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ArlingtonGreens leery of 'Missing Middle' proposal

Greens leery of ‘Missing Middle’ proposal

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Count the Arlington Green Party among those wanting more study before the county government moves ahead with implementation of “Missing Middle” upzoning proposals.

In a letter to the County Board following its June meeting, the political party voiced concerns “that the proposal is not well-thought-out, may have negative effects on the environment of our county and [is] not focused on affordable housing.”

“What is ‘missing’ in ‘Missing Middle’ is logic and economic facts. This proposal is not ready for community evaluation, and needs to go back to the drawing board,” the organization wrote.

The Missing Middle proposal calls for effectively eliminating single-family zoning in most residential areas of the county. Supporters say it will provide a wider array of home choices and lower costs; opponents say it’s a giveaway to developers, will overwhelm the county’s infrastructure and is unlikely to do much to address housing costs.

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Rather than focusing housing energies on those making the median household income of $150,000-plus in Arlington, the government should be providing assistance to those lowest on the lowest quarter of the economic spectrum in the county, Greens said in their letter to the County Board.

The letter came out of discussions held at the organization’s June meeting, the first it has held in person since the onset of the pandemic.

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