Planning + Building eNews - September 2018

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Updated Business Process

Commercial Building Plan Review – Effective November 1, 2018

Starting November 1, 2018, paper plans for all commercial building plans that qualify for express (“fast-track”) review will be reviewed in two (2) business days. In addition to the review time change, the submittal requirements for commercial building plans will also change. Three (3) sets of paper plans are required. View flyer.


2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) Effective September 4, 2018

The 2015 edition of the VUSBC went into effect on September 4, 2018. Applicants may choose to use either the 2015 VUSBC or 2012 VUSBC for applications submitted during the one-year period after the effective date (ending September 3, 2019). If you have questions related to VUSBC requirements as you plan your residential or commercial project, you may wish to take advantage of the Inspection Services Division (ISD)’s free Code Consultation service. View updated Building Referenced Codes & Standards.


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Learning Opportunity

How to Get your Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Permit Approved

Learn "How To Get Your "Mother-in-Law Suite" Approved in Arlington" by attending this free event on Oct. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Central Library. County staff will go over how the November 2017 changes to the housing code affected the zoning review process for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and the Accessory Dwellings: Top Tips for Success.


Public Engagement

Plan Lee Highway: Apply for an at-large study group position by Oct. 30

Do you have a unique perspective to share about Lee Highway? The County has designed a multi-layered engagement approach for the upcoming Plan Lee Highway process. Applications are currently being accepted for at-large positions on the Community Forum. The forum will be a team of 40-50 community members that includes at-large members, as well as representatives from the Lee Highway Alliance, the 14 civic associations adjacent to the Lee Highway corridor, County commissions, properties and businesses, and condo and renters associations. The at-large positions are intended to bring community perspectives not already provided by the other groups represented. Members will provide key input throughout the process and serve as liaisons to facilitate broader community engagement. To learn more, view the online application and apply by October 31, 2018.


Want a Free Tree?

Arlington’s Annual Free Tree Distribution program is open for the asking!  The County will give you one free tree per residential property. Here's a list of available trees. Register now and then pick up your tree (and get help and advice from our Tree Stewards) on Oct. 20 and 24. Learn more.

Affordable Housing Month – October 2018

Arlington is proud to celebrate Affordable Housing Month in October. This year’s Affordable Housing Month will focus on fostering community stability. Join us for a series of free events open to the public, including a bus tour and the Live in Arlington Info Fair.


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