Save the date to join the three 22202 civic associations – Arlington Ridge, Aurora Highlands, Crystal City – July 30 from 7-9 pm for a virtual Zoom webinar on the status of our collective Livability 22202 efforts. Much has happened since our first Livability 22202 Framework document was published in November 2019, and we have gotten much positive feedback from the County and developers for our united presentation. It has become a powerful, useful tool endorsed by the Arlington County Civic Federation as well.
From January to March 2020 we have organized three workshops on Housing and Open Space and begun work on two other areas – the Future of the Crystal City Underground and Route 1: Promoting East-West Accessibility. The purpose of this webinar is to share the work done by the four Livability committees, as well as information on a number of related Big Picture issues, and begin the process of community engagement and feedback. Following the July 30 presentations, there will be a three-week period for comment and a subsequent meeting for further discussion and conclusions.
On June 8, the CCCA sponsored a virtual meeting on WebX with JBG Smith for them to present their development plans for this building which will be the first in the 22202 area to come up for review by a virtual SPRC. Although there were some technical issues with this WebX software (folks seem to be more familiar with Zoom), it was an opportunity for some 80 participants to raise questions and concerns and learn what is proposed. You can see the PowerPoint presentation below. In the meantime, the County has developed a new virtual process for SPRCs which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, which the County is using for all of its meetings now, as well as live streaming on Facebook. There will be two virtual community engagement meetings coming up for this development project, followed by a single SPRC.
Open Space February 22: We had about 70 participants for a very productive workshop at the Crystal City Marriott on four topics: 1) Re-envisioning Virginia Highlands Park as the backyard for the Pentagon City community; 2) Developing a holistic approach to planning Crystal City Parks; 3) Connecting residents to the natural world and enhancing biodiversity throughout 22202 green spaces; and 4) Planning a publicly accessible greenway from Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary along the railroad tracks to the southern end of Crystal City. With a combination of walking tours and table top discussions, as well as some personal experiences with nature, parks, and open space planning, we covered a lot of ground. A summary will be available in a few weeks.
Housing Affordability #2 March 7: The invitation is out by email and on our website and Facebook page for the second round to on Saturday March 7th, at Calvary Methodist Church on S. 23rd St. to determine the 22202 agenda for housing. This is the second of two workshops led by and for community members wishing to better understand and influence the issue of housing affordability. Given both Amazon’s arrival and pre-existing trends, as well as ongoing county and state policy initiatives, housing is changing fast and our voices need to be part of the discussion. The first workshop (summary here) focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values. If interested, you can also see Michelle Winters presentation on housing needs here. Participants in this second workshop, who need not have attended the first, will learn about the tools available to address housing issues and coalesce around which ones we wish to advocate for. We will hear from experts, such as representatives from JBG, Arlington County and the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and then work together to find common ground. Registration will begin at 1:45 pm and the workshop will start promptly at 2 pm and run to 5:30pm. It will be held at Calvary Methodist Church, 2315 S Grant St. Please RSVP to attend.
CC Underground/Community Facilities March 28: Invitations will be sent out soon. Route 1/East-West Corridor April 18: In planning stage.
2. Capital Improvement Plan (CIP): The County has just launched its next two-year Capital Improvement Plan survey. As part of this year’s budget season, you’re invited to share your input on capital priorities for Arlington County Government. Where should the County make investments? Which types of projects top your list? (Note: This is not/not the operating budget.) Obviously, if you attended our Livability Framework Open Space workshop on Saturday February 22, you saw lots of ideas for how we can make our parks and open space more natural and user friendly. For Crystal City, our top priorities are for the 18th Street and Center parks, along with funding for a redesign of 15th Street. Aurora Highlands is interested in a master plan for Virginia Highlands Park. The survey doesn’t ask for that kind of information specifically at this point, but it does ask what your general priorities are for funding capital projects and Open Space figures in it a great deal. Be sure to respond. There is also a public forum scheduled for March 19, but you have to RSVP by March 13 since space is limited.
3. Census: Mark Your Calendar for 2020 Census Dates. It’s important to be counted.
March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.
4. Democratic Primary March 3: And of course, don’t forget to vote. You’ll see lots of CCCA faces at the polls.
The FY2021-FY2030 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is Arlington County’s 10-year plan for building, maintaining, upgrading or replacing County facilities, equipment and infrastructure. The plan is updated and adopted every two years.
To develop the right plan for our community, the county is asking for your help!
Tell us your priorities. Where should we be making investments? Which types of projects top your list? Your input will help guide the County Manager’s development of the CIP, which will be presented to the County Board in May.
In January, the civic associations of 22202 hosted our first successful Livability Framework Workshop on housing. Neighbors came together to share stories, workshop solutions, and formulate paths forward.
If you couldn’t make the first Livability Framework workshop, there are four more workshops coming. The next is:
Livability Framework: Open Space Workshop Sat. Feb 22, 9am – 3pm Crystal City Marriott 1999 Richmond Hwy
Nearly 100 renters attended this first-ever Crystal City Renter’s Happy Hour, co-hosted by the Crystal City BID.
A brief program included remarks from the CCCA President, Census representativs, Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol, the Crystal City BID, and JBG Smith (which graciously volunteered their marketing center as a venue).
But more importantly, renters and neighbors came together to talk, engage with leaders, and give input into their community.
Couldn’t make it to this event? Don’t worry, we’ll have more. Keep an eye out for future events.