Adopted by the County Board on July 24, 2014
The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) is created as an advisory body by the County Board of Arlington County, Virginia. The NCSC will advise the Board with respect to the adoption, implementation and review of the Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) Program. Neighborhood Principal and Neighborhood Minor streets as defined in the 2011 Streets Element of the Master Transportation Plan (MTP) will be eligible under the NCS Program.
The NCSC will advise the County Board on transforming Arlington’s neighborhood streets to the Complete Streets model, described in, and consistent with, the MTP Streets Element. The NCS Program is intended to (1) make streets safe for all users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and other users and (2) preserve or enhance neighborhood character and desired community attributes.
The Master Transportation Plan, including the MTP Goals and Policies adopted November 13, 2007; the MTP Streets Element, adopted February 2, 2011, as amended from time to time; the Pedestrian Element and Bicycle Element, both adopted July 19, 2008, as amended; the Transit Element, adopted July 13, 2009, as amended from time to time; and the Parking and Curb Space Management Element, adopted November 14, 2009, as amended from time to time. The Neighborhood Complete Streets Program Guide, adopted by the County Board on January 28, 2016 incorporates two key elements from the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Manual: the speeding problem definition and the speed hump criteria.
Functions and Scope
The NCSC shall carry out the following functions:
1. Provide advice and input to the County Board and County Staff with respect to developing the NCS Program processes to be adopted by the County Board, including project selection criteria, project prioritization, public outreach, opportunity for public participation, and public traffic safety education.
2. Provide advice to County Staff in connection with implementing the NCS Program processes approved by the Board, including calls for new projects, and ongoing advice regarding developing and implementing NCS projects.
3. Participate with County Staff in administrating the ranking system used by the NCS program to prioritize neighborhood complete streets proposals.
4. Make funding recommendations to the County Board regarding proposed NCS Projects
5. Participate with County Staff in developing neighborhood traffic safety education programs such as the PAL (Predictable/Alert/Lawful) program.
6. Recommend new policies and strategies to the County Board based on NCS Program experience and evolving best practices in other jurisdictions
The NCSC shall be comprised of up to fifteen (15) members who shall be appointed by the County Board to serve at the pleasure of the County Board:
- 5 to 9 members – At-Large
- 2 members – representing the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Commission
- 1 member – representing the Transportation Commission
- 1 member – representing the Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Additional members from other relevant advisory groups (e.g., the Urban Forestry Commission)
Members will be appointed for three-year terms, and with reappointment, shall be permitted to serve no more than nine (9) consecutive years. Each NCSC members must submit Economic Statement of Interest forms, consistent with policy of requiring disclosure by advisory group members making funding recommendations.
A member of the Commission who fails to attend three (3) Commission meetings in a single year without providing advance notice to the Commission Chair, or staff, of a legitimate reason for the absence may be asked to resign his or her remaining term on the Commission. The Commission Chair, after consultation with the County Board liaison, shall notify the member if such an action is warranted.
Chair and Committees
A Chair shall be designated by the County Board. The Commission will choose the Vice Chair. The NCSC may create committees, as necessary, to accomplish specific Commission missions and the Chairman shall appoint committee leadership. Committee membership may include persons who are not on the Commission.
The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission may create committees, as necessary, to accomplish specific NCSC missions and the Chairman shall appoint committee leadership. Committee membership may include persons who are not on the NCSC. Members are expected to perform their duties and responsibilities relating to the NCS Program. The Commission will self-monitor its activities and progress in fulfilling this mission. An Executive Committee will be created comprising all of the At-Large members of the NCSC.
The County Manager shall appoint a member of the Staff from the Department of Environmental Services, Division of Transportation to serve as Staff liaison to the NCSC. Other County Staff, including employees of the Arlington Public Schools, will assist the NCSC as circumstances warrant.
All meetings of the NCSC will be conducted in accordance with applicable laws, including FOIA. All NCSC meetings shall be open to the public. A quorum for meetings of the full NCSC will consist of at least 51% of the NCSC membership, excluding vacant seats. Minutes will be taken and all minutes will be available for public review. The full NCSC shall meet at least once in each calendar quarter. The NCSC Executive Committee shall generally hold monthly meetings except in months when the full NCSC holds a meeting. Non-Executive Committee members of the NCSC may attend all Executive Committee meetings, and will have the right to vote on any matter on which a vote is taken at Executive Committee meetings. A quorum for meetings of the Executive Committee will consist of at least 51% of the At-Large NCSC members, excluding vacant seats.
Reporting to the Board
Review of the implementation and evaluation sections of the approved NCS projects, and recommend changes in the NCS Program will be shared with the Board Liaison as appropriate.
Update of this Charter
From time to time, The NCSC shall review this charter to assure that it meets current needs. Any requests for changes must be processed through the Board Liaison.
“As public funding and private redevelopment provide opportunities, those streets should be upgraded to provide essential street functions such as safe and convenient access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, emergency vehicles, and proper storm water management.” MTP Streets Element, p. 32.
“Preservation or enhancement of neighborhood character and desired community attributes should also be primary considerations in developing street projects.” MTP Streets Element, p. 27.