Category: ‘Libby’s Blog’

Sister Cities, Budgets and the Hospital

The carryover portion of our November meeting started as we usually do with various reports, which can be quite informative. Our Chair outlined the many opportunities to learn about and to comment on Amazon coming to Arlington. I reported on my trip to our sister cities of Aachen and Reims for the 25th anniversary of […] Read more

Dec, 04, 2018

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Parks, plans, permits, and a blue wave

November’s meetings are separated by 11 days due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so I’ll separate my usual monthly email update as well. Saturday Public Comment and Amazon: It was no surprise that many people came to comment about Amazon on Saturday morning. Many were disappointed to learn that we only allow one person to comment […] Read more

Nov, 20, 2018

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Amazon In Arlington

As you no doubt have heard by now, Amazon has chosen Arlington one of its new headquarters sites. Information about the proposed agreement is available on the County website, and I welcome thoughts and comments as the Board analyzes the final agreement. We will follow our regular public engagement and hearing process for development decisions […] Read more

Nov, 13, 2018

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Please Vote Tomorrow

The important mid-term elections are tomorrow. For those of you who have not voted early absentee, I hope you will join me in voting to reelect Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Don Beyer, my colleague John Vihstadt for County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board, as well as for all the bond referenda. Senator Kaine […] Read more

Nov, 05, 2018

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Making a good county better

Our October Board meetings had a number of issues that were satisfying for me because I felt we clearly were making the County better for people. We approved site plan amendments for 1750 Crystal Drive, which will allow the building and area to be renovated, and will bring retail, a grocery store, a movie theater, […] Read more

Oct, 29, 2018

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September’s meetings: The Hospital, Salt Dome, Scooters, Childcare, and Sobering Budget news

I hope everyone had a good summer. September started off with a lot of items and a lot of emotion. Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) is expanding and needs our approval to do so. While there have been many meetings, both the neighbors and the Planning Commission said the VHC plans did not feel appropriate and […] Read more

Oct, 01, 2018

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Preparing for Hurricane Florence – Important Info and Links

We recognized 9-11 this morning as we always do at Courthouse Plaza with a simple ceremony by our public safety officers. The flags were lowered to half staff for the day. On this 17th anniversary, we were joined by members of our General Assembly delegation, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Congressman Don Beyer. We […] Read more

Sep, 11, 2018

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2018 Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride: Will you ride, volunteer, or sponsor a rider?

The 5th Annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride is coming on Saturday, August 25th. If you’ve already signed up or sponsored me or another rider, thank you! If you haven’t yet, I hope you can join the ride or sponsor me for this great local non profit. I encourage anyone who likes to ride a bike […] Read more

Aug, 16, 2018

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Several difficult issues, lots of community involvement, better understanding in the end

We needed three days to complete our July agenda. Several difficult issues prompted a lot of community involvement: one was complicated with no clear “right” answer; one was somewhat misunderstood; one was, in part, a County-created problem. After all of the conversation and engagement, I think we all understood these issues better in the end. […] Read more

Jul, 25, 2018

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May 2018: Jennie Dean Park, Capital Projects, and Resilience

In May, the Board considered an important project, and heard the Manager’s presentation for capital spending, and remembered. Four Mile Run Valley The Four Mile Run Working Group presented their draft plan, which we adopted. This is a long overdue plan (to get an idea of how long overdue, the article on planning for the […] Read more

May, 24, 2018

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