The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its June 2017 meeting, on Sat., June 17 and Tues., June 20. 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 Regular County Board meeting.
All County Board meetings are broadcast live on the County’s cable channel, ATV, with live captioning, and live-streamed on the County website. You can watch the Board meetings on Comcast 25 & 74 and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website.
Sat., June 17 – County Board Regular Meeting
View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: The meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment. Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.)
Updating the Williamsburg Neighborhood Conservation Plan: The Board will consider accepting the Williamsburg neighborhood’s first update to its Neighborhood Conservation Plan since 2000. The plan has been approved by the Williamsburg Civic Association and reviewed by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee. Staff is recommending that the plan be accepted with the staff comments. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 41.
Clubhouse, covered batting cages proposed for Barcroft Park: The Board will consider approving George Washington University’s request to build a clubhouse at Barcroft Park to support Diamond Field #6. The university also is seeking permission to cover the batting cages with a prefabricated structure that will protect players from bad weather. Under an agreement signed between the County and GWU in 2011, the university invested more than $3 million in upgrading the diamond field, and agreed to maintain and repair it in return for long-term shared use with the County as well as develop this project. The proposed clubhouse would include team locker rooms, two indoor batting tunnels, showers, a laundry room, a coach’s office and meeting space. The indoor batting tunnels will be available for community use up to 275 hours a year. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No.36.
Construction contracts for intersection, trail and bridge improvements: The Board will consider approving the award of contracts for:
- Safety improvements to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail and Custis Trail: The Board will consider approving a $2 million contract with Sagres Construction Corporation to make safety improvements to two of Arlington’s most heavily used bicycle trails. The project will improve three intersections along the W&OD and Custis Trails. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 18.
- Arlington Boulevard at Park Drive and at Manchester Street intersection improvements: The Board will consider approving a $1.7 million contract with Sagres Construction Corporation to improve the safety and streetscapes at the intersections of Arlington Boulevard at Park Drive and Arlington Boulevard at Manchester Street. The project includes adding new curbs and gutters, sidewalk, pavement, storm drain inlets and pipes, traffic signals and pavement markings. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 17.
- South Clark Street demolition and traffic signal project: The Board will consider approving a $6.3 million contract with Ardent Company, LLC to remove the elevated South Clark Street roadway from 12th Street South to 20th Street South, to normalize the street network and create more development space in the Crystal City area. The project was envisioned in the Crystal City sector plan. It will also upgrade the traffic signals at the intersection of 20th Street South and Route 1. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 22.
- Repairing three Rosslyn bridges: The Board will consider approving a $358,000 contract with Fort Myer Construction Corporation to repair the North Nash Street pedestrian bridge south of Key Boulevard, the 17th Street North bridge over Ft. Myer Drive and the Ft. Myer Drive pedestrian bridge, north of Wilson Boulevard. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 19.
Tuesday, June 20 — Recessed County Board Regular Meeting
View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date).
At the 3 p.m. session: The County Board Chair, members of the County Board and the County Manager will report on local and regional items of interest.
- Climate Action Resolution: The Board will consider adopting a resolution reaffirming Arlington’s commitment to climate action.
- The American Planning Association will present the County Board with its Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award, honoring Arlington for its mplementation of the County’s General Land Use Plan and smart growth journey.
6:30 p.m. session: The Board will hold public hearings on any item carried over from the Sat., June 17 Consent Agenda. No earlier than 6:45 p.m., the Board will hold a public hearing on:
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Map Request to Advertise: The Board will consider setting public hearings before the Planning Commission on July 5 and the Board on July 15 to consider adopting an updated Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Map (also known as the Resource Protection Area (RPA) map).
The state’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, adopted in 1988, is meant to improve water quality in the bay and other waters in Virginia and is implemented through the County’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance establishes the criteria for RPA designation.
The proposed updates are not the result of any changes to stream designation policy or criteria since the County Board’s 2003 adoptions of comprehensive revisions to the ordinance and RPA map. Instead, the proposed changes are the result of more accurate and thorough geographic information about the County’s streams and wetlands made available since the 2003 update through data collection for the 2014 Stormwater Master Plan and the 2010 Natural Resource Management Plan.
Under the County’s proposed revisions to its RPA map, 280 parcels would be removed from RPA designation and 196 new properties would be designated. Projects on designated parcels can require additional permits and mitigation, which can add to the time and expense of a project. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 42.