On February 23 of 2013, a grassroots strategic partnership for re-visioning Lee Highway began moving forward with Presidents of 12 Lee Highway civic associations, including Waverly Hills, Donaldson Run, Cherrydale, Glebewood, Leeway Overlee, Maywood, Old Dominion, Yorktown, Langston, Lyon Village, North Highlands, and East Falls Church. Recently, three more CAs – Tara Leeway, Waycroft Woodlawn, and Rock Springs – have indicated an interest, for a total of 15 CAs. The group – originally known as the Lee Highway Presidents’ Breakfasts (LHPB) and now the broader Lee Highway Alliance - is being assisted by Arlington County’s Planning Department and other County staff.
Civic association presidents and other CA representatives - as well as business and land owners along Lee Highway - met monthly at a series of breakfasts and walking tours. The purpose of the first phase was educational. Relevant topics - including land use planning and zoning, smart growth, urban design, housing, historic preservation, transportation, parking, signage, demographic trends, transferable development rights, and new economic opportunities – were presented and discussed with local experts. Educational forums were held until the summer of 2015, with the final forum on Retail development, sponsored by JBG.
LHA has had on-going conversations with the County's Board Members, Planning Commission, other advisory commissions, the Civic Federation, and private sector organizations. Meetings are public and are open to all.
The Lee Highway Alliance also sponsored a re-visioning phase. Five community meetings were held. The first was held October 22, 2014, 7:30 pm, at Taylor Elementary Schooll. At this meeting, 80 participants of Waverly Hills, Donaldson Run, Old Dominion, and Waycroft-Woodlawn discussed their vision for improved placemaking, including safestreets for pedestrians and bicyclists, improved streetscapes and transit, preservation of residential neighborhoods, cultural resources, open space, and other issues. Four other community meetings were held with communities along Lee Highway, and hundreds of people participated in this preliminary re-visioning exercise.
One year later - November 6-9, 2015 - the actual charrette is being held. Please see flyer adjacent for all of the details. The anticipated result will be a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway corridor – one that benefits neighborhoods and the business community.
It is anticipated that the new vision will be sent – in 2016 - to the Arlington County Manager’s office with a request that the County Board appoint and fund a Task Force. The ultimate goal is the development of a new Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Highway to guide future rezoningsand development applications.
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Sandra Chesrown, AICP
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