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
Child Care Initiative – Phase 1
Staff is conducting a zoning study focused on reducing and eliminating land use barriers to opening, expanding, and operating child care programs in Arlington. This study is associated with the Arlington Child Care Initiative (CCI) – an effort begun in 2017 to develop an inclusive, integrated child care system that effectively serves all Arlington County families and prioritizes the needs of the County’s most vulnerable populations. This initiative spans multiple County departments and community partners, whose work will aim to increase and enhance the accessibility, availability, and quality of child care in Arlington through the implementation of the Child Care Initiative Action Plan.
The CCI Action Plan is scheduled for implementation in three phases. Phase 1, which includes several short-term action steps seeking to reduce child care barriers, is currently underway and is expected to be completed in early 2019. This phase includes amendments to the Zoning Ordinance as well as County Code Chapters 52 and 59, which contain provisions governing the licensing and regulation of family day care homes, child care centers, and similar uses. Phase 1 includes, among other efforts, additional action steps such as creating a how-to guide to assist those seeking to open a child care program, developing financial assistance plans, and conducting surveys to providers.
- December 11, 2018: ZOCO Briefing on CCI and Land Use Barriers
- January 2019: ZOCO Review of Draft Text
- February 2019: County Board Request to Advertise
- March 2019: Planning Commission meeting (final consideration and recommendation)
- March 2019: County Board meeting (final consideration and action)
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