Missing Middle Victory

On March 22, the Arlington County Board unanimously passed one of the most progressive zoning reforms in the nation.  Currently, three-quarters of residential neighborhoods in Arlington are zoned only for the most expensive type of housing—detached single family homes. This historic decision by the Board will legalize “Missing Middle” homes across the county, such as duplexes, townhomes, quads, and sixplexes.

According to Board Chair Christian Dorsey, “By allowing natural increases in the housing supply, we will lower the barriers of entry into all neighborhoods and, in doing so, address the housing crisis and our history of exclusionary zoning head-on.”

VOICE was a major part of the effort to pass Missing Middle and do away with a 90-year exclusionary zoning law that was intended to segregate Black families in Arlington.  We thank our amazing coalition partners, the NAACP of Arlington, YIMBY’s of Northern Virginia, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, Alliance for Housing Solutions, and several others, for their tireless work over the past year.   

Read VOICE’s full press statement here and check out some the extensive news coverage of the vote: DCist,  The Washington Post,  Business InsiderBlue Virginia News, and The County’s Bulletin

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