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County Launches New ‘Building’ Website

by ARLnow.com | June 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | 2,044 views | 14 Comments

Arlington County has launched a new website for residents and businesses. The site, Building Arlington, is being billed as a “one-stop shop for your Zoning, Permitting, Plan Review, Inspections and Code Enforcement needs.”

Building Arlington is an effort to simplify what the county admits “can be a confusing process.” For those looking to build a house, an addition, a store, or a new commercial building, the site offers the following features:

  • “Simplified design and content in a centralized location to find all Zoning, Inspection Services and Code Enforcement information.”
  • “Information uniquely relevant to our customers; whether you are a resident, business owner, contractor, developer or design professional.”
  • “Accessible on mobile devices from anywhere. Browse permit requirements, schedule inspections and zoning regulations via your smartphone, tablet or other devices.”
  • “Popular project content that explains the process and requirements to start and complete common building projects.”
  • “Resource library & keyword search so you can quickly access forms, applications, checklists and links to topically related resources.”
  • “Question & answer section for ‘commonly asked questions’ about development services.”
  • “Email sign-up for latest news on changes to zoning, codes and regulations.”
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  • JamesE

    It has a convenient slider that lets you adjust affordable housing donations and the size/location of your building changes in real time.

  • JimPB

    Kudos to ARLCo government — “Building Arlington” seens like a welcome response to a real need.

    Is there provision for evaluating the extent to which “Building Arlington” delivers and for continual improvement?

  • veeta

    Does anyone know if developers are required to repair roads following construction? Due to house remodels as well as the construction of skyscrapers, our roads are abysmal.

  • Elmer

    So what can I buy at the new “one stop shop” for my “contribution” to the county board of say, $8,900,000.00?

    • drax

      Nothing, unless you negotiate it with the board and it is discussed and debated in a public hearing and voted on by elected officials.

      And the contribution isn’t to the board, it’s to the treasury – in other words, to the taxpayers.

      • speonjosh

        I’d just ignore him from now on — no indication of any willingness to see things differently.

        • DCBuff

          If by “differently” you mean for him to see things your way.

      • Elmer

        Then its not “One Stop Shop”; its more like “Lets Make A Deal”.

  • Swag

    Nice site.

  • GreaterClarendon

    The zoning process is a bit of a joke from my experiences. Whereas in zone R-5 VA Square, I was denied the ability to place a storage shed on my property since it was too close to the house / fence (not viewable from the street). A neighbor on the next street over just built a McMansion (I like it ) that covers way more than 56% of the lot, when you include the 3 car garage and living quarters above the garage on a relatively tiny lot. No complaints about the new house, just complaint about the hypocrisy of enforcing some zone rules, and not others.

    • Elmer

      You should have ponied up a “contribution.”
      It works for some developers.

    • DCBuff

      Your shed does not contribute enough to the property values, and therefore not enough to the escalating pyramid scheme that is the Arlington Co. budget.

  • DERPHERP

    Ah, another means to funnel my money to Arlington County! Great! DERPHERP

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