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
Relocatable Structures Administrative Review
Staff is conducting a zoning study to explore opportunities for Arlington Public Schools (APS) to utilize an administrative review process to add relocatable structures to schools.
This study is in response to a 2018 request by the County Board for staff to determine if there was a more time and cost-efficient method to process requests from APS to add relocatable structures. The current practice of planning staff is to amend a school use permit to add a relocatable(s) to increase the number of students the school can accommodate (design capacity). This can generate several applications each year as APS’s enrollment accommodation needs change from year to year, especially in years where they are in the process of developing long term solutions (construction or expansion of schools) to the increasing student population throughout Arlington.
- March 12, 2019: Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission (ZOCO) Briefing of Proposed Amendment
- April 3, 2019: CANCELED – ZOCO Review of Draft Text
- April 11, 2019: CANCELED – Public Open House – Key Elementary School, 7:00-9:00pm
- April 24, 2019: ZOCO Review of Draft Text
- May 2, 2019: Public Information Session – Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Cherry/Dogwood Meeting Rooms (lobby level), 6:00-9:00pm
- May 18, 2019: County Board Request to Advertise
- June 3, 2019: Planning Commission Meeting
- June 15, 2019: County Board Meeting
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Completed Zoning Studies
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 4, 2019: Planning Commission meeting (final consideration and recommendation)
- March 16, 2019: County Board meeting (final consideration and action)