June 21: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Hwy Plan for LV

Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan for LV
Plan could increase density and heights between Lee Hwy and 18th St.
When: 8PM, Mon June 21
Where: The meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
ONLINE ONLY: No meeting at the Community House
A link to the meeting will be emailed to LVCA broadcast email subscribers on the event day (June 21) and posted on LyonVillage.org prior to the meeting.

The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) and Arlington County have developed a plan to guide the long term development of Lee Highway in Arlington. In Lyon Village, the plan proposes increased commercial/mixed uses as well increased building height and density on the south side of Lee Highway up to the north side of N. 18th Street. See map below. Lyon Village falls under Area 5.

At the meeting we will discuss the proposed plan and solicit neighborhood input and comments.

Additional information can be found on the County’s web pages:
Plan Lee Highway: Documents
Plan Lee Highway: Project Updates
Plan Lee Highway

Click map to enlarge

The plan allows 4-story buildings on the north side of 18th St. with taller buildings on the remainder of the blocks.

Source: The Future of Lee Highway:
Part 2: Neighborhood Area Concepts – Area 1 and 5
(page 17)

Video: June 17 Lee Hwy Development – ASF Meeting (new link)

Video: Lee Hwy Development – ASF Meeting (new link)
Significant changes to LV extending south from Lee Hwy to 18th St.
When: Thu, June 17, 7-8 PM
Where: Online via Zoom Meeting Video on YouTube (new link)

Join Arlingtonians for our Sustainable Future (ASF) for a discussion on the county’s plans for significant new density along most of Lee Hwy from Rosslyn to East Falls Church. The county has paired with “Plan Lee Highway” and its Executive Director Ginger Brown to promote possible scenarios. One scenario envisions 8-10 stories along Lee Hwy tapering to Missing Middle housing in what are now single-family neighborhoods. We could see down-zoning to permit triplexes, quadplexes or more extending up to 1/4 mile from Lee Highway, with virtually no surface parking, compartmentalized green space, and very dense massing.

ASF’s Peter Rousselot briefed LVCA on Missing Middle at our Nov 2020 General Meeting.

This is not an LVCA meeting.

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor
“The Arlington County government has posted yet another survey to guide the residents to its next phase of upzoning and density goals as part of its Missing Middle housing initiative… These surveys are unnecessarily complicated on the county’s part, which seems intentional… The county government needs to put the surveys on hold until they have asked a very basic question posed to the entire community… ‘Should Arlington increase zoning across the board to allow 10-story-plus buildings, condos and duplexes where we are currently zoned for single-family neighborhoods with yards'” Sun Gazette NextDoor

ARLnow Publishes Last Scurrilous Attack on LV?

ARLnow Publishes Last Scurrilous Attack on LV?
Back in April we wondered why someone would put such effort into writing this lengthy, multi-part screed full of incorrect information accusing our community of being founded by racists. The last two installments now make it clear: it was all about billionaires making even more $billions by replacing our homes with dense multi-story housing.
● It was about Plan Lee Highway that turns out to really be about rezoning our neighborhoods for increasde density and greater building heights.
● It was about the Missing Middle Housing Study that turns out to really be about rezoning our neighborhoods for increased density and greater building heights.
● It was about the Clarendon Sector Plan that turns out to be about rezoning Clarendon for increased density, greater building heights and adding a convention hotel.
  Residents of 22201, you simply do not deserve to stay in your homes. Get out of the way. There is money to be made. June 18 Post June 4 Post

County Board Impatient with Citizen’s Appeals

County Board Impatient with Citizen’s Appeals
Signaling Possible Poor Prospects for LV Neighborhood Preservation?
Cherrydale residents worried about early morning noise told Board members a farmer’s market will be a rotten deal for their neighborhood. The issue drew 14 speakers for a discussion that lasted one hour.
  Concerned residents asked for a 9AM start time to allow for more quiet time in the morning. “A farmers market located in this kind of neighborhood setting, such substantial disruption of nearby DRCA residents on a weekend morning is unreasonable,” wrote Bill Richardson, the president of the Donaldson Run Civic Association. Neighboring civic associations also advocated for the 9AM starting time. In response to Citizens’ concerns, staff added language governing noise, limiting vendor parking, and suggested a future review.
  County Board members grew impatient, hastened to vote and move on. The Citizens request for a 9AM start time was not approved. ARLnow

Rename Lee Hwy to Langston Blvd?

Rename Lee Hwy to Langston Blvd?
At its June regular meeting the Arlington County Board voted 5-0 to defer adoption for additional community engagement and to refine cost estimates. Final consideration of the renaming will occur in July. News Release
Although John M. Langston has no historical association with Arlington, his name is already on an Arlington school, community center and civic association. ARLnow story

Civic Federation Looks for County Government Reforms

Civic Federation Looks for County Government Reforms
Arlington Civic Federation has established a Task Force in Governance and Election Reform (TiGER) to examine ways to improve Arlington’s form of government and electoral system. The Task Force is examining reforms including:
1) Structural reform through district representation and/or multi-member synchronous elections;
2) The size and/or remuneration of our county board and/or school boards;
3) Ranked choice voting for County Board and School Board general elections;
4) The future role of primaries and caucuses;
5) Options for alternative electoral mechanisms besides first-past-the-post and ranked choice.
6) Term Limits
TiGER Webpage

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings
After criticism by digital rights and social justice groups that Ring’s law enforcement partnerships unfairly target communities of color, Ring will stop sending emails to Ring users on behalf of law enforcement. Agencies will now need to post “Request for Assistance” messages themselves on the Neighbors by Ring network. Consumer Reports

Sept 6 Food Scraps Collection Begins

Food Scraps Collection Begins Labor Day, Sept 6
The collection includes leftover food scraps: vegetables, fruits, meats (including bones), bread, poultry, etc. The County will distribute a 2-gallon kitchen caddy and 10 biodegradable bags to all residents. Food scraps will be co-collected with yard trimmings in the green cart. Scraps can be loose or bagged in paper or compostable bags. This will result in an increase of about $12/year to the Household Solid Waste Rate. County Food Scraps Collection Page

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits
The County is considering lowering speed limits from 30 or 35 to 25 MPH along 7 roadways with high pedestrian activity. The only roadway near LV under consideration is Kirkwood between Lee Hwy & Washington Blvd.
  Currently the speed limit is 25 MPH on all Arlington roads, unless higher speeds are specifically permitted. It is well established that lower speeds result in fewer pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. A public hearing to discuss and potentially approve the speed reductions is expected in July. County Board Agenda Item

July 6 Library Express Service Expands

Library Express Service Expands July 6
Express service includes:
● Browsing up to a maximum of 30 minutes
● Holds pickup
● Check out using the self-service stations
● Physically-distanced assistance for account management and wayfinding
● Masks and social distancing required
Meeting rooms, seating, indoor storytime, public PCs, the Shed, and the makerspace continue to be unavailable. The weekly outdoor storytime series at Central and Shirlington branch will continue. Operating hours have not yet been determined. The library is having trouble finding sufficient staff to restore additional services.
Express service is currently available at:
● Shirlington branch
● Westover branch
The 3 branches that will open for express service July 6 are:
● Central Library
● Aurora Hills branch
● Columbia Pike branch
The Cherrydale and Glencarlyn branches hope to reopen for express service in the fall. The Plaza branch remains closed for renovations.
News Release Express Library Service FAQ Outdoor Storytime

Washington Blvd & 13th St Construction

Washington Blvd & 13th St Construction
Construction on Washington Blvd from Wilson Blvd to N Kirkwood (including the N 13th St intersection). Construction is expected to last for 18-24 months. Changes include:
● Elimination of the reversible lane to provide 2 full-time travel lanes in each direction
● Reconfiguring Washington Blvd and 13th St to become a “T” intersection
● Dead ending Johnson St before reaching Washington Blvd
● Open space for a future park
● Wider sidewalks and improved pedestrian crossings
● New streetlights
● New street trees
Project Page Construction Diagram

Sensors to Monitor Clarendon Crowds

Sensors to Monitor Clarendon Crowds
Sensors are scheduled to be installed in June on lampposts in Clarendon’s 2900 (Filmore-Garfield) block of Wilson Blvd. The sensors will use heat, light, and sound to track pedestrian movement and crowd flow. The County stresses that the sensors will not collect any personally identifiable information. The pilot project is expected to last 9 months. If successful its capabilities can be expanded and deployed to other areas.

Project Webpage
Slide Deck

LV Park Sprayground Reopens for 2021!

LV Park Sprayground Reopens for 2021!
After a year of no fun at all, Arlington’s spraygrounds are now open for the summer. Sprayground season starts the weekend before Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend.
Also nearby is the sprayground at Hayes Park (1516 N Lincoln St).

 Hours Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
 Lyon Village 10am-
3pm
10am-
3pm
2pm-
8pm
Closed 2pm-
8pm
Noon-
8pm
Noon-
8pm
 Hayes Park 10am-
3pm
2pm-
8pm
Closed 10am-
3pm
2pm-
8pm
Noon-
8pm
Noon-
8pm

Arlington Spraygrounds Webpage

History
Irregular Sprayground hours were instituted as part of FY2011 budget cuts and continue to this day.

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose
Arlington (March 16, 2019)
The Arlington County Board today approved the County’s proposed direct financial incentive to Amazon, an annual pay-for-performance grant valued at approximately $23 million… News Release
Jan Jose (May 25, 2021)
San Jose officials voted late Tuesday to approve Google’s plan for a sprawling downtown campus… To secure approval for the project, Google agreed to pay a first-of-its-kind $200 million community benefit, which will see it invest in anti-displacement and job readiness programs… the company also agreed to create a $155 million community stabilization fund for job training, homelessness and affordable housing… a stark contrast to tech peers like Amazon and Tesla, which have at times asked governments to compete for business by cutting costs — as well as developers from other industries where community concessions are not the norm…SF Chronicle

May 27 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

2nd Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

When: Thurs, May 27, 7PM.
Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin at 7 PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting

  
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold a second on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in Lyon Village/North Highlands and East Falls Church. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.

This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.

  
Additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.

Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.

Video: Dem County Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting

Video: Dem County Board Candidates, May 10 LVCA Meeting
The primary will select statewide candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. The primary in Arlington will also select a candidate to fill a seat on the County Board. Incumbent State delegates are running unopposed so will not be on the primary ballot. Sample Ballot
● Early in-person voting starts Friday, April 23 at 3 locations:
 • Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd).
 • Madison Community Center (3829 N Stafford St).
 • Walter Reed Community Center (2909 S 16th St).
More Information (VADEMS)
● Absentee ballots will be sent as applications are received.
● Deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is May 28.
● Deadline for returning ballots in person is 7PM on June 8 or postmarked by June 8 and received by 12PM on June 11.
● Deadline to register to vote in the Primary has passed (May 17).

County Board Candidates in Democratic Primary
● Takis Karantonis (incumbent) website
● Chanda Choun website





Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

New Planning Director, LV’s Future

New Planning Director, LV’s Future
In early June Arlington’s new planning director will be Anthony Fusarelli, Jr. Fusarelli has worked in the County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development for 15 years most recently as Assistant Director. He was responsible for development agreements, land deals, strategic initiatives, and demographic and development data analysis. He led the creation of the first Crystal City Sector Plan (2010) and the Realize Rosslyn planning process, which resulted in an update to the Rosslyn Sector Plan (2015).
Fusarelli’s work will be especially important to LV residents as LV faces encroachment on all sides.
Planning documents are currently being revised for the Clarendon Sector Plan and developed for Lee Highway. Fusarelli told ARLnow that this will likely require changes to zoning ordinances to ensure a diverse range of people can live in Arlington’s residential neighborhoods, keeping racial equity and inclusion top of mind.”
County News Release
ARLnow story

2nd Independent Candidate for County Board

A Second Independent Candidate for County Board
Arlington voters will potentially have 3 or 4 choices for the Arlington County Board this November. Mike Cantwell has announced his intention to compete as an Independent candidate against the Democratic nominee and another Independent, Audrey Clement. Arlington Republicans have yet to nominate a candidate.
  All 3 or 4 candidates will debate via Zoom at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s business-themed County Board Candidate Forum on Tues, May 25 at 6PM. The registration form looks like there is a fee, but it is $0.
 ● Cantwell describes himself politically as a Moderate Independent.
 ● Cantwell has not yet established a website for his campaign.

Bio Submitted to Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Mike Cantwell is a 28-year resident of Arlington County. Mike served in the Navy and Navy Reserves from 1987 until 2015 and is currently a federal government employee at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Mike spent several years living in a group house in South Arlington before purchasing his current home in the Yorktown neighborhood with his wife Mary.
  Over the last decade and a half, Mike has given his time and energies to many civic and community organizations including: Yorktown Civic Association President, FairVote Virginia Vice President, Holy Trinity Catholic Church Religious Education Instructor, Arlington County Civic Federation Board member, Lee Highway Alliance Board member, Renaming Lee Highway Working Group, 26th Street & Old Dominion Blvd Task Force, Unite America (DC Chapter Leader), Yorktown PTA, Columbus Club Board member, Arlington Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee, and Youth Sports Coach (soccer, baseball, softball, flag football).
  Mike is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has advanced degrees from George Washington University (M.B.A.) and the Naval War College (MA). Mike and Mary have three wonderful children: Patrick (21), Will (19), and Maeve (16).

June 6: 55 Bus Nash & Lee Stop Moved

55 Bus Nash & Lee Stop Moved June 6
The ART 55 bus runs along Lee Hwy between the East Falls Church & Rosslyn Metro stations. In the eastbound direction the stop located at Lee & Nash in Rosslyn will be relocated to Lee & Moore starting Sun, June 6. The relocated bus stop will serve ART, Metrobus and Omniride. The Rosslyn slug line will be relocated to 1777 N Kent, near 19th St. The stop relocation is expected to last 2 years during the redevelopment of the Holiday Inn. ART announcement

Blue Line is Back

Blue Line is Back Sun, May 23
Addison Road and Arlington Cemetery stations reopen on Sun, May 23, after 3 months of “reconstruction.” This will reopen Metro’s Blue Line south of Rosslyn permitting a quicker trip from Arlington to Pentagon, Crystal City, National Airport, King Street, and points south. This completes reconstruction of all 12 stations in Virginia — hooray!.
  On May 29 Metro will close parts of the Green and Yellow line in Maryland to accommodate reconstruction of 4 stations. The closure will extend through Sept 6. News Release

May 20 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV
When: Thurs, May 20, 7PM. Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin around 8PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold an on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in East Falls Church and Lyon Village/North Highlands. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.
   This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.
   Links to the meeting and additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.
The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.
Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

Democratic School Board Caucus Underway

Democratic School Board Caucus Underway
When: 12:00AM Mon, May 17 until 11:59PM Sun, May 23
Online for details and big blue “Vote Here” button to access voting website.
 • Vote online 24/7 from 12:00AM Mon, May 17 until 11:59PM Sun, May 23
In-person voting locations:
● 6216 23rd St N (private home near Westover)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 1412 N. Highland St (private home near Clarendon Station)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 2811 S. 13th Road (private home near Reed Community Center)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 4704 Columbia Pike (Cafe Sazon)
 • Tuesday, May 18 / 4 pm – 9 pm
 • Saturday May 22 / 11 am – 5 pm

Video: Dem School Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting

Video: Dem School Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting
School Board candidates run as independents in Virginia and cannot be nominated by a party in a primary. The Arlington Democrats is running an endorsement caucus. The caucus will be conducted online and in-person at 4 locations. Voting will be open 24/7 during the week of May 17-23.
For more information and to vote during the voting week go to the VaDems School Board Caucus Page
The candidates are:
● Mary Kadera website
● Miranda Turner website

VADEMS Debate (April 29)

VADEMS Candidates Morning Mug Discussion (April 17)

Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage