County Board Adopts Neighborhood Complete Streets Project Ranking Gui

Published on January 28, 2016

  • Making neighborhood streets safer for all

  • Preserving, enhancing neighborhood character

  • Defining resident-led project selection process, criteria

The Arlington County Board today approved a resident-led program designed to help transform busy neighborhood streets into "Complete Streets" - ones that will be safe for users of all ages and abilities whether they are walking, driving, cycling or using transit.

The Neighborhood Complete Streets Project Ranking Guidelines approved by the Board lay out the criteria for identifying and prioritizing potential Complete Streets projects in neighborhoods. The program aims to improve streets while preserving or enhancing neighborhood character.

For those neighborhoods without Neighborhood Conservation plans (especially, multi-family neighborhoods and those with higher proportions of renters), this program will provide an important venue for basic safety and accessibility projects to be considered.

The County Board also accepted the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program Guide as guidance to help County staff and the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) in their work with community members on Complete Streets projects. The County Board also reaffirmed its commitment to a robust community process as projects are proposed and developed.

"The goal of this program is to make neighborhood streets safe and accessible for all," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "Neighborhoods will identify projects to make streets safer, all stakeholders will have input into project design and which projects are put forward, and the projects will be considered for funding by the resident-led Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission and approved by the County Board."

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the Neighborhood Complete Streets Project Ranking Guidelines.

To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #26 on the Agenda for the Thursday, Jan. 28 Carryover County Board Meeting.

Neighborhood Complete Streets Program

Under the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program, County staff, working with the County Board-appointed NCSC, will evaluate and score proposed street projects submitted by neighborhoods, staff and others. The program will incorporate traffic calming as part of a broader approach to street design, in place of the County's previous Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. The NCSC will make yearly recommendations to the Board of which projects to fund, based on the scoring.

"The Project Ranking Guidelines establish specific, objective criteria and a point system for determining eligibility for the program and for ranking eligible streets for project development and funding," said Director of Transportation Dennis Leach. "Problems such as missing, incomplete or inadequate sidewalks and street crossings, inadequate lighting, documented traffic speeding and other safety problems will determine whether a street is eligible for the program."

County staff will develop a community outreach plan for each project, to ensure that the views of all directly affected neighbors and other stakeholders are gathered and considered. Staff may use surveys, votes and other means to inform the recommendations they make to the County Board on which projects to pursue.