Agenda Highlights: Arlington County Board's Upcoming January Meeting

Published on January 15, 2016

CORRECTION: The Decal Competition Winner will be announced at the 3 p.m. Tues., Jan. 26 Recessed Meeting, and not as previously reported.

Here are some key items of interest that the Arlington County Board will consider at its January Board Meeting, on Sat., Jan. 23 and Tues., Jan. 26. If you wish to speak at a County Board Meeting, visit the County website for guidelines. 

Saturday, Jan. 23 Regular Meeting -- View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.

(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)

  • First fully accessible playground. The Board will consider awarding a contract for $1.08 million to the Bennett Group to create Arlington's first fully accessible playground, at Quincy Park. The contract is for the renovation of the park's playground and sand volleyball court and other improvements. Bennett's bid was the lowest of six responsive bids. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #18 on the Agenda for the Jan. 23 Regular County Board Meeting.

  • 63-unit condominium proposed for Rosslyn. The Board will hold a public hearing and consider developer Rosslyn Vista Apartments LLC's proposed redevelopment at the northwest corner of Key Boulevard and North Nash Street in Rosslyn. The developer proposes building six stories of condominium units, fronted by six three-story townhouse units at 1411-1417 Key Blvd. and 1541 North Colonial Terrace. The planned redevelopment includes four two-bedroom, on-site committed affordable units that will be for sale to qualified moderate-income buyers, and remain affordable in perpetuity. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #27 on the Agenda for the Jan. 23 Regular County Board Meeting.

  • Cambridge Courts proposed as Local Historic District: The Board will consider designating Cambridge Courts, at 2401-2813 Arlington Boulevard, a Local Historic District. Built in 1943, the garden apartments were built by the federal government to house Federal employees who poured into Arlington during World War II. The complex is in the style of Colonial (Georgian) Revival architecture set within a picturesque landscape. If approved, Cambridge Courts would be the third garden apartment complex designated as a local historic district in Arlington. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #22 on the Agenda for the Jan. 23 Regular County Board Meeting.

  • Transitway ordinance. The County Board will consider adopting an ordinance that would allow the County to enforce operation of transit-only lanes on the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, now under construction and expected to open in the spring. If adopted, the ordinance would establish a $200 fine for violating the lane-use prohibitions. The changes to the County's Motor Vehicles and Traffic Ordinance also would allow off-vehicle fare collection and establish a $100 civil penalty for failing to pay a public transit fare. To read the Staff Report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #17 on the Agenda for the Jan. 23 Regular County Board Meeting.



  • Neighborhood Complete Streets Program Guide. The Board will hold a public hearing and consider adopting a guide that provides the process and criteria for the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission to recommend to the Board street improvement projects on neighborhood streets. The program is meant to provide another means of developing and funding needed street infrastructure improvements to neighborhood streets in residential areas. Currently, nearly all those improvements are done through the Neighborhood Conservation program. The new program would allow County staff or individual residents to propose improvements to neighborhood streets. Unlike the Neighborhood Conservation program, neither petitions from residents nor votes of property owners would be taken as part of the plan development. To read the Staff Report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #26 on the Agenda for the Jan. 23 Regular County Board Meeting.


Tues., Jan. 23 -- View the agenda for this meeting.

At the 3 p.m. session: The County Board Chair, members of the County Board and the County Manager will report on local and regional items of interest:

  • The County Manager will update the Board on development of the County's Transportation Development Plan, a 10-year plan for bus service across the County, including improvements along Columbia Pike and in Crystal City-Pentagon City. The draft recommendation will be available for public review during six community workshops in February (Public workshops will be held in February (dates and locations to be determined.)

  • 2016-2017 Vehicle Decal Design Competition winner. The winner of the Treasurer's design competition for the decal that will appear on more than 160,000 windshields this summer will be announced. High school students from across the County submitted their designs and residents voted on the four finalists.


At 6:30 p.m., the County Board will consider any items pulled from the Sat., Jan. 23 Consent Calendar. There are no public hearings scheduled for the Tuesday Recessed Board meeting.