December 2017 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on December 08, 2017

The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its December 2017 meeting, on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 19. The meetings, held in the County Board Room on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Blvd, are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.

All County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and broadcast live on the County's cable channel, ATV, with live captioning. You can watch the Board Meetings on Comcast 25 & 74 and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. You also can watch a live-stream of the Board Meetings on YouTube. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website and on YouTube.

Saturday, Dec. 16 — County Board Regular Meeting


View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.)

  • Free Wi-Fi for Arlington Mill Residences —The Board will consider a new County initiative to provide three years of free broadband internet connectivity to the low-and-moderate-income tenants of the Arlington Mill Residences. Some 159 children live in the 122 committed affordable units. About half of the building's households do not subscribe to an Internet/data service. The program, dubbed Arlington Digital Inclusion, will leverage ConnectArlington, the County's dark fiber network to provide free, in-unit high-speed Wi-Fi access to every unit. The Manager is recommending that the Board allocate $95,400 in Fiscal Year 2018 Columbia Pike Tax Increment Fund (TIF) funds as a grant to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing to help provide the internet access for three years. The internet access service will be provided by an internet service provider who will license the County's dark fiber. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 18 on the Saturday agenda.

  • Housing Conservation District — The Board will hold a public hearing and consider establishing a Housing Conservation District, consistent with its adopted affordable housing policy. The district, if adopted, would apply to 12 locations that include market-rate affordable housing, typically garden apartments. It is proposed to be implemented in two phases. The first phase will establish the district on the General Land Use Plan, with a set of goals, objectives and defined boundaries. Townhouse development in these areas would be reclassified as a special exception use requiring site plan approval. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 45 on the Saturday agenda. View the press release issued after the Board voted to hold public hearings in December on the proposed Housing Conservation District.

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  • Historic Preservation Overlay District Standards — The Board will consider amending the Historic Preservation Overlay District Ordinance to establish standards for making historic preservation overlay district study requests. The proposed amendments also would specify who has standing to make such requests. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 15 on the Saturday agenda.

  • Benjamin Banneker Park Framework Plan — The Board will consider adopting a framework plan and design guidelines for Benjamin Banneker Park, at 12-acre park at 1680 N. Sycamore Street on the western edge of the County. The plan was developed to create a long-term vision for the park; to recommend near-term improvements for existing facilities and trails and to recommend future improvements. The project budget allocated for near-term improvements is Parks Maintenance Capital Fiscal Year 2015 project funds. Funds allocated for trail improvements to Four Mile Run Trail and the W&OD Trail, are from the Trail Modernization Program Fiscal Year 2015 funds. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 46 on the Saturday agenda.

  • Final phase improvements at Fairlington Park -- The Board will consider approving a $2.1 million contract to Bennett Group, Inc. for the final phase of renovations for Fairlington Park. The first phase was finished in 2010. This final phase includes a playground, outdoor fitness equipment, a picnic area, site circulation with ADA accessibility, site furnishings, landscaping, and drainage and stormwater management improvements. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 21 on the Saturday agenda.

  • Purchasing parkland -- The Board will consider approving the purchase of a vacant lot and adjacent lot at 905 20th St. S. to create a quarter-acre park in the Aurora Highlands neighborhood. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 40 on the Saturday agenda.

  • 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Package —The Board will consider adopting its legislative package for the 2018 General Assembly Session. The public hearing for the package was held at the Board Meeting in November and the Board will not be taking further public testimony. To read the staff report, and the proposed legislative package, scroll down to Item No. 47 on the Saturday agenda.


Tuesday, Dec. 19 — County Board Recessed Meeting


View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: The meeting starts at 3 p.m. with Reports from the Board and the County Manager. Some staff reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.)

3 p.m. — Board and County Manager Reports



  •  DESIGNArlington 2017 Awards  -- This biennial awards program recognizes excellence in design, showcasing the distinctive architectural, historic preservation, landscape and public art projects in Arlington.County Board Member-elect Erik Gutshall, elected in November, will be sworn-in for his four-year term. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception that will follow. No RSVP is necessary.


5 p.m. Swearing in of County Board Member-elect Erik Gutshall



6:30 p.m



  •  Year-End video and farewell to County Board Chair Jay Fisette. The Board will air Arlington Television's (the County's cable channel) 2017 Year-End video and say farewell to County Board Chair Jay Fisette, who is retiring after 20 years of service on the County Board.


No sooner than 6:45 p.m.



  •  The Board will consider any Consent Agenda items pulled from the Consent Agenda at the Saturday, Dec. 16 meeting.


 No sooner than 7 p.m.



  • The Board will consider Regular Hearing Items.