Neighborhood Conservation

Glencarlyn Neighborhood Conservation Program

Glencarlyn participates in Arlington County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program, a grass-roots effort to engage residents in conserving and improving their communities by developing and updating Neighborhood Conservation Plans. These plans are the basis for requesting county funds for improvements such as sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, park renovations, neighborhood art, beautification, traffic management and pedestrian safety.

Each participating neighborhood selects a representative for the Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC). These representatives attend monthly meetings and prioritize neighborhood-initiated projects, following the county’s defined process. Glencarlyn’s current NCAC representative is Kathy Reeder.

The Glencarlyn Neighborhood Conservation Plan describes the community’s history, development, natural environment, cultural sites and infrastructure, along with the goals for conservation and improvement identified in a neighborhood-wide survey. The plan is updated by the community as needed.

In the past, Glencarlyn has undertaken such Neighborhood Conservation Projects as developing a Sidewalk Location and Street Width Master Plan, and installation of curbs, gutters and sidewalks around the core Village Center block.

Additional information is available on the  Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee site. For a status of current NCAC projects for Glencarlyn and other neighborhoods, see Capital Improvement Projects.

Please contact Kathy Reeder at kathleenreeder@comcast.net with any questions.

NCAC Projects

NCAC 4th Street Project (5500 and 5600 blocks)

About the project:

Q&A from March 22 Design Review Meeting.   Project covers sidewalk and curb additions to 4th Street S. between Illinois and Kensington Sts.

Design Layout .  The layout is preliminary representing the 30% concept phase, and illustrates the project impact to the streets, curbs and right-of-way.

As of October 15, 2018, this project has not yet been recommended by the NCAC for funding, due to concerns with possible overruns on other projects that have already been funded.  Updates on the funding status will be posted on this site.

NCAC 2nd Street Project (5700 block of 2nd St/100 block of Kensington St)

About the project:

A new 5’ wide concrete sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of the 2nd Street South and along the west side of South Kensington Street. The sidewalk narrows to 4’ in width where needed to protect the roots of adjacent mature healthy trees.

A utility (grass) strip will also be included as part of the project, located adjacent to the sidewalk.

The utility (grass) strip will vary in width, from mostly two and a half feet on 2nd Street South to mostly four feet on South Kensington Street. Where the width is at least four feet, opportunities may exist for street tree planting, to be determined later by the NC Program’s Landscape Architect. The utility (grass) strip is eliminated where needed to protect the roots of adjacent mature healthy trees.

Stormwater drainage improvements will be made within the project limits.

The street width will be mostly 23’-0”, and on street parking will be maintained along the north side of 2nd Street South. There is a mid-block area where the street narrows to 20’-0” to protect a large mature healthy tree. There is no on street parking within the 20’-0” street width.

The street width will be mostly 23’-0”, and on street parking will be maintained along the west side of South Kensington Street.

The roadway will maintain two travel lanes, one in each direction, but will be considered a yield street.

This project has already been funded by the County Board.  Due to contractor issues, construction has been delayed and the contract is being rebid.  As of October 15, 2018, construction is expected to start in 2019. Updates on the construction status will be posted on this site.

NC Presentations at GCA Meetings

May 7, 2018 GCA Meeting

October 1, 2018 GCA Meeting

Other NC Information

Spreadsheet of environmental projects under consideration