(CORRECTION: The Public Hearing for Item No. 23, a proposed ban on wild or exotic pets, has been deferred and will not be held at the March meeting, due to the need to re-advertise the proposed changes to the County Code.)
The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its March meeting, on Sat., March 18 and Tues., March 21. 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.
Among the March agenda highlights:
Saturday, March 18 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).
(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)
- Stratford School addition: The Board will hold a public hearing and vote on a series of actions related to the Arlington Public School Board’s request for a Use Permit to build a 40,000 square foot addition to the existing Stratford School, at 4100 Vacation Lane. The Board also will consider expanding the Stratford School Historic District Boundary by 53,467 sq. ft. to include a portion of Stratford Park as part of the Stratford School Historic District. APS plans to convert Stratford School, which currently houses the H-B Woodlawn program, into a neighborhood middle school. To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website: Scroll down to agenda item No. 22.
- Ban on wild or exotic pets: The Board will hold a public hearing and vote on a proposed ban on keeping wild or exotic animals as pets within the County boundaries. Pigs and poisonous reptiles already are banned under the County Code. The proposed changes would expand the ban to include monkeys, wolves, raccoons, lynx, alligators, tarantulas and other wild or exotic animals. To read the staff report for this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to agenda item No 23. (Note: the staff report for this item will be posted the week of March 13-17). (Note: this item will be deferred, to give staff time to further review feedback received from the community and to incorporate a number of changes into a revised Code amendment proposal. If you have questions on this item, contact Kurt Larrick at 703-228-1775 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- SineWave grant: The Board will consider authorizing the County Manager to sign an agreement with SineWave Ventures, LLC for a grant of up to $250,000 in performance-based Economic Development Incentive funds. SineWave, a venture capital fund, aims to create a central hub in Crystal City of venture capital firms. Under the terms of the agreement, SineWave will attract five capital providers and related partner companies to lease 10,000 sq. ft. of space in an office building at 2231 Crystal Drive, and create 391 new jobs. The County’s financial incentive will be provided over five years, and based on performance. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to agenda item No. 13. (Note: the staff report for this item will be posted the week of March 13-17).
Tues., March 21 — County Board Recessed Meeting. View the agenda for this meeting.
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.
- The County Board will honor businesses for their innovative transportation program. The Transportation Champions – Business program aims to motivate businesses to take steps to reduce traffic congestion in the Arlington.
6:30 p.m. session: The County Board will hold public hearings on any items pulled from Saturday’s Consent Agenda. No earlier than 6:45 p.m. the Board will hold a public hearing on:
- Reeves Farmhouse: The Board will consider authorizing the County Manager to execute all documents necessary to subdivide the historic 2,5-acre Reeves farmland property, at 400 N. Manchester Street in the Boulevard Manor neighborhood. The entire property is an Arlington local historic district. If the Board votes for the authorization, staff estimates it will take about a year to complete the steps necessary to put the farmhouse up for sale. To read the staff report for this item, visit the County website: Scroll down to agenda item No. 24. (Note: this staff report will be posted the week of March 13-17).