NOTE: This was corrected at 3:50 p.m. 06/14/2014 to reflect the correct Board vote.
- Residents call for safer pedestrian conditions
- Plan calls for parking restrictions, traffic calming
- Neighborhood seeks to maintain quiet, residential atmosphere
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today accepted the updated Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood Conservation Plan, allowing the Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association to pursue funding to address speeding and cut-through traffic, improve pedestrian safety, enhance street conditions and make park improvements.
“Neighborhood Conservation give residents an opportunity to set their own priorities for making their neighborhoods safer and more beautiful,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The Waycroft-Woodlawn residents who participated in this process have demonstrated a commitment to their community by identifying concrete ways to enhance their quality of life.”
The Board voted 5 to 0 to accept the plan.
Key recommendations from the neighborhood include:
- Street conditions: Add street lights south of Washington Blvd., improve several intersections' crosswalks, bury utilities and repair sidewalks and add new ones.
- Traffic and parking management: Calm traffic to reduce speeding, use “no-turn” restrictions to discourage cut-through commuting, improve parking management on streets in proximity to local churches and health care facilities.
- Enhance Woodlawn Park: Improve maintenance of park infrastructure, trees and plants and amenities.
- Land use: Increase the dialog between the civic association and the County about plans for infill development, new street construction and the hospital expansion.
“The plan addresses ways to make our neighborhood stronger, more pedestrian friendly and more beautiful,” said Tracie Morris, President of the Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association (WWCA). “The acceptance of this plan is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by a group of neighbors in the WWCA. Many people volunteered countless number of hours to bring us to this point.”
Resident-led planning process
This is the second Neighborhood Conservation Plan update for Waycroft-Woodlawn. The first plan was accepted in February 1984 and the first update was approved in October 1998. The Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association began this planning effort in the fall of 2012 by distributing a survey to all households. More than 250 residents (a 43 percent response rate) provided input on neighborhood improvements. Based on their feedback, the WWCA drafted an updated plan with 43 recommendations. The Civic Association approved the plan in May 2013. The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee approved forwarding the plan on May 8, 2014, to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission voted unanimously June 4, 2014, to recommend that the County Board accept the plan. The plan will be posted to the County's website in the coming months.
The Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood
The Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood is northwest of Ballston's commercial center. This low-density, heavily wooded area is home to more than 1,600 residents. Most of the housing is detached, single-family homes of predominantly Cape Cod and Colonial styles.
The community was developed between 1934 and 1939; following World War II, a second wave of development filled the remaining lots. Anchored by the tranquil Woodlawn Park, Waycroft-Woodlawn is a quiet, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhood.
Arlington County created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to encourage and empower residents to come together to discuss and share ideas on what improvements are needed for their neighborhoods. Neighborhood Conservation Plans are created under the Neighborhood Conservation program.
Community members will use the updated plan to prioritize the neighborhood projects that they will submit to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC), a committee that oversees the Neighborhood Conservation program, for review and funding. Twice a year, the committee recommends qualified projects to the County Board for approval of funding. Funding for Neighborhood Conservation projects comes from voter-approved General Obligation Bond Referenda.
50 years of Neighborhood Conservation
This year, Arlington County is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neighborhood Conservation program. Since 1996, the program has invested more than $67 million in residential neighborhoods, built more than 550 projects, installed more than 200 neighborhood signs, and completed miles of sidewalk significantly increasing pedestrian safety. The Neighborhood Conservation program brings street improvements, gutter and sidewalk repairs and additions, beautification projects, better street lighting and other projects to Arlington neighborhoods, helping to make them among the most desirable in the nation.
Learn more about Arlington County's Neighborhood Conservation Program, and to view the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #33 on the Agenda for the June 10, 2014, Regular County Board Meeting.