December 2023 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on December 11, 2023

The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 8:30 a.m., and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.  

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 County Board Meeting. 

Virtual participation options are available to the public through Microsoft Teams.  If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please consider watching the meeting's live webcast or cable broadcast or participating virtually via Microsoft Teams. More information on how to participate or watch virtually is provided below. 

Comment on Agenda Items and Speak at the Meeting

Send your written comments on agenda items to the County Board at CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us. All comments received by the Board are made part of the public record and are before the Board members as they consider items. 

If you wish to comment during the Public Comment period at the start of the Regular Hearing or on a Regular Public Hearing Item, register in advance on the County Board website, where you can also find more details on public participation in virtual Board Meetings, or call the Board Office at 703-228-3130 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online Registration opens once the agenda for the meeting is posted, approximately one week before the meeting. In-person registration is also available on the day of the meetings.  

Watch it Live

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

Saturday, December 16, 2023 – Regular County Board Meeting 

View the agenda and staff reports (Note: some reports are posted closer to the meeting date). 

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program Grant Funds – Item 21

The Arlington County Board will consider accepting and appropriating $7.1 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program grant funding to support the County’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) operating programs. CMAQ grant funding is split between federal funding (80%) and a local match provided by the state (20%); No match is required by Arlington County. Funds will be used to provide educational and promotional support to TDM efforts to help facilitate and market alternative commute options such as transit, biking, walking and shared ride options.

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 21 on the agenda.

Barcroft Apartments Affordable Housing Financing Plan – Item 43

The County Board will also consider a request to approve The Barcroft Apartments Affordable Housing Financing Plan. The Plan outlines several elements, including:

  • Refinancing the $150 million County Acquisition Fund loan to separate County loans by phase as units associated with each phase are renovated and redeveloped;
  • Committing Arlington County and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners to rent stabilization for current residents and to the provision of at least 134 units up to 30% Area Median Income (AMI) across the property;
  • Approving the Financing Commitment Letter for the First Renovation Phase of Barcroft Apartments, which includes 93 units and will provide affordable housing averaging up to 60% AMI, include 9 Permanent Supportive Housing units, and conversion of 18 two-bedroom homes to 14 three-bedroom homes and 4 four-bedroom homes; and
  • Ratifying an earlier submitted HUD Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) competitive grant application to receive up to $10 million to rehabilitate 101 apartment homes, construct a resident community and amenity center, and improve two primary streets. It is anticipated HUD will make its selection and award notifications in 2024.

If approved, the County will explore land-use tools for the site as part of upcoming public engagement in 2024.

Read the staff report by scrolling to Item 43 on the agenda.

Establishing Stormwater Utility, Repealing Sanitary District Tax, Providing Stormwater Fee Relief – Item 44

The County Board will also consider an ordinance to establish a Stormwater Utility, set the Stormwater Utility Equivalent Residential Unit annual rate, and adopt a resolution regarding Stormwater fee relief. This item would also repeal the current Sanitary District Tax, effective December 31, 2023.

The County’s Stormwater Management Fund is currently supported by the Sanitary District Tax which generates funding based on property assessments. The tax is currently set at $0.017 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of all taxable real estate. This ordinance proposes replacing the Sanitary District Tax formula with a $258 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) Rate. An ERU in Arlington County is calculated to be 2,400 square feet of impervious area. The rationale for using the amount of impervious area on each property, rather than all taxable real estate, is that it directly correlates with stormwater runoff that contributes to the County’s stormwater system. Basing the rate structure on the amount of impervious area provides a nexus between the fee charged to each property and the amount of services provided by the County.

Approval of this item would also establish a Stormwater fee relief program that will provide 100 percent fee relief for senior and disabled residential property owners and disabled veterans and surviving spouses that currently qualify for real estate tax exemptions and deferrals.

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 44 on the agenda.

Adoption of the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan – Item 45

The Arlington County Board will also consider adopting the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan (FNRP). The FNRP updates and unifies the 2004 Urban Forest Master Plan and the 2010 Natural Resources Management Plan and will serve as the new 12th element of Arlington County’s Comprehensive Plan. The FNRP is intended to be a holistic long-term planning tool that outlines over 80 policy recommendations organized into four interconnected Strategic Directions: Conservation; Climate Mitigation, Adaption, and Resilience; Biodiversity; and Operations.

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 45 on the agenda.

Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement between AFSCME and Arlington County – Item 47

The Board will also consider adopting a resolution regarding funding of the Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement between The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 20, Local 3001 and Arlington County.

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 47 on the agenda.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 – Recessed County Board Meeting 

The Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with reports from the Board Members and the County Manager. 

View the agenda and staff reports (Note: some reports are posted closer to the meeting date). 

Public Hearings

The Board will hold a public hearing no earlier than 6:30 p.m. and consider items pulled from the Saturday Consent Agenda. Regular public hearings will be held after carryover Consent Agenda items are considered.   

View the agenda and staff reports (Note: some reports are posted closer to the meeting date).  

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