County Executive Proposes $3.9 Billion, 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site

Posted May 18, 2022

Arlington County Executive Mark Schwartz presented his capital improvement plan (CIP) for the 2023-2032 fiscal year to the Arlington County Board during its recess meeting on Tuesday, May 17. The proposal calls for $3.9 billion in investments for stormwater management and flood response, climate and environment programs, parks, transportation, community infrastructure and more over the next 10 years.

Fiscal 2023-32 CIP reverts to a traditional 10-year plan after a three-year CIP in fiscal 2022-24 and a one-year CIP in fiscal 2021, both adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the fiscal year 2023 operating budget passed last month, the current CIP reflects lessons learned from the pandemic and responds to new demands for services and infrastructure across the county.

“This CIP proposal is intended to meet Arlington County’s current and future capital needs as we emerge from the financial setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Schwartz said. “We want to focus on major planned investments in addition to following through on commitments from previous plans to benefit county residents and businesses over the long term.”

More than 2,400 Arlington residents provided information on their priority areas for major CIP infrastructure investments between February and March 2022, which helped inform key projects to include in the proposal.

This proposed CIP has several main themes:

  • Meet county regulatory and regional obligations, such as Metro.
  • Addressing the environment and resilience through stormwater management and flood mitigation, as well as reducing the county’s carbon footprint.
  • Respond to new demands for services to include new park programs, a new fire station at the west end of Columbia Pike, and the consolidation and improvement of facilities to allow for enhanced remote working by county staff and a virtual resident participation.
  • Deliver on commitments from past plans, including Columbia Pike transportation investments, debt service obligations for generational investment in Barcroft housing, a Columbia Pike Library and Fire Station 8.
  • Maintain building infrastructure, parks, fields, paving and sidewalks, technology and public safety infrastructure in good condition.
  • Planning for future investments such as the North Quincy site, Lee Center, Virginia Highlands, Aurora Highlands and planning for future fire station locations.
  • Key transportation projects such as bridge replacements and upgrades, Vision Zero street safety improvements, construction of new entrances to Metrorail stations in Arlington, and investments in the Transitway extension in Pentagon City.
  • Return of previous funding levels for the Arlington Neighborhood Program.

Proposed 2022 bond referendums

In his proposal, the County Manager seeks $342.5 million new obligations to pay for many of the improvements provided for in the PIC. The bond application will go to Arlington County voters in a referendum in the upcoming November election, pending county council review and approval. It is proposed to include the following elements in referendums:

Community infrastructure $52.3 million

  • To continue to invest in improving neighborhoods in Arlington.

Subway and transportation – $52.6 million

  • To fund several transit and alternative transportation projects such as Vision Zero road safety improvements.

Parks and Recreation – $20.4 million

  • To respond to emerging uses and natural resilience, invest in planned parks and public spaces and make improvements, replacements and upgrades.

Utilities – $177.4 million

  • Reinvest in water, sewer and wastewater infrastructure

Stormwater and Flood Response – $39.8 million

  • Increase the capacity of stormwater management and flood mitigation infrastructure.

Arlington Public Schools is also seeking voter input on its proposed new $165.2 million bond to support school maintenance as well as ongoing and new projects over the next decade. For more information, see the $388.2 million CIP proposed by the Superintendent.

Public process and key dates

Ahead of the CIP business sessions, a new interactive map of the 2023-2032 fiscal year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects will be available on the county’s CIP page to track projects across the county.

The public will have several ways to learn more and provide feedback on the county executive’s proposed CIP for fiscal years 2023 and 2032 before council passes it in July. Agendas and specific topics are still being developed and are subject to change.

  • May 17: The manager presents the proposed CIP to the county council.
  • County Council Working Sessions with County Manager and Staff June 7, 14 and 28. For more details, visit the county’s website.
  • June 28: Public hearing with the County Council
  • July 14th : Final Margin by County Council
  • July 16/19: Adoption by the Board of the final PIC
  • November: Consideration of referendums by voters

See the full schedule of key dates with links to more information on the county website.

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