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Arl Co Abandons ALL Use Permits for Group Homes without Public Comment
  • ry5058 June 12, 2013 - 1:43 pm #76421 Reply

    group homeuse permitArlington Community Residence807 N Jackson St

    R Rinni June 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm #76428 Reply

    Is ALL an acronym?

    ry5058 June 12, 2013 - 2:22 pm #76444 Reply

     While our neighborhood has always supported group homes (and there are several nearby), the group home at 807 N Jackson St has been a nuisance.  The property, zoned R-6, residential,  and a county-issued use permit was signed by the group home corporation, Arlington Community Residences, Inc. (ACRI), in 1986.  The permit restricts the use of the property as a home for 8 mentally-challenged adult women (over 40 years of age) and one live-in staffer, 2 cars in the 2 car lot and 2 parked on the street.  With these restrictions, the operation received the blessing of the Ashton Heights neighborhood.   ACRI is contracted by counties to run this and many other houses in Arlington, Fairfax, PW, and Loudoun counties.

     In February 2013, the Ashton Heights Civic Association discussed our concerns with the county. In March, the county filed 2 violation notices against the company. To date, ACRI has done nothing to remedy the documented violations. In addition, the county seems unwilling to admit that the property is used for anything other than the 8-patient activity even with ample evidence and pictures provided.

     After the violation notices were delivered to ACRI, the zoning office decided to abandon the use permit due to a 1990 change in the zoning laws made by the State of VA which denied the application of use permits to such residences with 8 patients or less.  This puts these group homes on the same footing as single family homes.

    So, while our taxes support the group home in question, we have little say about its operation within our neighborhood.  Just one example of what this means to our neighborhood is the impact of on-street parking by a facility allowed to buy 100 temporary parking permits per year (each good for 3 days) for each staff member.

    Anonymous June 12, 2013 - 2:55 pm #76456 Reply

    What are these “documented violations?”

    Also, how many temporary parking passes can other neighbors get per year?

    By the way, they are not “patients.” The house isn’t a hospital, it’s their home. They are residents of the home.

    Dezlboy June 12, 2013 - 2:55 pm #76457 Reply

    @ry5058: I’m not sure I understand the subject. Did ArlCo just say that group homes no longer need permits? And thus, it’s now the group home your community wants to shut down has a free pass?

    Anonymous June 12, 2013 - 3:31 pm #76471 Reply

    (They don’t want to shut it down. They can’t anyway.)

    Swag June 12, 2013 - 3:41 pm #76474 Reply

    I’m not saying you’re a NIMBY, but you’re a NIMBY.

    John Fontain June 12, 2013 - 5:19 pm #76489 Reply

    ry5058 said: “the Ashton Heights Civic Association discussed our concerns with the county.”

    Since you are speaking on behalf of the AHCA, please identify yourself.  What is your name?

    ry5058 June 20, 2013 - 9:28 pm #77338 Reply

    The AHCA represented the concerns of the neighbors to the county.  The neighborhood supports group homes; no one has any thoughts of shutting the house down.  However, the return of its predominent use as a residence/home instead of an administration building is essential.  The purpose of this notice is to alert neighbors of other group homes that all restrictions (such as limitations on the number of parked cars and/or staff members) which existed in the respective use permits are now null and void, according to Arlington county zoning staff.

    Dezlboy June 20, 2013 - 10:39 pm #77339 Reply

    If I understand this correctly, the state of VA changed the rules in 1990, and recently ArlCo determined that the county had to follow the state rules?  If so, can the county write code such that the essence of the previous rules are back in place?  And, do you know if the county is “concerned” and looking at options?

    Suburban Not Urban June 20, 2013 - 11:59 pm #77340 Reply

    If it’s adminstrative – it isn’t being used as a residence – which would mean that they would have to treat it like a business – which the county could have control of;  correct?

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