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 April. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1.
South Carlyle Plaza Development Wins Prestigious Award
The South Carlyle Plaza development was recently awarded the Traveling Award for Analysis and Planning by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Potomac Chapter. The award recognizes the project's ambitious program of interwoven public parkland, mixed-use development and municipal services. The project harnesses landscape strategies to cap a contaminated site and transform an elevated parking deck into a vibrant public space that folds down to engage the civic realm through an arrangement of ramps, stairs, stormwater filtration components, and overlooks.
This uncommon combination of program components was triggered by the simultaneous development of plans for a new mixed-use community on the northern half of the site, and the expansion of the existing Alexandria ReNew municipal wastewater treatment plant onto the southern half of the site. The resulting plan creates an expansive park located over wastewater treatment tanks and an above-grade parking garage creating public space that establishes vital connections in a local network of parkland and trails.
Update: Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan and Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is beginning to update the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and develop a Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual. Consistent with the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and City Council Strategic Plan, the update will focus on a non-motorized system that balances the needs of all users by developing a bicycle and pedestrian network and a framework for implementing non-motorized policies and projects city-wide. The updated documents will reflect planning efforts that began in 2008, and will include supporting technical appendices. A separate Complete Streets Design Manual will provide guidance to staff, developers, and residents on design tools and methodologies to ensure City infrastructure balances the needs of all travel modes. A 12-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will be formed to make recommendations to City staff on the updates to the Plan and Manual. A call for nominations for five of the slots (three citizen, one design professional, and one business representative) has been released, and applications are due on April 25. This project will begin in May 2014, and is expected to be completed by late 2015.