September Arlington County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on September 14, 2019

The Arlington County Board will hold its September Regular Meeting on Saturday, September 21, starting with public comment at 8:30 a.m. The September Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with reports from the Board and the County Manager. Regular hearing items at the Recessed Meeting will be heard no earlier than 6:45 p.m.

County Board Meetings, held in Room 307 of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center at 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, Sept. 21 — Regular County Board Meeting

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

Updating the Community Energy Plan: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider approving a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan (CEP), the first since its adoption in 2013. A cornerstone of Arlington's climate action efforts, the CEP is the County's highest-level policy guide for transforming energy generation, distribution, use and storage in the community.

The draft plan update includes a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050; 100 percent renewable electricity for County Government operations by 2025 and for the community by 2035; including energy equity as one standard for CEP implementation initiatives. If adopted, the updated plan would keep Arlington among the nation's leaders in adapting to and mitigating climate change. To read the staff report, and the draft CEP, scroll to Item No. 61 on the agenda.

Redeveloping the Westmont Shopping Center: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider approving a plan to redevelop the single-story Westmont Shopping center at 3233-3263 Columbia Pike, on the northeast corner of its intersection with South Glebe Road.

If approved, the redevelopment would replace the commercial buildings and surface parking lot on the 1.8-acre site with a new six-story structure offering 250 apartments above about 22,500 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail and a two-level underground parking garage. This is a Form Based Code project which requires modifications to Form Based Code requirements and a Use Permit. The proposed redevelopment includes an interior courtyard and streetscape improvements along South Glebe Road and Columbia Pike. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 60 on the agenda.

Improving Benjamin Banneker Park: The Board will consider approving the award of a $2.6 million contract to McDonnell Landscape, Inc., to improve Benjamin Banneker Park, 1680 N. Sycamore Street. The proposed improvements emerged through a lengthy public planning process for the 12.5-acre park. They include replacing the parking lot; picnic area; athletic field; playground; Four Mile Run Trail, W&OD Trail; walkways; landscaping; signage, furnishings; storm water management and renovating the dog park. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 37 on the agenda.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- Recessed Meeting

View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: Some staff reports are posted closer to the meeting date).

3 p.m. — Board and County Manager reports, awards and recognitions

No earlier than 6:30 p.m.: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider any item pulled from Saturday's Consent Agenda.

No earlier than 6:45 p.m.: The Board will hold Regular Public Hearings, including:

Redeveloping the Rosslyn Holiday Inn site: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider approving a planned mixed-use redevelopment of the Holiday Inn site at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive in Rosslyn.

Developer Dittmar Company proposes a rezoning and a major site plan amendment to redevelop the Rosslyn Holiday Inn with a new mixed-use building that would include a 25-story, 502-unit residential tower and a 38-story hotel tower. The planned redevelopment would include an approximately 37,000 sq. ft. conference center, a restaurant associated with the hotel and retail space. The applicant has committed to achieving LEED Gold certification, and will make cash contributions totaling $14.3 million for affordable housing, transportation improvements, open space and public art. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 62 on the agenda.