Ashton Heights Civic Association Meeting Minutes for 03/17/2021 via Zoom

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Scott Sklar, AHCA President, brought the meeting to order at 7:31 pm. asking for reports from our committees.

Jack Spilsbury of our Development Committee mentioned that he and Dave Phillips attended the latest LRPC Clarendon Sector Plan Update Meeting, where they shared concerns compiled by our civic association.  Obviously what they talked about did not square with what the developers were proposing, but it still was a good meeting.  They will attend the next meeting scheduled for April 14.  They referenced the AHCA consensus letter released to Arlington County Board and staff a week earlier.

They also attended a Lyon Village monthly meeting with the County Planner Brett Wallace presenting the Clarendon Sector Plan Update.  Lyon Village Residents had similar concerns we did primarily along the Washington Blvd side to all this redevelopment.

They are continuing to reach out to other neighborhood civic associations about this.

Gregory Morse and Caroline Rogus of our Schools Committee were not on-line.

Brent Burris our Neighborhood Conservation Rep was not on-line.

Patrick Lueb of our Transportation Committee was not on-line.

Scott mentioned that break-ins into cars are on the rise.  Please lock your car.  There is alot of road work happening on Pershing Drive and Washington Blvd.  Any concerns contact Patrick Lueb at jiffy64@me.com.  He mentioned that there has been concerns that the reconstruction of Clay Park is taking too long, can someone look into this?  Scott also thanked Martha Casey for posting the latest information about COVID vaccines in Arlington.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment, please contact her at mlcasey@oacpc.com .

Brooke Alexander of our Tree Canopy Committee reported that trees will be planted at Maury and Gumball Parks this Spring.  Our latest batch of tree canopy funded trees are coming in two weeks

Christina Schultz of our Safety and Security Committee introduced Officer Harley Guenther from the Arlington County Police.  She presented some options to find crime information and stats for Arlington County.  She is suggestion going to the Arlington County Police Website at police.ArlingtonVA.us.  Once you log in, there are links to the right side of the screen for Police Newsroom, Daily Crime Report and an on-line crime map, where you can see the latest criminal activity in the county.

The Missing Middle Housing Initiative – Three Presentations:

1) Presentation by Hon. Libby Garvey about the Arlington County Missing Middle Study

2) Presentation by Peter Rousselot with Arlingtonians for a Sustainable Future

3)  Third Presentation by Alice Hogan with the Alliance for Housing Solutions

Here’s the link to all three presentations:  pastedGraphic.png https://goldsteinhall-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/p/mhal EpOdFgyg7W9JhlQXeLXQkWEBg4A4Pusjz3xdKPbzeOjQ0g?e=pvURyA

And some other items mentioned:

Link to Merion Pike West Development Analysis re up zoning impacts mentioned by Libby Garvey. https://3d81d522-ce99-431c-a359-61f1ce06c557.filesusr.com/ugd/a48bae_527aa129a4ec4f19b98a743bb9ae987c.pdf

Website for Arlingtonians for our Sustainable Future https://www.asf-virginia.org/

Peter’s take: Arlington’s Missing Middle Housing is High End Housing

Alliance for Housing Solutions Webpage:  

https://www.allianceforhousingsolutions.org

Missing Middle for a Better Arlington:

https://www.allianceforhousingsolutions.org/blog/missing-middle-housing-for-a-better-arlington

The GMU study – The economic and fiscal impact of locating Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington VA:  https://sfullerinstitute.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SFI_-Economic_-Fiscal_Impacts_of_Amazon-HQ2_110818.pdf

The final presentation for the meeting is part of a multi-series of AHCA meeting presentations on ACHA History by Jim Terpstra, AHCA’s Historian, as a precursor to our 100th anniversary celebration.

Ashton Heights Origin and History Book by Peter Dickson in 2007 is being updated to include more recent developments.  Hopefully will be printed and available in the Fall.

Ashton Heights Style Guide – three volunteers have identified newer housing styles in our neighborhood will be identifying what they are and will be updating the housing style guide.  They hope to do a walking tour of these homes in the Fall.

Jim also plans on adding for historical information not our website soon.

The meeting adjourned around 8:39 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Jodie Flakowicz, March 20, 2021. 

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