S3-A Zoning Districts: An example of County Board Overreach

Comments at December 10, 2016 Arlington County Board Meeting on lifting restrictions on S-3A zoning districts, which County Board voted unanimously to adopt.

I want to associate myself with a recommendation sent to County Board on November 1 by longtime CivFed leader Suzanne Sundburg. In asking County Board to defer action on County staff’s request to rezone S-3A zoning districts, i.e. schools and parks, Sundburg said: Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: County Board Candidate Audrey Clement Seeks To Add Regional Park, Outdoor Recreational and Playing Field Resources

I’m Audrey Clement, Independent Candidate for Arlington County Board. I’ve spoken with thousands of voters, taxpayers and residents while campaigning for County Board this year. One thing is clear from these conversations; Arlington has nearly run out of public open space to keep pace with our population growth.

 

We have to go back to the future and do what our parents and grandparents did 50 years ago: Buy land for new regional parks, outdoor recreation and playing fields.

 

Upon election to the Arlington County Board, I will work with our state legislators, neighboring local governments, developers and planners to acquire land and property inside the beltway to be used for multijurisdictional public open space as well as for sports and outdoor recreation.

 

This would supplement the ongoing acquisition of small parcels of land in Arlington to expand our parks, as opportunities arise.

 

Relying solely on park and recreation land acquisition within the County isn’t meeting our needs today and surely won’t meet the needs of the burgeoning population for which the county must plan. Clearly, we can’t go on packing more people and vehicles into residential communities where neighborhood parks are overwhelmed by the heavy traffic and use of a growing population.

 

We need 21st-century solutions to resolve problems resulting from decades of inadequate planning (or no planning). Please help me by voting for Audrey Clement on November 3rd. For details, visit my website—audreyclement.com—to review my platform and agenda to keep our community a sustainable and enjoyable place to live, work and play.

 

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County Board To Trade Rosslyn Park for New Fire Station

It was recently revealed that County Board has agreed to trade county parkland to developer Penzance in exchange for a fire station to be incorporated as part of a mixed use office development at the WRAPS site in West Rosslyn. This deal was done in a secret Letter of Intent (LOI) in January 2013, the existence of which WRAPS itself had been ignorant till a couple of months ago. Continue reading

WRAPS Process Is Short Sighted

County Board member John Vihstadt questioned the priorities of the WRAPS planning process for west Rosslyn at the February 21 County Board meeting. He said:

“The [WRAPS] charge also very clearly specified that the desire is to accommodate: a new school, new affordable housing, a new fire station, private redevelopment and green space . . . and we may be faced with the issue ‘something’s got to give’.”
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Planning Process for School on TJ Park Not Transparent

I commend the TJ Working Group (TJWG) for its excellent report detailing the options and the risks associated with constructing a 725 seat elementary school adjacent to TJ Middle School and park. The group asked two questions: whether APS could build a school there and whether ACB should approve the plan.

Of the four designs presented, the group recommended Scheme 2, placing the school at the northwest corner of the site as having the least detrimental impact. I agree with this assessment of the options presented. However, I’m concerned about the options that aren’t on the table, such as reserving the site for needed middle school expansion in the form of an addition to the existing structure. Continue reading