Historic and Cultural Resources Plan Update


November Update: On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, the Arlington County Board approved an update to the Historic and Cultural Resources Plan (HCRP), concluding a multiyear process to develop a more modern approach to how the County advances the preservation and appreciation of its built and cultural environments.

The Historic and Cultural Resources Plan will equip Arlington with a new vision for historic preservation work over the next decade. The County Board adopted the first historic preservation plan in 2006, and the current update has been ongoing since 2020. The draft update proposes the exploration of a variety of new tools and actions to allow easier, faster, and more equitable access to County preservation services. 

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Overall, the County has made great strides towards completing the major goals and implementation recommendations of the original plan. The update process will encompass a detailed analysis of the existing plan, a thorough examination of the County’s historic preservation work since the plan’s adoption, and outreach to stakeholders and the broader community.

The update will reflect the commitment of Arlington County’s Historic Preservation Program to equity. We celebrate the narratives of all Arlingtonians and do our best to share those narratives, both as they connect to, and exist separately from, the built environment. We are committed to protecting the histories of people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, immigrants, women, and all who have historically been overlooked. The County’s vision of being a diverse and inclusive community where each person is important cannot be accomplished without this work of understanding the past.