January 2024 County Board Agenda Highlights
Published on January 16, 2024
The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 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.
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Saturday, January 20, 2024 – Regular County Board Meeting
RTA on Managing Parking Meter Zones – Item 27
The County Board will consider a request to authorize public hearings on an ordinance to establish a temporary performance parking pilot program in commercial corridors that would permit periodic administrative changes to metered parking rates. This pilot would allow for better management of curb-side parking space that is in high demand through the use of variable parking meter rates. Currently, only the County Board has the authority to regulate the public right-of-way in the public interest and to make changes to parking meter rates.
Since February 2023, the County has been using new data collection systems that provide real-time occupancy data to inform metered-space management decisions. This pilot program would temporarily allow the County Manager and staff to make administrative changes, in response to occupancy data collected, to metered parking rates and run from March 1, 2024, and March 1, 2026.
If approved, a public hearing will be held by the County Board on February 24, 2024.
RTA on Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan – Item 28
The Board will also consider a request to authorize public hearings on an ordinance to update the Sanitary Sewer Collection System plan, an element of the County’s Comprehensive plan. The Sanitary Sewer Collection System plan, last updated in 2002, sets the policy and infrastructure improvements necessary to meet anticipated growth and development within the County. Recommendations in the plan include:
Flush specific sanitary sewer segments at least once every five years;
Identify, inspect, and rehabilitate where necessary sewer segments at stream crossings at least once every ten years; and
Updates programs to address fats, oils and grease that create blockages and cause overflows, as well as educating homeowners on how to properly dispose of these substances.
If approved, hearings will be held by the Planning Commission and County Board in February 2024.
Red Lion Hotel Site Plan Amendments and Associated Items – Item 30
The Board will also consider approving amendments and associated items that will allow the redevelopment of the existing Red Lion hotel located at 1501 Arlington Blvd. and the Ellis Arms and Williamsburg Apartments into an eight-story multifamily residential building. This building will have 446 dwelling units, and overall project will advance the following key County Goals and objectives:
Affordable housing: Provides 22 on-site committed affordable units (CAFs), totaling 42 bedrooms, including four (4) one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and two (2) three-bedroom units—furthering the goals of the Affordable Housing Master Plan;
Sustainable design: Makes LEED Gold certification, 20% energy optimization, and additional sustainability commitments in accordance with the Green Building Incentive Policy at the 0.35 FAR level. In addition, a portion of the existing parking garage will be reused, thereby reducing the amount of embodied carbon--furthering the goals of the Community Energy Plan;
New housing: Supports General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Development and Growth Goals through creation of 418 net new dwelling units in the transit-rich and multimodal transportation environment in the Rosslyn Station Area;
Urban design: Eliminates existing surface parking lots, significantly reduces curb cut widths, creates a continuous building face along Fairfax Drive, and undergrounds overhead power lines along the site frontages;
Streetscape and Multimodal Approach: Constructs new sidewalks, increasing the number of street trees along all frontages and new crosswalks and ADA improvements (accessible ramps) at the intersection of Fairfax Drive and North Piece Street as well as mid-block on Fairfax Drive between the proposed lobby and Arlington Boulevard Trail. In addition, the proposed building placement ensures adequate right-of-way remains for the new Arlington Boulevard Trail capital project, currently in preliminary engineering phase.
Use Permit regarding 1425 N. Quincy Street – Item 31
The Board will also consider renewing the use permit for a commercial parking lot for the purpose of storing up to 29 ART buses to park on a portion of the property located at 1425 N. Quincy Street. This use permit was initially approved in May 2022 as a temporary use until no later than December 31, 2025, as accommodations for a portion of the ART fleet serving routes in the northern portion of
Arlington County. This item recommends renewing this use permit with a County Board review in one year (January 2025), allowing the community, staff, and the Board to assess use operations and potential early discontinuation of the permit before December 31, 2025.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 – Recessed County Board Meeting
The Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with reports from the Board Members and the County Manager.
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.