Arlington County Board Defers Launch of Blue Ribbon Panel, Asks for F

Published on May 23, 2016

  • Online form for comments

  • Comments should be made by July 1

  • Board to revisit issue at July meeting

The Arlington County Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to delay both the launch of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Strategic Priorities for Arlington, and the appointment of its members, to the July 2016 County Board Meeting.

In the adopted motion, Board Members said they wished to allow "for the appropriate time to seek feedback and receive input from advisory commissions, the Civic Federation, the Community Facility Study Committee and the broader community on the proposed charge for the panel." The Board later clarified that the term "broader community" includes the business community, residents, commissions and other organizations.

The Board will accept feedback until July 1, and asked that comments be guided by the following questions:

  • Which tasks described in the Charge cause concern to, or require further clarification for you individually or your commission/organization? Are there any tasks with which you are already comfortable or supportive? Are there tasks you would add?

  • What elements or questions would you recommend be incorporated in the panel's report to the County Board? Are there other deliverables that you think the panel should generate?

  • What additional guidance (not formally part of the Charge) would you like the panel to consider? For example, what forms of engagement would you like the panel to pursue with your commission? With the general public?

To view the Board discussion on the motion, visit the County website. The discussion begins at 34:10. To submit your feedback online, visit the County website.


The County Board voted unanimously on April 19, 2016 to create a six-member Blue Ribbon Panel (later expanded to seven, to include an Arlington Public Schools representative), and charged it with developing recommendations for how the Board should develop strategic priorities for the County. Each Board Member was to appoint one member of the panel, and the County Manager was to appoint one member.

The panel's charge called for it to consider the goals and objectives in the County's Comprehensive Plan and enhancements to those goals and objectives. The panel also was charged with recommending a process or framework to review any policy areas it recommended should be reconsidered, and with suggesting a process for engaging the community in developing a strategic plan. Board Chair Libby Garvey will be the Board's liaison to the panel. To read the full charge, visit the County website.