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.
Current Engagement Opportunities
Missing Middle Housing Study
Columbia Pike Ground Story Use
Tue., Sept. 28, 7 p.m.: Virtual meeting of the Zoning Commission to discuss Columbia Pike Form Based Code: Ground Story Uses
ART Bus Facility
Wed., Sept. 29 7 p.m.: The Public Facilities Review Committee will meet virtually to discuss the ART Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility at Shirlington Road
Nominate a COVID-19 Hero!
Through Thu., Sept. 30: If you know an unsung hero of the COVID-19 pandemic, tell us their story! Help Arlington honor the individuals, community groups and businesses that have made a significant impact on our community over the past 18 months. Learn more and submit your nomination. Don’t have anyone to nominate? Write a general message of thanks to the County’s COVID-19 responders.
County Fair Relocation?
The Arlington County Fair Board, an independent non-profit which manages the Arlington County Fair, would like to move the Fair to Long Bridge Park. The Fair has been held at Thomas Jefferson Park for 45 years. The Fair Board & the County’s Special Events Committee want to hear your thoughts on the Fair’s location. Community feedback will help inform where the County Fair is held; however, the final decision will also consider the needs of the Arlington County Fair Board, public safety and the Fair’s impact to the community at large. Learn more and share your thoughts here.
Join the Community Implementation Team
Through Thu., Oct. 7: The Restorative Arlington Community Implementation Team will develop proposals for bringing Restorative Justice Practices to the Arlington. If you are interested in engaging in important conversations and addressing harm and conflict, apply to Join the Team!
New! Share Feedback on Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community
Through Thurs. Oct. 21: Arlington County has always had the vision of being a welcoming and inclusive community where every person has the right to live, learn, work and play. We have created a Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community which reflects these values and we want to hear from you! Your feedback will help inform the creation of a draft “trust policy” and draft action agenda regarding the immigrant community and the County’s relationship to/with ICE and federal immigration services.
How to Participate
- Read the Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community, available in:
- Share your thoughts. Online feedback form available in:
Highlights from Previous Opportunities
Arlington’s Vision Zero team released its first official update on Vision Zero action items and checkpoint for initial feedback to help steer the program. The report provides updates on key accomplishments for the Vision Zero program within 2021, latest available Vision Zero metrics, and updates on individual action items. View the detailed update.
Community Oversight Board and Independent Policing Auditor: To improve transparency and accountability in the police department, the County Board has established a Community Oversight Board (COB) with independent investigative and subpoena power, and an Independent Policing Auditor.
Route 29 Renaming: US Route 29 will be renamed, “Langston Boulevard,” in Arlington. On June 12, 2021, the County Board held a public hearing to consider the name change. Action is scheduled for the July 17, 2021 County Board Hearing. The changes are being considered following an extensive public engagement effort led by the Lee Highway Alliance (LHA). No action by residents or businesses is necessary at this time! Roadway operations will remain unchanged until a tentative period of Q1 2022. Learn more: Renaming Route 29 in Arlington – Topics (arlingtonva.us)
Join us for Open Door Mondays where a board member will be available to discuss the topics on your mind.
The Constituent Services Team helps ensure Arlington’s government works for all those living, working, conducting business or visiting the County. The team provides a link between residents, businesses, visitors and employees who have problems or are seeking information and solutions.
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 – (List view available)
- 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.