An accessory dwelling (AD) is a second dwelling with kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance on a single family lot. In Arlington, ADs are only permitted inside single-family detached houses, e.g. in a basement, on the second floor, or in an addition to the home. The accessory dwelling provisions become effective on January 1, 2009. More information on ordinance provisions.
Adjustments to the existing accessory dwelling unit ordinance was one of the County Board directives to undertake in order to advance the goals of the Affordable Housing Master Plan. Accessory dwellings was identified as an existing tool in the Plan to help meet the stated goal of having an adequate supply of housing to meet community needs as well as provide support so that older adults can age in place. The Plan recommended review of the ordinance to encourage greater use.
Several issues have been identified that limit ordinance usage, since 2009, only 20 accessory dwelling units have been approved. A Working Group has been set up to assist staff in determining what changes need to be made to the accessory dwelling ordinance in order to encourage greater usage while preserving Arlington’s single-family neighborhoods. The Working Group is made up of members of the Housing Commission, two members from the Commission on Aging, a member from the Civic Federation and a member from the Alliance for Housing Solutions.
For more information or to add your name to an email list serve for upcoming events, email Joel Franklin.
Working Group Meeting Schedule
|Date and Agenda||Location||Meeting Materials|
Role of the Working Group
Civic Engagement and Schedule
Overview of Current Ordinance
|Feb. 28||Cherry & Dogwood|
|March 28||Cherry & Dogwood|