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Arlington County Names New Zoning Administrator

by ARLnow.com March 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm 2,751 7 Comments

Arlington County has named its new top zoning enforcer, and it’s none other than the woman who has served in the position on a temporary basis since August 2011.

Norma Cozart has been acting Zoning Administrator for the county since shortly after Melinda Artman stepped down from the post last summer. Today Cozart, who has been with the county for 23 years, was named the permanent new Zoning Administrator.

“Norma has done an excellent job providing leadership to the Zoning Office in the interim,” Director of Community Planning, Housing and Development Robert Brosnan said in a statement. “I have all the confidence in the world that she will make an excellent Zoning Administrator.”

Cozart has helped the county formulate policies on a number of hot-button zoning topics, according to an Arlington County press release:

She participated in the formulation of County policies on complex issues such as infill/pipestem lots, signs and sidewalk cafes. She also advised on zoning issues for the development of the Mary Marshall Assisted Living Facility, Artisphere, Marriott Hotels at Courthouse and Potomac Yard, the Jordon (Peck Site), and others.

As Zoning Administrator, Cozart will be responsible for interpreting the regulations within the county’s zoning ordinance, including “[which] buildings may be constructed on lots, the placements and height of structures, the land uses and density of development permitted the number of parking spaces required, the size and placement of sign, and other land use regulations.” She’ll be responsible for leading a team of 23 zoning staff members, who work with residents and businesses on zoning regulation issues.

  • dallynd

    Welcome news. I hope she can help bring zoning up to date!

    • Zoning Victim

      Unbeknownst to the former zoning administrator, who seemed to think she could make up zoning ordinances and procedural rules at will, only the Arlington County Board can update the local zoning ordinances.

      I only hope the new zoning administrator will break the current culture of the zoning office, which is one of denying permits at all costs and purposely leading permit seekers astray of the procedural rules so as to push as many people as they can through the expensive process of requesting a variance or special use exception.

  • Mitt Romney too

    Does she live in Arlington? The county press releases often put that info in when they have a personal change that requires a press release…..

    • The press release did not specify, but a Norma J. Cozart, 64, is listed as an Arlington resident, according to public records.

      • Mitt Romney too

        Thanks for the research. This makes me more comfortable with her appointment.

  • Archerrules

    She is very good. A welcome appointment. I have worked with her and appreciate her common sense. I do think she lives in Arlington.

  • Clarendon

    This makes three (that I know of) high ranking positions that were first filled by an outsider and shortly thereafter, replaced by an insider. Manager, Director of Planning and now Zoning Admin.

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