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)

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.

Sept 8 Committee of 100:
Candidates Night: Sept 8

Committee of 100: Candidates Night: Sept 8
County Board & School Board Candidate Forum
When: Sept 8, 7:00–8:30PM (Wednesday)
Where: Online via Zoom Registrtion Form
Zoom into the Arlington Committee of 100’s Candidate Forum and engage with County Board contenders Takis Karantonis (incumbent) and challengers Mike Cantwell, Adam Theo, and Audrey Clement on issues of the day. School Board candidates Michael Webb (invited) and Mary Kadera will also be on hand.
Don’t miss this lively annual tradition!

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.

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.

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy
A letter from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce supports additional commercial/residential density as proposed by Plan Lee Hwy.
   But even the Chamber sees that parts of Plan Lee Hwy are deficient:
“Much of the proposed open space in the scenarios fronts on high-traffic, unwelcomingly loud places, or is in locations which could hinder reinvestment. Additionally, the scenarios propose open spaces that will be broken up by development and transportation infrastructure or that may not even be realized because of placement at sites that are unlikely to be redeveloped.”

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board
Over 30 neighbors sent letters opposing up-zoning LV. One letter was signed by 34 households. One letter supported up-zoning. Here are a few of the thoughtful comments. Additional posts based on the letters may be aded in the near future. Hopefully the impressive thought that went into writing these letters will have the desired effect.

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Falling Demand for Condos in Arlington

Falling Demand for Condos in Arlington
Despite Plan Lee Hwy’s insistence that LV should be bulldozed for condos, the market says the opposite. Realtor, Eli Tucker, writes:
“Given the tremendous appreciation we’ve seen locally and nationally on prices for single-family homes and townhouses, the mostly unchanged values of condos in Arlington highlights how much the condo market has struggled… There is clearly a flight out of condos by homeowners and investors, and the demand is not high enough to absorb the extra supply, so inventory levels have returned to 2015-2016 levels…” ARLnow

Board Member Tours Lyon Village

Board Member Tours Lyon Village
On Thurs afternoon, LVCA President, John Carten and two dozen LV residents lead County Board member Takis Karantonis on a walking tour of LV. When residents were asked “would you prefer the proposed changes or keep Lyon Village as is” 22 out of 23 residents on the walk raised indicated a preference to keep Lyon Village as is.
  All County Board members are invited to take Karantonis’ lead to meet with each of the affected communities.
  Some attendees expressed unhappiness with Karantonis doing lots of talking and little listening. One attendee sent a long, fiery email to the entire County Board and County Manager.
  Karantonis will be running for re-election this November, challenged by 3 independent candidates. The County Board has decided this election will not use ranked choice voting.

Lee Hwy to Get HOV/Bus Only Lane

Lee Hwy to Get HOV/Bus Only Lane
The County Board voted for a bus-only lane on parts of Route 29 in Rosslyn. This part is so congested that buses are unable to operate reliably during rush hours. The grant will cover pavement treatment, restriping, and signage.
● In the morning the lane will run eastbound from Veitch to Lynn.
● In the evening the lane will run westbound from Oak to Veitch.
● At other times the lane will be a regular travel lane.
Arlington’s highly-efficient DES said the project could take 2 years to implement.
Story at ARLnow

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway
The Lyon Village Citizens’ Association (LVCA) wants to ensure that you aware of the current proposals being developed by the Plan Lee Hwy (PLH) team and County staff and the impact these proposals will have on single-family homes in Lyon Village.

These proposals would change the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) and zoning for the R6, single-family homes between Lee Hwy, N. Veitch St., 18th St. N., and N. Highland St. in Lyon Village. This ultimately will result in the destruction of
● 75 single-family homes (10% of all single-family homes)
● 43 townhomes (50% of all townhomes)
● 6 affordable apartment buildings (40% of all affordable apartment buildings)
● As well as the futures of all the families living in them

Information on the County’s proposals can be found at the following links. Lyon Village is in Area 5 (West) in these documents and slides.
Plan Lee Hwy Homepage
Presentation on Lyon Village

The LVCA strongly opposes these proposals, as is spelled out in our Position Paper.

LVCA supports maintaining the current GLUP and zoning, as shown on these Maps.

We feel these proposals, if approved, would set a precedent that would negatively impact Lyon Village and additional neighborhoods in the future, as well as harm the reputation of the County. We respectfully request your support in stopping these proposals from going forward to the County Board for approval in October 2021.

Please send letters to the following letting them know you oppose the proposals for Lyon Village. Get at least 10 of your friends and neighbors to send letters, too. We need every Lyon Village resident in every household to speak out and make his/her/their voice heard.

CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us — General address for all Board members
 mdeferranti@arlingtonva.us — County Board Chair
 kcristol@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 cdorsey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 tkarantonis@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 lgarvey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
CountyManager@arlingtonva.us — Mr. Mark Schwartz, County Manager
planleehighway@arlingtonva.us
 paul.alexander.holland@gmail.com — Chair of Plan Lee Highway
 nalfonso-ahmed@arlingtonva.us — Lee Highway Project Manager
ecleva@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Elise Cleva, Acting Comm & Engagement Manager
rlapiana@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Rachel LaPiana, Comm & Engagement Specialist
webmaster@lyonvillage.org
(Please send a copy of your letter to webmaster@lyonvillage.org. As we learned in the past, the County will not publish or provide copies of letters from individuals.)

Please feel free to contact me at gjcarten@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

John Carten, President, LVCA

Please send questions or comments to John Carten gjcarten@verizon.net or Loria Porcaro loriap@att.net.

Concerns Grow Over Increasing Urbanization of Rte 29

Concerns Grow Over Increasing Urbanization of Rte 29
Scott McCaffrey writes…
Having seen the “it’s just a work in progress” ruse pulled on others in the past, those concerned about the prospect of major zoning increases in the Lee Highway corridor are getting their objections in front of elected leaders sooner rather than later. Critics have pounced on staff proposals for the North Arlington corridor (recently renamed John Langston Boulevard), which project major increases in land-use options.Sun Gazette

Does the World Have Room for Phil?
(Plan Lee Hwy Says No)

Does the World Have Room for Phil? (Plan Lee Hwy Says No)
Sadly, the Rod+Reel store already has a sign in the window “Business for Sale.”

One of many 5 star Google reviews…
I don’t know where to begin describing how happy I am with this place! I’ve had an unbelievably destructive fishing season that culminated with me breaking the handle on one of my Loomis rods and the frame of a Garcia MGX mounted on it. I was devastated, absolutely devastated.
  Out of desperation I googled rod and reel repair in the area and Phil’s shop was the first place that popped up. I never would have believed a place like this exists in our area. I checked the reviews and they were all five star.Click to Continue Reading…

How Re-Zoning Destroys Communities

How Re-Zoning Destroys Communities
This review of Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City, published on Good Reads, explains how rezoning works over time to destroy communities. It is about, New York City, but I think rhymes with what we are facing in Arlington.
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City
by Tom Angotti (Author, Contributor), Sylvia Morse (Author, Contributor), & 3 more
ISBN: 0996004130
Click to Continue Reading…

Video: Living Near Condo Construction

Video: Living Near Condo Construction
Kennedy St in DC has several 5-story condos under construction by speculative developers next to single-family homes. The neighbors are not happy and have repeatedly complained to city authorities. Definitely not a nice place to live and possibly a preview for what the County has in store for Lyon Village. NBC4 News (has pre-load 15-second ad; citizen issue begin at 1:36)

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan
County representatives encountered over 100 angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. Despite it all, we want to thank Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum and Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff for patiently facing our 2-1/2 hour pummeling.

Intro & Slide Presentation by Paul Holland (20:00)


Initial Questions by LVCA President, John Carten (14:40)
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Please Complain About Lee Hwy Plan

Please Complain About the Lee Hwy Plan
County representatives encountered 100* angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. This, along with other proposals on the south, east, and west would drastically change the character of the little sliver of LV that remained.
  It is extremely important that LV residents, who want to preserve their homes and their neighborhood, contact County officials to signal their opposition. Below there is a sample letter and information about who to contact. Many other problems with the study were voiced by LV residents during the meeting. The the meeting recording is worth a listen or a re-listen (the recording will be posted very soon).Click to Continue Reading…

Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway 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
Meeting Recording

The presenter tonight will be Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. Paul grew up in Lyon Village and he now lives with his family in Waverly Hills.

Also present at the meeting will be Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff.

Citizen Comments on Plan Lee Hwy

Citizen Comments on Plan Lee Hwy
The survey form is very pretty, but seems designed to make comments difficult to submit. Questions are hidden under icons that must be individually found and clicked. Survey questions are “loaded,” offering only limited replies, like a choice between “A” or “B” with no ability to say neither. Written comments require using a novel and confusing method that attaches comments to specific locations on maps and slides. Survey: Land Use Scenario Area 1 & Area 5

With over 100 comments submitted so far from “Area 5 West” (including Lyon Village) all but 4 are strongly against the plan. Here is a sample of some of the comments…Click to Continue Reading…

ARLnow Publishes Final Scurrilous Attack on LV?

ARLnow Publishes Final 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

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
Meeting Recording Now Posted

The presenter will be Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. Paul grew up in Lyon Village and he now lives with his family in Waverly Hills. Also present at the meeting will be Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff.

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)

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

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.