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)
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)
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.
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
Meeting Recap Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Zoning “Bonus” Heights
County staff provided an overview of a proposal to award 60 extra feet of height for new buildings that include affordable units. The proposal was approved by the County Board at their April 17 meeting.
Meeting Recap Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Key Blvd Water Mains
County staff briefed us on replacement of the water main along Key Blvd from Jackson to Danville and the block of Herndon north of Key. Construction is expected begin in the Spring and to take a year and a half. There will be detours, parking restrictions, and unavoidable noise (between 9AM & 4PM). Water service may be disrupted.
March Meeting Recap: Police
Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team briefed us on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the past 2 months. Two cars were recently stolen in Lyon Village. In both cases spare keys had been left in the car. They stressed the importance of always locking your car and never leaving valuables (especially keys!!) in the car.
March Meeting Recap: Clarendon Development Plans
County planner Brett Wallace, who is project manager for the Clarendon Sector Plan (CSP) Update, reviewed the current status of work on the update. The plan has shaped the physical development of Clarendon over the past 14 years, including private development projects and major public investments like the Clarendon Circle transportation improvements. Several large developments are currently proposed in Clarendon, including redevelopment of key sites south of Washington Boulevard, reconfiguration or relocation of Fire Station 4, several high-rise residential buildings, and a convention hotel. Changes to the plan may have a significant impact on traffic, parking, trash, and safety in LV.
How does the Sector Plan update relate to the County’s “Missing Middle” initiative and proposed changes to zoning?
Are you discussing moving Wilson Boulevard a few feet South into the Silver Diner block between Clarendon Circle and 10th Street N, so as to provide more sidewalk space on the North side of the street, where Northside Social is currently located?
It is widely acknowledged that there are limits to growth. Will you consider limits on Clarendon’s infrastructure? Streets and sidewalks in Clarendon are narrower than Rosslyn or Ballston. Is there a limit to what can be reasonably built in this area?
How will the proposed projects taper down to the residential neighborhoods — particularly on the 10th Street side where you are very close to Ashton Heights and Lyon Park?
Are any parcels north of Wilson and Washington Blvds. in play in your study? Parking in Clarendon is tight and spills over into Lyon Village. Are any thoughts be given to increasing the parking requirement — the County seems to be reducing it to about 0.46 spaces per unit in residential buildings.
How much more density has been added above the current density under the 2006 Sector Plan in the four private project proposals? Their presentations don’t seem to list the original density nor the additional square footage they have requested.
What is a modified step back?
On the St. Charles side of Washington Blvd. opposite the Bromptons, the proposal is to keep the edge of the site at 55 feet and then taper up more rapidly than currently planned. Yet this is the lowest part of the site, and elevations are typically measured based on the whole site. What would be the likely height at that point with an average site elevation of 70 feet or more?
Is there not enough parking in Clarendon, or is it just a matter of folks not wanting to use the public parking garages?
A convention hotel is proposed for the Silver Diner site. The transportation needs for a hotel are very different than those for a residential building or office building. How would you keep traffic from cars, shuttle vans, and tour buses from spilling out into the neighborhoods?
How many of these sites will include residential that will cater to families? where will those children go?
Dittmar is currently proposing to remove seventy-five homes from our housing supply by converting them to short/medium-term rentals across three of their buildings (not in the subject area, but nearby) in a “minor” site plan amendment. What is the County doing (through this sector plan amendment or anywhere else) to compensate the community for the removal of those 75 homes, especially in the context of our housing shortage?
Will the fire department station and office building remain? Will their current activities continue? Will any of it need to be moved?
When will the Joyce Motors site be bringing something to the Board?
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).
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.
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.
The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website
Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.
Police Emergency Number: 911
Police Non-Emergency Number: 703-558-2222
Do not hesitate to call if you see something suspicious or are fearful. Your calls help ACPD fight crime. Do not assume someone else will call. Think about what could happen if you fail to call.
Annual Real Estate Update
Neighbors gathered for a lively discussion over wine and cheese, to talk about the current real estate market and its impact on Lyon Village. A primary focus of the meeting was “Knowing Your Value.”