January 2018 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on January 20, 2018

The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its January 2018 Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 30.

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, or live-streamed on YouTube. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and reports) and on YouTube. 

Here are some of the agenda highlights:

Saturday, Jan. 27 — 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.)

  • Transportation projects funding — The Board will consider accepting a total of nearly $18 million from the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), for transit, bridge renovation work and transportation capital projects.


NVTC -- more than $850,000 in funding from I-66 toll revenue funds for multimodal projects along the I-66 corridor that offer transportation options to commuters. The money will fund bus stop consolidation and improved accessibility; multimodal real-time transportation information screens and ART bus rehabilitation for ART 55 peak service expansion.


DRPT -- $10 million in funding from Smart Scale, a state-wide funding program, for the planned Ballston West Entrance; $4 million for the purchase of eight 40-foot buses; $500,000 for the purchase of a mobile commuter store and $500,000 to improve the accessibility of bus stops along the Arlington Rapid Transit bus route to Marymount University.


VDOT -- About $2 million in funding for the Shirlington Road Bridge and Pershing Drive projects.


To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 27 on the agenda.

  • Park Master Plan, Design Guidelines, Name — The Board will consider approving the Master Plan and Design Guidelines for a park created through the Potomac Yard Phased Development Site Plan approved by the Board in October 2000. County staff engaged the public both to develop the Master Plan and Design Guidelines and to decide on a name for the park, which has been informally known as South Park.


The 3.5-acre park lies between Route 1 and Potomac Avenue. Almost half of it is included in the Four Mile Run and Resource Protection Area. The Master Plan would provide a long-term vision to be implemented in two phases, with the first phase including a multi-use trail connection, now being designed, from Route 1 to the Four Mile Run Trail. Construction of the trail is expected to begin in late 2018. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 38 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.

  • Market Common Phase II redevelopment: Rezoning, Site Plan amendment — The Board will consider a plan to redevelop an existing office building on Wilson Boulevard in the heart of Clarendon. Under the proposal, the IOTA and A & R Engravers buildings would be incorporated into the existing site plan for the Clarendon Education Center building. The building would be expanded  by adding a  fourth floor, with outdoor terraces,  across the IOTA and Engravers Building properties. Developer Clarendon Regency IV, LLC plans to preserve the historic Engravers Building at 2836 Wilson Boulevard. The redevelopment also would reconfigure the corner plaza's retail space at the  intersection of Clarendon Boulevard and N. Edgewood Street, and create a recessed arcade space along N. Edgewood Street. Wilson Boulevard's  streetscape would be reconfigured, with tree pits relocated into parking lane bump-outs, to create a wider sidewalk. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 37 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.
  • Specimen Trees — The County Board will consider designating four trees Specimen Trees, based on their size and quality. The trees, a Willow Oak, a Blackgum, an American Beech and a Southern Red Oak, were nominated by private property owners. Once designated, Specimen Trees must be preserved, and protected if the site where they stand is developed, with some exceptions. If you are interested in nominating a tree on your property for Specimen Tree status, visit the County website. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 23 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.


  • Donation for Citizenship fees --- The Board will consider accepting a $7,000 anonymous donation from a resident for scholarships that will pay part of the recipients' filing fee costs for the Application for Naturalization. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services charges $725 to process an Application for Naturalization. Although the fee is waived for applicants who earn less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and reduces it for those whose income is between 151 percent and 200 percent, some applicants still have difficulty paying for their application. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 29 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.


Tuesday, Jan. 30 — County Board Recessed Meeting

View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.

3 p.m. — Board and County Manager

  • Board members will report on local and regional items of interest.
  • The County Manager will report to the Board on various issues.

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

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

  • At this time, no Regular Hearing Items are scheduled for the Tuesday, Jan. 30 Board Meeting.