Lewin Park Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Land Unit U, Franconia-Springfield Transit Station Area, Springfield Planning District, Virginia)


Message #420

Date: May 8, 2018

Source:  Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), Planning Division

Subject:  New Comprehensive Plan Amendment - 2018-IV-S1 (Lewin Park)

On May 1, 2018 the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for Lewin Park (Tax Map Parcels 91-1-((4))1 through 11, 13-25, 500 and 501) in Land Unit U of the Franconia-Springfield Transit Station Area, in the Springfield Planning District, Lee Supervisor District.

            The adopted Plan for this area recommends residential use at 1-2 dwelling units per acre with an option for office and/or hotel with support retail uses at up to 1.5 FAR.  The Board requested that staff consider substitution of up to 300,000 square feet of residential uses in the development option for the land unit

Public hearings for this Plan amendment have not been scheduled.

For additional information on this new Comprehensive Plan amendment, visit the webpage athttps://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/plan-amendment-2018-iv-s1.

For information on the Comprehensive Plan or the planning process, contact the Planner of the Day for the Planning Division at the Department of Planning and Zoning, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 703-324-1380 or visit the 7th floor, Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Kickoff of New Complete Streets Project to Make Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia, SAFER

Kickoff of New Complete Streets Project to Make Seminary Road Safer

On Saturday, May 12, beginning at noon, the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services' Complete Streets program will host a community walkaroundto help identify potential changes to make Seminary Road safer for all users. Participants will focus on items that the City can incorporate into planned repaving along the corridor. 

Two separate groups of City staff will meet at noon at the intersections of Seminary Road and Quaker Lane, and Seminary Road and N. Jordan Street. The two groups will walk along the Seminary Road corridor, discussing existing conditions and collecting ideas for potential changes. After the walk, the groups will meet at the intersection of Seminary and St. Stephens Road, around 12:45 p.m., to further discuss observations.

This walkaround is the first of several planned information-gathering activities for the Seminary Road Complete Streets project, which will work with the community and stakeholders to determine roadway improvements for Seminary Road, from Quaker Lane to North Jordan Street, and at North Howard Street, where staff was awarded grant funding to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.  

Seminary Road is a key corridor in the City of Alexandria’s transportation network, and is scheduled for repaving in the near future. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master PlanSafe Routes to School Plan Program recommendations, and the Vision Zero Action Plan all identify potential safety and mobility improvements for Seminary Road. The City's Complete Streets Policy notes that staff should use repaving as an opportunity to consider and incorporate changes to enhance the safety and convenience of all users. 

Visit the Seminary Road Complete Streets project page for more information. Interested parties may also submit suggestions for changes to Seminary Road, and other streets scheduled for repaving, via the Complete Streets Repaving Feedback Form.

For more information, contact Darren Buck, Complete Streets Program Manager darren.buck@alexandriava.gov.

Farmers Market Returning to Ballston on April 5th

Farmers Market Returning to Ballston on April 5th



Spring has (nearly) sprung, which can only mean one thing: farmers market season!


Our Ballston Farmers Market makes its triumphant return on Thursday, April 5th, and will run every Thursday, from April to November - with the Mega Markets starting in May. All your favorite vendors will be returning, with a couple newbies added to the mix! 


You'll find everything from baked goods to pasta to fresh and local produce just a few steps from your office. Look for our tents from 3 to 7pm at Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro station between N. Taylor and N. Stuart streets. 

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Posted on April 5, 2018 and filed under Arlington County Virginia.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group Meeting - TODAY - April 4th, 6 to 8 PM

Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) Meeting – Wednesday, April 4  


The public is invited to the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Group (PYMIG) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.


The meeting will provide Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project updates on the procurement process, funding, schedule and next steps. 


PYMIG is an ad-hoc committee consisting of community members and stakeholders. It serves as the primary forum for community engagement during the planning, design and construction of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. For more information about this project please contact Jason Kacamburas at 703.746.4049 or jason.kacamburas@alexandriava.gov or visit the City’s Potomac Yard website at alexandriava.gov/PotomacYard.


Posted on April 4, 2018 and filed under Alexandria Virginia, Metro, WMATA.

"Taste of Arlington" on May 20th, from Noon to 6 PM, has Tickets Available Now

Alright, Ballston, get ready to Eat. Drink. Give. Tickets for Northern Virginia's biggest block party, Taste of Arlington, are now on sale! 



If you're not familiar with Taste of Arlington, let us catch you up. Taste of Arlington is the region's biggest and best charitable, family-friendly, dog-friendly, craft beer, wine and music festival right here in Ballston. 


We're spreading the love this year by incorporating more Arlington charities and non-profits through BallstonGives. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Arlington Food Assistance CenterAnimal Welfare League of Arlington,  Arlington Chamber of CommerceArlington Arts CenterLeadership Center for Excellenceand Volunteer Arlington. Come out to show your support your favorite Arlington organizations!


We're going back to our roots this year with free admission for the festival. That said, tasting tickets let you take advantage of all the best food, beer and wine Arlington has to offer. Get your tickets before May 1st to lock in early bird prices and the opportunity to skip the will-call line by choosing the "Ship My Tickets" option!


We'll see you May 20th, from noon to 6pm!

Get Tickets

Posted on April 3, 2018 and filed under Arlington County Virginia.

Arlington County (Virginia) Proposes Real Property Tax Increases








Spanish language interpreters will be available. Please see Clerk prior to hearing.  Please visit County website at www.arlingtonva.us for information on advanced online sign-up to speak at hearing or call Clerk’s office at 703-228-3130 to register. 


Copy of proposed resolution fixing real estate tax rate for CY 2018 is on file and available for review in County Board Clerk’s Office, Room 300, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, weekdays 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


The County of Arlington, Virginia, proposes to increase property tax levies. 



1.  Assessment Increase:  Total assessed value of real property, excluding additional assessments due to new construction or improvements to property, exceeds last year's total assessed value of real property by 1.3 percent.



2.  Lowered Rate Necessary to Offset Increased Assessment:  The tax rate which would levy the same amount of real estate tax as last year, when multiplied by the new total assessed value of real estate with the exclusions mentioned above, would be $0.980 per $100 of assessed value.  This rate will be known as the "lowered tax rate."



3.  Effective Rate Increase: The County of Arlington, Virginia proposes to adopt a tax rate of $0.993 per $100 of assessed value.  The difference between the lowered tax rate and the proposed rate would be $0.013 per $100, or 1.3 percent.  This difference will be known as the "effective tax rate increase." Individual property taxes may, however, increase at a percentage greater than or less than the above percentage.



4.     Proposed Total Budget Increase:  Based on proposed real property tax rate and changes in other revenues, the total budget of Arlington County will exceed last year’s budget by 1.7 percent. 



5.     The County also proposes to maintain the real estate tax for properties used for or zoned to permit commercial and industrial uses at the current rate of $0.125 per $100. Revenue from this tax is dedicated for transportation initiatives.




6.     The County also proposes to maintain the sanitary district tax at the current rate of $0.013 per $100 of assessed value. Revenue from this tax is dedicated for the stormwater management fund.













Hope Halleck, Clerk to the County Board

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