Sidewalk, Umbrella, Parking Signs – Adopted December 10, 2011. (ZOA-11-04) An amendment to Section 34, that allows for the first time, signs on umbrellas (up to 4 sf per umbrella) and temporary sidewalk signs (A-frame or sandwich board signs) with a maximum height of 3.5 feet and sign area of 7 sf on each side. Adopted standards for sidewalk signs require that a minimum clear walkway width of six feet exist on the sidewalk on which the sign is placed, and allow the sign to be placed within the landscape and utility zone (the area between the curb and the landscaping area), or within the area immediately adjacent to the building. Placement of the sign must maintain any required clear walkway. This amendment also allows parking signs consistent with Arlington way finding standards on parking garages that provide public parking during defined hours. Staff Report. Supplemental Report.
New C-O Crystal City Zoning District – Adopted December 10, 2011. (ZOA-11-03) Amendments to create a new zoning district and update several other districts to support the implementation of the Crystal City Sector Plan. “C-O Crystal City” was newly adopted as Section 25C. of the ordinance, to codify permitted uses, use limitations, special exceptions, and other regulations governing land use for properties within the “Crystal City Coordinated Redevelopment District” depicted on the General Land Use Plan in a manner consistent with the Sector Plan vision. Also includes amendments to: Section 1 to add new terms included in “C-O Crystal City”; Section 2.B to add “C-O Crystal City”, “C-O Rosslyn”, “Columbia Pike Form Based Code”, and “Mixed-Use Virginia Square” to the list of districts in the County; and Sections 25B.E.1 and 36.H.7 to clarify that the provisions of 36.H.7 shall not apply to the “C-O Crystal City” or “C-O Rosslyn” districts. Staff Report.
Large Format Sales Establishment – Adopted October 15, 2011. (ZOA-11-02) This amendment defines the term “Large Format Sales Establishment” as a use for which the primary activity is the sale of any combination of food, merchandise and/or personal and business services, and for which a single certificate of occupancy is provided; and requires special exception use permit approval by the County Board for “Large Format Sales Establishments” that have either a gross floor area of 50,000 sf or more on any level or that propose to provide 200 or more parking spaces. County-wide, commercial uses classified as “large format sales establishments” within “C-1” zoning districts, and by reference, within “C-3″,”MU-VS”, “C-O-A”, “C-M”, “M-1” and “M-2” zoning districts, are subject to this provision. Staff Report.
Regulating Farmers Markets as Open-Air Markets – Adopted June 11, 2011. (ZOA-11-01) Historically, farmers’ markets were regulated as vegetable and fruit stands, but due to the extent and range of products currently sold at the County’s farmers’ markets, all are more appropriately classified as open-air markets, which incorporate regularly occurring outdoor markets selling goods to the public. This Zoning Ordinance amendment facilitates regulation of farmers markets as open-air markets, consistent with regulation of other outdoor markets selling goods to the public. The amendment permits open-air markets are subject to use permit approval, in all commercial, industrial, public, and special districts. Staff Report.
FBC New Local north-south street – Adopted April 16, 2011. (FBC-13). This amendment amended the Master Transportation Plan Map to add a new street segment between 11th Street South and 12th Street South. Additionally, the Columbia Pike Form Based Code Town Center Regulating Plan was amended to incorporate this new north/south street with a “Local” designation and associated Required Building Lines. The new street will facilitate improved site circulation to and from the redevelopment planned for this block, allow for an urban arrangement of townhouse buildings and open spaces, and will promote good urban design principles envisioned in the Form Based Code. Staff Report.
FBC 32′ Height Limit – Adopted April 16, 2011. (FBC-12). The FBC establishes Building Envelope Standards for all building sites within the Columbia Pike Special Revitalization District. The Building Envelope Standards set the basic parameters governing building construction, including height, depth, and placement of buildings, as well as other required elements, such as balconies, stoops and street walls. Within each Building Envelope Standard, height is generally limited to 32 feet where any part of the site is within 40 feet of a Building Envelope Standard lower in the hierarchy, or an existing single-family house. This amendment modified the 32-foot height limit to allow additional height in such areas between Form Based Code developments of different frontage types, and reduced the height where new development is within 40 feet of an existing single-family house, in order to ensure an appropriate transition up in height from single-family houses; to establish transitions between different FBC frontage types that balance urban design goals established in the FBC with the goal of providing increased light and air; and to avoid unintended design impacts resulting from modification of architectural elements. Staff Report.
Criminal Penalties – Adopted January 22, 2011. (ZOA-10-03) Amendment to Section 37.F, Violations and Penalties, Criminal Penalties, to make it unlawful for a firm, corporation, owner, agent or occupant to violate Section 37.G. of the Zoning Ordinance (any violations treated as criminal penalties), and it clarify that the party responsible for causing or, with knowledge, permitting the three specific types of criminal violations as set forth in Section 37.G. can be cited and held liable for that violation. Staff Report.