Ashton Heights Civic Association 02/21/2018
Meeting Minutes

Scott Sklar, AHCA President, called the meeting to order at approximately 7:40 PM.

A few issues:
The Beer Garden at Ivy St. and 10th Street has been resurrected –
There have been signs posted about the possible establishment of a beer garden at the Ivy St. and 10th Street empty lot again, for this Summer. Scott reiterated the four things we had proposed to the owners last Spring when the idea of a beer garden at this location first came up. They are:
a vegetation wall to help absorb the noise from the beer garden activities.
no outdoor speakers
have any lighting aimed towards the ground
establish additional parking for patrons
The Darnia Restaurant permit is up for consideration – water system and code issues have been brought to light which are now being worked on. Scott reminded us that in the past there are about three noise complaints annually, which are usually responded to very quickly. In the permit review in the past, AHCA has suggested that they install more insulation for sound blockage and to have a noise complaint Point of Contact (POC) on-site and also a noise complaint log-in on their website.

Cole Deines of our Development/Zoning Committee attended the county long range planning committee meeting, about the proposed development plan for the Staples lot in early February.  He noted that there were also representatives from the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association, who are also concerned about the changes being proposed in this development plan that go over the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) height and density limits.  The GLUP was developed several years ago with community input and AHCA has argued to the county that it should be adhered to.  The developer is interested in changing the GLUP to better accommodate their needs.  The county planning committee took a “voice vote” to consider changing the GLUP, which resulted in a majority “no” result. As part of the Special GLUP Study that was requested by the developer, the proposed changes must still go through the Transportation and Planning Committees. The Long Range Planning Committee still needs to publish their official recommendation, but for now it appears it will be a “no” to the proposed changes.

Patrick Lueb of our Transportation Committee – got resounding applause about the establishment of the four-way stop sign at Pershing St. and Irving St. Traffic has not backed up on Pershing St., as expected and we heard that kids biking to school have been using this intersection along Pershing more frequently because it is safer.

There has been a suggestion to put a three-way stop sign at the intersection of 6th Road North and Oxford Road North, because of numerous potential car wrecks. Patrick is looking into this now.

Jim Feister, our Neighborhood Conservation Representative, who has served our community for a number of years, is looking for a replacement. To serve in this role one will have to attend a monthly meeting for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, where one gets good information about the community where there are about 45 of our Arlington County neighborhoods represented. Anyone interested, please contact Jim.

Jim O’Brien of our Membership Committee stated that the status of our membership is good.

Brooke Alexander of our Tree Canopy and Native Plant Subcommittee brought flyers about the Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale being held on May 5, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Joel Franklin from the Arlington County Housing Authority gave a presentation about the revisions to the Accessory Dwelling Regulations effective 11/27/2017. Here is a link to these revisions:

Accessory Dwelling Regulations Update

Jeff Liteman of Arlington Neighborhood College gave a presentation about this program. This is a free civic education program for Arlington residents, who are over 21 years of age. It runs for 8 successive Thursday evenings from April 12 thru May 31, 2018. Prior to each session dinner will be served and day care, if needed, will be provided. There are two tracks:
Civic education – how the county government works
Skills building and practice – develop listening, building consensus and communication skills
Applications are being accepted now through March 18, 2018.

If you need further info, here is a link:

Neighborhood College 2018

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:45 pm, and AHCA members mingled, finished up the food and put away chairs.

Respectfully submitted by, Jodie Flakowicz, February 27, 2018.