Site Plan Review Process

Virtual Site Plan Review Process Pilot

Arlington County is piloting a new site plan review process that will enable the review and exchange of ideas while expanding participation to broader audiences in an online environment. As part of the pilot, Planning staff will continue to work with the Planning Commission, applicants and the community to improve upon the process and ensure it reaches timely and effective engagement that is essential to Arlington’s site plan review process. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, at this time, all meetings will convene virtually.

Arlington’s Zoning Ordinance provides for a special exception site plan option within certain zoning districts under the guidance of Administrative Regulation 4.1.  This allows for site-specific flexibility in development form, use and density, beyond what is otherwise permitted by-right.

Site plans are reviewed by an interdepartmental staff team and the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) of the Planning Commission. Most significant private and public projects in Arlington are developed through this process, ensuring proper reviews, public engagement, and compliance with applicable policies and ordinances.


Site Plan Conditions

Site plan conditions are typically necessary for all site plans. Conditions ensure that a project substantially complies with County plans, policies and Zoning Ordinance regulations for a particular area, or are in exchange for bonuses and other benefits approved as part of the project. Increased density, height or other modifications can have an impact on the surrounding community, and site plan conditions help mitigate these impacts.

The following are standard conditions for high density office, residential and mixed-use projects: