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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 13:36
Dear ODCA Members and Friends: I hope that everyone had a fun-filled Halloween and no one had too much candy. I would like to draw your attention to this coming Saturday's (November 5th) County Board meeting. There are two items on the agenda that may interest you. First is the Use Permit Review for a telecommunications facility (at Lee Pumping Station site); located at 2400 N. Wakefield St. (RPC# 05-005-072). The pumping station/water tower is located at the bottom of the hill behind N. 24th & Wakefield St. Sprint has had several cell units attached to the water tower for many years now but must request a renewal of their use permit from the county each year. The County Manger's recommendation is to renew the subject use permit, subject to all previously approved conditions, and with a County Board review in February 2018. If you have any strong feelings against this recommendation, then you should attend this Saturday's meeting and sign up to speak. The second item is a request to authorize advertisement of public hearings by the Planning Commission and the County Board to consider proposed amendments to the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance to provide authority for the County Board to modify height, setbacks and parking for elementary, middle and high schools in S-3A districts, subject to use permit approval. In plain English this means that the county wants the authority to allow a change in the height, setback and parking requirements for schools located on S-3A properties. Currently S-3A zoning limits the height of buildings and the number of parking spaces as well as the setback requirements. Due to the proposed construction/reconstruction at Wilson, Stratford and Thomas Jefferson, the Arlington Public Schools would like to modify these restrictions. There has been public input on this issue and the County Manager has recommended that the County Board adopt the resolution to authorize advertisement of public hearings by the Planning Commission on November 30, 2016, and the County Board on December 10, 2016, to provide authority for the County Board to modify height, setbacks and parking for elementary, middle and high schools in S-3A districts, subject to use permit approval. Although this does not directly impact Old Dominion it is interesting to note that the S-3A zoning is for public areas and includes the current salt dome site on Dominion Green. So this might be something to watch. So remember that these two items are on the agenda for this Saturday's County Board meeting, November 5th beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to speak on either of these two topics you should arrive by 8:00 a.m. and fill out a speaker's form to speak at 8:30 a.m. If you have read this far, kudos to you! Please note that our next ODCA meeting will be on Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The agenda for the meeting will be circulated in a few weeks. Thanks again for all that you have done for our organization and our neighborhood. Let's keep up the good work! Regards, Richard Lolich - President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703) 525-2623
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 13:38
Next ODCA Meeting: December 8 at 7:30 pm PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:11
Dear ODCA Members and Friends: Thanks to those of you who were able to attend last week's meeting. I think that we accomplished a lot, especially regarding the conceptual view of Dominion Green. Alisa Cowen did a superb job taking us through the process, including a great schematic drawing of what this park might look like. Many of you signed up to assist in this effort so you should probably be receiving a call or email soon to follow up. The same for those of you who signed up to help with the ODCA website upgrade effort as well as the speeding problem along Old Dominion Drive. Please mark you calendars for our next meeting: Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see many of you there. By then we should have more details regarding the temporary site for Fire Station 8 as well as preliminary ideas from the county about the salt dome. Regards, Richard Lolich - President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (703) 525-2623
Please Read: ODCA's Position on Dominion Green Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 17:02

Old Dominion Civic Association:

FAQs on Dominion Green (N. 26th Street & Old Dominion Drive)

Board Reverses Direction.  The recent direction of the county to go forward with plans to relocate Fire Station #8 to 26th & Old Dominion Drive contradict the Board's direction to the County Manager and the final Capital Improvement Plan approved last year after extensive public hearings on this issue. 

Radio Silence on County Planning.  County staff members have repeatedly told ODCA members that no planning was taking place while they moved forward on relocation plans with the fire chief.  Old Dominion Citizens Association (ODCA) took the County Board at their word that they would enact the Capital Improvement Plan's community engagement process in regard to the development of Dominion Green.  ODCA has not been contacted at all by county staff over the last nine months, but, in good faith, our community moved forward to consider options for the site in light of County needs, fully expecting to share our concerns and ideas in a collaborative framework.

Experts Do Not Support Site.  The draft Fire Response Study ordered by the County, conducted by fire siting experts, and completed in 2012 did not recommend Dominion Green at 26th and Old Dominion as a site.  The site was mentioned only in the Final Fire Response Study, which was presented to the County Board, and Dominion Green was included there as the recommended location with no additional analysis and the sole justification being that it was county-owned. In fact, the final study recommended other initial, less costly options to improve response times.

Further Review Needed by Fire Department.  The fire department has not thoroughly reviewed other options to improve/expand Fire Station #8 at its current location (which has community support). Faster emergency call routing as well as better traffic signal controls on Lee Highway and Glebe Road could be part of options reviews.

No Room for County Expansion.  ODCA already hosts several county-related services on or near the Dominion Green site - a water tower and reservoir tanks, a salt storage and truck loading facility, and a large leaf mulch pile/storage facility.  The neighborhood has no sustainable capacity for additional county industrial support facilities.

Green Space in Limited Supply.  ODCA has been on record with the Arlington County Board for 20 years with a request for a dedicated park area within our boundaries.  ODCA remains one of the few Arlington civic associations without a dedicated park facility.

Questionable Time to Move Forward.  In January of this year the County Board stood up a Community Facilities Study Committee to develop, among other things, a public facilities site selection process.  Given that the results of that committee are expected at the end of the summer, the process to determine a potential relocation of Fire Station #8 should be extended to take account of the outcomes of the study.


Demand for Transparency and Disclosure.  This issue deserves an open, honest and transparent review, including a robust community outreach program and county staff should be reined in from operating in an independent, dismissive manner.  No final Board decision should be taken for at least 180 days, so that the county can "get it right," with full and thorough insights into the community, fiscal, tax base, environmental, and public safety implications

7th Annual ODCA Neighborhood Day and Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by richard   
Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:46
Dear ODCA Members and Friends: It’s that time of year again for the 7th Annual ODCA Neighborhood Day and Market co-hosted with St. Mark’s United Methodist and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! Whether you’re doing some spring cleaning and purging, or want to learn more about your neighborhood and neighbors, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, May 14 from 9am-1pm. Parking spots to sell your treasures are $15. Proceeds from the sale of the parking spaces will benefit the local charity, A-Span. Set up begins at 7:45 am (when coffee and bagels will be provided). A local charity will arrive immediately after the event to pick up any unsold items you wish to donate. This family-friendly event will include music and cultural entertainment, a BBQ, a visit from the Arlington County Sherriff’s Department with a children’s fingerprinting booth and a K-9 demonstration. A representative from the Arlington County Police Department will be on hand with information on car seat and bike safety. We will also have a special visit from Fire Station #8! We are asking local businesses to donate raffle prizes to be awarded to attendees who bring a canned or boxed food item to donate to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Neighbors are invited to display in the marketplace their home-based small businesses such as stationery, jewelry, skin care products, soaps, etc. Please let us know if you’re interested in participating. Parking spaces for sale are limited, so reserve yours today! Please email Debran McClean at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-494-8202 to reserve your space then drop an envelope with cash or check made out to ODCA to 4808 26th St. N. Please reserve ASAP or no later than Monday, May 2. Regards, Richard Lolich - President
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:47

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