Welcome to the Donaldson Run Civic Association web site!

This site has been created to provide information about DRCA to our neighbors.  Located in Arlington, Virginia, the boundaries of the Donaldson Run Neighborhood can be seen on this map. 

DRCA is an active civic association that is engaged in community affairs. The organization is administered by elected volunteers.  DRCA is not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Our goals are to:

  • Promote information sharing about issues affecting the neighborhood

  • Provide leadership and advocacy about neighborhood interests

  • Preserve and enhance the assets of the neighborhood

  • Promote a sense of community

Membership:  If you live in the neighborhood, you can become a member of DRCA by paying dues which are $15 annually.  The membership application can be found here.

DRCA Email List:

  If you live in the neighborhood, and especially if you are new to the neighborhood, sign up for DRCA's Email List at drca-group+subscribe@groups.io

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NEWS- December 22, 2022

Donaldson Run Holiday Decorating Contest Winners have been announced and they are:

Best Inflatable Display: 3963 26th Street, N.

Best Lights: 2611 Marcey Road

Best Doorway: 2322 Stafford Street

Best “Griswold” (most humorous): 2448 Utah Street

Best Traditional: 2541 Vermont Street

Best Block/Cul-de-sac/Intersection or Street: 26th Street, North between Yorktown Boulevard and Wakefield Street

Best Tree: 2737 Wakefield Street

Judges’ Choice: 2321 Utah Street

Thanks for all who participated!

NEWS-September 27, 2021

Read DRCA's letter to the County Board about the deer population problem in Arlington here.

NEWS-September 13, 2021

Read DRCA's response of July 2, 2021, regarding Plan Lee Highway's preliminary designs/proposals here.

NEWS-January 18, 2021

Links to recent information about the Tributary B stream restoration: 

Field Report December 2020

County Response to Field Report-January 2021

County web site for the project

NEWS-February 2, 2020

Read DRCA's letter to County Board about zoning ordinance issue (large tall houses, lot coverage, loss of trees etc.) here.

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Arlington County Board Member Takis Karantonis will be the featured speaker at the next DRCA membership meeting on February 23 at Taylor School.  The meeting begins at 7:30pm.  Meeting details can be found here.

The Cherrydale Farmers

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President's Letter

Bill Richardson

bill@drca.org

February 2022

 

 

I hope all of you had a fun holiday season, and have been enjoying or at least coping with our recent snowstorms.  I would like to congratulate our eight holiday decorating contest winners, and extend my thanks to Amanda Weaver for initiating this contest in 2020, and to our judges for their work in running it.

 

We are delighted to have County Board Member Takis Karantonis as our principal speaker at our upcoming membership meeting, to be held on Wednesday, February 23, at Taylor School at 7:30 p.m.   Takis has taken a keen interest in a number of issues affecting our neighborhood, and looks forward to engaging with you about these.

 

As many of you know, Takis was first elected to the Board in July 2020 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Erik Gutshall, and was recently reelected to a full four-year term.  He is an economist and urban planner with more than 25 years of urban and regional planning experience, and holds a master’s degree from Berlin’s Freie Universitaet in urban and regional economics.  Takis is the former president of the Columbia Heights Civic Association and the former chair of the Board of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and the Arlington Public Art Committee. 

 

We hope you will use this opportunity to ask Takis about your current concerns about pending issues affecting Arlington County.  Among these may be the following:

 

  • For much of the past year, the DRCA board has been meeting with Takis to address concerns from DRCA members about enforcement and reform of the lot coverage and height requirements of the County’s Zoning Ordinance, and we would like him to bring us up to date on the prospects for beginning a staff study on possible reform, and for devoting resources in the upcoming County budget to enhanced enforcement of existing requirements in this area.

  • Takis has expressed an interest in hearing our views about the Donaldson Run stream restoration project (Tributaries A and B), upcoming staff proposals for Langston Boulevard (formerly Lee Highway) redevelopment, and Marymount’s revised approach for a soccer field  in the mulch pile/salt dome area.

  • What can the County do to avoid the delays on residential construction projects that we have been seeing?

  • How has the pilot project been working out for the Nelly Custis/Military Road  traffic circle?

  • What are your thoughts about how the County should address missing middle housing options?

  • The County will be deep into preparing its proposed budget by the time of our February 23 meeting.   What ideas do you have on the revenue and expenditure side of the budget? 

 

I look forward to seeing you again on February 23.  Please note that as guests of Taylor School, we will need to adhere to Arlington Public Schools requirements related to the COVID epidemic.  This includes wearing masks.  Any changes in requirements will be announced via our listserv and Facebook group prior to February 23.