Planning + Building eNews - September 2016

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Planning + Building eNews

New Building Arlington Website 

As part of the County's continued efforts to improve customer service, County staff are currently working on the redesign of the Building Arlington website to make it more user-friendly. In early October, customers will see a new Building Arlington. 

This month, the Arlington County Board approved:

Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance

The Board took a step toward regulating short-term residential rentals through online platforms such as Airbnb, Craig’s List and others, directing the County Manager to develop a proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment and a community outreach plan to address the issue.

Ballston Quarter Public-Private Partnership

The Board formalized the public-private partnership that will transform the Ballston Common Mall into Ballston Quarter, a mixed-use urban retail project in the heart of Ballston.

New Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Bridge

The Board approved a new pedestrian bridge to be built that will span Wilson Boulevard and connect the redeveloped Ballston Quarter to an existing pathway that leads to the Ballston Metrorail station.

Neighborhood Conservation Projects

The Board approved $4.7 million in funding for six new Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include street improvements, streetlights, a park, and a neighborhood sign.

Westover Affordable Apartments

The Board moved to preserve 68 affordable apartments in the Westover neighborhood, approving a $10.9 million Affordable Housing Investment Fund allocation to the non-profit Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH).

Celebrate Affordable Housing Month 

October is Affordable Housing Month in Arlington, a month-long celebration of the County’s long-term commitment to preserving and creating housing opportunities that benefit the whole community. The public is invited to take a bus tour of affordable housing developments around the County, participate in an affordable housing forum and view a traveling design gallery highlighting the potential of “Missing Middle Housing” that falls between single-family homes and mid-rise buildings.

Four Mile Run Valley Working Group Hosts Community Forum 

See the presentations from the Sept. 21 Community Forum, where Working Group members, residents and business owners shared their ideas for the future of the Four Mile Run Valley.

Historic Preservation Program Releases Updated "Guide to African American Heritage in Arlington County"

Learn about often overlooked historic sites and figures in this updated and just-released edition of a popular brochure.