ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved more than $2.5 million to fund five projects that will enhance pedestrian safety, improve parks and beautify neighborhoods across the County.
The projects are part of Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation program, created by the County Board in 1964 to strengthen neighborhoods. Under this program, residents identify their capital improvement priorities and submit applications to the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC).
“For nearly half a century, Neighborhood Conservation has helped keep Arlington’s neighborhoods strong, beautiful and safe,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “The program relies on residents to decide their neighborhood’s most important capital needs. It is truly an example of community planning done from the ground up.”
Funding for Neighborhood Conservation comes from bonds approved by Arlington County voters. In 2012, voters approved a $28.3 million Community Infrastructure Bond, $11 million of which was for Neighborhood Conservation. These are the second round of priority projects to be funded by that bond.
The Board unanimously voted to approve the projects, which were brought forward by the County Board-appointed Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC).
The committee considered 27 first priority neighborhood projects, with the projects being selected in priority ranking. The County Board approved five recommended projects:
Members of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee meet monthly to oversee the Neighborhood Conservation program. Twice a year, the committee recommends qualified projects to the County Board for approval of bond funding.
Residents, through their neighborhood associations, identify improvement priorities in their neighborhoods and work with the County to get those projects funded. Since its founding in Arlington, the program has been studied by many other communities and has become a model for making improvements in established urban neighborhoods across the nation.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.