The following was among actions taken at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 358-3130.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- The County Board scheduled a public hearing November 17 on a proposal to require developers to replace the low- to moderate-income housing units they destroy in rapidly developing areas of the county, such as the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.
The proposal by County Manager Anton S. Gardner calls for establishing an overlay district in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor where garden apartments and other affordable housing have traditionally been available, but which are rapidly being replaced by more expensive, higher-density development.
In the proposed overlay district, developers would be required to replace each affordable housing unit they destroyed with another affordable unit, either at the same site or elsewhere in the county.
The proposal came after pleas by a group of residents to save Pollard Gardens, one of the few remaining affordable housing complexes in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor from being replaced with higher-density, more expensive housing.
The residents of Pollard Gardens, which is on Pollard Street near the Virginia Square Metro station, had requested the County Board to change the county land-use plan, a long-range planning guide, to prohibit developers from replacing the garden apartments with higher-density housing. The owner of Pollard Gardens, Premier Realty Co., and a developer, Tishman Speyer, have expressed interest in redeveloping the property.
However, County Manager Anton S. Gardner opposed the residents' request because it would break with the county's longstanding policy of concentrating high-density development at sites such as Pollard Gardens that are within walking distance of Metro stations. His counter-proposal, to establish the overlay districts, would address the affordable housing problem in these areas without changing overall land use policies.
Pollard Gardens residents said at the meeting that Gardner's proposal may have come too late to save Pollard Gardens and requested the board to take separate and immediate action specific to their case. However, the board delayed consideration of the Pollard Gardens proposal until it has a chance to consider Gardner's proposal.
City of Falls Church The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5004.
RECYCLING ESTABLISHED -- The City Council, responding to a new state recycling mandate, unanimously adopted a voluntary curb-side collection program that will be financed, at least for the rest of the current fiscal year, at no charge to residents.
The weekly service will start later this fall.
Under a new state requirement, each local jurisdiction must recycle at least 10 percent of the trash it generates by 1991, and at least 25 percent of its trash by 1995. The state will charge jurisdictions that do not comply with the new recycling law with fines of up to $25,000 per day.
Under the city's recycling program, each single-family household will be urged to separate recyclable newspapers, glass containers, aluminum cans and plastic materials, such as milk jugs, in an 18-gallon plastic bin that collectors will empty each Wednesday. Bins will be provided to the city's 2,880 single family households.
Apartment buildings and businesses that do not currently participate in the city's biweekly trash collection program will not be served by the curb-side recycling program. The city is developing separate plans for apartment buildings and businesses to meet the state-mandated goal.
At the urging of many residents, who are accustomed to having regular trash picked up twice a week at no charge, the City Council voted unanimously not to charge monthly fees for the new recycling program. Instead, the program will be financed like the regular trash collection with revenue from taxes, such as real estate and business taxes. The program is expected to cost the city about $64,000 this fiscal year, and $74,640 in fiscal 1992.
SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTMENTS -- The City Council unanimously reappointed School Board members Jane Scully and Philip Walsh to three-year terms on the seven-member panel starting Oct. 1.
Scully has served two years on the board, which hires and fires school employees and sets schoolwide policies. She has served as the board's liaison to the General Assembly and to advisory committees for day care, communications and nutrition. Scully has a son at George Mason Junior-Senior High School.
Walsh will be starting his second term on the board, where he is the board liaison to an advisory committee for renovating Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and to a committee that advises the City Council on transportation matters. He has two daughters at George Mason.
City resident Nancy Perry also had sought a board seat.
The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 17 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.
BUDGET CARRYOVER -- The board, in a 6 to 2 vote, decided to spend $7.6 million in unspent funds from the last fiscal year on previously authorized projects instead of supporting Chairman Audrey Moore's proposal to reserve the money to help reduce a projected $59.6 million budget deficit.
Moore wanted to delay appropriating the money until at least the mid-year budget review in December, with the option of adding the money to an existing $4.7 million surplus that the board plans to use to reduce the expected deficit. "I just don't think the world's going to end if we wait a few months to see where the economy is," Moore said.
Only board member Gerald Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) backed Moore's proposal. The other members voted to spend the allocated funds for projects that include an automated mapping system, new breathing devices for county firefighters and restoration of deteriorating land deed books.
"PARKOUT" DUMP SITES -- The board, responding to a barrage of letters from angry residents, voted 6 to 2 to continue or reinstate six of the county's 12 "parkouts," sites where residents who do not have curbside trash pick-up may dump trash free of charge on Saturdays to be hauled away to the landfill. The reinstated service will begin later this fall.
Earlier this year, the board -- in a budget move -- closed all of the "parkouts" except those at Great Falls and McLean, then temporarily reinstated the sites at Burke, Clifton and Oakton following residents' protests. According to county staff, more than 8,000 residents a week used the sites last year, including many senior citizens who cannot afford curbside collection at about $250 a year or who do not live near a county landfill.
The board voted to continue the five "parkouts" now open and to reinstate the site at Centreville, effective until the end of this fiscal year on June 30.
Board members Gerald Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) and Sharon Bulova (D-Annandale) voted against reinstating the "parkouts."
POT-BELLIED PIGS -- The board, after hearing lively testimony from a pig owner and his squealing pet, agreed in a 7-to-1 vote to hold a public hearing Oct. 15 on allowing pot-bellied pigs as household pets.
The county's current animal control regulations define pot-bellied pigs as swine, and as such prohibit keeping them within 100 yards of a residence. However, pig breeders and pig lovers have urged the county to redefine the domesticated pigs as "commonly accepted pets" and to allow them as pets with a special permit.
To assure board members that the pigs can be as lovable and trainable as dogs or cats, Mark Bell, a Loudoun County breeder, brought his two-foot-high pig Petunia to the board meeting on a leash.
Board member Martha Pennino (D-Centreville) voted against holding the hearing, arguing that allowing pot-bellied pigs as household pets may set a bad precedent for allowing other exotic or farm animals as pets.
LORTON LANDFILL -- The board shrank the size of a proposed expansion of the Lorton landfill by about half, to 147 acres instead of 300, and ordered staff to complete an environmental impact study of the landfill expansion.
The landfill, where Fairfax and several other area jurisdictions dump garbage, is expected to run out of space by 1994. Expanding the site by 147 acres would add about five years to the life of the landfill; if it were expanded by 300 acres, it would not reach capacity for an additional 15 years.
The environmental study is expected to take at least 18 months, delaying the proposed expansion so that it may not be completed by 1994, according to county staff.
A staff study earlier this year determined that the environmental consequences of expanding the landfill did not warrant abandoning the project. However, after many Lorton residents appealed to public officials, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) and Rep. Stan Parris (R-Va.) amended a congressional appropriations bill earlier this month to require a more thorough environmental study.
But the board decided to order such a study regardless of any federal requirements that may come. The board voted to share the cost of the study, about $1 to $1.5 million, with other local jurisdictions that use the landfill.