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Arlington County Board Takes Your Money; Now Your Property Rights?

On Saturday, May 7, the County Board will be voting on whether to adopt more stringent zoning "lot coverage" rules. This week's Arlington Sun-Gazette to be dated March 31 will have a front-page story that notes, "In six weeks, county government officials plan to debate and perhaps enact the most sweeping and controversial changes to residential zoning in Arlington since the 1950's. But, as yet, they have not asked the county's property assessor how the proposal would affect the value of thousands of single-family (homes) in the county." It appears the Board has no intention of doing so. The paper reported that the Board chairman "said there was no need to confer with the assessor" and quoted him as saying, "The impact will be minimal." Famous last words? Let's hope not!

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