"Men and women are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they
discuss it freely." -Southrey's Colloquies on Society
Will historical designation impose any restrictions on Fairlington's use of its
Unequivocally no. Other than the limitations already authorized through the Condominium
bylaws and enforced through the Board authority, homeowners will not be subject to any
further restrictions on the use of their property because of Fairlington's listing on the
Virginia Landmark Register and the National Register. Specifically, state and federal
standards governing historical designation "do not restrict an owner's use of his or
her property in any way nor does it prohibit any owner from altering or demolishing any
buildings, nor does it restrict subdivision or sale." State and Federal Historical
Designation is purely an honorary act that simply recognizes the importance of our state
and national historic resources.
Is there any type of historical designation that places restrictions on the
homeowner's use of his or her property?
Yes, Arlington County has a program where County neighborhoods can apply for historic
designation. A program requirement is the development and adherence to certain
architectural and related property guidelines that both the community and County mutually
agree are necessary to preserve the historical integrity of the neighborhood. The public
controversies involving citizen opposition to historical designation that most of us read
about involve local neighborhood designation programs. Important to homeowners
understanding of this issue is the fact that Fairlington is NOT applying for
Neighborhood Historic District under the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance and, therefore,
is not subject to any County imposed historical designation standards.
Will historic designation increase the value of my property?
The prestige derived from historical designation probably does more to increase property
values than to diminish them. In a poll of real estate agents doing business in
Fairlington, agents have said that Fairlington's designation as an historic property would
be a major selling point.
Will State officials give Fairlington homeowners the opportunity to make their views
known before designation is made?
Yes, homeowners will be able to express their views in writing during the State of
Virginia's public comment period. During this 30-day period all homeowners will be
notified and given the opportunity to submit their comments to the State designated
office. A majority of Fairlington's homeowners must favor Fairlington's designation in
order for it to be listed on the Virginia Landmark and National Registers. The Fairlington
Historical Designation Committee welcomes one-on-one exchanges with homeowners and will be
glad to provide historical designation information to any homeowner upon request.