Residents know their community best. In Arlington, they lead a grassroots-based process to develop Neighborhood Conservation Plans. Resident volunteers work with Neighborhood Conservation staff to capture community members’ vision, ideas and needs, and recommend improvement projects.
How it Works
- Submit a Letter of Commitment to the NCAC: A letter of commitment is the first step to becoming an active participant in the program. The letter identifies the boundaries of the neighborhood conservation area and designates neighborhood representatives.
- Prepare a Neighborhood Conservation Plan: A neighborhood organization, typically the civic association, prepares the Neighborhood Conservation Plan. Neighborhood Conservation Program staff provides technical, clerical and design assistance. Community members conduct a neighborhood-wide survey and consider opportunities, problems and areas for improvement. Then it must take an inventory of its existing conditions from curbs and sidewalks to parks libraries. This information is used to write a draft plan that is submitted to County staff for comments and suggestions.
- Submit the Plan for Acceptance: Neighborhood Conservation Plans go through a review process before being accepted by the NCAC. Upon approval by the NCAC, the neighborhood presents its plan to the Planning Commission, and finally to the County Board for formal approval.
- Implement the Plan: Once a Neighborhood Conservation Plan is accepted by the County Board, the neighborhood is eligible to seek funding for specific projects. Requests for curb, gutter, sidewalk and streetlight projects must also be accompanied by a petition from a specified percentage of residents on the block. Every six months, the NCAC provides neighborhood project funding recommendations to the County Board. Once funding is approved by the County Board, projects are scheduled.
Plans vary by neighborhood. They each address conditions and issues specific to the community and contain project recommendations on the following topics:
- Land Use and Zoning
- Street Conditions
- Transportation/Traffic Management
- Public Facilities and Services
- Commercial/Business Areas
- Historic Preservation
- Urban Forestry
- Other Challenges and Opportunities
View the individual Neighborhood Conservation Plans.