Community Kick-off Sparks Excitement and Ideas for Lee Highway’s Future
Over 200 community members joined staff, the planning team, the Working Group and Community Forum to kick-off the Plan Lee Highway process. The event, held February 12 at Washington and Lee High School, was structured to foster discussions and collect ideas in various ways.
County Manager Mark Schwartz welcomed the crowd and emphasized the importance of working together throughout this effort. Participants heard an overview of the process, goals, timeline and community engagement framework.
MORE: View the presentation
During the self-guided portion of the event, attendees moved through stations that reviewed principles from 2016 Visioning Study and preliminary goals for the Plan Lee Highway process. They recorded their ideas on poster boards in response to questions such as, what part of the vision principle do you like most? What part would you change and why? Which of the following goals are most important to you? Dozens of great ideas were recorded at each station with topics ranging from land use and public spaces, to housing, transportation, and economic vitality.
- View the station display boards
- View a summary of participant feedback (coming soon)
Next, staff will be collaborating with the Working Group to outline the next six months of tasks, meetings and community engagement opportunities. An updated schedule will be posted to the Process, Scope and Timeline page.
January 17, 2019
Highly Anticipated Kick-off Scheduled for Feb.2019
The highly anticipated community kick-off of the Plan Lee Highway process has been scheduled for February 2019. All residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders that live, work and play along Lee Highway are encouraged to participate. Agenda, presentations, handouts and summaries of this meeting will be shared on the study’s documents webpage.
Plan Lee Highway Community Kick-off
February 12, 2019
7 – 9:45 p.m.
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford Street
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign-in so this meeting may start on time.
Download an event flyer to share with your neighbors.
Prior to the community kick-off, appointed members of the Community Forum and Working Group will hold their first meeting, scheduled for Jan. 30.
November 1, 2018
County Manager appoints Community Forum Chair and Vice-Chair
The County Manager today appointed Paul Holland and Sandi Chesrown to serve in key roles as the Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. They are charged with championing the planning process and facilitating Working Group and Community Forum meetings to ensure there is participation from all members, constructive and open dialogue, collaboration, and a fair decision-making process. Paul and Sandi are both long-time community leaders in Arlington. Their partnership combines a deep experience in County planning processes with strong Lee Highway Alliance leadership. We thank them for their support and dedication to this study.
September 25, 2018
County seeks applicants for Community Forum
- Update: the application window for the Community Forum at-large positions closed on October 31.
The County is accepting applications from interested candidates to serve as at-large representatives on the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. The Community Forum will be a team of 40-50 community members that includes at-large members, as well as representatives from the Lee Highway Alliance, the 14 civic associations adjacent to the Lee Highway corridor, County commission, property and business owners, and condo and renters associations. The at-large positions are intended to bring community perspectives not already provided by the other groups represented.
September 25, 2018
County Manager announces scope and charge
The County Manager shared with the County Board today, the final scope and charge for the Plan Lee Highway process, which is anticipated to kick-off in late 2018 or early 2019. The purpose of the upcoming study is to develop a comprehensive vision and policy framework for the future of this important corridor and its surrounding areas.
Given the character of Lee Highway and limited planning to date, there is a mounting desire within the community to improve the corridor and consider how future development can transform the character in a positive, rather than reactive, manner.
The County has designed a multi-layered engagement approach that will include broad participation and many opportunities for input from residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders.
Project updates from 2013-2016 are summarized on the Lee Highway Visioning Study page. (coming soon)