The Old Town Civic Association

Together we can have a voice that matters

We are working to represent your interests with City leaders and staff, and at BAR, Planning Commission, and City Council public hearings.

We plan to resume membership meetings at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, once it is safe to do so.


Please keep yourself safe, healthy, and informed as the situation develops.

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Join the Old Town Civic Association

Whether you are new to Alexandria, Virginia or have been in the community for years, we invite you to join us. OTCA has a special status in a city without ward politics; we are a collective voice for residents of Old Town on important local issues, and one respected by city government. The OTCA’s mission since our founding in 1951 has been to preserve the historic and residential character of Old Town, something we can only accomplish with the informed and active participation and support of resident members. OTCA is governed by Officers and a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The board and committees stay abreast of City issues that directly and indirectly affect Old Town and its neighbors, and communicate through our website, monthly newsletter, and emails to keep members informed of up-coming events. Board members represent Old Town residents' interests before City Council, the Planning Commission, the Board of Architectural Review, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and other policy-making bodies. OTCA representatives also sit on City commissions, committees, and boards. To contact us, see: Officers & Board


Our meetings:

OTCA membership traditionally meets on the second Wednesday of each month in October and November, and January through June at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. A half hour of socializing with neighbors starts at 7:00 pm followed by the evening program and discussion at 7:30 pm. Programs cover a wide variety topics including presentations by City officials and other professionals on development and land use issues in Old Town, historic preservation, infrastructure, traffic and parking, trees, open space, environment, City policies, as well as hosting City Council members, the Mayor, and our congressional representatives.

Our volunteer organization needs your help with all of its efforts. If you have the time, energy and interest to help OTCA's work to preserve and advance our quality of life in Old Town, please contact us - To contact us, see: Officers & Board.