- Board accepts neighborhood’s plan
- Identifies improvements that enhance safe, walkable neighborhood
- Call for better sidewalks, protection of mature trees and plant life, and aging in place
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today accepted the updated Cherrydale Neighborhood Conservation Plan, setting the stage for the Cherrydale Citizens Association to pursue funding through the Neighborhood Conservation program that will enhance Cherrydale as a safe, walkable neighborhood with a focus on protecting trees and plants, parks and open spaces.
“The Cherrydale residents worked hard to create an updated vision for their neighborhood,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “The Neighborhood Conservation Program allows residents to set their own priorities for their neighborhood, from walkability to protecting the tree canopy.”
The Board voted unanimously to accept the plan. Key recommendations from the neighborhood include:
- Safe, walkable neighborhood: Ensure all sidewalks are broad enough for strollers or people with disabilities to use
- Coordination with utilities companies: Create better coordination and communication between utility companies, community and county to ensure timely maintenance of infrastructure.
- Maintenance of current and future plant life: Protect the neighborhood’s mature trees, varied plants, valued parks and open spaces.
- Childcare: Support creation of volunteer-run age-based playgroups and more day care opportunities in Cherrydale.
- Aging in place: Enable residents to live in their own homes and communities safely, independently and with an enhanced quality of life as they age.
Resident-led planning process
This is the second update of the Neighborhood Conservation Plan for Cherrydale. The original plan was accepted in 1987 and first updated in 2005. The Cherrydale Citizens Association began this update planning effort in 2012 with the organization of a local Neighborhood Conservation Committee, a group of volunteers that developed a 194-question survey. The committee distributed the survey throughout Cherrydale in the spring of 2013 and achieved a statistically valid 21% response rate. The updated NC plan was drafted, reviewed and unanimously approved by the Civic Association in September 2014. The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) reviewed the plan on Jan. 8, 2015 and approved forwarding the plan to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Feb. 9 to recommend that the County Board accept the plan. The plan will be posted to the County’s website in the coming months.
Historic Cherrydale, shaded by many tall, old-growth trees and dotted with historic bungalows built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, has a small-town feel. With 1,225 households, the neighborhood is home to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House, built in 1919, Arlington’s first volunteer fire department.
Cherrydale is bounded by I-66 on the east and south, Lorcom Lane and Old Dominion Drive on the north, and North Utah Street and the H.B. Woodlawn School on the west. A longtime Neighborhood Conservation participant, Cherrydale has several completed NC projects including curb, gutter and sidewalk installations on several streets.
About Neighborhood Conservation
Arlington created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to improve residential areas by funding neighborhood improvement projects suggested by residents. Project proposals are submitted to the NCAC for consideration. The NCAC meets monthly and is made up of representatives from 48 of Arlington’s 57 civic associations. Twice each year the group makes recommendations to the County Board for projects to fund.
The NCAC offers funding guidance based on rankings assigned through a point system. Projects receiving the highest point totals are passed on to the County Board. Visit the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program website for details on how points are awarded.
Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation program, with its grass roots engagement, has become a model for other communities across the country. To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #26 on the Agenda for the Feb. 21 Arlington County Board Regular Meeting.