Planning + Building eNews - January 2019

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Multi-year Plan Lee Highway process to kick-off in February

Plan Lee Highway: Community Kick-off

Tuesday, Feb. 12

7 p.m. at Washington-Lee Highschool

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The highly anticipated Plan Lee Highway kick-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12. All residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders that live, work and play along Lee Highway are encouraged to participate. Learn more about Plan Lee Highway.


Want a sneak peek of Arlington's new permitting system?

The County is recruiting volunteers to preview and test the brand new Permit Arlington system, a web-based permitting and land use application management application.Testing participants will be among the first to see the system before it is rolled out to the broader community. Volunteers will be asked to spend approximately one hour testing and providing feedback from their own home or office. Further instructions will be emailed in February, when the testing window opens.


Sign-up to test the system


Learn more about Permit Arlington.


More engagement opportunities & events

Arlington Public Schools Desegregation: A 60th Anniversary Tribute

Monday, Feb. 4

6 p.m. at HB Woodlawn

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Join community members, former students, and special guests to remember those who desegregated Stratford Jr. High and Arlington Public Schools in February of 1959. Explore artifacts and art and a presentation from some of the original integrating students and County Board Chair Christian Dorsey,


A Celebration of Digital Inclusion

Monday, Feb. 4

6:30 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community & Senior Center

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Join Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools to celebrate the success of the award-winning digital inclusion initiative.


Return on Creativity: An Arlington Asset – Urban Design Futures

Wednesday, Feb. 6

6 p.m. at Marymount University - Ballston Center

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What happens when you mash together a transportation futurist, an artist and an urban designer focused on kids? You get a preview of Urban Design Futures. Join us for a  panel discussion conducted as part of the Return on Creativity series, with a special focus on the future of public space.


Upcoming office closures

Arlington County Permitting, Zoning and Inspection Services Offices (8th and 10th floors) will operate on a modified schedule Feb. 14-18 as detailed below.


Thursday, February 14

Friday, February 15

Monday, February 18

  • All County offices will be closed in observance of George Washington Day

For online permit application submission and payment, the ePlan Review portal is available 24/7

New Zoning Process: Additional Sink Affidavit

Beginning February 1, 2019, homeowners installing a new sink in their dwelling unit (outside of a bathroom or existing kitchen) will be required to submit an Additional Sink Affidavit to the Zoning Division. The affidavit replaces and streamlines the now-discontinued Sink Notification Letter. Applicants can submit via ePlan or in-person at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, 10th Floor. The purpose of the affidavit is to ensure that installation of an additional sink does not result in the creation of an additional dwelling unit where it is not allowed.


The filing fee of  $30 (plus a 5% automation enhancement fee) remains the same and will be assessed as part of the associated building permit plan review.

County Board actions

  • At the January 2019 Regular and Recessed Meetings, the County Board:
    • Approved a site plan amendment for WhyHotel at Ballston Quarter, to allow a temporary conversion of up to 175 units from residential to hotel use for up to two years.
    • Approved a site plan amendment and use permit for Bright Horizons at 4001 Fairfax Drive, converting 5,574sf of office space to a child care center use for up to 145 children.
    • View the staff reports, presentations and video at the County Board website.