The County has designed a multi-layered civic engagement approach for the Plan Lee Highway process.
The purpose of this application is to seek “at-large” representatives from faith-based organizations, private schools, service organizations, advocacy groups, and/or other special groups to serve on the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum.
The Community Forum will be a team of 40-50 community members that includes both at-large members, as well as representatives from the Lee Highway Alliance, the 14 civic associations adjacent to the Lee Highway corridor, County commissions, properties and businesses, and condo and renters associations. The at-large positions are intended to bring community perspectives not already provided by the other groups represented.
The Community Forum will meet at regular milestones to provide feedback on the proposed vision, goals, objectives, analyses, recommendations and implementation tools and serve as liaisons to facilitate broader community engagement. The multi-layered engagement approach also includes an 8- to 10-member subset Working Group that will convene at periodic check-ins between milestones to serve as a sounding board for staff. Beyond these groups, there will be extensive opportunities for the public to participate, including focus group meetings, broader community meetings, events and online engagements.
It is a general policy of the County to limit appointments to citizens maintaining residences within Arlington County. Citizens not living in the County, but who work or own a business here or have a special expertise on a subject matter, may be considered for appointment at the discretion of the County Manager.
Community Forum meetings will occur before completion of each milestone and leading up to a public workshop or meeting. The frequency of meetings will vary over the span of this multi-year process. On average, meetings could occur as frequent as every 3 or 4 months with some phases requiring fewer meetings. In addition to Community Forum meetings, members may be requested to attend select Working Group and focus groups when necessary and all public workshops/community meetings. One at-large member may be asked to serve on the Working Group as a regular member. Most Community Forum and public workshop/community meetings take place in the evenings during the week and/or on Saturday mornings.
Applicants are encouraged to review study’s complete scope and charge to determine whether its purpose and goals meet the expectations of the prospective appointee. The document provides additional information including the approach, goals for key planning elements, study area boundaries, and descriptions and responsibilities of the various groups involved, including the responsibilities of the Community Forum. Applicants should also review the County’’s advisory group handbook for general expectations.