Civic engagement is at the heart of Arlington. Find a way to make a difference in your community — share feedback today, or find ways to get more deeply involved.
Highlighted Engagement Opportunities
Pentagon City Planning Study
Thursday, September 24: Arlington County is hosting a virtual meeting to reevaluate long-term goals for the Pentagon City area with an emphasis on its transportation network. The Planning Study will be informed by the community’s recent work on livability and include broad participation from residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders. Learn about the plan on the project page. and then join the meeting online on Thursday, September 24.
3901 N. Fairfax Drive Public Plaza Concept Design Feedback
Through Thursday, September 24: The county is seeking your feedback on two draft concepts for a new public plaza in Virginia Square. Check out the project webpage and learn about the project’s history, existing conditions, and potential design opportunities by watching a short video presentation, then share your feedback here.
Long Range Planning Committee Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, September 29: The Long Range Planning Committee will be holding a virtual meeting to discuss the Green Building Policy Update and the Crystal City Substation GLUP Amendment. Visit the LRPC website to see the meeting agenda and find links to join on Tuesday, September 29.
S Walter Reed Drive Complete Streets – Phase 2
Through Sunday, October 4: The county is seeking your feedback on your experiences on S Walter Reed Drive and on Phase 2 of the Complete Streets Project plan. Participants can provide feedback in the English or Spanish virtual townhalls through October 4. Learn more about the project here.
Gateway Park Interim Dog Park Project
Through Thursday, October 8: Arlington County is seeking feedback on a proposal to redevelop a portion of the west end of Gateway Park into a temporary dog park. The facility is proposed to include separate areas to accommodate both large and small dogs, fencing with screening in some areas, upgraded lighting, a water source for dogs, grass surfacing, double entry gates, maintenance gates, repurposed and ADA accessible benches, dog waste receptacles, a message board, and standard County signage. The project is open for feedback online through October 8.
Vision Zero Online Feedback Phase Two
The second phase of feedback for Arlington County’s Vision Zero plan is open for online and dialed-in comment, as well as two public virtual meetings in Spanish (September 30) and English (October 1). Share your experiences of walking, biking, and taking public transit in Arlington, and help bring attention to areas needing safety attention on the project page.
For a summary of findings for Vision Zero Phase One, read the Phase One Engagement Summary.
Engage with the Police Practices Group
The County Manager appointed Police Practices Work Group (PPG) focuses on the associated processes for reviewing ACPD policies, exploring promising practices, and developing a set of recommendations. Learn more about the PPG and watch a recording of the first PPG Virtual Community Conversation. Members of the community will also have an opportunity to provide insights and comments to inform the PPG work plan moving forward. Provide your comments here.
Upcoming PPG Learning Sessions
- Tues., Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. – Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Mon., Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. – Civilian Review Board
- Mon., Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. – Traffic and Policing
Become a Community Partner in the Upcoming Missing Middle Housing Study
The County is enlisting a network of community partners to facilitate broader participation in the upcoming Missing Middle Housing Study. Partners and their various experience will expand the study’s reach, diversify participating perspectives, and contribute to achieving the study’s goals. Any individual or community group/organization with an interest in spreading Missing Middle Housing Study information with their networks should apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more here.
Plan Lee Highway Phase 1 Reports
The Plan Lee Highway committee has completed two reports as results of Phase 1 of the Plan Lee Highway project to discuss the future of the Lee Highway area. You can read the Historic and Cultural Resources Report, and highlights of Lee Highway neighborhoods in the Neighborhood Inspiration Report, and learn more about the project to prepare to give feedback in Phase 2 when online engagement goes live.
Summary of Water and Wastewater Services Feedback
From December 2019 through January 2020, the County conducted a utility rate study to review the way in which costs are recovered for water and wastewater services. Residents were invited to weigh in on the values that are important to them in the development of a rate structure and learn more about the safe and reliable water services they receive. Look for more updates on this study coming in fall 2020, and in the meantime, you can see the Public Engagement Summary Report on Water and Wastewater Services.
Return to Commuting Survey
Metro is getting ready to restore more bus and rail service as the region gradually reopens and more employees return to Metro for their travel needs. In order to provide the best possible service, WMATA needs some information about how your commuting patterns might change if you’ve been working remotely. Share your input here.
Join us for our bi-weekly Friday COVID-19 Facebook Townhalls where County experts and board members will be available to discuss your questions and concerns related to COVID-19. Visit our County Facebook page for more info.
Upcoming County Board COVID-19 Facebook Townhalls:
Join us for Open Door Mondays where a board member will be available to discuss the topics on your mind.
Visit the Arlington Public Schools engage page to learn about current news and initiatives.
Get More Involved
Join Your Civic Association
The core of neighborhood activity, events & issues – there’s one in every corner of Arlington.
Attend Neighborhood College
It’s back-to-school time for those interested in getting involved with neighborhood issues.
Online Volunteer Connection can help find the right fit for you — with a search tool, volunteer calendar, and notification feature.
Get Involved with a Community Organization
Serve your community through the interests that you are most passionate about.
Serve During Emergencies
Join a dedicated group of volunteers who help with the County’s emergency preparedness — and who assist should a disaster strike.
- Service Request / Report a Problem
- Food, Financial and Medical Assistance
- My Arlington Projects Map
- My Arlington Apartments & Condos Map
- A-Z Directory of Services
- Resident & Business Ombudsmen
- Projects & Planning Site – details on projects around Arlington, by neighborhood and topic
- Open Data Portal – view County data; share input on info you’d like to see
Looking for a quick guide to ways you can connect with Arlington County online?
Download our Engage Arlington flyer.
The PLACE initiative — Participation, Leadership, and Civic Engagement — launched in 2012 and was focused on updating the “Arlington Way” by expanding the ways in which our residents engage with each other and our government to enrich Arlington.