November 2016 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on October 29, 2016

At its November meeting, the Arlington County Board will act on dozens of items of interest to the community on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Visit the County website for procedures for speaking at a Board Meeting. Spanish interpretation is available at the Board Meeting.

County Board Meetings are broadcast live on Comcast 25 and 74 and Verizon 39 and 40 and webstreamed on the County website.  The broadcasts are live captioned and archived. The County also broadcasts and live streams County Board work sessions and meetings of the Planning Commission and Transportation Commission.

Saturday, Nov. 5 Regular Meeting — View the agenda and read the staff reports.

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

  • Possible Historic Designation for Robert Ball Sr. Family burial ground: The County Board will consider advertising public hearings on a resident's request to designate the Robert Ball Sr. Family Burial Ground in Ballston a Local Historic District. The burial ground, on Fairfax Drive across from the Ballston Metro Station, is on a site now proposed for redevelopment. If the advertisement is approved, the hearings will be before the Planning Commission and the County Board in December. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 38 on the agenda.

  • Proposed changes to the Sign Ordinance: The Board will consider adding provisions for signs for urban regional shopping centers. The amendments, if approved, would provide tailored sign regulations that address the unique characteristics of the urban regional shopping centers. Staff has reached out to the community and to the County's urban regional shopping centers in drafting the proposed regulations. The proposed amendments would implement recommendations of the Arlington County Retail Plan adopted by the County Board in 2015. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 39 on the agenda.

  • Construction management services for Columbia Pike transportation projects: The Board will consider approving a contract to Rummel Klepper & Kahl to provide construction management services for up to a five-year period in an amount not to exceed $10 million. The contractor will assist the County with construction oversight for the remaining segments of the Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements project, which includes utility undergrounding and streetscape improvements, and the Columbia Pike Transit Stations project. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 27 on the agenda.

  • Expanding Children's Regional Crisis Response Program: The Board will consider accepting a state grant that would expand the Children's Regional Crisis Response program. The county's Department of Human Services is the fiscal agent for the program, which provides mobile crisis response and tele-psychiatry to youth under 18 in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. The Board will consider accepting a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services, which would increase the ongoing budget to $1.45 million for FY 2017. If accepted by the Board, the grant would expand crisis response and stabilization services. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 28 on the agenda.

  • 2017 County Board meeting preliminary schedule: The Board will consider adopting a preliminary schedule of meetings for Calendar Year 2017, including considering holding the Board's annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 36 on the agenda.

  • 2017 General Assembly Legislative Package: The Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed General Assembly Legislative Package and adopt the final package at the December 10 Board meeting. Staff has worked through the summer and fall with County departments, the County's advisory boards and commissions and Board members to develop legislative and funding proposals for the upcoming assembly sessions, which begins January 11, 2017. Adjustments will be made as the public review and comment period proceeds, until the Board's adoption of the package in December. If you can't make it to the public hearing, email your comments to pcarroll@arlingtonva.us by Friday, Nov. 18. To view the proposed legislative package, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 42 on the agenda. 


Wednesday, Nov. 9 Recessed Meeting — View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.


At the 3 p.m. session:

  • Board Reports:

    • The Board will honor outstanding employees of Long-Term Care Residences. The County's commission on Long Term Care Residences has recognized outstanding employees at nursing homes and assisted living residences in Arlington since 2008. These residences serve about 1,500 residents in our County, and staff have a direct, positive impact on residents' lives.





  • Manager's Report:

    • The County Manager will report on:

      • Launching a public financial waste, fraud and abuse hotline.

      • Modifications to the planned fence in Bluemont Park, in response to community concerns.

      • Snow-fighting preparations as winter approaches.

      • Updates to the MyArlington app.






At the 6:30 p.m. session:



  • $9.9 million Affordable Housing Investment Fund Loan: The Board will consider approving a loan of up to $9.9 million to help renovate Culpepper Garden I apartments and provide a transition reserve fund and a tenant assistance fund for qualified seniors who live there to help those affected by the renovations. The staff report for this, Item No. 43 on the agenda, has not yet been posted.

  • Fiscal Year 2016 Closeout and Re-appropriation into Fiscal Year 2017: After staff reports on community feedback on the County Manager's proposed draft closeout and re-appropriation, the Board will hold a public hearing and finalize closeout and re-appropriation. The staff report for this, Item No. 44 on the agenda, has not yet been posted.

  • Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Guidance: After staff reports on community feedback to the Board's proposed guidance to the County Manager for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, the Board will hold a public hearing and finalize its guidance, which will direct the Manager as he puts together his Proposed Budget for FY 2018. The staff report for this, item No. 45 on the agenda, has not yet been posted.