Was “Parking Crisis” For Real?

Was “Parking Crisis” For Real?
Remember when the County insisted that the Residential Parking Program (RPP) had to be cut back because there was a “parking crisis.” The LVCA issued a lengthy white paper opposing the changes and many civic associations along with LVCA and many LV residents wrote impassioned letters to the County Board. Letters from Civic Associations Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board

County Proposes Permanent TOSAS
TOSAs are “Temporary Outdoor Seating Areas” that were created after COVID pandemic restrictions prohibited indoor restaurant seating. Many TOSAs were created by taking over all or most of the parking spaces adjacent to restaurants. Now the County is seeking to make it easier for restaurant to hold on to TOSAs permanently (POSAs?), thus permanently removing great swaths of parking. ARLnow

Unused TOSA on Garfield

Unused TOSA on Wilson

Recap: LVCA Sept 13 General Meeting:
LV Threat Assessments

Recap: LVCA Sept 13 General Meeting: LV Threat Assessments

The September meeting featured updates on potential future development projects in and around Lyon Village.

Plan Langston Blvd and Q&A Session: Loria Porcaro provided an update on the Plan Langston Blvd (US 29 or formerly Plan Lee Hwy) Project followed by a long Q&A session. (27 min)

Clarendon Sector Plan: John Carten provided an update on possible changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan. (3 min)

Court House West: John Carten provided an overview of a request to amend the GLUP from “Service Commercial” to “High” Office- Apartment-Hotel”. This is the block bounded by Danville, Clarendon Blvd, Cleveland and Wilson. (3 min)

Red Top Cab Site, Phase II: John Carten described Phase II, called the Alexan Clarendon. It is a 267-unit apartment community located at the corner of Washington and 13th. Phase I was completed last spring. (3 min)

St. Charles Church Redevelopment: John Carten provided an overview of the current plans. (2 min)

Miscellaneous Questions & Discussion (11 min)

Recap: Committee of 100: Candidates Night, 2021

Recap: Committee of 100: Candidates Night, 2021
The Committee of 100 sponsored the first candidate forum of the fall general election season. This year 4 candidates are competing for the single seat on the County Board and 2 candidates for the one School Board seat.
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County Board Candidates
● Takis P. Karantonis (D) Website
● Audrey Clement (I) Website
● Michael T. Cantwell (I) Website
● Adam Theo (I) Website

Ranked Choice Voting
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25 YR ARL Resident Comments on Density

25 YR ARL Resident Comments on Density
Arl Co has no obligation to develop at densities it can’t support physically, financially, or is sideways to the quality of life for citizens or different areas of the Co. Same goes for every other community in the region. Kudos to Falls Church and Falls Church City to not caving to developers for density they do not want and can’t support or afford. ARLnow

Up-Zoning Lyon Village Update (Sept 2021)

Up-Zoning Lyon Village Update (Sept 2021)

● Plan Lee Highway (PLH) was renamed Plan Langston Blvd (PLB) following the County Board’s decision to rename Lee Hwy.

● LVCA Board held online meetings with County Board members Matt de Ferranti (Chair) and Libby Garvey.

● LVCA Board held a walking tour of the affected area with Takis Karantonis and several neighbors.

● Although the County Board members listened to LVCA’s concerns, they did not take a position on the PLB concepts.

● The LVCA Board hopes to schedule meetings with Katie Cristol (Vice-Chair) and Christian Dorsey soon.

● The LVCA Board met with the Langston Blvd Alliance (LBA) and the PLB team (not including the consultants or county staff).

  □ The concepts released in the spring were developed by the consultants (AECOM) and county staff.

  □ None of the neighborhoods included in Study Areas 1-5 were happy with the presented concepts.

  □ The consultants and staff have restarted the process and are developing new concepts. The timeline for presenting concepts to the County Board will be pushed back, but no dates set.

  □ LBA and PLB asked the consultants and county staff to refrain from going beyond the edge of Langston Blvd.

  □ LBA and PLB asked the consultants and county staff to remove any reference to Missing Middle because it is still under study.

  □ LBA and PLB noted they had no control over the consultants or the county staff.

General Election Dates

General Election Dates
Absentee voting: All registered Virginia voters may vote early, in person or by mail.
● Early in-person voting: Sept 17– Oct 30.
● Deadline to register, confirm or update voter registration: Oct 12.
● Deadline to apply for mail-in ballots Oct 22, 5:00PM.
● Last day to vote early in person Oct 30.
● Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov 2.
● Election Day Nov 2, polls open 6AM – 7PM
Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
Arlington Voting & Elections

Join BSA Troop 104 for Boys & Girls

Join BSA Troop 104 for Boys & Girls
In 2019, Boy Scouts opened its great youth-led program to both Boys & Girls. Troop 104 in Arlington offers a Boys’ Troop and a Girls’ Troop. Scouts is designed to build character, leadership, citizenship, and personal fitness through outdoor activities and community service. The Boys’ and Girls’ troops draw teens ages 11-17 from all Arlington middle schools and high schools. Both Troops meet every Tuesday night in Clarendon.
  For more info, email H.K. Park. About Troop 104

County Board Approves Plastic Bag Tax

CCounty Board Approves Plastic Bag Tax
The County Board adopted a 5¢ tax on disposable plastic shopping bags at its meeting on Sat, Sept 18. Currently, Arlington’s residential recycling program does not accept plastic bags because its contractor’s equipment can not process them. The plastic bag tax will go into effect on January 1, 2022.
  The tax will not apply to restaurants, farmers markets, clothing stores, and alcoholic beverage retailers. Bags used for wrapping meat, produce, dry cleaning, garbage and pet waste are also exempt. The tax is estimated to cost about $50/year to a family of 4 who persists in using plastic bags. ARLnow reported that County Board member Christian Dorsey hinted that the county may pursue other forms of behavior modification in the future. ARLnow Agenda Highlights
Is the County Greenwashing?
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Oct 8 ECARE Recycling Event

ECARE Recycling Event
When: Sat, Oct 9, 8:30AM – 3PM
Where: 1425 N. Quincy St. (across from Washington-Liberty High School)
The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) is a biannual event at which residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), bikes, small metal items and other recyclable items. Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted. The county is increasingly picky about what it will accept. Check the county information page for a list of acceptable items. More information

Food Scraps Recycling

Food Scraps Recycling
Food scraps may now be placed in the green organics cart for collection on our normal trash day (Wed in most of LV). Food scraps include vegetables, fruits, peels and rinds, meats (including bones), bread, poultry, etc. plus greasy pizza boxes, soiled napkins, natural corks, etc. Food scraps may be deposited in compostable bags, paper bags or just dumped in loose.
   In recent weeks the county has delivered to every private residence a fancy collection caddy and a roll of compostable bags. The county will not be providing additional compostable bags in the future.
  The county is charging households an annual fee of $12 for this service.
Food Scraps Collection Webpage Food Scraps Collection Brochure PDF

Public Comments Sought for 2025 Clarendon Blvd

Public Comments Sought for 2025 Clarendon Blvd
Located at Clarendon and Courthouse Rd, on the east edge of LV, a residential building with retail is proposed.
● 16 stories (166 feet)
● 231 units (some affordable)
Comment Form due 9/16 County Project Page ARLnow story
A nearby building, having trouble renting units, is asking the county to permit conversion of some floors into hotel space. LyonVillage.org

Lyon Village Dues Are Due Now

Lyon Village Dues Are Due Now
Your dues support LVCA activities, such as monthly meetings (now on Zoom!), this website, emailed announcements, advocating for Lyon Village, the monthly Bulletin and fun activities such as the 4th of July Celebration, Halloween Party, Spring Egg Hunt, and December Holiday Party.
● Dues are $7 for individuals
● Dues are $10 per household
Pay online or by mail

“DMV Select” Office Re-Opens at Courthouse

“DMV Select” Office Re-Opens at Courthouse
Where: Commissioner of Revenue Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Set 218
When: Tue & Thu 8:30AM–4PM
Appointment required Make an Appointment Location Details
  Services limited to: Vehicle Titles/Registrations, License Plates, Permits/Placards, Transcript Requests, Return Checks, Voter Registration, E-ZPass, Transportation Network Company (TNC) renewal/reissue (no vehicle registrations), and Hunting/Fishing Licenses.
  DMV Select does not: issue/renew driver’s licenses, learner’s permits or identification cards, process online or franchise dealership work, process mechanic/storage lien titles, and issue Vital Records. Service Details

Metro Discounts & Service Improvements

Metro Discounts & Service Improvements Start Sept 5
Starting Sept 5 Metro will add more buses and trains and offer discounts to encourage riders to return to Metro. News Release
● $2 transfer discount between bus and rail (must use SmarTrip card)
● $2 for all one-way trips all weekend (includes free transfers)
● $12 7-Day Regional Bus Pass (20% discount)
● 1AM closing (was midnight) on Fri & Sat
● 7AM opening (was 8AM) on Sun
● More frequent rail service all day

Study: Arlington Least Suitable for Missing Middle Housing in DC Area

Study: Arlington Least Suitable for Missing Middle Housing in DC Area
A study of missing middle housing affordability in the DC metro area found that Arlington is the least suitable county in the DC area.
  The major obstacle is that Arlington’s high land prices determine the lowest possible price of housing. In Arlington this is above the level that is considered affordable. Builders will only build missing middle housing if it is as profitable as building a new detached single-family home.
  The conclusion of the study have been confirmed by the cost of recently built multi-family housing in Arlington. Recent prices for duplexes and row houses were almost the same as prices for single-family houses. Prices for multi-story condos were somewhat lower, but still well above affordable. The most suitable county in the DC area for missing middle housing is Montgomery County.

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The study was conducted by Senior Economist Jon Huntley of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Residents Complain of Roaring Cars

Residents Complain of Roaring Cars
Residents are complaining that fast, loud cars and motorcycles are becoming a neighborhood nuisance and safety hazard. Some neighbors believe these cars may have been modified to be louder. Unfortunately, police can no longer pull drivers over for noise due to a bill passed in the 2020 legislative session intended to reduce bias-based traffic stops.
  A attempt to find a solution is being spearheaded by Clarendon Courthouse Civic Association president David Cheek. NBC4 News Report Code of Virginia

Legislative Response
The problematic change to the Code of Virginia was introduced by Virginia Del. Patrick Hope to benefit “communities of color.” Del. Hope represents southern and western parts of Arlington (not LV). Del. Hope responded on NextDoor, stating “We are looking to amend the law in light of the increased noise in the neighborhoods and will have something to propose in the next legislative session.” This was followed by a long series of comments by residents. Similar language was also inserted into numerous other provisions of the Code of Virginia by Del. Hope. NextDoor Discussion

Ashton Heights Civic Assn: Police Response
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Bulletin Delivery Person 
Needed

Bulletin Delivery Person 
Needed
LVCA needs a volunteer to deliver the Lyon Village
 Bulletin to 34 houses along Kirkwood and Jackson. Your section of bundled Bulletins will arrive on your doorstep, often around a weekend. You do not need to live over there to volunteer. The Bulletin is published
 every month 10 times a year (usually no issue in July
 & Aug). This is a great public service 
opportunity for a teen or great exercise for any adult.

To volunteer, please email Bob Braddock
 at bobbraddock@gmail.com or call 571-329-4657.

Sept 13 LVCA General Meeting:
LV Threat Assessments

LVCA General Meeting: LV Threat Assessments: Sept 13
When: Sept 13, 8PM (Monday)
Where: Online via Zoom (Watch your email on Monday for a link)
The September meeting will feature updates on potential future development projects in and around Lyon Village. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of each presentation.
Plan Langston Blvd: Loria Porcaro will provide an update on the Plan Langston Blvd (US 29 or formerly Plan Lee Hwy) Project.
Clarendon Sector Plan: Bill Gearhart will provide an update on possible changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan. Bill represents Lyon Village on this and served on the committee that developed the original plan.
Court House West: Bill Gearhart will provide an overview of a request to amend the GLUP from “Service Commercial” (Personal and business services, generally 1 to 4 stories, with special provisions within the Columbia Pike Special Revitalization District) to “High” Office- Apartment-Hotel” (office density up to 3.8 FAR (Floor Area Ratio), apartment density up to 4.8 FAR and hotel density up to 3.8 FAR). This is the block bounded by Danville, Clarendon Blvd, Cleveland and Wilson.
Red Top Cab Site, Phase II: Phase I was completed last spring. John Carten will describe Phase II, called the Alexan Clarendon. It is a 267-unit apartment community located at the corner of Washington and 13th.
St. Charles Church Redevelopment: Bill Gearhart will provide an overview of the current plans.

Sept 14 Arlington County Civic Federation Candidates Night

Arlington County Civic Federation Candidates Night: Sept 14
When: Sept 14, 7PM
Where: via Zoom Registration Form
Advance registration for the meeting is required and must be completed by noon on Tuesday, Sept 14. A confirmation email will be sent with unique meeting log-in/phone-in details. We encourage early check-in, which starts at 6 PM. Please use your first and last name as your profile name to ensure delegates receive electronic ballots.
 6:00PM Zoom Check-In for Pre-Registered Attendees Begins
 7:00PM Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, New Delegates, Minutes
 7:10PM Candidates’ Forum
  • Arlington County Board
  • Arlington School Board
  • Virginia House of Delegates
 8:30PM Candidates’ Forum concludes

Sept 15 ACCF
Community Engagement Survey Deadline

Have Your Voice Heard!
Take the ACCF Community Engagement Survey

This Community Engagement Survey by ACCF (Arlington County Civic Federation) seeks community feedback on the ways citizens provide input to the County and Public Schools and their responsiveness to that input. Your honest feedback is appreciated.
  Individual surveys and individually identifying demographic information will not be shared. However, information will be aggregated, and written comments may be shared.

Survey The survey will close on Wed, Sept 15.

This excellent survey is long and detailed, providing lots of opportunity for your comments. Unlike surveys by the County, it does not attempt to control or steer your answers. You should set aside some serious time for it. Unfortunately, it does not have a way to suspend the survey to resume it later.
  Although LVCA is a member, this ACCF survey is not affiliated with LVCA.

Trees for Free

Trees for Free
Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation will distribute up to 500 young native trees to Arlington residents at no cost. The goal is to enhance Arlington’s urban tree canopy. These “trees” are “whips” ranging from 2–4 feet tall and are potted in two-gallon containers.

For more details and to sign up for a tree go to the County Website. Sign up for trees starts Sept 7. Only one tree per residential property.

In 50 years these tiny trees may grow to be as large as a mature tree that some developer is cutting down today.

Fed Up With Tree Loss

Fed Up With Tree Loss
Lengthy discussion of tree loss on NextDoor.
Why Should We Care?
Trees are one of the primary buffers against urban heat. Trees both block and absorb heat, remove pollutants, and absorb greenhouse gasses that drive climate change. Studies have also attributed green space with other societal benefits: less crime, violence, respiratory illnesses, and even obesity. NCR: Earthbeat When a Single Tree Makes a Difference Arlington Tree Action Group

Arlington Leads Region in Pop Density

Arlington Leads Region in Pop Density
The 2020 Census reveals that the region’s densest neighborhood is the 5 blocks east of Ballston Metro around Randolph & 9th St with a population density of 96,758 people per square mile. This is not only the highest density census tract in the metro area, but also in Virginia.
● Just east of Quincy another census tract has 72,487 people per square mile.
● Just west of Stafford another census tract has 51,735 people per square mile.
  This high density was achieved by Arlington’s planners encouraging high-rise residential and office buildings along the Orange Line corridor while discouraging single-family homes even a short walk away.  (Very similar to what Plan Lee Hwy proposes for Lyon Village.) GGW Story ARLnow

Heat Islands

Heat Islands
Sorry About the Environment, There’s Money to Be Made
Heat islands are areas that experience much higher temperatures than surrounding areas. Heat islands are created when rural and suburban areas (like Lyon Village) are replaced by high-density (as the County is now proposing). While trees and lawns absorb heat, high-density areas retain and radiate heat. Thus high-density areas are hotter both during the day and even at night as retained heat is released. NCR: Earthbeat
● Extreme heat can become deadly, leading to more US deaths than flooding and hurricanes combined. Retained heat results in hotter nighttime temperatures exacerbating the deadliness of extreme heat (as we are currently experiencing in the DC-Metro area).
● Heat islands lead to unhealthy levels of ozone (as we are currently experiencing in the DC-Metro area).
● Heat islands increase use of air conditioning, which starts a vicious cycle as more power is demanded from power plants that are often fueled with fossil fuels, which add to global warming.