October County Board Meeting Agenda Preview

Published on October 10, 2016

The Arlington County Board will act on dozens of items at its October Regular County Board Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 15 and its October Recessed County Board Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Visit the County website for procedures for speaking at a Board Meeting. County Board meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on Comcast 25 and Verizon 40 and webstreamed on Arlington Television.

Saturday, Oct. 15 Regular Meeting — View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.


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

  • Additional flexibility for retail sign regulations: The County Board will consider changes to the Zoning Ordinance that would allow more flexibility for properties subject to comprehensive sign plans that were adopted by the Board prior to the update of the sign regulations of July 24, 2012. In response to concerns from property owners, the amendment would take into account older comprehensive sign plans that were approved by the Board before 2012 and may include signs that do not conform to current standards. The proposed amendments would allow the Zoning Administrator to approve changes to these older comprehensive sign plans to add new signs while maintaining older signs on the property, with the same flexibility to update signs as that afforded to newer properties. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 21 on the agenda for the Saturday County Board Meeting.



  • Moving toward policy on short-term residential rentals: The Board will consider setting a public hearing in December for a Zoning Ordinance amendment that includes defining Board meetingand establishing standards for short-term residential rentals in Arlington County. If the Board approves this action, a series of public engagement sessions will be scheduled. They would include opportunities for input on key elements of the short-term residential rental zoning provisions from interested stakeholders across the community including residents, advisory groups, commissions and businesses. Hundreds of short-term listings for Arlington appear on such sites as Airbnb and Craigslist. The County Zoning Office has fielded complaints about short-term rentals — as well as inquiries from residents who wish to host short-term rentals under established County guidelines. The staff report for this Item, No. 31 on the agenda for the Saturday County Board Meeting, has not yet been posted.



  • Adding new pedestrian street type and modifying pedestrian-bicycle/shared street type: The County Board will consider amending the Master Transportation Plan Street Element to incorporate new local street types identified in the Rosslyn and Courthouse Square Sector Plan updates, which were adopted last year. In the Rosslyn area, nine block-length pedestrian street segments are planned to replace remaining skywalk segments, break up north-south blocks and enhance access to the Rosslyn Metro Station. A segment of 18th Street North, from North Lynn Street to North Oak Street, will be pedestrian-only. In the Courthouse Square area, segments of 14th Street North and 15th Street North would be prioritized as low-speed "shared streets," emphasizing the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists through use of distinct paving materials and level travel areas. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 32 on the agenda for the Saturday County Board Meeting. 



  • Implementation tools for the Rosslyn Sector Plan: The County Board will consider amendments to the General Land Use Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Zoning Ordinance to facilitate implementation of the Rosslyn Sector Plan. The Board adopted the Sector Plan last year to guide public and private investment over the next 20 years or more. The amendments are an important early step in bringing the Sector Plan's vision for Rosslyn to reality. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 33 on the agenda for the Saturday Board Meeting.


Tuesday, Oct. 18 Recessed Meeting — View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. 


At the 3 p.m. session:

  • Board Reports:

    • An update on the call by the County Manager and Schools Superintendent for public input by Oct. 24 on staff responses to the recent Community Facilities Study. Comments are also being sought on the draft charter for a new joint facilities advisory committee.  A joint board work session on current and future community facilities will take place Nov. 1.



  • Manager's Report


At the 6:30 p.m. session:

  • Presentations by state officials on traffic, environmental and fiscal implications for Arlington related to adding a third HOV lane on I-395 and converting the HOV lanes to managed toll lanes. No action will be taken during the meeting but the Board will ask questions and receive a written report from County staff. The informational reports will focus on the Virginia Department of Transportation's I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension Environmental Assessment and the related I-395/I-95 Transit/TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Study. The state held local public outreach meetings in April. A design meeting hosted by the state is to be held at Wakefield High School on Oct. 24. The staff report for this item has not yet been posted. It will be under County Board Business and Reports on the agenda for the evening portion of the Tuesday County Board Recessed Meeting.



  • Fiscal Year 2016 and FY 2018 County budget cycle: The County Board will hear a presentation on the FY 2016 budget closeout process, which can involve re-appropriation of unused funds into the FY 2017 budget and re-establish funding in reserves. Board members will also hear a presentation on the FY 2018 financial forecast for Arlington County and discuss budget guidance for the County Manager. The staff reports for Item No. 34 and Item No. 35 on the agenda for the Tuesday County Board Recessed Meeting have not yet been posted.