Planning + Building eNews - July 2018

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Planning + Building eNews

Business Process Updates, Reminders and Improvements 

Zoning Permit Applications and Forms

County permitting teams have been working to improve the applications and forms to make them more user-friendly and accessible. The enhancements include: plain language content, easy-to-understand filing instructions, embedded direct links to submission requirements and fees information on the County website, and easy to complete PDF fillable format.

Check out the first series of improved applications and forms:

  • Accessory Dwellings: a permit for a second dwelling with kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance on a single family lot. 
  • Accessory Homestays: a permit for online booking platforms such as Airbnb, Craigslist or Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO).
  • Family or Caregiver Suites: a permit for a type of secondary dwelling intended to allow the occupants of the suite to live independently while still maintaining access with the main dwelling. 
  • Telecommunications: a permit for a telecommunications facility as defined as the aggregate of equipment, electrical networks, utilities and supporting structures at a site used to transmit or relay telecommunications signals.  

Department of Environmental Services (DES) Development-Related Website Information

We recently updated DES webpages to make it easier for customers to find the fees associated with the different types of applications.

View these new webpages:

These efforts are part of our ongoing work to improve the online user experience (UX) for our customers.

County Board Approves New Fees for Zoning Telecommunications Permits (Effective July 14, 2018)

On July 14, 2018, the County Board amended the Zoning Division Consolidated Fee Schedule to create two (2) new fees for administratively reviewed telecommunications permits.The fees are $500 to install or construct new structures up to 50 feet above ground level, and $500 for co-location on existing structures with a wireless facility. To learn more, visit the Telecommunications Projects webpages.

Report + Award

Village of Shirlington – History & Density Report
The Planning Division compiled a report and webpage covering the history of Shirlington, amenities and their outcomes, density calculations and lessons learned throughout the process.

Arlington Named Top Digital County for Third Straight Year

Arlington County is the No. 1 digital county in the nation for a third straight year. The Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties 2018 award recognizes Arlington for its best technology practices in areas of open government, transparency, public engagement, planning, cyber security and operations.

County Board Actions