ARLINGTON, Va. --- Arlington County Manager Barbara M. Donnellan today presented her 10-year Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2015-2024 to the Arlington County Board. The CIP identifies major capital investments that the County plans to make over the next 10 years.
“Continuing to invest in our community is critical for our continued future success, particularly in this difficult economic environment,” said Donnellan. “My proposed CIP reflects a balance of maintaining our existing assets, while investing in strategic priorities – all while maintaining our fiscal sustainability.”
The Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools presented his recommended Schools CIP on May 8, 2014. Donnellan said that “the proposed CIP we have prepared provides substantial resources for the Schools to meet their needs for additional seats. We are committed to work with the Superintendent over the next two months to ensure the needs of our school age population are met in a responsible way.”
The Manager’s Proposed CIP includes strategic investments in several key areas:
Economic competitiveness – continues funding the last phases of ConnectArlington and Intelligent Transportation Systems, providing high-speed dedicated fiber to businesses. Continues the long-planned streetcar infrastructure investments needed to realize the economic development goals of the Crystal City Sector Plan and the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan.
Maintaining existing assets – increases funding for parks, facilities and street paving. It also includes implementation of the storm water master plan. Continues the County’s commitment to Metro, an essential asset.
Investing in strategic priorities – includes investments in key community assets, including accelerated funding to replace the Lubber Run Community Center. Includes plans to replace the aging Fire Station No. 8, as well as the initial stages of redeveloping public land to incorporate affordable housing.
Financial sustainability – proposed CIP is within the County’s debt and financial policies, which are critical to maintaining the County’s triple-Aaa bond ratings. The CIP was developed with conservative financial assumptions – annual revenue growth of 2-3%.
The proposed CIP does not include any additional funding for the Long Bridge Aquatics Facility beyond amounts previously approved in prior CIPs.
CIP funding comes largely from the sale of Arlington County General Obligation bonds, which are authorized by the Arlington County Board and subject to approval by Arlington County voters.
Proposed 2014 Bond Referenda
The County Manager’s proposed 2014 bond referenda totals $113 million and includes:
Fulfilling our ongoing commitment to Metro -- $39 million, a significant increase from the 2012 referenda ($14.6 million).
Investments in long-term maintenance capital in parks, facilities, and street paving -- $35.9 million.
Parks Land Acquisition & Open Space and smaller new parks projects -- $2.7 million.
Government facilities, including planning and design for Lubber Run Community Center, Fire Station No. 8, Trades Center improvements and other infrastructure -- $14.7 million.
Transportation infrastructure, including bridge renovation, traffic signals and other investments – $5.2 million.
Neighborhood Conservation -- $12 million.
ConnectArlington -- $3.5 million.
Arlington’s bond referenda questions will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot after consideration and approval by the County Board. Please note that the County Manager's proposed 2014 bond referenda does not include the recommended 2014 referenda for Arlington Public Schools.
Public Process & Upcoming Dates
The County Manager’s proposed CIP reflects input from the community about its priorities. In April, the Manager held a CIP community forum, and the CIP is a topic for discussion in OpenArlington, an online forum. The County Board will hold multiple worksessions and a public hearing on the proposed CIP before adopting it in July.
Key dates in the CIP process:
May 20 – Joint County Board /School Board worksession
June 3, 18, 24, and July 17 – County Board worksessions on proposed CIP
June 10 – Public hearing – 7:00 p.m., County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 3rd floor, Arlington, VA
July 19 – County Board adoption of CIP and bond referenda language
10 Years of Progress
The proposed CIP continues the significant progress the County has made in its Capital Improvement Plan. In the last two years alone, the County has completed and opened the new Arlington Mill Community Center, Rosslyn Metro Station access improvements, and new Fire Training Academy facility. The first phase of ConnectArlington is nearing completion and a new phase has already begun that will add fiber capacity to the County network. The County has made great progress on parks and facilities maintenance capital investments. Construction will soon begin on a new comprehensive homeless services center.
Over the last 10 years, capital improvements include:
129 Neighborhood Conservation projects
225 Complete Streets projects
14 stormwater management projects
40 acres of new parkland (for a total of 937 acres)
2 new fire stations (#3 and #5)
1 new school; 25 expanded/renovated schools
Expansion and upgrade of Water Pollution Control Plant
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. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. 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.