The Arlington County Board voted this morning to enact an emergency snow removal ordinance. The measure is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 60 days.
The ordinance requires businesses to clear sidewalks in commercial districts after a snowfall of more than two inches. This is the first time that Arlington has enacted such a requirement. It does not apply to residential areas or to persons over the age of 65.
The ordinance, sponsored by board vice chairman Chris Zimmerman, assesses a fine of up to $100 for non-compliance. It passed by a vote of 3 to 2.
Dissenting board members questioned the need to enact a temporary ordinance just before the start of spring, when significant snowfall is unlikely. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce also opposed the emergency measure.
The board will discuss a permanent ordinance in April.