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)

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

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.

Watermain Replacement Under Key Resumes

Watermain Replacement Under Key Resumes
After a long delay, the County has begun replacement of the 94-year-old watermain below Key Blvd from Jackson to Danville and the block of Herndon north of Key. Work is beginning at Jackson and will proceed eastward. Construction is expected to take a year and a half. Notices will be distributed to affected residents. This old watermain has had numerous breaks in the past few years. The watermain will be replaced with a more durable, larger diameter watermain. Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Key Blvd Water Mains

13th St Closed to Northbound Traffic for 5 Weeks

13th St Closed to Northbound Traffic for 5 Weeks
When: Starting Aug 16 and continuing for about 5 weeks
Where: 13th St between Washington and N Ivy/Jackson St
The project will excavate and cast-in-place a new Dominion power vault. Westbound drivers on 13th St must turn right (north) onto Jackson. Eastbound drivers can continue to use 13th St. Pedestrian access will remain open. Project Page

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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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.

Does Arlington Lack Rental Apartments?

Does Arlington Lack Rental Apartments?
Plan Lee Hwy proponents insist that large swaths of our neighborhoods must be bulldozed for high-rise apartments. Do they offer a convincing explanation why this is true?
● The vacancy rate along the R-B corridor is currently a high 9.7% Costar Data
● Developers are begging the County Board to let them convert empty apartments to hotel rooms ARLnow

LRPC Meeting on Clarendon Sector Plan Update

LRPC Meeting on Clarendon Sector Plan Update
The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) of the Planning Commission will hold a virtual meeting on the Clarendon Sector Plan Update on July 27 at 7PM. County planner, Brett Wallace briefed LV residents on the plan in March 2012 March Meeting Recap: Clarendon Development Plans
● The update primarily adds larger buildings (up to 12 stories) south of the tall buildings that already exist or under construction on the southern edge of LV.
● The major concern for LV residents is the proposal to build a convention hotel where the Silver Diner is currently located. This has the potential for significantly increasing cut through traffic in LV.
Clarendon Sector Plan Update Homepage
LRPC Meeting Agenda
Staff Presentation Slides (June 30)

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

Autos Must Give Room to Other Road Vehicles

Autos Must Give Room to Other Road Vehicles
A new Virginia state law requires motorists to change lanes when passing other types of road vehicles, if the lane of travel is not wide enough to accommodate a minimum of 3 feet in distance between the motor vehicle and the other road vehicle. Previously the law did not require changing lanes. Motorists must change lanes even if that means over double-yellow lines. The new law applies to passing bicycles, mopeds, scooters, motorized skateboards, electric personal assistive-mobility devices, and animal or animal-drawn vehicles. The new law also removes restrictions on riding 2-abreast for bicyclists, electric personal assistive-mobility devices, motorized skateboard, and scooters. The new law went into effect July 1, 2021. The Act

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…

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.

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits
The County is considering lowering speed limits from 30 or 35 to 25 MPH along 7 roadways with high pedestrian activity. The only roadway near LV under consideration is Kirkwood between Lee Hwy & Washington Blvd.
  Currently the speed limit is 25 MPH on all Arlington roads, unless higher speeds are specifically permitted. It is well established that lower speeds result in fewer pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. A public hearing to discuss and potentially approve the speed reductions is expected in July. County Board Agenda Item

Washington Blvd & 13th St Construction

Washington Blvd & 13th St Construction
Construction on Washington Blvd from Wilson Blvd to N Kirkwood (including the N 13th St intersection). Construction is expected to last for 18-24 months. Changes include:
● Elimination of the reversible lane to provide 2 full-time travel lanes in each direction
● Reconfiguring Washington Blvd and 13th St to become a “T” intersection
● Dead ending Johnson St before reaching Washington Blvd
● Open space for a future park
● Wider sidewalks and improved pedestrian crossings
● New streetlights
● New street trees
Project Page Construction Diagram

Bike Race Closes Clarendon This Sunday

Bike Race Closes Clarendon This Sun, June 6
Getting back to “normal,” the Clarendon Cup Classic bicycle race will close the principal streets in Clarendon on Sun, June 6. ACPD will begin closing streets at 3AM as shown on this map. Other streets may also be closed as police find it necessary. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted beginning Saturday. ACPD News Release