The Arlington Neighborhoods Program (formerly Neighborhood Conservation Program) helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. When the program was created in 1964, the goal was to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification. This program empowers citizens to identify and plan projects in their own neighborhoods.
To participate in the program, a neighborhood must submit a formal Neighborhood Conservation Plan, which is reviewed by the Arlington Neighborhoods Advisory Committee (ArNAC), County staff and then approved by the Arlington County Board. The Neighborhood Conservation Plan is intended to document the vision of what improvements residents would like to see in their neighborhood.
The original Penrose Neighborhood Conservation Plan was formally approved in the 1960's and the most recent current plan was approved in 2004.
For a comprehensive overview of program processes, policies, schedules and the civic engagement process, read the Arlington Neighborhoods Guide.