LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan

LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan, March 8
When: Monday March 8, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Mar 8)

Police Update
The meeting starts with an update by Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the last 2 months. Followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Clarendon Sector Plan Update
The meeting continues with a look at the on-going update to the Clarendon Sector Plan. The Plan was last updated was 2006. Changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan may have a significant impact on traffic, parking, trash, and safety in LV. Brett Wallace of Arlington County staff, who is overseeing the update, will present.
Clarendon Sector Plan 2006 APA Great Places
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Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board

Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board
The County Board, in a session lasting over 2 hours, approved an overhaul of the County’s popular Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program despite numerous objections from residents and civic associations. Letters from a dozen civic associations were received with only one expressing broad support. Letters from over 100 residents were also received. Unfortunately the County Board failed to publish any resident’s letters; 23 resident’s letters in opposition were CC’d to LVCA.

The Board voted unanimously to adopt most of the unpopular revisions. Changes will go into effect in April; current permits and passes expire July 1.

The LVCA Board thanks all residents and officers of civic associations who sent letters and testified about RPP to the County Board. Hopefully there will be future opportunities to correct the problems these changes create.

Community Wins
● Paid 2-hour parking by anyone rejected
● Existing RPP locations & hours unchanged
● More households eligible to apply for RPP

Community Losses
● Limit households with driveways to 2 permits
● Potential permit price increase to cover full cost of program (may double)
● Grant permit eligibility to many kinds of non-residents
● Low-cost all-zones permits for developers
● Exempts car-share vehicles from all RPP restrictions (24-hour limit)
● Street must be an absurd 85% full to apply for RPP (was 75%)
● Petition must be signed by an absurd 80% of street residents (was 60%)
● Unclear ability to make adjustments as congestion problems increase
● Offloads private costs (developers, bars, etc.) onto the community
● No consideration of other means to solve purported parking problems
● Poor community outreach to review proposal accepted by Board
● Refusal to meet with civic associations to review proposal accepted by Board
● Discarding of most “social and environmental” RPP objectives
● Open RPP to legal challenge by discarding SCOTUS protection

County News Release
Letters from Civic Associations
Video of County Board Meeting RPP starts at 51:00

Predatory Towing Ordinance Changes: Fees Increase

Predatory Towing Ordinance Changes: Fees Increase
Proposed amendments to the County’s Towing Ordinance, Chapter 14.3 of the Arlington County Code.
● Lowered fines on towing companies from $1000 to $250
● Signs must clearly state hours & days of the week towing is in effect
● Increased base tow fee from $135 to $150
● Increased additional fees from $25 to $30
● Institutes $25 fee for removal of “Barnacle” immobilization device
● Decreased “drop fee” from $25 to $10

Do Proposed RPP Changes Make It Illegal?

Do Proposed RPP Changes Make It Illegal?
At the Feb 15 Open Door Monday session hosted by County Board Member Libby Garvey, one of the participants (who is a lawyer) raised a potential legal problem if the County makes the proposed changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP).

The proposed changes declare the current RPP preamble, “Purpose and Intent,” to be “secondary” and seek to substitute a different primary purpose: to “manage parking demand.”

The RPP program’s current intent language refers to issues like litter, air pollution, and improvements in air quality, reducing congestion and/or hazardous traffic conditions in the neighborhood, increasing the use of public mass transit. However, these are secondary benefits of the RPP program.

County Board Agenda Item See page 4
RPP Preambles Compared (PDF)

The Virginia Supreme Court held that the ordinance violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. However, this was reversed by the United States Supreme Court citing its “social and environmental” objectives.

The United States Supreme Court quoted the preamble, “Intent and Purpose” at length in explaining its decision to uphold the RPP. Replacing the RPP’s preamble should be viewed as a legislative “third rail.” Arlington County Board v. Richards(1977)

The Supreme Court decision made the current RPP a national model for neighborhood conservation. Sadly County staff seek to go in a different direction as step by step Arlington moves away from being a model for the nation.

Suggested Resident Letter About RPP

Suggested Resident Letter About RPP
The following letter may assist LV residents in voicing opposition to the proposed changes to the RPP.

The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”


County Board will meet about RPP Sat, Feb 20 at 8:30AM
Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.
To comment on these changes, contact the County Board members:
● Matt de Ferranti, Chairman, Arlington County Board
Email: MdeFerranti@Arlingtonva.us
● Katie Cristol, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board
Email: KCristol@arlingtonva.us
● Christian Dorsey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: CDorsey@arlingtonva.us
● Takis P. Karantonis, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: TKarantonis@arlingtonva.us
● Libby Garvey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: LGarvey@arlingtonva.us
● General County Board Email
Email: CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us


Sample Letter

Dear County Board Member :

The current Permit Parking Program (RPP) has been successful in protecting our streets from commuter and other parking. It has helped to reduce traffic in residential neighborhoods and has contributed to pedestrian safety and improved quality of the environment. The proposed changes to the plan go against all of the stated goals of the program.

A serious problem with the proposed changes to the RPP is allowing two-hour paid parking in all restricted parking zones. This is particularly egregious without having a transparent means in place to enforce the paid parking limit. Arlington County staff has indicated that the County would be unable to enforce it. Once the word gets out that the County can’t enforce two hour paid parking, people will forgo paying to park in the commercial areas and head for the neighborhoods. Residents across the county would be irate when they see people parked on neighborhood streets for long periods of time and with no means to have it enforced.

Many of our streets are narrow and not designed to be full of parked cars. Space is needed for cars to pass each other; the neighbors know this and park accordingly. If instead these streets are full of parked cars it will be harder to drive on those streets creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians, bikes and cars and for Emergency vehicles responding to calls. This is a safety issue.

Providing additional parking would also further promote use of motorized vehicles, greenhouse gases emissions, and handicap the county’s efforts to promote a “no car diet” and alternative forms of transportation.

Neighborhoods in Arlington are different. What works in one neighborhood may not work in another. The “one size fits all” approach taken in the proposed revisions to the RPP will not work in all locations.

I urge the County Board to vote no on the proposed changes to the Residential Permit Parking Plan.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ideas: Letters Submitted About RPP

Ideas: Letters Submitted About RPP
The following letters may assist LV residents in voicing opposition to the proposed changes to the RPP.

The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”


Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.


LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)

LVCA Statement at Planning Commission Meeting

BVSCA Letter to County Planning Commission (PDF)

BVSCA Statement at Planning Commission Meeting

The proposed changes minimize the original Purpose and Intent of the RPP…
RPP Preambles Compared (PDF)


Dear Mr. Lantleme:

I have just become aware of proposed changes to the RPP program. Quite frankly, I am astounded by the proposal to encourage commuter and commercial parking in low-density residential areas close to high-density areas. It seems to go against everything that Arlington planning has claimed to support such as a “car free diet,” prioritized use of public transportation, bicycling, etc. Many a site plan lessened parking requirements for businesses and apartments with the assumption that public transportation would be used instead. As a community, we accepted that tradeoff, because our residential streets had the benefit of the RPP program. Now the aim appears to be to shift parking from commercial lots and streets to our residential neighborhoods. It is completely unjust to exempt businesses from providing parking and shift parking to residential streets instead.

I truly find it shocking that residential streets would be opened up for 2-hour metered parking. The proposal appears to effectively end the RPP program and do nothing more than allow residents to compete with 2-hour parkers for a spot at the reduced price of an annual permit. I doubt that we would be able to find a space under such circumstances as it is still difficult even with the restrictions.

I am also strongly opposed to limiting the number of permanent permits. Even though we as a family commute by Metro and put very few miles on our cars, we have multiple cars. Houses of our vintage in Lyon village often have driveways, but a double driveway is rare; having 2-3 cars is not rare. One has to park on the street. I am more than happy to pay 100% of the fee to prevent juggling of cars in an 8-foot-wide drive and avoid getting a parking ticket on my own street because only 1 vehicle-specific permit would be allowed. Especially when FlexPasses are so easily lost when changing cars. An increase in price is the only change I could support regarding the number/price of passes.

Additionally, we were able to get extended hours for restrictions, which I understand would no longer be permitted. Although it causes us a hardship when having visitors, it has been instrumental to our quality of life. Being next to a late-night bar scene means parking is sought well into the night. If 2-hour parking is allowed by anyone without a permit, finding close parking in the evening would most likely be impossible. And that doesn’t touch upon the secondary issues caused by bar patrons that led us to seek 24-hour restrictions.

I urge you to abandon these changes and go back to the drawing board. I urge Arlington to continue to encourage the use of public transportation, walking, biking, instead of turning our low-density neighborhoods into a parking lot for commuters and commercial businesses—especially when those businesses have been exempted from providing the full amount of parking that they otherwise would be required to have.


Dear Mr. Lantelme, Planning Commission Chair

As you consider the proposed revisions to the RPP I urge you to be a good neighbor too. Please also look at the Report as a neighborhood resident and a former LVCA president.

The proposed changes are full of subtile changes that will seriously degrade the benefits of the RPP. The RPP is not so much about parking as it is about our neighborhoods. Putting the review in the hands of the Parking Manager seriously skews the values embodied in the proposed revisions.

The RPP Report runs off the rails right at the start, with drastic changes the preamble of the Ordinance, “Purpose and Intent”. The review sweeps away all of the current purpose and intent of the RPP as “secondary” and substitutes “parking management.” This would be a serious policy change and such anti-neighborhood bias permeates the entirety of their analysis.

The proposed changes create numerous exceptions that make the ordinance effectively impossible to enforce. No one will know which exception applies to determine if a car is legally or illegally parked. Most of the exceptions are completely indeterminate by inspection of the vehicle. The Police Dept has already stated that the changes makes the Ordinance unenforceable. Yet the report sweeps this serious problem aside with claims of computer magic and does not even acknowledge the Police Dept’s determination.

The Report claims community outreach yet seeks to brush aside vigorous opposition from many neighborhood associations. I can not remember another case where the County has flatly refused to attend an LVCA meeting to explain their work. The community outreach has been nominal and inadequate for such serious changes.

The Report fails to consider alternatives that would not spill parking into the neighborhoods.

The Report fails to consider how changes will impact our many narrow streets that rely on space to pull over so two cars can safely pass.

The Report is deficient in many ways. The Report makes a number of sly assertions that should not be taken at face value. There are too many problems to list in this email.

In these strange economic times there is no pressing need to make changes now. Please consider that this faulty Report should be reviewed and revised by someone who is more familiar with our residential neighborhoods.

Thank you for your consideration,


Dear Planning Commission and County Board,

My main concerns with the proposed changes to the RPP Program are the enforcement of the two-hour parking and the parking by school staff around schools.

Currently, people frequently take a risk and park along my street without a permit. I’m sure in the future, many more people will take the risk of parking without paying or parking for longer than two hours. Now I can call the police and someone without a zone sticker can get a ticket. In the future, what will happen if I call the police? I’m assuming the police can somehow confirm if someone has paid and is still within their two-hour window. If the police can not do this, then how will they be able to enforce the two-hour parking?

As for school staff parking… Lyon Village worked with the Principal at the current Key School to decide on time-restricted street parking along Adams St and Key Blvd at the school to address parents blocking driveways, driving dangerously, ignoring Do Not Enter signs, etc., during pick-up and drop-off and to provide parking for parents who needed to be at the school during school hours.

I would want Lyon Village to work with the new school at the Key site to review the time-restricted parking along Adams St and Key Blvd, which could impact the location of where overflow staff could park. I would also want to identify the number of staff who would receive the newly proposed parking passes and help them find parking close to the school without overburdening particular streets or blocking elderly or handicapped neighbors from easy access to their homes.


Planning Commission:
Please accept these comments with regard to the proposed revisions for Arlington County’s Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program.

As a resident of Lyon Village, my home is located one block off of Wilson Boulevard. On any given day, our residential block sees heavy traffic due to our proximity to Clarendon’s commercial area. While our home benefits from location and its quick access to shops, supermarkets and Metro, we are also burdened with the challenges of living in a high traffic area. Currently, and in spite of the pandemic, bars and restaurants on Wilson Boulevard continue to see a steady and hefty flow of patrons. During the day, customers visiting shops or restaurants find no-cost parking on our side streets. On many nights, revelers returning to their vehicles from the bars and restaurants awaken our households. On a regular basis, we wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings to remove cans and bottles that are left behind on our curbs and directly on our properties from individuals in route to their parked vehicles. Like many Lyon Village residents, we deal with these challenges and disruptions because we love our neighbors and being a part of this special community.

This is why it is so important that some of the current measures like 8am-1am parking restrictions are upheld. The proposed RPP changes such as allowing two-hour parking without appropriate enforcement will increase vehicular traffic and congestion in our neighborhoods, turn residential blocks into parking havens for patrons and commuters and further burden the day-to-day living of residents. In addition, the proposed revisions have the potential to negatively impact our properties and the safety of our community. Undoubtedly, more traffic, more congestion and more late-night congregating will increase littering, noise and disorderly conduct in our residential neighborhoods.

As 5-year residents of Arlington County, we urge the Planning Commission to take no action on the proposed changes at this time. Thank you for your attention and consideration.


Good morning,

Please do not make the proposed changes to the Residential Parking Permit program in Arlington’s Zone 6. My sister and I grew up on Highland St across from Lyon Village park in the 1970s, when the area was so quiet you could sled down our hill and onto the street. It is wonderful to see the neighborhood grow and prosper, but not at the expense of quality of life.

The car traffic is formidable in Zone 6, especially around the shopping districts but also farther away. People zip across the side streets between Key and Wilson at dangerous speeds sometimes – hence the traffic circles and safety bumps. It is also very difficult to find parking near the Metro. It will only become more so after the pandemic, especially if the proposed RPP changes go through.

My family supports the Lyon Village Citizens’ Association stance on RPP changes.

Thank you for your time.


RPP Hearing Needs Your Voices (Updated)

RPP Hearing Needs Your Voices (Updated)
The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”

Without a vigorous response from Residents these changes will likely be accepted by the County Board with little consideration of the negative impact on Residents. Please send your comments to the County Board and please let us know by sending a CC of your emails to RPP@LyonVillage.org

Background Information
RPP Presentation: Jan 11 2021 by Andy Rude (PDF)
LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)
Current Ordinance (PDF) Scroll down to Article VIII, 12.2-98
Full Text of County RPP Proposal Draft (PDF)
Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)

Planning Commission Hearing of Feb 8
The Planning Commission met to consider RPP on Feb 8. The 3-1/2 hour marathon session got bogged down in minutia and gave short shrift to many issues raised by residents and neighborhood associations, including LVCA.
● A staff presentation and statements by residents and neighborhood associations, including LVCA, occupied the first hour.
● The Commission spent an hour debating the allotment of parking permits based on whether households have driveways/garages or not: 2 permits for those with and 4 for those without.
● The Commission spent an hour debating whether parking in restricted zones should be available to anyone for 2-hours upon payment of a fee using an online app. This was accepted subject to evaluation on a block-by-block basis and if minimal enforcement was provided.
● One good idea coming from the hearing was their realization that Arlington is full of special situations so the one-size-fits-all approach taken by the RPP revision is not appropriate. Unfortunately, though discussed, it was not reflected in their final resolution.
Watch Meeting Video
Final Planning Commission Resolution on RPP
Story at ARLnow

County Board will meet about RPP Sat, Feb 20 at 8:30AM
Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.
To comment on these changes, contact the County Board members:
● Matt de Ferranti, Chairman, Arlington County Board
Email: MdeFerranti@Arlingtonva.us
● Katie Cristol, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board
Email: KCristol@arlingtonva.us
● Christian Dorsey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: CDorsey@arlingtonva.us
● Takis P. Karantonis, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: TKarantonis@arlingtonva.us
● Libby Garvey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: LGarvey@arlingtonva.us
● General County Board Email
Email: CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us
County Board Members (webpage)
Watch Live Board Meetings and Past Meetings

● Stephen Crim, Parking Manager, Arlington County

Email: SCrim@Arlingtonva.us
Our experience is that Mr. Crim does not expeditiously respond to emails

County Board Virtual Open Door Mondays
Open Door Mondays offer Arlingtonians an opportunity to speak one-on-one, or in small groups, with a County Board Member in an informal setting. Two opportunities before the Board meets: Feb 8 & 15. Must sign up online starting 8AM of the previous Tuesday.
ODM FAQ
The Open Door Monday registration form is active from 8AM each Tuesday to the following Monday of the ODM session at 5PM. Upon submitting your registration, further instructions and meeting details will be emailed to you.
● Feb 8 7-9PM RSVP (online form)
● Feb 15 7-9PM RSVP (online form)

LVCA Takes Stand on RPP

LVCA Takes Stand on RPP
The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for LV). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for LV and much harder to enforce.

LVCA has been collaborating with other civic associations, including Ballston-Virginia Square, Aurora Highlands, and Clarendon-Courthouse. There is broad consensus among these civic associations and we support our fellow associations in their positions and concerns.
LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)

County Seeks Comments on Predatory Towing

County Seeks Comments on Predatory Towing
Trespass Towing Advisory Board Meeting (TTAB)
When: Feb 10, 6:30PM
Where: Online via MS Teams
Questionnaire
Proposed Changes (Slides)
County Towing Webpage and link to complaint form
While residents complain about “predatory towing” the TTAB says they received no public comments in 2020.
Slides: Predatory Towing (Columbia Heights Civic Association, 2016)
Virginia Sues ‘Predatory’ Arlington Towing Company (WTOP, Jul 2020)
Matt Chiste, Resident TTAB Member website

The Feb 20 County Board meeting is expected to vote on the changes.

Missing Middle Listening Session: Feb 4

Missing Middle Listening Session
When: Feb 4 at 7PM
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Possibly the greatest future challenge facing Lyon Village residents will be proposals to up-zone much on Lyon Village, now mostly single-family houses, to permit additional duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures, thus dramatically changing the character of Lyon Village.

Share thoughts with County staff on priorities and considerations on the Missing Middle Housing Study. The meeting will be a forum to discuss your ideas with other community members, provide feedback, and learn more.

Link for Feb 4 Meeting Announcement

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle

Watemain Under Key to be Replaced

Watermain Under Key to be Replaced
Seems like Key is perpetually dug up in one block or another. Now, the County has approved replacement of the 94-year-old watermain below Key Blvd from N Jackson to N Danville and the block of N Herndon north of Key. This old watermain has had numerous breaks in the past few years. The watermain will be replaced with a more durable, larger diameter watermain. Construction is expected begin in the Spring and is expected to take a year and a half. A detailed letter about the project and schedule will be sent to the president of the LVCA and notices will be distributed to affected residents.County Board Agenda Item

Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)

Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)
The January LVCA meeting featured an overview of proposed changes to Arlington’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP). Many people know it as “Zone 6 Parking.”

A presentation by LVCA Board Member Andrew Rude, who has been following the RPP review for LVCA. County staff were invited to make a presentation, but declined. Andy summarized the changes the county is considering: some good and some that LVCA Board Members think should be changed. Several members of nearby neighborhood associations, who will also be impacted by RPP changes, attended the meeting. We will be working together on this. The County Board is planning to vote on these changes at its regular meeting in February (tentatively Feb 20).

RPP Presentation: Jan 11 2021 by Andy Rude (PDF)

Future Actions
Members of the LVCA Board and representatives from other Arlington neighborhood associations are meeting to develop a common position on the proposed RPP changes and to communicate with the County Board about the proposed changes.

From LVCA
LV’s RPP Survey (Nov 2018)
More About RPP (website post)

From Other Neighborhood Associations
BVSCA: Summary of Public Comments (PDF)
Aurora Highlands Residential Parking Objections

From the County
Proposed program and comparison chart
Proposed program and comparison chart – After Markup by County Board
  The markup does not address most of the resident’s concerns.
Proposed administrative policies and procedures
FAQs

Other RPP News
Public Hearing on Residential Parking Program Deferred to February (ARLnow)

Availability Limits Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Availability Limits Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution
Arlington Board Chair de Ferranti said: “Today Arlington will be inoculating 900 Arlington County teachers, after inoculating 900 on Saturday… We have the capacity to do at least 2,000 doses per day… Arlington has the infrastructure, staff, and preparation in place to continue to deliver the vaccine at the scale of these two events, and we are ready to use considerable additional staff from our Fire Department to scale immediately to do more vaccines. Supply of vaccine is the only limitation on our ability…News Release

Arlington’s 2019 over 18 population: 195,000 persons
Deduct 20% no vaxers: 156,000 persons
Vaccinations: 2000 per day
Time to vaccinate all if vaccine is available: 78 days
Or 173 days at today’s pace

Property Values & Taxes Rise Significantly

Property Values & Taxes Rise Significantly
Residential property values increased 5.6% overall. The assessed value of the average single-family property rose from $686,300 to $724,400. Approximately 90% of residential property owners will see their assessed value increase. The tax rate is also expected to increase. Assessments will be mailed to Arlington property owners beginning Jan 15. See Your Assessment Online News Release

E-Mail Caution

E-Mail Caution
After submitting the County COVID-19 vaccination registration form, the confirmation page displays the message shown below. It states there are problems sending email to aol.com and version.net email accounts. Email sent to such email accounts is occasionally not delivered for no apparent reason. So, if possible, you should not enter AOL or Verizon email accounts on the form. Your webmaster can confirm that these email providers (and also Yahoo) do randomly reject emails for no apparent reason. (AOL and Yahoo are both owned by Verizon.)
Click image to enlarge
Arlington COVID-19 Pre-Registration Form

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations Going Too Slowly

COVID-19 Vaccinations Going Too Slowly
With an average vaccination rate of just over 225 doses per day over the past week, it would take the 843 days to administer a dose to the remainder of Arlington’s adult population. The PHD director told the Board it was having difficulty finding suitable locations for mass vaccinations. Commentators responded that the county has many schools and libraries that are currently unused. ARLnow

Jan 11 LVCA General Meeting: Residential Permit Parking Program

LVCA General Meeting: Residential Permit Parking
When: Mon, Jan 11, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom
ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team.
Residential Permit Parking Program
The January meeting will feature an overview of proposed changes to Arlington’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP). Many people know it as “Zone 6 Parking.” Join us to learn more about the changes that the county is considering: some good and some that LVCA Board Members think should be changed.

The presenter will be LVCA Board Member Andrew Rude, who has been following the RPP review process for LVCA. County staff were invited to make a presentation, but declined.

Members of other neighborhood associations, who will be impacted by changes to the RPP have been invited to this online meeting.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Jan 11); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.

For more about the RPP and links to additional information see LVCA’s Previous Post about the RPP.

RPP Hearing Scheduled for Feb 20

RPP Hearing Scheduled for Feb 20
The Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Review project has been assessing the purpose and function of Arlington’s RPP program, considering the program’s efficiency, user experience, and fairness. It is the first major review of the RPP in over 10 years.

Public Hearing Re-Scheduled to Feb 20
To give residents more time to respond the County Board has re-scheduled a public hearing on RPP from Jan 23 to Sat, Feb 20. Board members said they are open to pushing off the hearing further to engage more people and give residents more time to consider the changes.

LVCA Opposes Unrestricted Two-Hour Paid Parking
LVCA’s RPP Survey of LV residents held Nov 2018 indicated strong support (98%) for the existing RPP. LVCA’s review of the proposed changes identified one serious problem: permitting 2-hour paid parking in restricted residential zones. LVCA is opposing that one element of the proposed RPP revision. The problems LVCA sees with 2-hour paid parking include:
● It provides no effective enforcement, making it likely to be abused.
● It will likely increase traffic in residential neighborhoods.
● It will likely clog residential neighborhoods with commuter parking, a problem the RPP was originally created to prevent.
Click to Continue Reading…

‘Loving Avenue’ Recommended As New Name for Lee Hwy

‘Loving Avenue’ Recommended As New Name for Lee Highway
The Lee Highway Alliance’s task force that was developing suggestions for renaming Route 29 (Lee Hwy) has recommended renaming it ‘Loving Avenue’ after civil rights figures Mildred and Richard Loving, who fought to overturn Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. The group also designated four runner-up names for consideration by the County Board: John M. Langston Boulevard, Ella Baker Boulevard, Dr. Edward T. Morton Avenue, and Main Street. The County Board will be briefed by the working group next week. The County Board will then decide whether to advance the name change to the Virginia state legislature or the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
Rename Lee Highway Website for meeting videos, slides & feedback form.
Previous Post with the 10 semi-finalist names.
Previous Post with our overview of the project.

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle (Nov 9)
Possibly the greatest future challenge facing Lyon Village Residents will be proposals to up-zone much on Lyon Village, now limited to single-family houses, to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures, thus dramatically changing the character of Lyon Village.

Speakers:
● Peter Rousselot from Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future made his case agains the Missing Middle Housing Study and up-zoning. (27 minutes)

● Matt de Ferranti, County Board Member explained the Missing Middle Housing Study. (20 minutes)

● Q by John & A by Matt & Peter. (25 minutes)

Missing Middle Housing Study
The Missing Middle Housing Study is expected to run through 2022. It will consider such topics as:
● Up-Zoning: Changing the zoning of areas now limited to single-family houses to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures.
● How up-zoning relates to Arlington’s agenda for accelerated development, growth, and density.
● Impacts of up-zoning, accelerated development, growth and density on Arlington’s infrastructure (public schools, fire stations, storm and freshwater distribution systems), environment, and budget.
Resources
County’s Missing Middle Web Page
Missing Middle Study Timeline
Missing Middle article published by Arlington Civic Assn
Arlington-Analytics Report on Missing Middle
“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV
Best Arlington Neighborhoods

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV
Emily Hamilton, housing advocate and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University was quoted in ARLnow saying… “North of the Clarendon Metro station is the largest chunk of that quarter-mile circle where there is low-density housing… It’s certainly a spot where denser development would make economic sense.”… “There is a missing price point in Arlington both because of the county’s high-income and the region’s unwillingness — compared to other coastal regions — to permit multi-family housing.”

Most of Lyon Village south of Key is in the bullseye.

Nov 9 LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle

LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle: Nov 9
When: Mon, Nov 9, 8PM TONIGHT
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom
ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.

Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team.

Missing Middle Housing Study
A discussion of Arlington’s, recently started, Missing Middle Housing Study that is expected to run through 2022.
● Up-Zoning: Changing the zoning of areas now limited to single-family houses to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures.
● How up-zoning relates to Arlington’s agenda for accelerated development, growth, and density.
● Impacts of up-zoning, accelerated development, growth and density on Arlington’s infrastructure (public schools, fire stations, storm and freshwater distribution systems), environment, and budget.
County’s Missing Middle Web Page
Missing Middle Study Timeline
MM Article published by Arlington Civic Assn
Arlington-Analytics Report on MM

Speakers:
● Peter Rousselot from Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future will make the case agains the Missing Middle Housing Study and up-zoning.
● The county has declined to provide anyone to explain their case for the Missing Middle Housing Study.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Nov 9); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.