Community Facilities Study
A 23-member citizen committee, supported by a 250-member Resident Forum, worked with County and Public Schools staff to evaluate Arlington's changing facility and resource needs. A final report was presented at a joint work session of the County and School Boards in November 2015. The report summarizes the committee's findings, key community challenges and proposes a list of recommendations to address the challenges.
The next step will be a staff review of the recommendations. The County Manager and APS Superintendent presented an initial response at a joint work session of the County and School Boards in April 2016.
Community feedback and formal staff recommendations are due to the Boards by September 2016. The Boards will reconvene with the committee to provide an update on next steps by the end of 2016. Read the complete news release.
Challenges & Recommendations
One of the most important questions the committee was asked to answer was, what community challenges are there that, if unaddressed, could threaten Arlington’s overall sustainability? The group identified five pressing community challenges:
- A scarcity of land for public facilities
- Changing demographics
- A threatened commercial tax base
- Strategic facility planning and priority setting
- Revamping the community dialogue
Process improvements are the committee's preferred method to address the key challenges.
Process, Scope & Timeline
In January 2015, the Arlington County Board and the Arlington School Board launched a broad-based, year-long community facilities planning effort.
The two Boards appointed a 23-member Study Committee to build a consensus framework regarding the community’s future funding and facility needs. The framework is meant to inform County and School Board decision-making related to meeting the community’s requirements for additional school, fire station, vehicle storage sites and other facility needs in the context of Arlington’s and the region’s projected economic and demographic growth.
All project documents related to the Community Facilities Study will be posted to this site.