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Help shape housing policy in single-family neighborhoods before the point of no return.

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​ASF advocates for  better development policies to ensure Arlington's long-term, budget, equity and environmental sustainability

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Stay tuned in August as ASF shares candidate questionnaires for the November 8 election.  Early voting starts September 23. 

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Missing Middle Housing - THE ARLINGTON WAY HAS GONE ASTRAY

County Board Will Approve Multi-Plex Zoning Countywide by December 2022!

"SHUT OUT"

Residents Shunted to Waitlists Three Days After County Board Schedules  "Robust Engagement" Town Halls on Missing Middle Housing

TELL THE BOARD NOW TO:

  • SCHEDULE MORE ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Closer to Rezoned Areas

  • At Reasonable Times

  • In Large-Group Formats

Join ASF's GoFundMe effort to fight new zoning for Missing Middle 8-plexes on all single family lots.  ASF is pressing for fact-based analysis of Missing Middle's budget, demographic, and environmental impacts.  Pending that, ASF continues to insist that the County Board must vote no in November, when the vote to advertise new zoning will occur.  GoFundMe contributions help us mobilize public opinion to prep for County Board meetings in September, October, November and December!

Donate then write to countyboard@arlingtonva.us, to ask them to:

  • Fully reveal population growth, fiscal, environmental and displacement impacts of the proposed 8-plex plan compared to current zoning;

  • Consider measures that are not irreversible nor as inflexible as zoning tools;

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Similar up-zoning near Seattle (in Ballard) produced rapid infill for tech employees, see photo above.  The county claims its MM "vision" will not negatively affect infrastructure, diversity, or green space; ASF disagrees.  ASF believes Arlington will see Ballard-like infill.  In Arlington, we expect:

  • loss of existing affordable, older housing stock;

  • subsidization of 2-person households earning 105-120% of area median income (welfare for the wealthy);

  • displacement of families and individuals who earn below $108,000/year (i.e. lowest rental cost for new MM units), meaning a loss of racial and ethnic diversity;

  • 49% loss of canopy for MM projects construction vs. single-family home projects;

  • Major impacts on traffic, parking in neighborhoods, abandonment of transit-oriented development;

  • A net loss of family-sized housing units vs. existing zoning for single family units;

  • A shift from majority ownership to majority rental units in these areas.

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Plan Langston Boulevard:  The county has unveiled two projected scenarios, under the rubric of "Plan Langston Boulevard," for new land use and zoning along Langston Blvd west of Rosslyn to Arlington-East Falls Church.  ASF believes both scenarios fail to account for major adverse fiscal, environmental impacts; do not address new infrastructure, particularly schools, roads, parks; and will severely erode market-rate affordable housing/diversity.

The Upshot and How to Weigh In.  ASF believes MM and Plan Langston Boulevard up-zoning (and up-GLUPping) are irreversible densifications and a break from the county's 40-year agreement with residents to limit high-density development to Metro corridorsWe hope you will share your views with the board (countyboard@arlingtonva.us)

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Plan Langston Blvd

Two scenarios envision drastically increased density from Rosslyn to East Falls Church