Columbia Pike Form Based Code Amendments. Adopted November 15, 2014. FBC-18 and N-FBC-2. Amendments to Articles 11.1, 11.2, and Appendices A and B, to the Commercial Nodes and the Neighborhoods Form Based Codes to address technical corrections; provide parallel regulations with polices or regulations applied elsewhere in the County; provide consistency across both Form Based Codes; and make site-specific adjustments. Specific amendments modified bicycle parking ratios; added hotel parking ratios, including provisions for hotels with conference facilities; modified clear height dimensions (Commercial Nodes FBC); and made adjustments to the Western Subarea Regulating Plan (Neighborhoods FBC) to change the buildable area based on the limits of a Resource Protection Area identified through recent detailed surveys, and to expand the area eligible for bonus height. Staff report. Request to Advertise report.
Signs placed above 50 feet in Rosslyn Central Place. Adopted July 19, 2014. ZOA-14-03. This amendment to the sign regulations in §13 removed a provision, previously adopted in 2007, that prohibited signs above a height of 50 feet within the Central Place area in Rosslyn. Additionally, this amendment revised Map 13-1, which indicates where signs located above a height of 40 feet may face the Monumental Core or residential neighborhoods zoned R or RA, to modify the location of Line A in relation to the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, and to modify the location of Line A and B with respect to properties associated with recent rezonings. Concurrently, the County Board adopted site plan amendments to the Central Place and 1812 N. Moore St. site plan projects, which were approved in 2007, to remove condition language requiring a site plan amendment to consider signs above a height of 35 feet and prohibiting signs on buildings above a height of 50 feet. These Zoning Ordinance and site plan amendments allowed buildings within the Central Place area to be subject to the same sign regulations as other buildings in the County. Staff report. Request to Advertise report.
Administrative Practices and other updates. Adopted June 14, 2014. ZOA-14-02. The third part of a comprehensive update to the Zoning Ordinance that previously included updates to the sign regulations, and a reformat of the Zoning Ordinance, this series of amendments included codification of administrative practices and Zoning Administrator determinations related to lot coverage, placement of accessory buildings; measurement of height of buildings that include dormers; placement of mechanical and other equipment; encroachments allowed for porches, stoops, steps, stairs, eaves and bay and oriel windows. Additionally, this amendment included minor updates on a range of topics, including authorization for the Zoning Administrator to refund certain zoning fees upon withdrawal of applications; addition of religious institutions and home day care uses to certain zoning districts; updates to nonconforming use provisions for consistency with Virginia Code; and other updates for clarity, consistency and to reflect current practices. Staff report. Request to Advertise report.
Technical Updates. Adopted February 22, 2014. ZOA-14-01. A reformatted Zoning Ordinance was adopted by the County Board on May 18, 2013, and became effective on July 1, 2013. On October 19, 2013, the County Board adopted an amendment to correct some technical errors introduced through the reformat. This amendment was the second Zoning Ordinance amendment to correct an additional small set of errors introduced through the reformat and through other recent amendments. These corrections were technical in nature and did not implement any changes to policy or practice. Staff report.