The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway corridor – one that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The ultimate goal is the development of a new Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Highway to guide future rezoning and development applications.
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LHA is working with the County to encourage and leverage broad citizen participation in the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) process, which began in January. The slogan is Local Ideas/Liveable Future.
The long-term goal is to achieve an economically vibrant and more livable corridor through visionary, forward thinking long range planning with eventual changes to the Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) and perhaps the Zoning Ordinance.
Phase One/Gathering Information – During Phase One of Plan Lee Highway, the County staff and the consulting team are gathering information and doing analysis, education, and refining the 2016 Vision. During January/February the County held two public Community Forum (CF) meetings. At both meetings, the conversation began with the nine planning elements that are part of the study. Participants actively engaged in discussing land use, housing, transportation, public/open spaces, urban design (building form, height and density), historic preservation & cultural resources, economic vitality, sustainability/resiliency, and public facilities/schools.
Staff and their consultants led by AECOM are compiling the results of those meetings. Many participants expressed support for the 2016 Visioning Study’s community goals of improved walkability and transportation, a sense of identity for neighborhoods including strengthened cultural resources, improved retail through current and future vibrant businesses, diverse housing opportunities (including affordable and missing middle), and improved streetscaping. On March 13, LHA’s volunteers walked and documented the Lee Corridor in order to contribute to AECOM’s Existing Conditions Report.
After the larger Community Forum meetings, small Focus Group interviews were held at LHA to better understand stakeholders’ concerns. In addition, a subcommittee of the CF called the Working Group (WG) met twice. The Working Group will continue to meet throughout the spring and summer to serve as a sounding board to staff about process and planning issues and to ensure strong stakeholder participation.
In addition, the County is holding an Open Studio at LHA every other Friday from 12-3:30 pm at LHA. Natasha Alfonso-Ahmed, the Plan Lee Highway Project Manager, will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.
Phase 2 – Developing Ideas and evaluating land use scenarios will begin in the fall.
Please stay tuned!
For more information, either Google Plan Lee Highway or go to Arlingtonva.us/plans-studies/land-use/Lee-Highway/updates. Hit FAQs for more information on schools, zoning, and other issues. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Natasha or Jessica Margarit, the Communications Manager for the County.
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