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 want to be kept up to date on the news, sign up for DRCA's Email List here.

The next virtual DRCA meeting will be on May 12 at 7:30. The main topic for this

meeting is the growing deer population in Arlington.  Additional details can be seen 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-December 23, 2020

The results of the first DRCA holiday light contest are in, and the neighborhood ​is really decked out this year. Thanks to all who participated. You can see the winning entries here.

NEWS-December 7, 2020

DRCA has a new email service and will stop using yahoo groups effective December 13, 2020.  To sign up for the new email list, send an email to:  drca-group+subscribe@groups.io


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.


President's Letter

Bill Richardson


April 2021

On behalf of the DRCA board, I want to invite you to our spring meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.  Once again, thanks to board member and former President Anne Wilson, we will be meeting virtually using Microsoft Teams.  Instructions on using Teams are contained in our last two newsletters, which are available on our website at www.drca.org.


We all hope we see the light at the end of the tunnel on the pandemic, and that we will be able to resume our regular meetings at Taylor School later this year.  Like many civic associations and other groups, DRCA has partnered with Arlington County to ensure you have the latest information on the state of the pandemic in the County, including availability of vaccinations and tests.  We will continue to provide you with updates through this partnership with the County.


A number of you have expressed concerns about the unchecked deer population in our area and the effects of foraging by deer in our backyards.  Our May meeting will feature two experts from the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists on this issue, Steve Young and Bill Browning, and another from the Virginia Department of Wildlife, District Wildlife Biologist Jordan Green, who will be available to answer your questions about this problem and possible solutions being explored by Arlington and other jurisdictions in the D.C. area. 


We have also reserved some time at the May meeting to hear directly from you about any other issues you would like DRCA to address.  As we’ve previously noted, we are hoping soon to update our Neighborhood Conservation Plan of over 20 years ago (available on our website), which identified based on a survey the issues of primary interest to DRCA residents back then.  Some of these probably remain unchanged, but new issues emerge each year.   Your feedback at our May meeting will help us update the new survey that can form the basis of an updated NC plan for our neighborhood. 


While we would like to hear from you about any subject, we know about some of them:


  • In light of our February meeting with County Manager Mark Schwartz, we will continue to pursue the concerns many of you have about the need for a closer look at the Zoning Ordinance provisions governing single-family home construction, such as lot coverage, height, and setback requirements.  These include ensuring the County has an adequate system in place to ensure compliance with these provisions as the homes are actually built, as well as updating the provisions to provide greater protection in light of stormwater management, tree preservation, and neighbor privacy issues.

  • A related issue is how best to forestall the increasing loss of tree canopy in the DRCA area, which was viewed as one of our greatest assets in our 2000 NC plan.

  • While COVID may have diminished some traffic congestion in the DRCA area, speeding continues to be a problem for many, particularly along arterials such as Military Road and Lorcom Lane.  Many thanks to retiring board member Liz Lord for successfully addressing the need for an all-way stop at one problematic intersection in our neighborhood, at Upshur and Vermont Streets. 

  • This year will see further engagement on the County’s proposals for redeveloping Lee Highway, which will need to accommodate different visions and goals.

  • Our board member Charlie Henkin has been carefully monitoring developments at the FAA and elsewhere about possible solutions for the noise from aircraft arriving at and departing from Reagan National Airport.

  • This year we will also continue to see more exchanges of views about concerns that there is a “missing middle” of available and affordable housing in the County, and how best to address such concerns while ensuring we have adequate infrastructure to accommodate the proposed solutions.

  • Many Arlington residents don’t know who on the County staff is responsible for tackling what.  We think there can be improvements, on the County’s website and otherwise, for empowering you to address your questions to the right person.     


We hope to “see” you at our May 12 meeting, and to hear from you on these and other subjects.