Earlier this year the Arlington County Board accepted the Alcova Heights Neighborhood Conservation Plan Update. The plan outlines residents’ vision for the future of their neighborhood, and allows the Alcova Heights Citizens Association (AHCA) to seek funding for neighborhood improvements. In the plan, residents say they want to improve the appearance of Alcova Heights, preserve the neighborhood’s character, improve pedestrian safety and protect their neighborhood from speeding and cut-through traffic.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program. The Arlington County Board created it in 1964 to encourage residents to work together to come up with ideas for improvements to their neighborhoods. The program is a unique grass roots effort that uses voter-approved bonds to fund neighborhood improvements. It includes preparing and updating Neighborhood Conservation Plans for each participating civic association, which qualifies that neighborhood to seek Neighborhood Conservation funding for projects. Projects typically fall into the categories of street improvements, streetlight projects, parks and open space beautification, neighborhood signs and missing link projects.