Manager's Report - March 28, 2014

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FY 2015 Budget Process Update

Over the next several weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions and public hearings during March and April. On Thursday, April 3, a Public Budget Presentation by City Manager Rashad M. Young will be held at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., at 6:30 p.m. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1.

Preview of State Transportation Planning Shift

A recent article describes a briefing by Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nicholas Donohue to the Commonwealth Transportation Board about “VTrans,” the state’s long-term transportation planning process.  The account offers some insights into the McAuliffe Administration’s approach to transportation planning and budget allocation.

  • Article: Bacon’s Rebellion 

Mid-Atlantic StatNet

The City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Montgomery County, are co-leading the Mid-Atlantic StatNet, a regional performance management practitioners' consortium with assistance from the Collins Center at UMASS and the Performance Institute. This group is dedicated to sharing service best practices and benchmarking across the National Capital region and mid-Atlantic.  Following a successful initial meeting last October, Mid-Atlantic StatNet is hosting a second meeting on May 8 in Washington, D.C., for jurisdictions and organizations from the suburbs of Philadelphia to Virginia Beach, committed to strong performance management and "stat" programs.  In addition to engaging speakers, networking and information sharing opportunities, Mid-Atlantic StatNet will devote meeting time to compare and contrast data and practices around the single service area of permitting and inspection services. This will allow jurisdictions to learn from each other and improve service performance. 

City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces Special Opportunity Grant for Temporary Public Art Project

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts is accepting proposals for the temporary placement or experience of art in public spaces in the City of Alexandria through the Special Opportunity Grant program. Artists and artist teams can apply for grants up to $5,000. The Special Opportunity Grant’s intention is to encourage innovative, thought-provoking projects that relate to a proposed space or spaces in an engaging way. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to, visual art; storytelling; poetry; spoken word; dance; music; theatre; performance art; and new media. The project should foster community participation in and an understanding of public art projects.

  • Website: Special Opportunity Grant for Temporary Public Art Project 

Montgomery Park Improvements to Begin in Late March

Buchanan Partners, developers for the Harris Teeter development project, will begin park improvements at Montgomery Park, 901 North Royal St., in late March, and continue through May. Park improvements include a 2,500 square-foot expansion, new access gates, fencing and new site furnishings, including a dog water fountain and benches in the existing dog park. Additional improvements include new tree and shrub plantings, new irrigation system, a new park access from Fairfax Street and updated park signage. The improvements are a requirement of the Harris Teeter Development Special Use Permit Condition #108, and were determined during the development review process and at the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings in June 2011.

Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Seeks Community Input on Programming

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is conducting a Program Interest Survey to help determine programming priorities by location, user group and time of day. Feedback received from both residents and nonresidents will guide staff in the development of future program offerings. Written surveys are available at all City community recreation centers and online. Survey results will be available on the City’s website in late May. For additional information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343

Population Projections to Year 2040

On March 24, City staff participated in a meeting in Richmond chaired by General Assembly Delegate Bob Brink to discuss the Weldon Cooper Center’s population projections to the year 2040, which were recently published as the state’s official projections. Weldon Cooper has projected that a number of urban jurisdictions, including Alexandria, will experience a substantial reduction in the rate of growth and some, such as Arlington, are projected to experience a population decline. This is inconsistent with local development and local projections. Staff from Weldon Cooper explained their one-size-fits-all projection methodology is based on the last 50 years and acknowledged that it cannot reflect local conditions not revealed by past demographic data. Local governments are concerned that these low projections, which are contradicted by the Weldon Cooper Center’s current population estimates for the same jurisdictions, are the basis for some transportation funding and affect grant approvals, and are also misleading to businesses considering relocation or expansion. Follow-up work is being undertaken by a small group of local jurisdiction staff members to propose some solutions to this problem.

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