Q: Why was this Working Group formed?
A: Many factors can influence the demand for parking at a specific building, which is why Arlington’s Zoning Ordinance allows for special, case-by-case exceptions to standard parking requirements. As new residential developments are being built in Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway (Route 1) corridors, it is important that Arlington County have a clear policy about how and when to approve the amount of parking proposed for apartment and condominium projects. This Working Group will work with County staff to recommend a new policy for proposed development in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway (Route 1) Metro corridors.
Q: How were members of the Working Group selected?
A: The 11 members of the Working Group represent a range of stakeholders in the community. Staff asked for names from private groups as well as Arlington Advisory Groups and Commissions with an interest in parking policy. The County Manager and Staff then selected members from the names submitted.
Learn more about the members here.
Q: What kind of development will this Working Group consider?
A: The Working Group and Staff will consider policy for apartment and condominium projects proposed for new construction in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway (Route 1) corridors that developers submit to the County for review under the Site Plan and Unified Commercial/Mixed Use Development use permit provisions of the Arlington Zoning Ordinance. Through these provisions, developers can ask the County Board to approve their projects with special exceptions to various requirements (including parking) in the Zoning Ordinance after careful review from staff and public hearings.
Q: Will this project recommend changes to the Residential Permit Parking program?
A: No. The Working Group and Staff will only provide recommendations for apartment and condominium projects proposed in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway (Route 1) corridors. However, the Working Group may discuss the Residential Permit Parking program for context.
Q: Will this project recommend changes to the Zoning Ordinance?
A: No. The Working Group and Staff will only recommend policy to guide the County in their review of Site Plan and Unified Commercial/Mixed Use Development use permit applications in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway (Route 1) corridors.
Q: Will this project make changes to Arlington’s parking meter charges or hours of operation?
A: No. The Working Group and Staff will not recommend specific changes to the rates or hours of operation for parking meters.
Q: Will the Working Group be considering policies for my neighborhood?
A: If you live in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Pentagon City, or Crystal City, then yes. The Working Group will not be making a recommendation for new developments in other neighborhoods.
Q: Who will make the final decision on the Working Group’s recommendations?
A: The Working Group will present their findings to the County Manager who will then determine what to recommend to the County Board.
Q: How are you involving the wider public in this process?
A: Working Group meetings are open to the public. We encourage anyone in the community who is interested in the project to join our meetings, see the information presented and hear discussions firsthand. As time permits on each meeting agenda, the Working Group Chair may invite individuals to share any observations or opinions. Throughout every stage, staff will post meeting summaries and other materials to the Working Group website.
County staff will update the County Manager throughout the Working Group process, and will present their draft final recommendations to the Manager before going to the Planning Commission and Transportation Commission for their input. Following Commission input, staff will incorporate changes as appropriate and present the revised draft recommendations for the Manager’s consideration, County Board briefings and County Board action. As with all Commission and County Board meetings, all are welcome to attend to hear presentations from County staff and offer opinions for the Commission and Board Members.
County Staff will host a public-information session (date and location TBD). We encourage you to come learn about the Working Group’s efforts, ask questions, and share observations and opinions.