The Arlington County Board will consider and act on dozens of items at its Regular Board Meeting on Saturday, June 12, 2021 and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
The Board will resume in-person meetings with this session and will meet in Room 307 on the third floor at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. All County Board Meetings are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.
To protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public will also have the opportunity to participate in the meeting virtually. Individuals wishing to participate in the meeting who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear face coverings or participate virtually.
Commenting on agenda Items
Send your comments on agenda items to the County Board at CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us. All comments received by the Board are made part of the public record and are before the Board members as they consider items.
If you wish to comment during Public Comment at the start of the Regular Hearing, or on a Regular Public Hearing Item, register in advance on the County Board website, where you can also find more details on public participation in virtual Board Meetings, or call the Board Office at 703-228-3130 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online Registration opens once the agenda for the meeting is posted, approximately one week before the meeting.
Watch it Live
County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website and on YouTube and broadcast live on Arlington TV, the County’s cable channel, with live captioning on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD) and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 – Regular County Board Meeting
View the agenda and staff reports (Note: some reports are posted closer to the meeting date).
Collective Bargaining – The Board will consider a request to advertise a public hearing to amend Chapter 6 (Civil Service) of the Code of Arlington County, Virginia to add a new provision to allow collective bargaining. The County has begun the initial steps to allow collective bargaining, based on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s action in 2020 (Virginia Code §40.1-57.2). If approved, this ordinance will allow eligible County employees to join and be represented by a union, and collectively bargain certain employment matters. To read the staff report, scroll to item #44 on the agenda.
Renaming U.S. Route 29/Lee Highway: The Board will consider a motion to rename U.S. Route 29 to Langston Boulevard within the boundaries of Arlington County between North Lynn Street to the western border of Arlington County with the City of Falls Church. This move comes after the Lee Highway Alliance working group of residents and business owners conducted a study to determine a name that better reflects Arlington County’s values, promotes equity, and is welcoming to all people who work on, live on, and/or visit the corridor. The Working Group created an objective set of evaluation criteria and processes to ensure that the public process of selecting a name was transparent, inclusive, and reflected a commitment to the values of public engagement in Arlington.
The Board will also consider requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to rename the state-owned portion of U.S. Route 309, also referred to as Lee Highway, or Old Lee Highway, to Old Dominion Drive from North Quincy Street to U.S. Route 29. To read the staff report, scroll to item #45 on the agenda.
Prevailing Wage – The Board will consider a request to authorize advertisement of adoption of a prevailing wage provision to the Arlington County Purchasing Resolution for construction contracts of $1,500,000 or more, solicited on or after October 1, 2021. Prevailing wage rates will be determined by the Virginia Commissioner of Labor and Industry on the basis of applicable prevailing wage rate determinations made by the U.S. Secretary of Labor under the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act. This proposed program design is intended to serve as an initial phase which would be revisited in the future based on the County’s learned experience and anticipated clarification to the State’s enabling legislation. To read the staff report, scroll to item #46 on the agenda.
Rosslyn RCA Site – The Board will consider an amendment to Site Plan #66 at the Rosslyn RCA Site and 1901 N. Moore Street that would allow for construction of a 423-unit residential building with ground floor retail. As part of the redevelopment, the applicant will be removing the internal loop roads currently on the site as well as an existing skywalk over N. Moore Street that connects the RCA building to the Rosslyn Gateway site. The plan also includes a number of other community benefits, including an open space contribution geared towards improvements within Rosslyn such as at Gateway Park, provision of 12 on-site committed affordable units (CAFs), LEED Gold green building certification and other sustainability commitments, a public art fund contribution, utility upgrades, and several off-site transportation and streetscape improvements, including ADA accommodations, a new Capital Bikeshare station, and protected bike lanes. The redevelopment will also fulfill an array of goals and recommendations of the Rosslyn Sector Plan that was adopted by the County Board in 2015. To read the staff report, scroll to item #47 on the agenda.
Clarendon West Development – The Board will consider a Zoning Ordinance amendment to revise Map 1 in the Clarendon Revitalization District to accommodate a revised Site Plan #438 that would ultimately lower the building height, reduce the residential parking ratio, permit tandem parking spaces, amend the corner plaza design, and modify the location of the ground floor unit stoops and main building entrances for Building 1 of the Clarendon West development. To read the staff report, scroll to item #48 on the agenda.
Repeal, reenact and recodify Chapter 17 – The Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to repeal, reenact and re-codify Chapter 17 (Miscellaneous Offenses and Provisions) of the Code of Arlington County, Virginia to repeal the law that makes refusal to identify oneself at the request of a police officer a criminal act and updates outdated references to state statutes as well as modernizes provisions to reflect current practice. To read the staff report, scroll to item #18 on the agenda.
Funding for Affordable Housing at Ballston Station Development – The Board will consider the allocation of nearly $16M from the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) to Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), or its affiliate, to assist in the development and financing of Ballston Station, an 8-story Low Income Housing Tax Credit development with a total of 144 new committed affordable units at the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) site located at 4201 N. Fairfax Drive. To read the staff report, scroll to item #41 on the agenda.
New Park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive – The Board will consider adopting Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines for a new park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive. The proposed 0.9-acre park, known informally as the “teardrop parcels”, will create distinct areas for people to play, relax, work out, and spend time in nature. This new park has an approximate $3M budget and will provide a variety of natural elements and conservation strategies for existing resources and would provide for equitable access to green spaces, park amenities, and other natural elements for nearby residents, workers, and other park visitors. To read the staff report, scroll to item #19 on the agenda.
Erik Gutshall Memorial Plaque – The Board will consider approval of a Memorial Plaque to be placed in Zitkala-Sa Park in the Lyon Park neighborhood to honor the late Erik Gutshall and his significant contributions and sustained public service to Arlington County. The plaque was suggested and will be funded by the Lyon Park Citizens Association to honor Gutshall, who was elected and sworn-in to the County Board in late 2017 and served on it for over two years. Prior to serving on the County Board, Mr. Gutshall served on the Planning Commission for four years and had been a member of the Transportation Commission. He also served as president of the Lyon Park Citizens Association, a board member for Doorways for Women and Families, and a member of the Facilities Committee of Western Presbyterian Church, and he was in the Leadership Arlington Class of 2009. Additionally, Mr. Gutshall was a neighborhood representative on the Site Plan Review Committee, a PTA volunteer, and a youth soccer coach. To read the staff report, scroll to item #22 on the agenda.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Recessed County Board Meeting
The virtual Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with reports from the Board Members and the County Manager.
The meeting will be live-streamed on the County website, and on YouTube, and broadcast on Arlington TV, the County’s cable channel, with live captioning, on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD), and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.
View the agenda and staff reports (Note: some reports are posted closer to the meeting date).
No earlier than 6:30 p.m. the Board will hold a public hearing and consider items pulled from the Saturday Consent Agenda. Regular public hearings will be held after carryover Consent Agenda items are considered.
Serrano Update and Subordination Loan – After a report from the County Manager and the AHC Board with an update on conditions at the Serrano Apartments at 5535 Columbia Pike, the Board will consider approval of an Intercreditor and Subordination Agreement and First Amendment to the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) Loan Agreement for the property. Approval of this agreement will help to secure affordability options for residents and will remove ambiguity or inconsistency. To read the staff report, scroll to item #49 on the agenda.