Public Land Site Evaluation

The County is developing policy guidelines for evaluating County-owned sites that are proposed for public needs, such as public facilities, schools or affordable housing.

The draft guidelines set goals, evaluation criteria and a process for determining how to balance public priorities. It is intended to inform the analysis of a site’s feasibility, but does not include the site selection process for an identified public facility need. Potential uses for public land could include public facilities, affordable housing, schools and recreational facilities and parks. Potential sites include:

Upcoming studies that could be influenced by this policy include:

North Side Salt Facility 26th St North & Old Dominion Dr Spring 2015
Lubber Run Community Center 300 N Park Dr Spring 2015
Jennie Dean Park & Adjacent Land S Four Mile Run Spring 2015


Public Feedback

At its July 24 hearing, the County Board tasked the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) of the Planning Commission to receive and review public comments on the draft guidelines. Public comments were collected through email and online forums from July 25 – October 31, 2014. View a compiled list of public comments received about the draft guidelines.

The LRPC and the Planning Commission reviewed the public comments and presented recommendations to the County Board at their December 17 Recessed Meeting. The County Board will respond to the Planning Commission’s public land recommendations at their January 27 Recessed County Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Broad-based Facilities Study for 2015

On January 1, 2015, County Board Chair Mary Hynes announced a broad-based long-range planning effort aimed at developing a framework for assessing the County’s public facilities and establishing criteria for locating new facilities and financing their construction. Hynes said the Arlington Community Facilities Study – a Plan for the Future will be her primary focus during her 2015 chairmanship.