Planning + Building eNews - December 2016

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County Board Actions

Arlington County to Allow and Regulate Short-Term Rentals

The County Board approved new Zoning Ordinance regulations that define a short-term residential rental as a new home occupation called “accessory homestay” and creates standards for this use. The regulations affect short-term rentals through online services such as Airbnb, Craigslist, VRBO and others. Effective Dec. 31, 2016, homeowners can apply for a special home occupation permit to host overnight guests for stays of less than thirty (30) days in single-family detached dwellings that they both own and reside in as their primary residence.


County Board Approves New Regulations for School Height, Setbacks, Parking

The County Board approved changes to the Zoning Ordinance that give the Board the authority, subject to use permit approval, to modify height and setback requirements and revise existing provisions for allowing the Board to approve modifications in parking requirements for elementary, middle and high schools.

Planning Initiatives

Residential Parking Work Group (RPWG)

How much parking should there be for new apartments and condos? With the help of a stakeholder Working Group, Arlington County staff are considering refinements to parking requirements for new residential buildings in Arlington’s Metro corridors that go through the Site Plan process. Arlington community members who want to learn more about the policy options that the working group is considering are invited to stop by the open house on Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. - 12 Noon, 2100 Crystal Drive.

Special Land Use Study "Plus" at Washington Blvd and Kirkwood Road

A special land use study is underway in response to three General Land Use Plan amendment requests regarding several parcels in a study area near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Kirkwood Road. The next Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) meeting to discuss the study will be Dec. 20, 7-9:30 p.m. at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.


Successful Multi-Day Design Workshop for Four Mile Run Valley

Community members rolled up their sleeves and got to work shaping the future of Four Mile Run Valley at a visioning workshop Dec. 2-6. The numerous great ideas are being documented and will be posted soon. Next steps in this community planning process will include evaluating the ideas and looking at design alternatives. Subscribe here to receive updates and participate in design reviews.

Further Study Needed of Westover Garden Apartments

The County’s Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board decided on Nov.30 that further study of the Westover garden apartments is needed in response to a resident petition requesting a local historic designation.


New Information

Zoning Determination: Food Preparation and Home Occupations
The Zoning Administrator has determined that specific types of home cooking and food preparation activities are permissible home occupations


FAQ: Nonconforming Buildings and Structures 

What does nonconforming mean? A nonconformity is anything that was legally built, established, and/or created but is no longer in compliance with the current zoning regulations. Read these FAQs to learn how to come into compliance with the current zoning regulations.

REPORT: Third Quarter 2016 Development Tracking 
The Third Quarter 2016 Development Tracking Report is now available. This report summarizes residential and commercial development activity and trends in Arlington County from July 1st to September 30th, 2016. Learn more.