Committee Corner: Focus on Conservation and Preservation Committee

By Jon Glassman, Chair of the Neighborhood Conservation Planning Committee

Overview:

The Neighborhood Conservation Planning Committee (NCPC) is made of up Hall’s Hill/High View Park residents who aim to improve the look, feel, and vibrancy of our neighborhood. In partnership with the Arlington Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, the NCPC plans projects within High View Park that are beneficial to the community, like repaving the street at 22nd and Emerson (see before and after photos). Throughout the county, the NC Program provides funding for a variety of improvements including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification. 

NC Plan Revision:

Our Neighborhood Conservation Plan serves as a general framework and basis for future neighborhood improvements. HHHVP has a number of pressing upgrades including: missing sidewalks to enhance walkability; improving tree canopy; modernizing street lighting and signage; and addressing specific concerns over crime and public safety. Based on the feedback we received from a neighborhood survey last spring, we are in the process of revising our NC plan and hope to bring the final version to the Arlington County Board for approval in late 2016/early 2017.

Current Project: 

Over the last several months, we have worked to secure approval and funding for beautification efforts of the historic cemetery at Calloway United Methodist Church. The Calloway Cemetery Beautification Project includes a perimeter fence, interpretive sign, and a bench and trash receptacle.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We are seeking volunteers to help update our plan, particularly with writing skills to address the topics of traffic, transportation and parking, community services, public safety and health, and land use and zoning. This work can be completed at home. To learn more, contact Jon Glassman at jmlca.ncpc@gmail.com.