September 2023 County Board Agenda Highlights

Published on September 18, 2023

The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 8:30 a.m., and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 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, September 23, 2023 – Regular County Board Meeting  

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

Ordinance to Amend Chapter 14.2 – Item 24 The County Board will consider amending Chapter 14.2 of Arlington County Code to require motor vehicle operators to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Currently, local code only requires operators to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. This amendment would bring the County into conformance with recent changes to state law, requiring a complete stop for pedestrians using crosswalks.  

Read the staff reports by scrolling to Item 24 on the agenda. 

Crystal City Metrorail Station East Entrance Final Design Agreement – Item 33 The Board will also consider approving a Project Coordination agreement between Arlington County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for the final design of the Crystal City Metrorail Station East Entrance project. The project will create a new entrance on the northwest corner of 18th Street South and Crystal Drive, improving access and accessibility for users. The total cost estimate for the agreement, $9.4 million, is included in the County's Fiscal Year 2023-2032 CIP and will be allocated from previously approved state and local funding.  

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 33 on the agenda.  

VDOT Funding for Bluemont Junction Trail Phase II – Item 34 The Board will consider accepting $325,000 in federal funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation for the Bluemont Junction Trail Phase II. In 2022, the County requested Congressman Beyer earmarked funds to support the design and construction of Phase II. This project will include updating three remaining trail connectors to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, completing the pedestrian and cyclist network of the Bluemont Junction Trail, and milling and repaving a segment of the Four Mile Run Trail.  

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 34 on the agenda. 

HUD Funding for Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure – Item 35 The Board will consider approving agreements with the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development to appropriate $2.25 million for stormwater management and water and sewer utility infrastructure within the County. In 2022, these federal grants were requested by Representative Don Beyer on behalf of Arlington County and approved as part of the federal FY 2023 appropriations bill.  

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 35 on the agenda. 

Arlington Arts Grants Awards – Item 39 The Board will also consider approving the allocation of $215,810 direct financial support to Arlington County arts organizations and artists as recommended by the Arlington Commission for the Arts. Pursuant to the County's Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists, the Arlington Commission for the Arts is responsible for the distribution of arts resources among Arlington artists and cultural organizations during each fiscal year. The Arts Commission recommends awarding 18 grants, two to individual artists and 16 to arts organizations for FY 2024.  

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 39 on the agenda. 

Bingham Center Site Plan – Item 53 A&B The Board will consider approving a new site plan application and related vacation ordinance to redevelop the former Silver Diner site at 3200 Wilson Boulevard to construct a 10-story hotel and an 11-story mixed-use residential building. This plan will total 290 residential units, 229 hotel rooms, and 16,131 sq ft of floor retail area. In exchange for additional density, public benefits include:  

  • 15 on-site committed affordable units, including 10 family-sized units;  

  • Construction of portions of 10th Road North and a new alley;  

  • Commitment to fund a County-led design process to construct Irving Plaza, in addition to a $224,840K contribution to off-site public space improvements in the Clarendon Revitalization District; and  

  • Commitment to make improvements to the western side of Wilson Boulevard between 10th Street North and Washington Boulevard to provide a 10-foot wide streetscape.  

Read the staff report by scrolling to item 53 A&B on the agenda. 

Crystal Park 1 and 3 Signage Amendment - Item 54 The County Board will consider a site plan amendment to SP #167 for Crystal Park 1 and Crystal Park 3 that would revise condition language related to rooftop signage. These revisions would allow signage for the buildings to be approved administratively in accordance with the current Arlington County Zoning Ordinance rather than through more restrictive site plan conditions.   

Read the staff reports by scrolling to Items 54 on the agenda. 

Tuesday, September 26, 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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