The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) program was established by the Arlington County Board in January 2016 to address safety and access problems on local (non-arterial) residential streets through physical improvement projects.
The program was derived from a prior County program – Neighborhood Traffic Calming (NTC) – which worked to reduce the instances of speeding traffic on local residential streets. The NTC program funded and implemented traffic calming measures such as speed humps, traffic circles and roadway reconfigurations on more than 70 streets across Arlington. In 2014, the program was unfunded with the intent that a replacement program with a more holistic approach to addressing safety and access improvements on local County streets was needed. The former Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee was rechartered as the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission and charged by the County Board to work with staff to produce a proposal for operation of a new Neighborhood Complete Streets program.
The Commission worked extensively with County staff and other community advisory commissions to draft the NCS Program Guide and Project Ranking Guidelines. Development of the guide was significantly influenced by an online survey that was conducted in 2015 and received input from more than 1,300 respondents.
- Summary of Survey Results – Executive Summary
Guided by community feedback, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission and County staff updated the NCS Draft Program Guide and presented it to the County Board for approval at its January 2016 meeting. The Board voted to accept the Program Guide , dated December 17, 2015, and to also adopt the Project Ranking Guidelines. Several additions were incorporated into the Program Guide and Project Ranking Guidelines as part of the Board’s acceptance and adoption of the two documents.
Funding for the NCS program will be determined each year as part of the County’s overall budget setting process. It is expected that the program will begin with just a few projects. Each year the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission will recommend the top-rated project proposals to the County Board for funding consideration.
Administration of the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program
The Transportation Planning Bureau in Arlington County’s DES Transportation Division is in charge of managing the NCS program and staffing the NCS Commission.
- The Program Guide provides the administrative procedures for operation of the NCS program including the identification and implementation of projects under the program.
- The County Board Approved Measures for Residential Streets document provides information on measures that may be used to implement individual projects.
- The Project Ranking Guidelines were adopted by the County Board in January 2016.