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)

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!

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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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.

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
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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…

Water Main Replacement on Key Delayed

Water Main Replacement on Key Delayed
The water main replacement project for Key Blvd & Herndon St has been delayed due to a delay in receiving materials. The County is experiencing this problem on many projects due to global supply chain issues. It is unclear when the project will begin.

Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Key Blvd Water Mains

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.

Click to play video (30 minutes)

Slide Deck (PDF) Meeting Announcement

Loud Cars in LV

Loud Cars in LV
Sometimes Highland St at midnight sounds like trackside at the Indianapolis 500. NBC4’s Transportation Reporter, Adam Tuss, reports on this problem of souped-up cars making noise at all hours of the day and night in Montgomery County.NBC4 Video Report

Apr 12: LVCA General Meeting: Water Mains & Zoning “Bonus” Heights

LVCA Meeting: Water Mains & Zoning “Bonus” Heights, Apr 12
When: Monday Apr 12, 8PM
Where: Virtual 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 (Apr 12)

Key Boulevard Water Main Replacement
County staff will brief us on replacement of the water main along Key Blvd from Jackson to Danville and the block of Herndon north of Key. The existing, aging water main was built in 1927 and has had numerous breaks in the past few years. The new larger-diameter and more-durable watermain will improve fire flow capacity and better support demand in the neighborhood. Construction is expected begin in the Spring and is expected to take a year and a half. There will be detours, parking restrictions, and unavoidable noise (between 9AM & 4PM). Water service may be disrupted for up to two hours. when the new main is connected to the water system disruptions may last up to eight hours. Advance notice will be given to residents before any planned water shut-offs. County Board Agenda Item

Zoning “Bonus” Heights in LV
In the second part of the meeting county staff will provide an overview of a proposal to award 60 extra feet of height for new buildings that include affordable units. The proposal is ostensibly for projects that are 100% “affordable,” but gives the County Board leeway offer extra height even if a project isn’t completely affordable. The proposal applies to properties zoned RA14-26, RA8-18, and RA6-15. There are several RA8-18 districts in Lyon Village (shown on map in yellow). This could potentially allow 10 story buildings to be built next to single-family homes. The proposal is supported by County Staff, the County Manager, and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. The county board has advertised a hearing on April 17 to approve this change.
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Sun Gazette Washington Business Journal County Staff Presentation County Board Agenda Item Zoning Map Zoning Ordinance 2020 Letter of Support (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing)

March Meeting Recap: Clarendon Development Plans

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.

CSP Presentation Slides

CSP Presentation Audio


Q&A
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?


17-Year Cicadas Are Coming

17-Year Cicadas Are Coming
Cicadas re expected to emerge this May across much of Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington. This is “Brood X”, emerging every 17 years. Cicadas emerge after the ground temperature reaches the mid-60s so the exact time depends on the weather. The next emergence will be in 2038. cicadas.uconn.edu
Photo by Michael Kropiewnicki from Pexels

Huge Developments Planned in Clarendon

Huge Developments Planned in Clarendon
Initial plans for a redevelopment called Bingham Center will replace the Silver Diner and The Lot in Clarendon. The development plans 2 buildings: a ten-story, 224-room hotel at the Silver Diner location and a 286-unit residential building where The Lot is currently located. The development includes 15,000 square feet of street-level retail. The hotel will include 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
   South of Bingham Center, at the intersection of N Irving and 10th St, another developer has proposed an 11-story mixed-use building with at least 200 apartments. ARLnow

Clarendon Scene

Clarendon Scene

Few masks, intense crowding, gunfire. No tickets issued.
@nbcwashington

The Arlington County Board adopted an order to prohibit groups of more than 3 from congregating on streets and sidewalks. ACPD plans to start enforcement someday after a period of “outreach and education.” News Release

Who’s getting sick with COVID-19? Mostly younger people. Over the past month, 57% of new cases in Arlington have been among those in their 20s and 30s — an age range that’s about 40% of the county’s population. ARLnow

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes
On Nov. 4, 2019, the Arlington County Board sent a letter of opposition to the FAA regarding proposed changes to flight procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

The FAA and the United States Secret Service (USSS) presented the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) DCA Community Working Group on May 23, 2019.

Read the full letter

Online Noise Complaint Form (FAA)

Beyer Writes FAA On Airplane Noise in Arlington

Beyer Writes FAA On Airplane Noise in Arlington
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration expressing concerns about its recent announcement to make changes to flight paths at DCA to accommodate Secret Service needs without giving meaningful consideration to community interests. Beyer urged FAA to delay implementation of the proposed changes to DCA flight procedures in order to engage the community.
Beyer Press Release