February 2024 County Board Agenda Highlights

Published on February 16, 2024

The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 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, February 24, 2024 – Regular County Board Meeting  

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

Goodwill Site Plan – Item 29 

The County Board will consider approving an application for a rezoning and new site plan associated with the Goodwill site located at 10 S. Glebe Road for a new six-story mixed-use development. The proposed project includes an expanded Goodwill retail and donation center occupying the bottom two floors of the building, 128 committed affordable housing units located above the retail space, and a child care center planned to accommodate up to 40 children—all atop two stories of below-grade parking.  

The proposed Goodwill site plan advances several key County goals and objectives, such as: 

  • Affordable housing: Provides 128 committed affordable housing units (CAFs) at up to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), advancing the goals and objectives of the Affordable Housing Master Plan;  

  • Transportation improvements: Provides streetscape improvements on South Glebe Road and multi-use trail improvements along the Arlington Boulevard off-ramp, consistent with the goals of the Master Transportation Plan and accommodating the proposed design options within the Arlington Boulevard Trail Feasibility Study;  

  • Sustainable design: Achieves Earthcraft Multifamily Gold certification and compliance with the Green Building Incentive Policy (GBIP) at the 0.35 FAR level, supporting the sustainability goals of the Community Energy Plan; and  

  • Child care: Provides approximately 3,000 sf intended for a child care center planned to accommodate up to 40 children, advancing the recommendations of the Child Care Initiative. 

Semi-Detached Dwelling Development Site Plan – Item 30 

The Board will also consider approving a four-story semi-detached structure for a new site plan development with two (2) dwelling units located at 1129 N. Utah Street in the Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood. Currently, the property has a two-story single-detached dwelling in the R15-30T zoning district, allowing for semi—detached dwelling unit development via the special exception site plan review and approval process. Thus, to achieve the proposed development, the applicant requests modification of front and side yard setbacks, placement standards for garages, a/c units, and architectural embellishments.  

Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan – Item 31  

The Board will also consider approving an update to the County Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan. The proposed new 2023 Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan will update and supersede the 2002 Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan and will be an element of the Comprehensive Plan. Of the approximately 459-mile system that currently serves an estimated 237,000 Arlingtonians, roughly 65 percent of its pipes were constructed before 1950 and are now between 75 and 100 years old. This updated plan sets forth the policy and infrastructure improvements necessary to meet the anticipated growth and development and to otherwise provide adequate sanitary sewer capacity and operations in Arlington County. 

Establishing Ranked Choice Voting as the election method for Arlington County’s County Board 2024 General Election – Item 32 

The Board will also consider adopting an uncodified ordinance to pilot use of Ranked Choice Voting as the election method for the 2024 County Board general election. This ordinance will only apply to the expected single-seat general election in November 2024 and not if it becomes a two-seat election.  

Generally speaking, RCV is an election method that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Under Virginia state law, in years where only one seat is open, like the upcoming 2024 County Board general election, a threshold of 50 percent and 1 vote is used to determine a winner.    

County Manager’s FY25 Proposed Operating Budget Presentation – Item 33  

County Manager Mark Schwartz will present his proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. A public hearing on the budget and associated tax rates will be held at the Tuesday recessed meeting on February 27, 2023.  

Arlington’s annual operating budget outlines spending on County programs, services and administration for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The County Manger and County Board are committed to engaging the Arlington community to approve a budget that reflects the Board’s guidance to the Manager approved in December 2023. 

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – Recessed County Board Meeting  

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

FY25 Proposed Operating Budget RTA – Item 35 

At the Tuesday, February 27, 2023, recessed meeting, the County Board will hold a public hearing and consider authorizing advertisement of the proposed real estate, personal property, and Business Improvement District Calendar Year 2024 tax rates, as well as proposed fee changes for FY 2025. 

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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