Agenda Highlights: July 2018 County Board Meeting

Published on July 07, 2018

This release was updated to note that the 2300 9th St. S. item pertains to a requested change in land use designation, not a rezoning request.

The County Board will consider dozens of items at its July 2018 meeting on Saturday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 17, including adoption of the County's FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).County seal

Meetings are open to the public and take place in the County Board Room on the third floor of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Scroll down to learn more about speaking at the meeting or watching live online or on cable.

Saturday, July 14 — Regular Meeting


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

  • 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan & 2018 Bond Referenda: The Board will discuss and adopt the County's FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) outlining $3.2 billion of investments in public facilities and infrastructure, including parks, roads, Schools, water and sewer infrastructure, Metro and more. This is the culmination of a months-long process of review and input from County staff, advisory commissions and the public. In a separate action, the Board will approve the 2018 Bond Referenda to be put to voters on Nov. 6 seeking authorization to issue general obligation bonds to pay for planned capital improvements. To read the staff report, scroll to Item Nos. 56 & 57 on the agenda. 



  • Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Bridge, Digital Display Screen & more: The Board will take action on several items related to the Ballston Quarter development project, including a Site Plan Amendment extending the required completion date for the planned pedestrian bridge over Wilson Blvd. to late winter or early spring 2019, allowing installation of a large digital display screen in a public plaza, and encroachment allowances for canopies and entrance vestibules planned by mall tenants. The Board will also consider a request to allow temporary staging and assembly of the Ballston Quarter pedestrian bridge in a portion of the nearby Mosaic Park prior to the start of planned park improvements early next year. To read the staff report, scroll to Item Nos. 5-10 on the agenda.



  • Shirlington Rd. Land Acquisition for Bus Fleet Storage: The Board will consider the acquisition of three parcels of land along Shirlington Rd. to be used as storage for the County's ART bus fleet. The County had previously been using the parcels through a lease agreement that was set to expire. The purchase of these properties, made with funding from regional transportation sources, will help the County solve what had in recent years been one of its most pressing facilities challenges. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 44 on the agenda.



  • Parks Construction Projects — Gunston Synthetic Turf, Glencarlyn Picnic Shelter: The Board will consider awarding construction contracts for planned upgrades at two County parks. One is installation of synthetic turf at the Gunston Park diamond field, with a portion of the cost being covered through a donation from the Arlington Sports Foundation. The other is replacement of Picnic Shelter #2 and parking area renovations at Glencarlyn Park. To read the staff report, scroll to Item Nos. 35 & 36 on the agenda.



  • Changes to Real Estate Tax Relief Program: The Board will consider changes to the application timeline and eligibility criteria for the County's real estate tax relief program for qualifying older adults and persons with permanent disabilities. The proposed changes are based on recommendations from the County Manager-appointed Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group's April 10, 2017 report, and extensive community outreach. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 55 on the agenda.



  • Grants for Local Arts Organizations and Artists: The Board will consider approval of approximately $216,000 in FY 2019 grant funding to selected Arlington arts organizations and artists. Recipients were selected by the Arlington Commission for the Arts, a Board-appointed advisory group, following a competitive application process. Arlington has been supporting the arts through a combination of direct grant funding and extensive in-kind space and technical support since 1990. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 40 on the agenda.



  • 2300 9th St. S. Special GLUP Study: The Board will consider authorizing public hearings by the Planning Commission and County Board on a General Land Use Plan amendment to change the land use designation at 2300 9th St. S. from "Service Commercial" to "Low Office-Apartment-Hotel," allowing for an adaptive reuse proposal for the existing property. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 54 on the agenda.



  • Total Compensation Philosophy for County Workforce: The Board will discuss and adopt a revised philosophy guiding efforts to offer fair, competitive pay, benefits and retirement options to County employees. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 58 on the agenda.


Tuesday, July 17 — Recessed Meeting


The Recessed Meeting starts at 3 p.m., with a short break taking place before resuming again no earlier than 6:30 p.m. View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.

3 p.m. — Board and County Manager Reports, Awards and Recognition

No earlier than 6:30 p.m. — The Board will hold public hearings on, and consider, any items pulled from Saturday's Consent Agenda.

No earlier than 6:45 p.m. — The Board will consider Regular Hearing items.

How to Speak at the Meeting


The County Board invites public testimony at numerous points during its meetings. Comments on any topic can be made at the start of the Regular Meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Item-specific comments are heard at the beginning of the given item. Learn more.

Watch Meetings Online or On Cable


County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website and YouTube, and broadcast live on the County's cable channel, Arlington TV — available on Comcast channels 25 (SD) or 1085 (HD), and on Verizon channels 39 or 40. Archived video of past meetings is available on the County website and on YouTube.