December Columbia Pike eNewsletter

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December 2017 Updates

Welcome to the electronic newsletter for Columbia Pike which is used to share information, promote community meetings, and provide updates on Form Based Code or other planning projects.  The newsletter includes, among others, progress reports on development review processes and planning/zoning studies.  Highlights of construction progress, new retail tenants, and short news updates or stories impacting the Pike are periodically provided.  Invite others to subscribe here.

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Career Center Working Group

The School Board and County Board have created a joint Working Group tasked with recommending how the Career Center site may be developed in phases to accommodate more high school capacity and new community amenities.  Stakeholder representatives and a Working Group charge were finalized recently and a new project website has been created for this effort.  A kickoff meeting including a site tour is scheduled for January 20, 2018 with subsequent meeting dates and draft agendas posted online. 

    Career Center street view

    Special GLUP Study: 2300 9th Street

    Arlington Housing Corporation (AHC, Inc.) has requested a Special General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Study for the existing building located on 2300 9th Street S.  This request to evaluate appropriate land use and zoning categories for the site represents an initial step in what may ultimate become an adaptive reuse of the building.  The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) of the Planning Commission will consider existing and proposed GLUP and zoning categories in early 2018 using massing models and transportation analysis.  Pending the outcome of that review, and subsequent submissions by AHC, the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) of the Planning Commission could initiate a review of a major site plan amendment to the existing building in the summer of 2018.


      In Case You Missed It

      Columbia Pike Architecture

      The County Board, on December 16, 2017, approved a package of amendments to the Commercial Centers and Neighborhoods Form Based Codes.  The amendments represented adjustments to the regulations impacting building architecture and placement which span several sections of each Code.   The purpose of these refinements is to encourage and help facilitate architectural diversity among future FBC projects proposed along Columbia Pike.  In addition, this package of amendments achieves the following elements:

      • Consistency between both Form Based Codes,
      • Comprehensive update to Architectural Standards,
      • Replacement of unique sign standards with those that are available County-wide, and
      • Significant update to images and illustrations supporting text regulations.

      For more, please follow the link to the staff report:

      Other Countywide Studies:

      At its meeting on December 16, 2017, the County Board established a Housing Conservation District in 12 areas with market-rate affordable housing. In 2018, the County staff will be engaging with the community to develop a series of zoning and financial tools to incentivize affordable housing in these areas.

      The district is intended to prevent the loss of market-rate affordable housing, to encourage and incentivize 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.

      Since 2000, Arlington has lost more than 14,400 market-rate affordable units that are affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Most of those losses were caused by rent increases, although some were the result of redevelopment. There are 13,775 market-rate affordable housing units remaining in the County, and just 2,780 of these are affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Roughly half of the remaining 13,775 market-rate affordable units are in neighborhoods with adopted sector and area plans, meaning they may already have access to specific affordable housing incentives. The Housing Conservation District contains 4,714 market-rate affordable units, or 68% of the remaining 6,978 units.

      By establishing the district, the Board has completed the first step in a two-phase process. In Phase II, the County will explore zoning- and tax-based incentives that could help preserve market-rate affordable housing within the district. This work will include identifying the types of context-appropriate building forms and layouts that could result from incentive-based zoning standards.  More information about the study can be found online, by searching for Housing Conservation District.

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