The Zoning Ordinance contains the land-use regulations for all land in the County. It defines legal rights and constraints regarding land use, and regulates use, size and coverage of lots, height, bulk and siting of buildings, parking requirements and density of development for each parcel of land.
Zoning Studies Underway
An accessory dwelling (AD) is a second dwelling with kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance on a single family lot. In Arlington, ADs are only permitted inside single-family detached houses, e.g. in a basement, on the second floor, or in an addition to the home. The accessory dwelling provisions became effective on January 1, 2009. More information on current regulations.
At the County Board’s direction, staff and a Working Group have been examining possible adjustments to existing accessory dwelling unit regulations to advance the goals of the Affordable Housing Master Plan. The AHMP identified accessory dwellings as an existing tool to help meet the goals of having an adequate supply of housing to meet community needs and of supporting older adults aging in place. The Plan recommended review of the regulations to encourage greater use.
Anticipated Outreach and public hearing schedule:
- September 12, 2017: Zoning Committee (ZOCO)
- September 14, 2017: Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Commission
- October 12, 2017: Housing Commission
- October 16, 2017: Commission on Aging
- October 17, 2017: Disability Advisory Commission
- October 21, 2017: County Board Request to Advertise
- November 6, 2017: Planning Commission final consideration
- November 9, 2017: Housing Commission
- November 18, 2017: County Board action
Assessment of Form Based Code Architecture
Along the Columbia Pike corridor, building design and architectural treatment of facades for new development projects is regulated by a combination of standards found in multiple sections of each Form Based Code. Collectively, their purpose is to provide a clear vision for the built environment through the establishment of the building envelope and the use of appropriate building materials, roof treatments, fenestration, shopfronts, and signage. Staff has drafted proposed amendments to both the commercial centers Form Based Code (FBC) and the Neighborhoods Form Based Code (N-FBC) in response to concerns raised regarding similar building designs among built and approved Form Based Code projects. The analysis conducted by staff evaluated the extent to which FBC regulations may lead to greater architectural diversity while still resulting in high quality designs and materials.
- September 13, 2017: FBC Advisory Working Group Presentation
- September 27, 2017: ZOCO Memo (including proposed language)
Anticipated outreach and public hearing schedule:
- October 18, 2017: Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB)
- November 18, 2017: County Board Request to Advertise
- December 4, 2017: Planning Commission final consideration and recommendation
- December 16, 2017: County Board final consideration