CPHD

Planning Division Land Use Studies, Reports, and Other Documents

 

Comprehensive Plan:
Arlington County’s Comprehensive Plan was established in order that Arlington County may remain a safe, healthy, convenient and prosperous community and an attractive place in which to live, work and play, with stable or expanding values and potentialities for growth and continued economic health.  The purpose of Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan is to guide the coordinated and harmonious development of the County through the provision of high standards of public services and facilities.  It was approved by the County Board between June 1995 and June 2000.  In addition, a Five Year Review of the Comprehensive Plan, comprised of nine separate elements (the General Land Use Plan, the Master Transportation Plan, the Storm Water Sewer Plan, the Water Distribution System Master Plan, the Sanitary Sewer System Master Plan, the Recycling Program Implementation Plan, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, the Public Spaces Master Plan, and finally the Historic Preservation Master Plan), was created to update the original plan. (2000)

General Land Use Plan (GLUP):
The General Land Use Plan is the primary policy guide for the future development of the County. The Plan establishes the overall character, extent and location of various land uses and serves as the guide to communicate the policy of the County Board to citizens, businesses, developers and others involved in the development of Arlington County. In addition, the General Land Use Plan serves as a guide to the County Board in its decisions concerning future development. 

Sector Plans/Revitalization Plans/Small Area Plans and Other Studies:
The following documents are available from the Planning Division, Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development, Suite 700, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, (703) 228-3525.  Online versions of the reports are available in an Adobe PDF format. You must have Adobe Acrobat to download these files.

Current Plans and Studies

Historical Plans and Studies

Ballston Sector Plan:
One of a series of sector plans prepared for each individual Metro Station Area within the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The Ballston Sector Plan provides a detailed examination of existing conditions at the Ballston Metro Station Area. It includes a concept plan which illustrates the type of environment envisioned for this area as the new downtown in central Arlington. This Plan includes sections on land use and zoning, transportation, community facilities, commercial development, utilities and urban design. (1980)

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Ballston Sector Plan Summary:
A document which provides a brief overview of the Ballston Sector Plan and includes a chronology of planning efforts between 1972 and 1989, development trends, existing land use and zoning patterns, and an outline of the major urban design concepts adopted for the Ballston area. This document also includes a summary of some of the key recommendations and plan concepts that have been realized since the adoption of the Sector Plan. (1991) Ballston Sector Plan Summary

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Clarendon Sector Plan (2006):
Adopted in two phases, first on June 10 and second on December 9, 2006.  One of a series of sector plans prepared for each individual metro station area within the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. This document supersedes the original sector plan adopted in 1984 and the sector plan addendum adopted in 1990, and provides a set of updated policies, recommendations, and urban design guidelines to shape future redevelopment activities over the next 15-20 years.  The Clarendon Sector Plan includes concept and illustrative plans, which illustrate the “urban village” vision of a mixed-use, pedestrian- and transit-oriented development surrounding the Clarendon Metro station.  This Plan includes 47 specific policies on density, use mix, building heights and step-backs, public spaces, historic preservation, transportation, and parking, as well as and urban design guidelines. (2006)  

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Clarendon Sector Plan (1984):
This document is the first sector plan adopted for the Clarendon Metro Station Area.  It provides a detailed examination of existing conditions at the Clarendon Metro Station Area, a concept plan for the station area, and urban design recommendations.  This Sector Plan was superseded by the 2002 Clarendon Sector Plan.  Clarendon Sector Plan (1984).  (Addendum A)

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Columbia Pike Initiative - A Revitalization Plan: 2005 Update:
In the fall of 2004, County staff began work on the Columbia Pike Initiative – A Revitalization Plan, Update 2005. This document, provides a refined and updated set of goals and implementation strategies. It represents the most current overall framework for the revitalization of Columbia Pike and reconciles the vision for the Pike expressed in earlier planning documents with the specific design recommendations articulated in the Form Based Code. In addition, it provides updates on policy and implementation initiatives recommended in the original plan. (2005) Click here for more details.

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Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan (2012 full document):
The adoption of the Neighborhoods Area Plan completes the second major planning phase for the Columbia Pike Initiative, focusing on the multi-family residential areas.  Awarded by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) with the Benjamin Banneker for Outstanding Social Commitment and Community Initiatives, the Plan describes a vision and planning policies to guide development activities in the future.  The Plan supports the Columbia Pike Initiative Plan – A Revitalization Plan Update 2005 to enhance the quality of life and create a walkable and transit supportive corridor.  A main element of the plan is retention of over 6,000 affordable housing units for incomes at or below 80% of the area median income as more housing is created for new residents.  A new Form Based Code zoning tool will be instrumental in the preservation of these units and will guide how new development should occur. (2012) Click here for more details.

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Courthouse Sector Plan (full document):
One of a series of sector plans prepared for each individual Metro Station Area within the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. This document provides a detailed examination of existing conditions at the Courthouse Metro Station Area. It includes a concept plan which illustrates the type of environment envisioned in this area emphasizing a balance of high density residential and office uses surrounding the local government center. This Plan includes sections on land use and zoning, transportation, utilities and urban design. (1981)

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Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum (full document):
An addendum to the Courthouse Sector Plan, this document generally confirms the goals and recommendations of the original Plan. However, this document focuses on design issues that were not addressed in the original Sector Plan. The purpose of the Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum is to establish an overall vision for the Courthouse Area so that individual projects can be designed to fit better within the general Metro Station scheme, so that the Courthouse Metro Station Area can achieve an individual image of particular significance to the community as the County's Government Center. To achieve this vision, this plan includes a refined concept plan, an illustrative plan, site or area specific design recommendations, urban design guidelines and an action plan. (1993)

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Courthouse Sector Plan Summary:
A document which provides a brief overview of the Courthouse Sector Plan and includes a chronology of planning efforts between 1972 and 2000, development trends, existing land use and zoning patterns, and an outline of the major urban design concepts adopted for the Courthouse area. This document also includes a summary of some of the key recommendations and plan concepts that have been realized since the adoption of the Sector Plan. (2000) Courthouse Sector Plan Summary

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Crystal City Sector Plan:
This long-range plan for Crystal City presents the future vision to transform the area by encouraging new development through density and other incentives, improving the public streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure, upgrading open space and increasing transit options. The goal is to make Crystal City a more complete, inviting, lively and walkable community with more ground floor retail, better quality office space and more housing options. The County Board adopted the Crystal City Sector Plan on September 28, 2010. Crystal City Sector Plan.   (For more information on the Sector Plan and the implementation of its recommendations, please visit the Crystal City/Pentagon City Portal and the Crystal City Citizen Review Council homepage.)

East Clarendon - Special Coordinated Mixed-Use District Plan:
A detailed plan for a three-block area east of the Clarendon Metro Station. This plan includes an analysis of existing conditions, a concept plan, land use recommendations and redevelopment guidelines and interim urban design recommendations. (1994)

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East Falls Church Area Plan:
With the advent of Metro’s Silver Line, the East Falls Church neighborhood is ripe for development, and community members have asked Arlington to be proactive about determining its destiny … and not wait to react to individual development proposals.  In 2007, a community Task Force began working on recommendations to guide the future of East Falls Church, completing its work in 2010. The plan for East Falls Church was, after a multi-year public process, adopted by the County Board in April 2011, creating a long-range plan to help guide development. (2010) Click here for more details.

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Fort Myer Heights North Plan:
This is a small area plan for the Fort Myer Heights North Special District.  This area is bounded by Clarendon Boulevard to the north, Fairfax Drive to the south, North Pierce Street to the east and North Courthouse Road, 13th Street North and North Scott Street to the West.  This plan seeks to create a strategic balance of preservation and redevelopment with an emphasis on affordable housing, historic buildings, open space, significant trees and neighborhood scale. (2008) Click here for more details  

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Industrial Land Use and Zoning Study:
The purpose of the report is threefold: 1) to determine whether the County should continue to provide for industrial uses; and if so, 2) to determine how the County should continue to provide for such uses and to what extent, and 3) to determine whether the County should regulate industrial uses differently.  The report contains the following: a history and background of industrial land use and planning; a discussion of trends affecting industrial development; an assessment of existing industrial conditions; an assessment of specific land use and development issues; an assessment of Arlington's industrial land use controls compared to other local jurisdictions; and conclusions and recommendations for addressing industrial land use for the future.  (2000)

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Lee Highway Cherrydale Revitalization Plan (1994)  Lee Highway Cherrydale Revitalization Plan

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Metropolitan Park Design Guidelines:
The Metropolitan Park Project Booklet describes design principles for development of the Metropolitan Park block in the Pentagon City Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP) that update and supplement the original PDSP guidelines.  This document also provides specific urban design guidance and standards for the block, as well as design details for the first phase of development.

The Metropolitan Park Design Guidelines builds on the companion Project Booklet to flesh out the principles and guidance in that document for redevelopment of the Metropolitan Park block.  The Guidelines detail the pattern of development and establish standards for streets, buildings, open space, and landscaping as a means of insuring high quality and consistency as development proceeds over time.

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Nauck Village Center Action Plan:
Nauck Village Center Action Plan was adopted by the Arlington County Board on July 10, 2004. The purpose of this plan is to provide an urban design framework to guide public and private investment in the revitalization of Shirlington Road and the traditional core area of the Nauck neighborhood. The plan is divided into seven sections: Executive Summary; Analysis; Vision, Goals & Concept Plan; Urban Design Guidelines; Implementation; and Appendices. The Executive Summary outlines key components of the study and provides a number of implementation measures addressing: Land Use and Zoning, Transportation, Implementation Management, Pre-Development Assistance, Special Projects, and Affordable Housing.  Click here for more details.  

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North Quincy Street Plan:
The North Quincy Street Plan is divided into five sections.  The Plan which provides a conceptual plan for the future development of the area, was adopted by the County Board on February 4, 1995. North Quincy Street Plan

 

North Quincy Street Plan Addendum:
An addendum to the 1995 North Quincy Street Plan, this plan establishes a refined vision for two blocks fronting North Glebe Road near the southern gateway of Ballston. The Plan Addendum is divided into six sections that address: an introduction, an overview of planning history for the area, an area analysis, planning principles and concepts, its relationship to the North Quincy Street Plan, and implementation actions. The Plan Addendum was adopted by the County Board on February 23, 2013. North Quincy Street Plan Addendum

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Pentagon Centre Site Guiding Principles:
Guiding principles for the Pentagon Centre site build upon relevant planning principles from previous (1976 and 1997) planning documents.  Planning principles established in past processes are updated and modified in the Guiding Principles to refer specifically to Pentagon Centre, however, they remain relevant to the Pentagon City area as a whole. The principles are presented in the same order as previous planning goals, and do not suggest a hierarchy. The Guiding Principles were presented at a County Board Work Session on January 17, 2008. Pentagon Centre Site Guiding Principles

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Pentagon City Master Development Plan:
A planning team comprised of engineers, architects and planners, officially labeled the Policy Guidance Committee, met together during a period of 3 ½ years during the 1970's.  The outgrowth of their effort was a master plan for Pentagon City, or “Phased Development Site Plan” as it is known.  The master plan was approved by Arlington County in February of 1976.  Concurrent with this effort, a new zoning regulation was adopted which provides for coordinated development through the approval, in stages, of final site plans for parcels of land within Pentagon City. This report presents, in summary form, information about the Pentagon City site, and the characteristics of the County-approved Phased Development Site Plan.  The report also contains information on County-required site improvements and other stipulations which concern builders and developers who participate in the construction program for Pentagon City. Pentagon City Master Development Plan

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Pentagon City Planning Task Force Report:
A report to the County Board presenting planning principles and build-out scenarios for remaining unbuilt portions of the Pentagon City PDSP. (1997) Pentagon City Planning Task Force Report

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Potomac Yards Design Guidelines:
A document to ensure a standard of high quality urban and architectural design within the South Tract development. This document is meant to assist members of the community, project developers, designers, County boards and staff by explaining the design intent for the site, the design principles that shaped the plan, and by providing special criteria and examples for building and landscape design. The Guidelines explain the structure of the plan, its streets and open space, and how they are to be integrated to create a comprehensive and pedestrian oriented place. Specific criteria, including block, street and sidewalk dimensions are given. Recommendations for open space and building design to support the overall design objectives are described. (2000)

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RB'72: Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Alternative Land Use Patterns:
This report represents the first comprehensive examination of redevelopment options in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.  Explicitly commissioned by the County Board as a basis for public discussion, RB '72 describes three alternative paradigms, to be considered along with separate growth pattern and traffic studies, as the basis for developing policy guidelines for development of the corridor. RB'72: Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Alternative Land Use Patterns.  (Attachment

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Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor - Early Visions:
A report which examines key planning and political decisions affecting the development of the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. This document also summarizes elements of a County "vision" which emerged from this process, both for the Corridor and for the individual Metro Stations. (1989) The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor - Early Visions

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Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor - Mid-Course Review:
This report is the result of an intensive three-day analysis of the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor by a team of community design experts. The purpose of this effort was to identify issues and ideas that might benefit the Corridor's overall development and to help guide the remaining projects that can still be constructed. This document raises issues, provides new ideas and identifies possible mechanisms to guide new development in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor from this mid-point into the future. (1989) The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor - Mid-Course Review

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Rosslyn-Ballston Metro Corridor - Retail Action Plan:
The Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) Corridor Retail Action Plan identifies specific opportunities and constraints in developing viable retail markets in each of the downtown areas along the Corridor.  To address the constraints and to take advantage of the opportunities a series of strategies were developed that identify specific actions and tools that are needed to achieve the goals of the marketing positioning statements for each of the downtown areas.  The strategies were divided into three categories: Land Use and Zoning, Marketing and Urban Design.  Specific tasks for implementing the strategies were then identified and mapped out in a logical sequence of implementation. (2001) 

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Rosslyn-Ballston Metro Corridor - Streetscape Standards:
The Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) Corridor Streetscape Standards consolidate guidelines from several Arlington County policy documents. These documents include: the Sector Plans for each of the five Metro Station Areas in the Corridor, the Master Walkways Policy Plan, Standard Site Plan Conditions, Administrative Regulation 4.3 (Tree Planting), and Standards for the Preservation and Planting of Trees on Site Plan Projects (Street Tree Standards). These standards identify a consistent treatment for all public sidewalk areas in the R-B Corridor. (2007)

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Rosslyn to Courthouse Urban Design Study:
A study focusing on the area between Wilson and Clarendon Boulevard from Pierce Street to Courthouse Road. The report contains an existing conditions analysis, a vision for a new urban village center, a concept plan, an illustrative plan, and urban design guidelines with guiding principles to provide direction for property owners and developers in shaping proposals, and for the community, the Planning Commission, and County staff in reviewing them. (2003) Click here for more details

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Rosslyn Transit Station Area Study:
The first of a series of Metro Station Area Plans, this document provides a detailed examination of existing conditions within the Rosslyn Station Area; a discussion of issues and needs concerning land use, zoning, transportation, community facilities, and urban design; alternative recommended actions to address the issues; a cost analysis of various improvement alternatives; and a recommended action plan for accomplishing these improvements. (1977) Rosslyn Transit Station Area Study

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Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum:
An addendum to the Rosslyn Transit Station Area Study, this document generally confirms the goals and recommendations of the original Study. The Rosslyn Area Plan Addendum refines the vision for Rosslyn as a first class urban center and incorporated new goals and objectives into a new Rosslyn concept plan. This document includes land use and zoning recommendations, site or area specific guidelines and an implementation matrix. (1992)

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Shirlington Design Book:
The Shirlington Design Book is intended to document and communicate the design of the proposed expansion of the Village at Shirlington and supplement the formal Arlington County Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP) Amendment submission. (2000) Shirlington Design Book

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Virginia Square Sector Plan (2002):
Adopted on December 7, 2002, this plan is one of a series of sector plans prepared for each individual Metro Station Area within the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. This document supersedes the original sector plan adopted in 1983, and provides a detailed examination of existing conditions at the Virginia Square Metro Station Area. It includes a concept plan which illustrates the type of environment envisioned in this area as a residential community and a center for cultural, educational, and recreational activities. This Plan includes recommendations on land use and zoning, transportation, community facilities, parks, open space, and urban design. (2002)

        Errata Sheet (July 7, 2006)

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2002 Virginia Square Sector Plan - Site-Specific Guidelines:
Site-Specific Guidelines contains detailed information for nine specific key redevelopment sites in Virginia Square. Each key area contains goals, concept plans, building and site requirements, and urban design guidelines. Recommendations for each area are repeated from the first part of the 2002 Virginia Square Sector Plan, strongly emphasizing the urban design guidelines and action plan that should be considered prior to any development activity within this Metro station areas. (2002)

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Virginia Square Sector Plan (1983):
This document is the first sector plan adopted for the Virginia Square Metro Station Area.  It provides a detailed examination of existing conditions at the Virginia Square Metro Station Area, a concept plan for the station area, and urban design recommendations.  This Sector Plan was superseded by the 2002 Virginia Square Sector Plan.  Virginia Square Sector Plan (1983).

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