Advisory Groups, Authorities, & Commissions

List of Advisory Groups, Authorities, & Commissions


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Asterisk * denotes a group whose membership is not appointed by Arlington County Board. Memberships in all other groups are County Board-appointed. Membership in all of these groups is voluntary.

Most groups meet at least monthly and meetings are open to the public. Click (where available) on the name of the group to view individual websites for meeting agendas, minutes and schedules.

Arlington Community Television Board of Directions

Arlington Commission for the Arts 
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Administers distribution of the County arts resources to arts organizations/artists; assists in developing cultural policy; promotes arts on a county-wide basis. 

Bicycle Advisory Committee *
Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Advises the County Manager on issues that affect cycling in Arlington County, including: safety, education, community involvement, awareness and promotion, and the development, operation and maintenance of on- and off-street bicycle transportation and recreation facilities.

Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments
Daytime meetings, schedule varies.
Hears and rules on taxpayer appeals of real estate assessments.

Building Code Board of Appeals

CIP Working Group
Meets as needed.
Led by members of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission and involves representatives from other Commissions to assist County staff and provide advice to the Board as strategies are developed to systematically address critical capital maintenance needs.

Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing
Meets the 1st or 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Advises the County Board on housing policy, studies housing needs, explores housing options, analyzes potential incentives for private developers to provide affordable housing, reviews funding proposals.

Civil Service Commission
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 5:15 pm as needed; the hearing schedule remains flexible.
Conducts final level of appeal hearings of employee grievances; represents the public interest in the improvement of County personnel administration; advises the County Board, County Manager and Human Resources Director on personnel policies for the Competitive Service.

Commission on Aging
Meets the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month from 9:00 -11:00 am.
Advises the County Board and the Arlington Agency on Aging on budget, legislative, housing, transportation, social and recreational issues for older adults; advocates for older residents; informs the public about services.

Commission on Long-Term Care Residences
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Seeks to enhance the quality of care and quality of life in long-term care residences; advises public officials about residential long-term care needs; supports access, availability, and affordability in such residences.

Commission on the Status of Women
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women.

Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Reviews grant requests, evaluates programs and makes recommendations to the County Board for the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant funds.

Community Energy Advisory Group *
Meets four times a year.
Advises the County Manaer on the County's Community Energy Plan

Community Services Board (CSB)
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Acts as agent of the County in establishment and operation of community mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse programs and develops a system of related services.

Crystal City Citizen Review Council
Meets as needed.
Provides, with staff support, periodic monitoring, evaluation, and identification of emerging issues and potential solutions on all dimensions of the Crystal City Sector Plan (the “Plan”) to assure achievement of the Plan’s Goals and Objectives over the life of the Plan. 

Disability Advisory Commission
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:15 pm.
Advises the County government on ways to meet the needs of persons with physical disabilities.

Economic Development Commission
Meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am.
Assists the County Board in carrying out Arlington's economic development strategy and provides policy advice about Arlington's economic health.

Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission
Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Provides policy advice to the County Board on Arlington's emergency preparedness and ability to respond and recover in coordination with Arlington's schools, civic, commercial, and service communities, as well as other government agencies located in Arlington.

Environment and Energy Conservation Commission (E2C2)
Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Provides advice on a broad range of environmental and energy conservation issues affecting Arlingtonians.

Fire Prevention Code Board of Appeals

Fire Trial Board

Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission (FAAC)
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Provides advice to the County Board on fiscal issues including review of the County Manager's Recommended Budget and other financial plans and transactions.

George Mason University Arlington Campus Advisory Board
Meets quarterly.
Officially established in March 2011 by the Arlington County Board and Mason officials to accomplish goals important to both Arlington County as well as George Mason University.

Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB)
Meets the 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Identifies, preserves, protects and promotes cultural, social, historical and architectural resources; considers preservation and design issues; recommends local historic district designation to County Board; issues Certificates of Appropriateness (CoA) for exterior renovation in historic districts.

Human Rights Commission
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Ensures protection and enforcement of human and civil rights for all people living and working in the County.

Industrial Development Authority
Meets in the evenings as needed.
Promotes industry and develops trade by inducing manufacturing, industrial, governmental, nonprofit and commercial enterprises and institutions of higher education to locate in or remain in the County.

Information Technology (IT) Advisory Commission
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Provides advice on a broad range of technology issues to maintain Arlington as a 21st century information and education center; assist with the regulation of the information industry and provide advice on the security of County IT systems. 

Local Emergency Planning Committee
Meets annually.

Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee
Meets as Needed
Provides public input into the design process of Long Bridge Park and ensures coordination of design work.

Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee* (NCAC) 
Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm
Comprised of representatives from 48 of Arlington County’s 57 civic associations. The NCAC leads the development of neighborhood plans and recommends neighborhood-initiated capital improvements for funding by the County Board.  Improvements include sidewalks, street beautification, pedestrian safety projects, street lights, and parks.  

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Addresses requests for solutions to speeding on neighborhood streets; develops and recommends traffic calming projects for County Board funding.

Out-of-School-Time Advisory Council
Meets at least quarterly.
A committee of the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families established to advise the Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board on matters relating to Out-of-School Time policies and programs. 

Park and Recreation Commission
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Makes recommendations on coordination, efficiency, safety and quality of park and recreation facilities, programs and services; manages process for small park grants and various recognitions.

Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, Arlington
Meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 7-9 pm at the Department of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level Auditorium.
Improves the health, well-being, and safety of children, youth, and families in Arlington through researching young people's needs, advocating for improved policies and programs to meet those needs, and engaging all members of our community as part of the solution.

Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Advises the County Manager on the implementation of the Pedestrian Transportation Plan and other pertinent matters and  advocates for the needs of pedestrians in Arlington.

Planning Commission
Meets the 1st or 3rd Monday and Wednesday of the month.
Promotes the orderly development of the locality and its environs. Advises the County Board on planning and land use matters.

Police Trial Board

Public Facilities Review Committee
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Ensures that the highest quality of land use planning, design, transportation planning, and other important community aspects are incorporated into civic projects. 

Solid Waste Authority *
Meets annually and as needed.

Sports Commission
Meets the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month.
Makes recommendations on adequacy and efficiency of programs and facilities for sports.

Tenant-Landlord Commission
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Advises the County Board on policy and programs affecting renters; provides information, hears grievances and mediates disputes between tenants and landlords.

Transit Advisory Committee *
Meets most months on the 2nd Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Advises the County Manager and staff on the implementation of the Transit Element of the Master Transportation Plan (MTP) and on issues related to transit in Arlington County, including metrorail and metrobus, Arlington transit and STAR.

Transportation Commission
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Advises on transportation policy per the Master Transportation Plan; comments on all site plan proposals; conducts annual taxi-cab hearing.

Urban Agriculture Task Force
To research best practices in sustainable urban agriculture policies, and programs and make recommendations to support, expand and integrate Arlington's existing urban agriculture efforts consistent with our community values and adopted Vision Statement.

Urban Forestry Commission
Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Advises on programs and policies related to Arlington's urban forest, including wooded parks, street trees, and outreach to residents for trees on private property.

Workforce Investment Board
Meets quarterly.
To advance workforce development programs and initiatives that achieve sustainable economic growth in the region.

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Last Modified: April 14, 2014
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