February County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on February 15, 2020

The Arlington County Board will hold its February meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, starting at 8:30 a.m. with public comment on items that are not on the agenda.

The February Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 with reports from the Board and the County Manager. Items carried over to the Tuesday meeting from Saturday's Consent Agenda will be heard no earlier than 6:30 p.m., and Regular Hearing items will be heard no earlier than 6:45 p.m. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a County Board Meeting.

County Board meetings are open to the public. They are held in Room 307 of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., above the Court House Metro Station.

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County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and live-broadcast on Arlington TV, the County's cable channel, with live captioning, on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD), and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. The meetings also are live-streamed on ATV's YouTube channel. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.

Saturday, Feb. 22 — Regular County Board Meeting

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

  • Advertising public hearings in March on a Crystal City Phased Development Site Plan — The Board will consider approving the advertisement of March public hearings to consider binding three Crystal City projects into a Phased Development Site Plan. The innovative approach, if approved, would bind the three noncontiguous projects together for maximum density achievable with the final site plan applications, and a community benefits package related to the cumulative amount of additional density associated with the three projects. The PDSP would establish a framework for how the projects will together deliver public improvements and other enhancements to the area identified by the Crystal City Sector Plan. The site plans proposed for the PDSP, all projects proposed by JBG Smith,  are 1900 Crystal Drive, 1010 12th Street S., and 223 23rd Street S./2300 Crystal Drive.  To read the staff report, scroll to Items No. 20 on the agenda.
  • Child care scholarships — The Board will consider accepting a $200,000 donation from the Arlington Community Foundation to the Department of Human Services, acting as Arlington's board of social services, to establish a child care scholarship program for low-income families. The Nestle company awarded the funding to the foundation. If approved by the Board, the funding is expected to fund child care costs for up to seven children at a time for up to two years. Families earning at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income, and who meet certain criteria, will be eligible to apply. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 16 on the agenda.


  • Edison Park renovations — The Board will consider awarding a $904,000 contract to Crown Construction Service, Inc. to renovate Edison Park, at 213 N. Edison St. This is a Neighborhood Conservation project, funded through voter-approved Neighborhood Conservation bonds. The .9-acre park, which lies within the Arlington Forest Civic Association, is heavily used. Renovation plans include replacing the play area with two play areas, one for 2-5-year-olds and another for 5-12-year-olds; new furnishings and fencing, ramps, railings and walls to improve accessibility from the street and to the park trail. Native plants will be added and stormwater management improved. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. xx on the agenda. To read the staff reports, scroll to Item No. 12 on the agenda.


  • $100,000 state grant for opioid addiction treatment — The Board will consider accepting a $100,000 ongoing Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services grant to increase staffing and operations in the County's Department of Human Services for opioid addiction treatment. The grant would provide peer specialist services, based largely at the County jail, to engage high-risk clients before release, and provide coaching, support, and referral to promote recovery in the community. It also would fund telepsychiatry services to enhance rapid access to Medication-Assisted Treatment, and transportation and child care support to make it easier to access services. To read the staff report, scroll to Items No. 15 on the agenda.


  • Updating the Maywood Design Guidelines -- The Board will consider approving advertising a public hearing before the Board at its March meeting to consider adopting an update to the Maywood Design Guidelines for the Maywood Local Historic District. Both the Maywood Community Association and the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board support changes to the design guidelines to expedite review of the appropriateness of proposed changes to homes within the historic district and provide a streamlined design review process for some categories of renovation and site/landscape projects. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 21 on the agenda.


Tuesday, Feb. 25 -- Recessed Meeting (Note: Some reports are posted closer to the meeting date).

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

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 on any item pulled from the Saturday Consent Agenda.

No earlier than 6:45 p.m. the Board will hold Regular Public Hearings

  • Fiscal Year 2021 Budget -- The Board will consider advertising public hearings on the Proposed Calendar Year 2020 real estate tax rate and other proposed taxes and fees for the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget after the County Manager presents his Proposed FY 21 Budget.  The Manager's presentation of the Proposed Budget kicks off the Board's review of the Proposed Budget through a series of public work sessions.  Comments on the Proposed Budget can be submitted to the County Board at:  CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us. The Board will hold a tax rate hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 in the County Board Room and a budget hearing on Tuesday, March 31 in the County Board Room.  Sign up on the County website will begin five days in advance of each hearing. The County Board will adopt the FY 2021 Budget on Saturday, April 18. The 2021 fiscal year will begin July 1, 2020. To read the staff reports, scroll to Items No. 27 A-P on the agenda.


  • SEEC relocation to Arlington Mill -- The Board will hold a public hearing and consider an agreement to lease part of the fourth floor of the Arlington Mill community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., to the Shirlington Employment and Education Center. The SEEC is a nonprofit organization that for many years has operated a job pavilion at the corner of South Four Mile Run and Shirlington Road. The move to Arlington Mill would improve conditions for SEEC by providing indoor space for workers seeking employment and an underground garage for pick-up and drop-off. This license agreement, if approved by the Board, would give SEEC a one-year, rent-free lease for the Arlington Mill space. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 26 on the agenda.