F.C. ‘Capital Needs’ Survey Now Ready

The City of Falls Church’s professional City Hall staff has created an informal survey to help gather community input on the type and priority of capital infrastructure projects to fund in the upcoming budget, Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016). Survey results will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council during budget meetings from February through April 2015 and posted to the City’s website.

According to a City press release, “The five-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) identifies capital infrastructure needs of the community and indicates how these needs will be funded over the five-year period. In general, only projects that cost more than $150,000 and have a useful life in excess of five to 10 years qualify for funding in the CIP. Capital infrastructure refers to the built environment that makes the City of Falls Church safe, healthy, engaging, and beautiful and helps fulfill the City Council’s vision of ‘A Special Place.’ Projects can be mandatory, like police emergency radios, but others build a quality community. Some construction project examples include roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, bus shelters, traffic signals; stormwater water detention and pipes; tennis and basketball courts, park trails, park play equipment; and more. CIP projects generally require significant engineering design and construction, whereas maintenance projects (like road paving, crosswalk painting, sidewalk section replacement, and landscaping) require routine upkeep every one to five years.”

The survey can be accessed via a link from the City’s website, Upcoming public meetings and hearings on the CIP are as follows: Monday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Planning Commission FY16-20 CIP overview; Monday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. – Planning Commission formal CIP presentation; Sunday, Feb. 8. 1:30 p.m. – CIP Town Hall meeting, Community Center; Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Planning Commission public hearings and work sessions; Monday, Feb. 23 – Plannnig Commissoin adopts CIP recommendations and forwards them to City Council; March-April – City Council CIP deliberations occur.