Corrected: May 2019 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on May 10, 2019

***This release was updated to show the correct date & day in one section below. (The Regular County Board Meeting is on Saturday, May 18 NOT May 30.)***

The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its May meeting, including a construction contract for the Nauck Town Square and a proposed $169.48 million bond sale to fund County and Schools capital projects. The Regular Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, and the Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

The Board meets in Room 307 on the third floor at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. All County Board Meetings are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 — Regular County Board Meeting 


View the agenda and read the staff reports. Highlights include:

New standards for detached accessory dwellings: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider a Zoning Ordinance amendment that, if approved, would allow new detached accessory dwellings to be built on lots with single-family homes. The Board also will consider changes to add flexibility for creating detached accessory dwellings within existing accessory buildings. To read the staff report with all the proposed amendments, scroll to Item No. 45 on the agenda.

Nauck Town Square: The Board will consider approving a $4.85 million contract with Ardent Company, LLC for improvements related to the Nauck Town Square project. The project includes park, street and street lighting improvements, the undergrounding of utilities, public art and more. The square will take up an entire block between 24th Road South and South Shirlington Road, and will anchor the mixed-use Nauck Village Center envisioned in the 2004 Nauck Village Action Plan, an outline for revitalizing the Nauck community. The action plan called for the Shirlington Road corridor to be the Nauck (Green Valley) "main street," with the town square the neighborhood's social and cultural center. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 22 on the agenda.

$169.48 million bond sale: The Board will consider authorizing the sale of $169.48 million in voter-approved bonds to fund a variety of County and Schools capital projects. If the Board approves the sale, $106.35 million of the funding would be used for a variety of County capital projects, including the Neighborhood Conservation program, Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center; Jennie Dean Park; Rosslyn Highlands Park; Lubber Run Community Center; Nauck Town Square; Fire Station 8, and more. Arlington Public Schools would use $63.13 million to fund the new  Alice West Fleet Elementary and Dorothy Hamm Middle schools, and the Heights Building, home to H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and the Stratford Program; the renovation and expansion of existing schools; planning and design for secondary school construction projects, and more. To read the staff report and view a complete list of projects to be funded, scroll to item No. 21 on the agenda.

Short-term financing program: The Board will consider approving a cost-effective short-term financing program, in the form of a line of credit, for technology, public safety and other essential capital projects whose useful life is between two and 10 years and appropriating $9.1 million to fund projects in FY 2019. A line of credit would allow the County flexibility in payment terms, lower projected interest rates and no requirement to pledge assets as collateral. The program would work like a credit card — assets financed under it can be prepaid at any time.

If approved, the new program is expected to yield lower interest costs and be easier to administer than the County's current use of a combination of pay-as-you-go capital funding and short-term debt financing. The County proposes initially financing up to $50 million for projects in five years. To read the staff report, scroll to item No. 25 on the agenda.

Upgrading Madison Manor Park: The Board will consider approving a $2.8 million contract to renovate Madison Manor Park, a 5.4-acre park at 6225 12th Road N. If approved, the project will renovate the basketball court, combination athletic field, picnic shelter and playground in the heavily used park. Casual use public space, walkways, picnic areas, the parking area, landscaping, ADA improvements and more are also planned. To read the staff report, scroll to item No. 24 on the agenda.

Boathouse progress: The Board will consider authorizing the Manager to sign an agreement with the National Park Service and regional entities for development of the Arlington County and Vicinity Boathouse. If approved by the Board and by the other regional entities, the agreement would provide stipulations for the Boathouse's development, paving the way for the Environmental Assessment being conducted by the Park Service, in cooperation with the County, to be completed. The County and the Park Service will then develop a public process for development of the boathouse. To read the staff report, scroll to item No.33 on the agenda.

Quincy St. Education Center conversion: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider a Use Permit that, if granted, would allow Arlington Public Schools to convert the Education Center at 1426 North Quincy Street, on the Washington-Lee High School campus, to classrooms for up to 600 Washington-Lee students. The Use Permit would allow modifications to parking and height. The School Board and APS administrative offices relocated to the Syphax Education Center at 2110 Washington Boulevard in 2018. To read the staff report, scroll to item No. 47 on the agenda.

Tuesday, May 21 -- Recessed Meeting 


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

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

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