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Notes: Neighboring Arlington embroiled in single-family zoning struggle Alexandria has averted… thus far

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The massive matter of dialog at the moment has been simply north of Alexandria, the place neighboring Arlington is split by arguments over a “Lacking Center” housing plan.

Arlington County has proposed zoning modifications that may permit the development of multifamily buildings with as much as six or eight dwellings on heaps presently zoned for single-family housing—together with duplexes and three-unit townhouses.

A gathering on Monday on the subject packed the County Board headquarters with almost 200 individuals delivering hours of public testimony—a lot so the County needed to shorten talking instances. These conversations continued yesterday and are scheduled to proceed at the moment.

The change is meant to assist enhance the housing provide in Arlington County, but it surely has been decried by some locals who say it’ll overcrowd Arlington’s suburban neighborhoods that have been constructed with single-family housing in thoughts. A number of the County Board conversations across the matter have gotten heated over the previous couple of days.

Alexandria is not any stranger to contentious zoning discussions, however thus far metropolis coverage discussions have rigorously navigated across the subject of single-family housing. Whereas Alexandria has been going by way of its personal undertaking aimed toward rewriting zoning legal guidelines and boosting reasonably priced housing, nothing like Arlington’s “Lacking Center” housing reform has been proposed within the metropolis.

Some advocates have spoken at metropolis conferences in favor of eliminating single-family zoning as a classification, however Alexandria management has shied away from the difficulty in favor of extra modest will increase to density in single-family neighborhoods like loosening restrictions on accent dwelling items and coding residential dwelling in industrial areas.

“I feel everybody will get caught up in several terminology,” mentioned Mayor Justin Wilson mentioned at a gathering final yr. “When individuals say they wish to get rid of single-family zoning, they assume we’re coming to take your single-family properties. I reside in a single-family house, I am not planning on giving it up: I like my house. However what we’re doing and can proceed to do is search for tweaks for all zoning within the metropolis to fulfill a few of that housing demand.”

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