The Arlington County Comprehensive Plan
Arlington will be a diverse and inclusive world-class urban community with secure, attractive residential and commercial neighborhoods where people unite to form a caring, learning, participating, sustainable community in which each person is important. – Arlington County Vision
The Code of Virginia requires all governing bodies in the Commonwealth to have an adopted 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.
Arlington County’s Comprehensive Plan was established by resolution of the County Board on August 27, 1960. This resolution called for the preparation of Arlington County’s Comprehensive Plan, which originally included five elements. In later years, additional elements were added to the Comprehensive Plan and some were replaced by new plans. Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan has been continually updated and expanded and now comprises ten elements: the General Land Use Plan, the Master Transportation Plan, the Storm Water Master Plan, the Water Distribution System Master Plan, the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Master Plan, the Recycling Program Implementation Plan and Map, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and Plan, the Public Spaces Master Plan, the Historic Preservation Master Plan and the Community Energy Plan.
Goals and Objectives
The following general principles were adopted by the County Board as part of its 1960 resolution concerning the Comprehensive Plan:
Elements of the Comprehensive Plan