Planning + Building eNews - December 2017

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Planning + Building eNews

One-Stop Arlington: Making It Easier for Our Customers

Volunteer to Participate in Usability Testing: ePlan Review Online Payment

Arlington County is looking for participants to provide user experience feedback on a new online payment feature for ePlan Review. ePlan Review is for online submissions of Building permits, Land Disturbing Activity (LDA) permits and Civil Engineering Plans (CEP). The objective of the County’s testing session is to learn how easily a customer navigates our website and completes an online payment transaction. The test will take approximately 15 minutes and can be completed anywhere, anytime. Participants will log on to a “test” website to complete a payment and fill out a simple feedback form about their experience. Test credit cards and check account numbers will be provided for testing. The testing period is anticipated to be in January 2018. To get involved, provide your contact info on this form.


Business Process Improvements, Updates and Reminders

Simplified Stormwater Compliance Pilot Program

Arlington County has developed a new pilot project to simplify stormwater compliance, shorten review time, and reduce compliance costs for certain single family home projects in Arlington. The program begins on January 1, 2018. Applicants with Land Disturbing Activity (LDA) permits currently under review have the option to submit a plan revision (with no additional fees) after January 1, 2018, if the project meets the requirements. Learn more about the Stormwater Management Ordinance.


Accessory Dwelling (AD) Permit Application Process

Following the County Board’s adoption of amendments (see "Accessory dwelling revisions") to the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance for ADs on November 27, 2017, County staff are currently updating the Accessory Dwellings permit application packet (AD Application Packet). A new version of the packet will be available online and in-person starting January 1, 2018. To pick up a print version, visit Zoning Administration Offices at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1000.


Accessory Homestay Permit Renewals 

January 1, 2018, marks one year since Arlington County began issuing Accessory Homestay permits, allowing Arlington residents the opportunity to offer their homes for short-term rental through platforms such as Airbnb or Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO). These permits are subject to annual renewal, and the first Accessory Homestay Permits will be expiring in January. Reminders will be emailed, containing instructions on renewing both Accessory Homestay Permits and business license accounts. Renewal applications can be filed online or in-person at the Zoning Administration Offices at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1000.

Accessory Homestay Requirements

According to the Arlington County Code, Chapter 40, all Accessory Homestay providers are required to obtain a business license tax account and a transient occupancy tax (TOT) account from the Commissioner of Revenue. Applicants may apply online via the Customer Assessment and Payment Portal (CAPP) and click register a business; or in-person with a completed business license form to the Commissioner of Revenue’s Business Tax Division located at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, on the second floor, at Window 208. Note that for Accessory Homestays, the applicable business activity and section code is “72.A, Lodging". 



County Board Actions

County Board Adopts Housing Conservation District

The Board voted to establish a Housing Conservation District in 12 areas with market-rate affordable housing. The district is intended to prevent the loss of market-rate affordable housing, to encourage and incent the distribution of affordable housing throughout the County, and to preserve and enhance existing apartment neighborhoods, consistent with adopted policies from both the Affordable Housing Master Plan and General Land Use Plan.


New Mapping Tool

My Arlington Projects Map

Locate and learn more about County projects around Arlington with the new My Arlington – Projects map. Filter projects by type or status and learn more about what’s happening around your neighborhood. For example, customers can use the mapping tool to look up Approved Private Development projects.



2017 DESIGNArlington Winners Announced 

The County Board recognized ten 2017 DESIGNArlington award-winners, honoring achievements in outstanding architectural or landscape design. Images and info about the winning works can be found on the DESIGNArlington webpage