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

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

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
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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…

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)

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor
“The Arlington County government has posted yet another survey to guide the residents to its next phase of upzoning and density goals as part of its Missing Middle housing initiative… These surveys are unnecessarily complicated on the county’s part, which seems intentional… The county government needs to put the surveys on hold until they have asked a very basic question posed to the entire community… ‘Should Arlington increase zoning across the board to allow 10-story-plus buildings, condos and duplexes where we are currently zoned for single-family neighborhoods with yards'” Sun Gazette NextDoor

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose
Arlington (March 16, 2019)
The Arlington County Board today approved the County’s proposed direct financial incentive to Amazon, an annual pay-for-performance grant valued at approximately $23 million… News Release
Jan Jose (May 25, 2021)
San Jose officials voted late Tuesday to approve Google’s plan for a sprawling downtown campus… To secure approval for the project, Google agreed to pay a first-of-its-kind $200 million community benefit, which will see it invest in anti-displacement and job readiness programs… the company also agreed to create a $155 million community stabilization fund for job training, homelessness and affordable housing… a stark contrast to tech peers like Amazon and Tesla, which have at times asked governments to compete for business by cutting costs — as well as developers from other industries where community concessions are not the norm…SF Chronicle

May 27 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

2nd Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

When: Thurs, May 27, 7PM.
Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin at 7 PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting

  
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold a second on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in Lyon Village/North Highlands and East Falls Church. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.

This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.

  
Additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.

Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.

May 20 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV
When: Thurs, May 20, 7PM. Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin around 8PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold an on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in East Falls Church and Lyon Village/North Highlands. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.
   This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.
   Links to the meeting and additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.
The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.
Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Zoning “Bonus” Heights

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.

Click to play video (23 minutes)

Slide Deck (PDF) Meeting Announcement

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.
Click map to enlarge
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)

Major Affordable Housing Project in LV

Major Affordable Housing Project in LV
At at emergency County Board meeting held virtually in the early hours of Thu, Apr 1, the Board approved acquisition of the now-decommissioned Ever Given container ship for an undisclosed amount. The Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world and the subject of media attention as it blocked the Suez Canal for a week.
  Plans are to convert shipping containers aboard the ship into affordable housing units. Container homes can cost half as much per square foot as traditional construction. Organizations around the world have been embracing shipping containers to economically create housing for low-income populations.

  The Ever Given has a capacity of 20,000 containers. It is estimated this would comfortably accommodate at least 1,000 housing units with below-decks parking for 1,500 vehicles.
  Project location is the the south side of Lee Hwy stretching from Adams to Danville. The area is zoned RA8-18, a zoning designation the Board is expected to modify at its April 17 meeting to permit “bonus” height for affordable housing developments. The Ever Given would be the County’s first such project.

  The LVCA is expected to develop a stand on this matter. Based on recent interactions with the County, resistance is expected to be futile. Discover Containers website Ever Given Every Where

Mar 8: LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan

LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan, March 8
When: Monday March 8, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Mar 8)

Police Update
The meeting starts with an update by Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the last 2 months. Followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Clarendon Sector Plan Update
The meeting continues with a look at the on-going update to the Clarendon Sector Plan. The Plan was last updated in 2006. Changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan may have a significant impact on traffic, parking, trash, and safety in LV. Brett Wallace of Arlington County staff, who is overseeing the update, will present.
Clarendon Sector Plan 2006 APA Great Places
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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

Missing Middle Listening Session: Feb 4

Missing Middle Listening Session
When: Feb 4 at 7PM
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Possibly the greatest future challenge facing Lyon Village residents will be proposals to up-zone much on Lyon Village, now mostly single-family houses, to permit additional duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures, thus dramatically changing the character of Lyon Village.

Share thoughts with County staff on priorities and considerations on the Missing Middle Housing Study. The meeting will be a forum to discuss your ideas with other community members, provide feedback, and learn more.

Link for Feb 4 Meeting Announcement

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle

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.

Speakers:
● Peter Rousselot from Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future made his case agains the Missing Middle Housing Study and up-zoning. (27 minutes)

● Matt de Ferranti, County Board Member explained the Missing Middle Housing Study. (20 minutes)

● Q by John & A by Matt & Peter. (25 minutes)

Missing Middle Housing Study
The Missing Middle Housing Study is expected to run through 2022. It will consider such topics as:
● Up-Zoning: Changing the zoning of areas now limited to single-family houses to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures.
● How up-zoning relates to Arlington’s agenda for accelerated development, growth, and density.
● Impacts of up-zoning, accelerated development, growth and density on Arlington’s infrastructure (public schools, fire stations, storm and freshwater distribution systems), environment, and budget.
Resources
County’s Missing Middle Web Page
Missing Middle Study Timeline
Missing Middle article published by Arlington Civic Assn
Arlington-Analytics Report on Missing Middle
“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV
Best Arlington Neighborhoods

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV
Emily Hamilton, housing advocate and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University was quoted in ARLnow saying… “North of the Clarendon Metro station is the largest chunk of that quarter-mile circle where there is low-density housing… It’s certainly a spot where denser development would make economic sense.”… “There is a missing price point in Arlington both because of the county’s high-income and the region’s unwillingness — compared to other coastal regions — to permit multi-family housing.”

Most of Lyon Village south of Key is in the bullseye.