Arlington Seeks Public's Views on Capital Improvement Plan

Published on April 01, 2016

  • Biennial update of 10-year investment plan

  • Blueprint for investments in parks, libraries, transportation, community centers and more

  • Three community forums, online survey

Arlington County Government will hold three public forums this month as it develops a proposed 10-year plan for long-term capital needs, the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is the County's blueprint for major investments in facilities, infrastructure and more. The current CIP, last updated in 2014, totaled nearly $3 billion dollars.

"It is so important that we hear from the public about their priorities for this critical planning document," said Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz. "The CIP is a long-term plan, but we revise it every two years to take into account the changing needs of our community. This plan identifies the funding and the timing for everything from stormwater infrastructure to major parks investments — it touches every resident of this County in some way."

Join us at any of the community forum sessions:

Can't make it? Give us your feedback on what you think should be the County's capital investment priorities by taking this online survey.

The County Manager will propose his FY 2017-FY 2026 CIP to the County Board in May, and the Board will adopt it in July, after a series of work sessions and a public hearing.

About the CIP

As the primary instrument for planning the funding and timing of the needs and priorities that have been approved by the County Board, the CIP is one of the County's most significant planning processes. County Government and Arlington Public Schools develop separate CIPs. The objectives used to develop the CIP include:

  • To preserve and improve the infrastructure of Arlington through capital asset construction, rehabilitation and maintenance;

  • To maximize the useful life of capital investments by scheduling major renovations and modifications at the appropriate time in the lifecycle of the facility;

  • To identify and examine current and future infrastructure needs and establish priorities among projects so that available resources are used to the community's best advantage; and

  • To improve financial planning by comparing needs with resources, estimating future bond issues, and identifying potential fiscal implications.