What is a Joint Facilities Master Plan and why do we need it?
In an era of scarce resources, the City and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) must work together to find solutions that solve for multiple needs within our community. Alexandria is only 15.3 square miles. We have limited options in terms of land and must use existing public sites efficiently. Existing buildings require major investments and new recreation spaces, schools, libraries and public safety improvements are needed to maintain appropriate levels of service.
The Joint City-ACPS Facilities Master Plan (JFMP) will deliver a long-range, integrated, citywide blueprint for public facilities to benefit Alexandria residents. It will include a framework that informs ongoing capital investment decisions, a baseline assessment of our current needs and future goals, and a roadmap to implement future investments over time. The 18-month planning process will help City and ACPS leaders work together to plan for community facility needs and services, explore co-located and shared uses, and make informed budget spending decisions so that limited resources are used efficiently.
Following the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force, City Council and the Alexandria City School Board participated in two Visioning Sessions resulting in the development of joint guiding principles and prioritized decision criteria providing a common framework for future decision making. This framework was used by both bodies to discuss, evaluate and prioritize Task Force recommendations. One of the priorities resulting from the Visioning Sessions was the development of a Joint City-ACPS Facilities Master Plan to guide informed decision making by creating a roadmap for future investment in City and ACPS facilities based on identified existing and projected needs.
Meetings and Events
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, there will be no in-person public meetings and all engagement will be conducted virtually through online platforms until further notice; however, the City and ACPS are committed to engaging the community and obtaining feedback on this project and are working together to facilitate the best possible process during this time. In-person community meetings will supplement the online engagement throughout this process, when these types of activities are permitted and can safely accommodate community members.
- September 2020 Virtual Community Engagement Opportunity
The community is invited to view the below video presentation on work to date and provide feedback using the feedback portal through September 30.
- Thursday, February 21, 2020 - Park and Recreation Commission Briefing
- Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Community Open House #1, T.C. Williams High School
Resources and Information
- Joint Facilities Master Plan FAQ Sheet (English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic) 2/13/20
- Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force Meeting Materials and Recommendations
- Joint City-ACPS Statement on Colocation Options at Proposed MacArthur Elementary School (1/31/20)
- Colocation and Shared Use of Public Facilities and Services on School Sites (12/16/19)
- City Council / School Board Visioning Sessions Reports
- Regional information:
Questions? Let us know!
- Katherine Carraway, Urban Planner, Department of Planning and Zoning, 703.746.3855
- Erika Gulick, Director of Capital Programs, Planning & Design, Alexandria City Public Schools, 703.619.8298
- Stay informed through eNews and select "Joint City-ACPS Capital Planning Initiatives and Implementation" under Planning and Zoning.