Engage Arlington


Current Engagement Opportunities                       

Arlington Boulevard Safety Improvement Project – Feedback Form through September 28: The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking online feedback for the Arlington Boulevard Safety Improvement Project. View the presentation to read about this project, or visit the VDOT project page to learn more

Metro’s Better Bus Network Redesign—Better Bus, Better Names Feedback Form through September 28:Weigh in on Metro’s bus route names by completing theBetter Bus, Better Names online form. Your feedback will help Metro develop new route names to better identify Metrobus routes, stops, and shelters.

Bozman Suspended Public Art Project – Feedback Form through September 30: Share your favorite route in Arlington to help inform the Bozman public art project, to be designed by artist Kipp Kobayashi. Visit the project page to learn more about the project and the artist. 

STAR Customer Feedback Opportunity – Feedback Form through September 30: Arlington Transit is inviting STAR (Specialized Transportation for Arlington Residents) customers to share their thoughts on current service. STAR is a shared-ride service for people whose disabilities prevent them from riding other bus and rail services. STAR provides a comparable level of public transportation to that provided by ART, Metrobus and Metrorail and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Learn more about STAR here.

Environmental Assessment for the Crystal City to Washington National Airport (CC2DCA) Connector – Feedback Opportunity through October 3: Learn about the Environmental Assessment for theCC2DCA Environmental Assessment and share your thoughts using the online feedback form through October 3.

Share Your Thoughts on Use Permits for Public Space Design Processes – Virtual Event on October 3, 12-1 p.m.:Join us for a lunch hour session to learn about an effort to consider Use Permits for Public Space Design Processes. Use Permits could provide opportunities for more flexibility in zoning regulations that would allow the County Board to consider adjustments to standards on a case-by-case basis. Use this opportunity to get your questions answered or share feedback. You can also share your feedback on the online form now through October 8. Visit the project page to learn more.

Pupusas with the Police and Sheriff – In-Person on October 3, 5-7 p.m.: Join the Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County Sheriff's Office, with our partners at PathForward and Doorways, for an informal engagement event at Sofia’s Pupuseria (3610 Columbia Pike) to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy some pupusas. Únase al Departamento de Policía del Condado de Arlington y la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Arlington, con nuestras alianzas de PathForward y Doorways, para un evento de participación informal a Sofia’s Pupuseria (3610 Columbia Pike) para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana y disfrutar de algunas pupusas.

Coffee with a Cop - In-Person on October 4: Join the Arlington County Police Department for Coffee with a Cop for an opportunity to meet officers, ask questions, discuss public safety concerns, and get to know one another. Coffee with a Cop will be held on October 4 at Compass Coffee (4100 Wilson Blvd) from 8:00-10:00 a.m., and Idido's Coffee and Social House (1107 S. Walter Reed Drive) from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Visit the event page to learn more.

Historic and Cultural Resources Plan - Feedback Form: Share your feedback with Historic Preservation on the recommended draft of the Historic and Cultural Resources Plan. This draft plan will be considered by the County Board this fall. Learn more about the draft plan here.

Safe Homes, Safe Relationships - Feedback Form in English or español: Share your feedback with Project PEACE on any experience you may have been using, looking for, or if you are referring people to resources for those impacted by domestic/intimate partner violence and sexual assault in Arlington County. Your feedback is confidential. Results will help enhance and improve services for everyone in the county.  

Arlington's Racial History Timeline Update - Sign Up to Share Your Story: The County Manager’s Office of R.A.C.E. is expanding its expanding its Racial History Timeline, a resource that documents key historical events in housing, education, transportation, community facilities and more. We are collecting oral histories from community members like you to build on the time period from 1976 to 1990. Visit the project page to sign up to share your story and to learn more about the Racial History Timelines.

Demographic Data Dashboard for Arlington's Civic Associations - Feedback Form: Share your thoughts on the new data dashboard breaks down Population and Demographic Estimates for Arlington's civic associations. The dashboard is in beta form, and the County is asking the community to test out the dashboard and let us know about your experience. 

Zoning Ordinance Amendments (Request to Advertise issued July 15, 2023): Amending several sections of the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance to clarify permitted uses, maximum commercial densities, and maximum height provisions for buildings with elder care uses redeveloping within the Pentagon City Coordinated Redevelopment District and other adopted planning districts as shown on the General Land Use Plan. Public comments will also be heard at the Planning Commission on September 11, 2023, and by the County Board no earlier than September 23, 2023. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us.

General Land Use Plan Amendments (Request to Advertise issued July 15, 2023): Two components: first relating to an amendment to the General Land Use Plan from "Government and Community Facilities" to "Medium Density Mixed-Use" meant to be concurrent with the consideration of the Wells Fargo/Verizon site plan application and the other action regarding amending the GLUP Public Facility Map  and table to identify four telecommunication facilities located County-wide for conformance with state law review requirements. Public hearing dates on the GLUP amendment related to the Wells Fargo/Verizon site plan have not yet been set. Public hearings for amendments to the GLUP Public Facility Map and table component will be heard by the Planning Commission no early than September 11, 2023, and by the County Board no earlier than September 23, 2023. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us.

Code Amendment (Request to Advertise issued July 15, 2023):  Amending the Arlington County code to conform with March 2023 state law updates, requiring motor vehicle operators to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Previous state code, and thus our county ordinances, only required that operators yield the right-of-way to pedestrians - but not completely stop. This change also supports Arlington's ongoing Vision Zero efforts. The public hearing will be heard by the Board on September 23, 2023. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us.

2500 Wilson Boulevard (Request to Advertise, Issued May 13, 2023): Changing the 2500 Wilson Boulevard Block, following a Tier I Special GLUP Study, from the “Low Office-Apartment-Hotel" to “Medium Office-Apartment-Hotel" designation. The amendment comes at the request of TMG 2500 Wilson Boulevard LLC, which submitted an application for a Special GLUP study for this property and has expressed interest in future redevelopment. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us

3108 Columbia Pike (Request to Advertise, Issued May 13, 2023): Amending the Facility Map and Table to facilitate the creation of a publicly-owned parking lot, located at 3108 Columbia Pike. This property was acquired by the County in March 2022 after it was identified as a potential site for a future Columbia Pike branch library and for a potential co-location of County Board priorities, such as affordable housing. In the interim, staff recommends demolishing the existing office building at this site, which is not fit for re-use, to expand parking for lease to Arlington Public Schools. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us.

Sunrise Senior Living Facility at 2000 N. Glebe Road (Request to Advertise, Issued May 13, 2023): Changing the status of the area located at the northwestern corner of North Glebe Road and 20th Street North" from Residential (1-10 units/acre) to Low-Medium Residential. The amendment comes at the request of Sunrise Development, Inc., which is seeking to rebuild the current facility into a new three- to four-story assisted living facility comprising approximately 85 senior housing units and below-grade parking. Members of the public can register to speak at public hearings on these items once they are scheduled, and registration opens approximately a week before the meeting. Before a public hearing is held, the Board can receive email feedback at countyboard@arlingtonva.us


Highlights from Previous Opportunities

September 2023 | Homeownership Study Phase 2 – After a months-long community engagement effort including an in-person Community Workshop in July 2023, the vision and goals for Arlington’s homeownership program are available in the Homeownership Study Phase 2 Report. Visit the project page to learn more.


Broadband Resource Evaluation and Needs Assessment: This is the first phase of a study that addresses the current state of broadband and digital inclusion in Arlington County and assesses the federal, state, and local tactics and tools currently available and their ability to eliminate any gaps in access. Review the Broadband Resource Evaluation and Needs Assessment report here

Walter Reed Outdoor Pickleball Court: The project team gathered over 1,300 responses from community members for the Walter Reed Outdoor Pickleball Court project. Many themes and core issues emerged in this data which provides a summary that captures and shares what we heard, as well as raw data. The team has read through all your comments and is working with project consultants to draft further potential concepts. Take a look at the project timeline and plan to join the April 2023 recessed meeting to learn more.

Military Road and Nelly Custis Drive Roundabout: Community feedback gathered in the summer of 2022 sought roundabout improvements to reduce visual clutter, improve yield rates, and reduce confusion for all intersection users. The interim updates will be followed by a permanent round about installation at this intersection. Check in for project updates here and check out this VDOT video and information page for tips on navigating a roundabout as a motorist, pedestrian, and cyclist.

Missing Middle Update – Expanded Housing Options Adopted: On Wednesday, March 22, the Arlington County Board voted to expand housing options in portions of the County that currently only allow single-detached homes, concluding the multi-year process of the Missing Middle Housing Study. Learn more.

Stormwater Utility Implementation: The County Board held a work session on the Stormwater Utility Implementation on January 31.  Staff presented recommendations for the utility which were shaped by the engagement process over the past year. Based on feedback received during the engagement process, the County Board directed staff to defer the first stormwater utility bill until May 2024The Board preliminarily agreed with the proposed credit program and rate structure. Please view the presentation or work session video for more information.

N. Sycamore Street Complete Streets Project: The engagement summary of feedback on the concept design for the North Sycamore Street Complete Streets Project is available. Analysis of the summary will help inform a final design, which is anticipated to be share in Fall 2023. 

Plan Langston Boulevard Preliminary Concept Plan: Please find the Draft Langston Boulevard Area Plan Communications and Engagement Overview here. This report provides an overview of community feedback received on the June 2023 Draft Langston Boulevard Area Plan—in-person, through letters and emails, and in an online feedback form. Visit the project page to learn more.

FY 2024 Budget Engagement: In December and January, the County asked for feedback from the community on the annual operating budget for the next fiscal year. Over 2,400 participants weighed in, either online or in-person, and the County Manager considered this feedback as he developed his proposed FY 2024 Budget. View the feedback here, and visit the FY 2024 Budget Information page to learn more about FY 2024 budget proposal.

Columbia Pike Transportation: In the past months, the County has collected feedback from the public about two trails near the Columbia Pike community. The feedback has been organized and is ready for you to review. Community members shared feedback on Arlington Boulevard Trail, Army Navy Country Club Connector Trail, Segment H and I, and the Columbia Pike Partnership hosted the second annual State of the Pike event.

1,500+ Volunteers at MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Arlington hosted their 6th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service where service projects like these highlights were shared. The Beloved Community Award was presented to Saundra Green during this time. Explore volunteer opportunities in Arlington.

Stormwater Facility Zoning Study: Learn how Arlington County manages its stormwater in the zoning study. Zoning standards may change for easier access to management facilities in public spaces. View the meeting video and presentation slides to learn about the stormwater management zoning study and the engagement process. 

Arlington Addiction Recovery Initiative: Volunteers with AARI rolled out a successful year in 2022. They hosted events, facilitated presentations, and shared many resources with the community to respond to substance abuse and support recovery in Arlington. Review the highlights and sign-up to volunteer for AARI. 

Vision Zero Year 2 Mid-Year Report & Public Meeting: Arlington’s Year 2 Vision Zero Mid-Year Report is out! The report provides an overview of Arlington’s progress toward each of the action items from the Vision Zero Action Plan and highlights key accomplishments and things to come in Year 2 of our safety program.

Pedestrian Awareness in Arlington County: Arlington County targets transportation safety through the Vision Zero Critical Crash Campaign. The Transportation team held a variety of public engagement processes this year. Learn about the community's input on school slow zone demonstrations. Watch the County Board meeting to learn about processes that make transportation safer. Read feedback from community members on the Lorcom Lane Pilot project.

Missing Middle Housing Study Information SessionsThe County Board hosted three information sessions touching on several key topics related to Missing Middle housing. Recordings of the sessions are available for viewing on YouTube and archived here.

Transit Strategic Plan: The Arlington Transit Strategic Plan project team held a virtual public meeting followed by a series of pop-up events in Fall 2022 to gather input on experiences using Arlington Transit, and to draft goals and objectives of the plan. View the meeting slides and recording to learn more about the future of transit in Arlington County. 

South Four Mile Run Drive Complete StreetsThe project team for the S. Four Mile Run Drive Complete Streets Project – Phase 2 (S. Walter Reed Drive to S. Nelson Street) Complete Streets began an engagement process in fall 2021 on two concept designs including two community meetings in August and June 2022, a pop-up event, stakeholder conversations and an online feedback form. Visit the project page to review the engagement summary and to learn about the next steps for this project. The next milestone for this project will use feedback to finalize a concept design for implementation in spring 2023.

Crystal City Second Entrance Meeting: The Crystal City Metrorail Station project team held a virtual design update public meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Learn about the most recent designs for the east entrance to the station and the next steps for this transit project. Watch the recording, view the slide deck and read the summary analysis of the public engagement process. 

2700 S Nelson St. Placemaking PlanThe Graham Projects design team and Arlington County officials implemented a variety of community engagement strategies to collect responses on public art and placemaking. Learn about the process that will ultimately lead to a new and inclusive outdoor public space for arts and performances.  

 Proposed FY 2023 - FY 2032 Capital Improvement Plan: The County Manager presented his proposed FY 2023- 2032 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to the County Board on May 17, 2022. Learn about the proposal and review resources including the CIP engagement summary and analysis documents.

CC2DCA Engagement Summary: The Crystal City to Ronald Regan Washington International Airport Multimodal Connection (CC2DCA) study team has prepared updates to share with the community. Learn about public response in the second round of engagement that took place last winter, and next steps for analysis ahead of the next round of engagement anticipated for the fall of 2022. See the newsletter:

FY23 Budget Engagement Overview: Check out a quick overview of what we learned from this past fiscal year's engagement around the County's operating budget. Learn more about the budget and the upcoming consideration from the County Board this April.

Lubber Run Park Pedestrian Bridge Renovation - Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts regarding the draft design for the Lubber Run Pedestrian Bridge. We appreciate your input. Review the update on the project shared by staff at the Nov. 17 Arlington Forest Civic Association meeting.    

Plan Langston Boulevard: View the latest updates, including the Summary of the Feedback(PDF, 11MB) received for the entire corridor, organized by topic and including a summary by neighborhood area. View the study’s Documents page and learn about the Engagement Approach

Vision Zero in Arlington: Arlington County transportation staff and our partners have been working hard to deliver projects, programs, and policies to reduce serious transportation crashes in our community. We are excited to share our first Vision Zero Mid-Year Progress Report. The report details action from 2021, as well as action coming in 2022.  Learn more about Vision Zero.

Community Oversight Board and Independent Policing Auditor: To improve transparency and accountability in the police department, the County Board has established a Community Oversight Board (COB) with independent investigative and subpoena power, and an Independent Policing Auditor.


Sarah Tracey
Director of Public Engagement
Office of Communications & Public Engagement