January 2023 County Board Agenda Highlights
Published on January 18, 2023
The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 8:30 AM, and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, December 24, 2022, at 3:00 PM.
The meetings, held in the County Board Room on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Blvd., are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a County Board Meeting.
Virtual participation options are available to the public through Microsoft Teams. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please consider watching the meeting’s live webcast or cable broadcast or participating virtually via Microsoft Teams. More information on how to participate or watch virtually is provided below.
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, where you can also find more details on public participation in virtual Board Meetings, or call the Board Office at 703-228-3130 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online Registration opens once the agenda for the meeting is posted, approximately one week before the meeting. In person registration is also available on the day of the meetings.
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Saturday, January 21, 2023 – Regular County Board Meeting
Ordinance to Lower Speed Limits in School Zones - Item 18 The County Board will consider an ordinance to lower speed limits to 20 miles per hour on streets within a designated school zone which is not more than 600 feet from the limits of the school property or crossing in the vicinity of the school within the school crossing zone as defined by Virginia Code. The 20 mph slow zones as well as additional signage and speed reduction treatments are consistent with the goals of the Arlington’s Vision Zero Action Plan. To read the staff reports, scroll to Item No. 18 on the agenda.
Crystal Plaza 5, 223 23rd Street South and 2250 Crystal Drive – Item 32 The County Board will hold a public hearing and consider items associated with the development of Crystal Plaza 5 site located at 223 23rd Street South and 2250 Crystal Drive. The proposal includes a site plan for development of two residential buildings with ground floor retail, zoning ordinance modifications related to parking, density and others to achieve the proposed development plan, a rezoning from C-O Mixed Use to C-O Crystal City Mixed Use Crystal City District, a Crystal City Block Plan, and associated vacation ordinances. The Crystal Plaza 5 project is consistent with the GLUP, Arlington County Zoning Ordinance and Sector Plan guidance. The proposal also includes a new public plaza space with connection to a new Crystal City Underground entrance and a mix of uses including office, residential, and retail. To read the staff reports, scroll to Item Nos. 32A-F on the agenda.
Request to Advertise General Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments for the Missing Middle Housing Study – Item 33A-B
The Board will consider a Request to Advertise (RTA) public hearings by the Planning Commission and County Board on the General Land Use Plan
(GLUP) and Zoning Ordinance Amendments for Missing Middle Housing. County staff has developed draft text and amendments that would expand housing options in R-5 through R-20 residential zoning districts using the same building requirements for height, lot coverage, and setbacks that currently exist for single-family detached houses. Last fall, the Planning Commission and its committees held six meetings to review the draft text and amendments. This led to many updates and refinements that staff will present to the County Board, including a range of options on topics such as the maximum number of housing units allowed per lot, minimum site area for development, and parking requirements.
An RTA sets the outer parameters of what will be considered by the Planning Commission and the County Board when the item comes forward for final public hearing. Approval of the Request to Advertise is not adoption of any draft text or amendments. If the Board authorizes advertisement, consideration and action by the Planning Commission and the County Board will not be taken until March 2023 at the earliest.
If 75 or more speakers sign up to speak, speaking times will be reduced to 2 minutes for all individuals and 3 minutes for all organizations. Speakers will be notified if speaking times change.
Speakers who wish to testify at the County Board January Request to Advertise hearing and the County Board March hearing for consideration and action will be placed in speaking order after speakers who sign up to testify for the County Board March hearing only.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – Recessed County Board Meeting
The Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with reports from the Board Members and the County Manager.
No earlier than 6:30 p.m. the Board will hold a public hearing and consider items pulled from the Saturday Consent Agenda. Regular public hearings will be held after carryover Consent Agenda items are considered.