Agenda Highlights: June 2018 County Board Meeting

Published on June 09, 2018

Public hearings on proposed changes to real estate tax relief for the elderly and on the County Auditor's proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan;  extending the lease for the Crystal City pop-up library; adding security space to the Ballston home of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) , and banners for Columbia Pike are just some of  the dozens of items the County Board will consider at its June 2018 meeting on Saturday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 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.

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Saturday, June 16— County Board Regular Meeting

Note: The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.) View the agenda. Highlights include: 

Buck site license agreement public hearing — The Board will take public testimony and consider a request from the Arlington School Board to temporarily park its white fleet vehicles, used by its maintenance staff, and employee personal vehicles, on a portion of the County-owned Buck property, 1425 N. Quincy St.  APS is requesting the use of about 48 spaces for two years. The term could be automatically extended after that for up to six one-year terms. If approved by the Board, the agreement will begin July 1, 2018. APS met with the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association and with the Joint Facilities Advisory Committee on its request to park vehicles on the lot.

The County bought the property in November, 2017. The parking lot is next to a building on the property that the County is using for storage until a long-term use of the property is determined.  To read the staff report, scroll to item No. 44 on the agenda.

DARPA security space — The Board will consider allowing additional bonus density for the Founder's Square office building that is home to DARPA, in an effort to retain this important federal agency. Ashton Park Associates I LLC wants to add more than 1,200 square feet to the South Office Building, 675 N. Randolph St., under its Founder's Square site plan. The added space would enhance security by adding a secure screening and visitor check-in facility for DARPA, which leases the building.

The entire South Office Building was constructed as bonus density under the original Founder's Square Site Plan, as the County fought to secure retention of four federal agencies that were in danger of being moved out of Arlington as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Report recommendations. DARPA employs about 220 people who oversee hundreds of research and development programs throughout the Country. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 6  on the agenda.County seal

Lease extension for Crystal City pop-up library — The Connection, the County's pop-up library that opened in Crystal City in July 2016, will stay open for another 18 months past the expiration of its lease on June 30, 2018 if the Board approves an amendment to the lease agreement with CESC Plaza Limited Partnership. Under the proposed amendment, the County will no longer be required to pay real estate taxes, operating expenses and electrical power for the temporary library, located in the Crystal Plaza Arcades, 2100 Crystal Drive. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 36 on the agenda. 

Public hearing set on proposed changes to real estate tax relief for the elderly -- The Board will consider setting a public hearing for its July 14, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting on proposed amendments to the ordinance that governs real estate tax relief for qualifying older adults and people with permanent disabilities. The proposed amendments are based on recommendations from the County Manager-appointed Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group's April 10, 2017 report, and extensive community outreach. If adopted, the proposed amendments would change the application timeline and program eligibility criteria. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 40 on the agenda. 

McCoy Park rezoning — The Board will consider rezoning McCoy Park at 2121 21st Street North, from residential to Special District, before renovations get underway later this year. Improvement funds were provided through a developer contribution under the 2012 Site Plan that redeveloped the former Bergman's Cleaners into MOM's Organic Market and the Verde Point residential buildings. The rezoning would bring the park's zoning into alignment with its designation as "public" land in the General Land Use Plan. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 21 on the agenda.

Columbia Pike banners — The Board will consider its own motion to authorize the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO), on the County's behalf, to hang banners on street light poles in the public right-of-way throughout the Columbia Pike corridor. The banners would be part of the County's, and CPRO's, ongoing efforts to create a sense of place along the Pike, often referred to as south Arlington's Main Street. CPRO would fund and maintain the 48 banners, and would install them in three phases over several years, depending on funding availability. Banners would be installed at the Pike's five major intersections in Phase I. CPRO is a non-profit, public-private partnership that represents a coalition of businesses, civic associations, property owners and individuals working with County government to improve and revitalize the Pike and adjacent neighborhoods. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 20 on the agenda.

Tuesday, June 19 — County Board Recessed Meeting

View the agenda and read the staff reports this meeting.

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

Neighborhood College Graduation — The Board will honor 2018 graduates of Neighborhood College, the County's free civic education program for Arlingtonians that helps participants become more effective community activists and leaders.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender+ Pride Month — The Board will issue a proclamation recognizing Pride Month, to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, recognized as the catalyst of the LGBT+ rights movement. The County will fly the Rainbow Flag in front of Ellen M. Bozman Government Center throughout June. Visit the County website to find a wealth of local, Commonwealth and National LGBTQ resources. The website, launched in April, was created by the County in partnership with the Human Rights Commission's Equality Task Force. On May 24, County Manager Mark Schwartz named Gurjit Chima Arlington's new Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunities.

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

 No sooner than 6:45 p.m. — The Board will hold public hearings, including the following:

County Auditor's FY 19 Proposed Work Plan — the Board will consider approving the County Auditor's audit plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018. Auditor Chris Horton, who reports to the County Board and is independent of County government, has proposed audits of the County's procurement practices, Economic Development Incentive funds and Business Districts in FY 2019. To read the full plan, visit the County website. To read the Board report, scroll to Item No. 46.