Regular Monthly Dinner Meeting


January 11, 2012





Raising Chickens in Arlington Backyards:

Should Zoning Requirements be Changed?



Arlington County may soon be considering changing the existing restrictions on raising and keeping backyard chickens.  Arlington's Zoning Ordinance currently states that you can raise poultry on residential property inside the County provided that they not be allowed to roam free and that their enclosure must be a minimum of 100 feet from any street or lot line.  This means that you would need a lot more than 200 feet wide and 200 feet deep to keep poultry on your property.  Most residential properties in Arlington would not be able to meet this requirement.


The Arlington Egg Project ( is an organization leading the effort to seek modification of the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance so residents can keep a limited number of backyard hens, and to help ensure secure, proper, and humane enclosures for hens.  But is this a good idea for Arlington County?  What are the experiences with other localities with similar regulations?  What are the downsides?


We’ll address these and other related questions at the January Committee of 100 meeting.


Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development in Albemarle County, will tell us about ordinances in jurisdictions that allow chickens in residential areas.

Ed Fendley, a founder of the Arlington Egg Project, will present the position and goals of the Project.


Darryl P. Hobbs, a resident of Arlington, will tell about his experiences living next door to a residence with backyard chickens.


Wednesday, January  11, 2012

   Meet-and-greet social hour 7:00 p.m.

   Dinner 7:25 p.m.

   Program: 8:00 p.m.

   Adjourn: 9:30 p.m.


Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Click here for a map. The meeting will be held in the dining room of Gerard Phelan Hall.


Reservations may by made by email or telephone. To make a reservation for this month's meeting, email your name, the name(s) of your guest(s), and the total number of reservations to or call 703-921-1124. Reservations (and cancellations) must be made by 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8.

“Program-only” seating will be available to accommodate members and guests who arrive after dinner. No reservation is necessary to attend only the program.

During the 2011-2012 program year, the price of dinner is $26 for members and $28 for nonmembers or guests. Dinner cards will be available for purchase; a 10-punch dinner card costs $235, and a 6-punch card costs $145, each a substantial discount from the single dinner cost for members. Please bring your check, made out to Arlington Committee of 100 for the proper amount, to the meeting to facilitate check-in. (Cards with unused punches from previous years have expired.)  Click here for more information.

Late Cancellations

On the morning after the cancellation deadline, the Committee of 100 guarantees our dinner reservations to Marymount. If you are unable to honor your reservation, send your $26/$28 check, payable to Committee of 100, to Treasurer, Arlington Committee of 100, P.O. Box 5534, Arlington, VA 22205.


Marymount University can now accommodate parking on-site for Committee of 100 meetings.  Look for a parking space in the garage structure attached to the dining hall. Handicapped spaces are on the same level as the dining hall. You may also park in the surface lot off North Glebe Road, and follow the path to the stairway that leads to the entrance of the dining hall.

Parking permits are needed to park in the Marymount garage and lots!  If you do not have a permit, you MUST get one when you check in. Display the permit in the window of your car during the meeting!

Directions to the Marymount campus are at

For information about handicapped parking, call 703-921-1124 and leave a message.

Marymount Shuttle Bus - NEW

The Marymount Shuttle no longer operates after 7:00 PM.

Ride Sharing

Some of our members are no longer able to drive to our meetings but would still like to attend. If you are willing to drive someone to our meetings, let us know and we will pair you up with someone who lives near you.

If you need a ride or can offer one, email Ingrid Kauffman at or call 703-593-2664 and leave a message.

Renew Your Membership / Bring a New Member

Membership forms can be found at this link to a friend and invite him/her to join.

Meeting Re-Broadcasts

Arlington Independent Media (Channel 69 on Comcast cable, Channel 38 on Verizon) airs our Arlington Committee of 100 programs on Mondays at 10 p.m. and on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.  Check their schedule for more information.

Inclement Weather

In case of severe weather conditions, call the phone reservation number, 703-921-1124, or visit this web site, to learn if the Arlington Committee of 100 meeting has been cancelled.

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