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
One- and Two-Family Nonconforming Dwellings
This study addresses issues with modifications to nonconforming one- and two-family dwellings. Specifically, the study will pursue changes to allow lots with less width and/or less area to be occupied by any use permitted in the residential districts listed in §16.1.1. The study will also identify changes that can be made to allow expansions to two-family nonconforming dwellings, so long as the expansion meets the established standards for the dwelling’s zoning district. The exemptions for one-family dwellings listed in the preamble of §16.2.5 will be reviewed, with the goal of expanding these exemptions to one- and two-family dwellings in the R2-7 district. Finally, the study will identify changes that can be made to allow interior structural alterations to nonconforming one- and two- family dwellings in the remaining excluded R districts (i.e. R10T and R15-30T) and all RA districts.
Staff is actively pursuing this study, with an anticipated review by the County Board for adoption in Fall 2018.
Anticipated outreach and public hearing schedule:
- May 16, 2018: Zoning Committee (ZOCO)
- July 24, 2018, ZOCO
- September 22, 2018: County Board Request to Advertise
- October 9, 2018: Planning Commission final consideration and recommendation
- October 11, 2018: Housing Commission
- October 20, 2018: County Board final consideration and action
Community Swimming Pools
The purpose of this study is to explore whether and how to adjust the zoning standards for community swimming pools, in order to make them more flexible and/or to modernize them. Staff is researching the development approvals for existing community swimming pools to act as a baseline for the study’s recommendations.
Community swimming pools are important activity centers, and the existing zoning standards have the potential to create barriers for reinvestment and expansion. These standards were adopted when many of Arlington’s neighborhoods were initially being developed, with the intent of separating community swimming pools from residential dwellings and streets using expansive setback requirements. Staff is examining the feasibility of allowing modifications of the use standards to be approved on a case-by-case basis by the County Board through the use permit process.
The Arlington County Zoning Ordinance defines community swimming pools as “artificial pools including auxiliary structures as dressing and locker rooms, toilets, showers, as well as other areas and enclosures that are intended for the use of the members and their guests using the pool, and which is operated by a community, nonprofit group, but not including private swimming pools.” (§18.2)
All community swimming pools must be approved by the County Board with a use permit prior to construction, except for the following districts:
- S-3A, Special District: By-right
- S-D, Special Development District: Not permitted
- P-S, Public Service District: By-right
Arlington has five community swimming pools, each established between 1954-1958, and are operated to this day by the following organizations:
- Overlee Community Association
- Donaldson Run Recreation Association
- Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
- Columbus Club of Arlington
- Arlington Forest Club
In 1956, the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance was amended to add specific regulations for community swimming pools. Most of these regulations have since been removed or relocated to Chapter 24.1, Water Recreation Facilities, but some still remain in §12.4.8.
- Aug. 30, 2018 ZOCO Memo: Community Swimming Pools
Anticipated public hearing schedule:
- Sept. 4, 2018 – ZOCO meeting
- Sept. 22, 2018 – County Board Request to Advertise
- Oct. 9, 2018 – Planning Commission meeting (final consideration and recommendation)
- Oct. 20, 2018: County Board meeting (final consideration and action)
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