Planning + Building eNews - October 2017

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One-Stop Arlington: Business Process Improvement & Website Updates

Tree Preservation Plans Review

Starting December 1, 2017, Tree Preservation Plans will be reviewed and approved as part of the Civil Engineering Plan (CEP) and submitted online through electronic plan review (instead of in-person submission). A tree protection plan is required as part of a private development's conditions.This process change is part of the County's continued effort to make it easier for our customers.

Stormwater Management Updates 

We recently updated the website with a newer version of these documents:

  • Stormwater Management Ordinance Guidance Manual
  • Standard Details for Permeable Pavement and Urban Bioretention
  • Appendix G: Construction Inspection Checklists and As-Built certifications for Various Stormwater Facilities  
  • Virginia Runoff Reduction Method Compliance spreadsheets (new development and redevelopment)

Proposed Off-Street Parking Policy

Board to Consider More Flexibility for Off-Street Parking at Multi-Family Buildings in the Metro Corridors

Staff are proposing refinements for off-street parking policy for multi-family residential projects approved by special exception in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Jefferson Davis Metro Corridors. If the Board adopts the policy at its November 18 Meeting, the policy will guide County review of the amount of parking that a builder proposes for these projects. The recommended policy would allow developers more flexibility to build fewer parking spaces if they assess that resident demand can be met with fewer parking spots, and especially if the building includes amenities like ample bike parking and carsharing, which are likely to attract car-free households. Visit the project webpage to learn more.


Freedom of Information Requests

Drawings and Plans for Single Family Homes Confidential (FOIA Exempt)

Virginia Legislature passed HB1587 Uniform Statewide Building Code; security of certain records. The bill states that information contained in engineering and construction drawings and plans for any single-family residential dwelling submitted for the purpose of complying with the Uniform Statewide Building Code or the Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall be confidential. These records shall not be subject to disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), except to the applicant or the owner of the property upon the applicant's or owner's request. This exemption was effective as of July 1, 2017. This information will no longer be made available to the public via the digital library located on the 10th floor Customer Service area at Courthouse Plaza.

DESIGNArlington 2017

Applications Must be Received by December 1, 2017

The 2017 DESIGNArlington awards program is now accepting applications. Design professional and local property owners may submit public or private projects completed in Arlington since 2000. Eligible projects can be residential, commercial or institutional/civic in nature. For more information and submission requirements, view the 2017 Call for Entries

Public Feedback

Feedback Wanted: Relocation Guidelines

We’re looking for feedback on Arlington's Relocation Guidelines, which define standards for assisting tenants facing displacement from residential rental properties undergoing demolition, rehabilitation or conversion. Share your feedback on the proposed changes to the Relocation Guidelines by Oct. 30 with this survey, or by sending your recommendations to You can also plan to attend the Tenant-Landlord Commission on Nov. 8.


Development Tracking Third Quarter 2017  

The Development Tracking Report provides a summary of county-wide residential and commercial development activity for the Third Quarter of 2017 (July 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017).