Public Hearings Set for Sign Regulation Amendments, Rosslyn Streetsca

Published on May 20, 2017

The County Board today set public hearings in June for Zoning Ordinance amendments regarding retail signage, and the Rosslyn Streetscape Elements Plan. The Board voted 5 to 0 to advertise the hearings.

The Zoning Ordinance Sign Regulation amendments, if approved, would allow more sign area for projects in commercial/mixed-use districts that contain retail uses in certain configurations — such as retail fronting on public plazas, or multiple stories of retail. The amendments also would allow an increase in the maximum allowed size of blade signs in commercial/mixed-use and industrial districts.

Requests from some of the County Board's advisory commissions, the development community, Business Improvement Districts and partnerships and other stakeholder groups prompted the study.

The Board also set public hearings in June on the Rosslyn Streetscape Elements Plan. If approved, the plan would establish a cohesive set of streetscape furnishings to strengthen Rosslyn's character, and encourage more pedestrian use and vibrancy in Rosslyn's core.

The plan, initiated by the Rosslyn Business Improvement Corporation, will be a companion document to the Rosslyn Sector Plan and the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Streetscape Standards that provide guidance for streetscape furnishings in the Rosslyn Business Improvement District. Streetscape elements in the plan include benches; trash and recycling cans' planter pots; bike racks; tables; chairs; an information cart; a solar charging station; a news box corral; a newspaper vending machine; tree fence labels, sign poles and tableau informational markers.

Guidelines and designs for Arlington's first parklet — a publicly accessible deck platform that serves as an extension of the sidewalk, usually built in the parking lane adjacent to the curb — are also part of the plan. The prototype is planned for the public right-of-way at the northwest corner of North Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard.

View details about County Board public hearings; this plan is anticipated to be heard on June 17 or June 20.