October 25, 2018

Meeting Recap Alert 10.23.18

Recap of City Council Legislative Meeting

held October 23, 2018

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Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council held their second legislative meeting of the month, where they considered a Proposed City Legislative Package for the 2019 General Assembly Session and received a Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Update.

Details on these items can be found below.

Item: Consideration of Proposed City Legislative Package for the 2019 General Assembly Session
Action: Unanimous vote to receive the legislative subcommittee’s proposals and schedule a public hearing, a work session with the State delegation and final adoption of the package (dates below).
Next Steps: A public hearing on the package will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Description: For the past several months, City staff has been working with Council members, City departments, and boards and commissions to develop legislative and funding proposals for the City’s 2019 Legislative Package for submission to the Virginia General Assembly.
Details & Issues of Interest:

The 2019 Legislative package focuses on two major priorities:

  • State Funding for Alexandria’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Project
    • Over coming years, will be asking the state to fund 20% of total project cost ($400 million estimated project cost), based on similar funding provided to City of Richmond and City of Lynchburg
    • Current ask of $25M in the Governor’s FY2019 budget amendments (decision expected in December)
  • State funding for school facility renovations and new school construction
    • Assuring urban jurisdictions are eligible for funding

Other items of importance to the City, included in the package, are organized around the City’s Strategic Plan areas:

  • Inclusive: voting, living wage, affordable and workforce housing, and immigration
  • Well-Managed Government: court costs, decriminalization of simple marijuana possession and body-worn cameras for law enforcement
  • Safe & Resilient Community: animal cruelty, domestic violence and common sense gun regulations
  • Thriving Children and Youth: funding the true cost of K-12 education, Virginia Preschool Initiative and centralized statewide CPS Hotline
  • Healthy Residents: access to dignity items, opioid crisis, and mitigating budget cuts to Community Service Boards
  • Multimodal Transportation: Northern Virginia Transit/Transportation Funding, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, cut-through traffic in neighborhoods and e-bikes/scooters
  • Other: the “Appomattox” Statue, communal ABC permit, plastic bags and stormwater management

City Council will hold a public hearing on Saturday, 11/17
City Council will then hold a working session with the Alexandria members of the General Assembly on Tuesday,  11/27
City Council will vote to adopt the final version of the package on Tuesday, 11/27
The General Assembly session will begin on 1/9 and conclude on 2/23

Item: Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Update
Action: None- Council received an oral update.
Next Steps: The PYMIG will continue to meet regularly over coming weeks leading up to scheduled land use hearings for the station in December.
Description: Staff from the Department of Project Implementation provided a report on recent meetings and milestones related to the Potomac Yard Metro Station.
Details & Issues of Interest:

  • Current Timeline:
    • Late 2018 to Mid 2019 – Pre-design site activity
    • Mid to Late 2019 – Site preparation
    • Early 2020 – Initiation of station construction
    • Early 2022 – Project completion based on contract milestones
  • Staff reported that WMATA filed paperwork over the previous 24 hours to facilitate a temporary taking of public space/roadways in the Potomac Greens and Old Town Greens neighborhoods to facilitate access to the metro construction site throughout the project timeline. WMATA will then return the properties to the homeowners communities in equal or better condition at the end of the construction period.

Items we are tracking in November:

– Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Developer Contribution Policy

– Consolidation of Old and Historic District and Parker-Gray District Boards of Architecture to create the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review

Weigh in on these issues!

Contact the Planning Commission – PlanComm@alexandriava.gov
Contact the City Council – Call.Click.Connect.