General Land Use Plan (GLUP)

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The General Land Use Plan (GLUP) is the primary policy guide for future development in the County. The GLUP establishes the overall character, extent and location of various land uses. It balances residential, shopping, office and mixed-use development, focuses development around Metro Station Areas and encourages construction of a variety of housing types.


Several planning documents and processes are used to implement the General Land Use Plan and County goals.

Learn more about implementation.

Arlington Recognized for General Land Use Plan Implementation

The American Planning Association recognized Arlington’s commitment to community-based planning and smart growth with a Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation of the County’s General Land Use Plan. Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through its National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards, the profession’s highest honor.

Learn more about how smart growth has shaped Arlington.