’s clothing and accessories stores located in D.C. and other cities.