Process & Timeline

Process

The multi-year Plan Langston Boulevard process will refine, validate and build upon the community’s vision and the guiding principles and goals as expressed in the 2016 Langston Boulevard Visioning Study report . The process will include a study of interrelated key planning elements, such as transportation and public space, for the full Langston Boulevard corridor and potential land use changes within a Core Study Area (see map below). The anticipated outcomes are that the study results in a County Board-adopted plan that establishes a high-level framework for the corridor.

Study Area

Langston Boulevard is one of Arlington’s major east-west arterial streets, spanning the full length of the County from Rosslyn to East Falls Church. It is a major commuter corridor and gateway from the City of Falls Church. It also serves as a primary commercial destination for the northern half of the County, providing access to convenience goods, services, and dining for many residents.  Characterized by low-rise commercial development and prominent surface level parking lots, the auto-oriented public realm and general development pattern is typical of commercial corridors found throughout Arlington.

 Langston Blvd Study Area Map

Timeline

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PHASE 3: Drafting the Plan

Feedback from recent community meetings, online feedback forms, and the October 2022 LRPC meeting will inform the development of a Draft Plan. 

  • Time frames are subject to change, pending project needs.

Time Frame : December 2022 – 2023

Milestones and Activities 

Development of the Draft Plan, to include: 

  • PLB Vision and Goals  
  • Policy recommendations by Key Planning Elements for corridor-wide framework and by neighborhood area  
  • Short and long-term strategies to implement the vision and goals 

Presentation of Draft Plan 

Key Events 

Community engagement, dates TBD 

Additional focus group meetings, as needed 

PHASE 2: Developing Ideas

Time Frame: Sep 2020- April 2021

Milestones and Activities

 Development of Land Use Scenario Analysis 

  • Evaluate: 
  • different land use mixes and intensities within activity nodes (in core study area and residential edges)  
  • strategic combinations for public open spaces or other amenities 
  • street and transit access improvements 
  • Identify specific outcomes for each scenario 
  • Provide feedback on land use and mobility alternatives to rank and compare land use scenarios 
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for achieving goals  
  • Highlight how well scenarios balance nodal and corridor-wide priorities  

Key Events

Time Frame: April-May 2021

Milestones and Activities

Neighborhood Area Meetings

Results of Land Use Scenario Analysis

Key Events

Area 2 Neighborhood: 

Area 3 and 4 Neighborhoods:

  • LBA Planning Committee/Community Advisory Committee PLB Working Group Meeting: 5/6
  • Community Meeting: 5/13

Area 1 and 5 Neighborhoods:

  • LBA Planning Committee/Community Advisory Committee PLB Working Group Meeting: 5/20
  • Community Meeting: 5/27

Time Frame: April – September 2021

Milestones and Activities

Online Feedback

  • Collect Feedback
  • Analyze Results of Feedback

 

 

Time Frame: September 2021 – November 2022

Milestones and Activities

Development of Preliminary Concept Plan Report, to include: 

  • Summary of Community feedback on Land Use Scenario Analysis  
  • Corridor-wide land use scenario incorporating preferred land use scenario for core study areas and residential edges 
  • Preferred locations for public open spaces or other amenities 
  • Preferred transportation strategies 
  • Refined analysis of key planning elements including refined vision principles and goals 
  • Anticipated outcomes and impacts of proposed development

Presentation of Preliminary Concept Plan Report

Key Events

Additional Focus Group Meetings, as needed 

Community meeting to review Land Use Scenario Feedback Summary and discuss ways to achieve desired goals and manage impacts

  • December 13, 2021

Virtual Community Meetings for Areas 2, 3, and 5 

  • Area 2: September 14, 2022 
  • Area 3: September 21, 2022 
  • Area 5: September 22, 2022 

Virtual Community Meeting focused on Housing, Stormwater, and Transportation 

  • October 11,2022 

Design Studios 

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 5 - 7 PM 
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 5 - 7 PM 
  • Friday, September 09, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Friday, September 23, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Friday, October 07, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Friday, October 21, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 
  • Friday, November 04, 2022 | 12 - 2 PM 

Walking Tours hosted by the Langston Boulevard Alliance 

  • Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 1-4 p.m. | Tour at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tour at 10 a.m. 
  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 1-4 p.m. | Tour at 2 p.m. 

Long Range Planning Committee of the Planning Commission (LRPC) 

  • October 25, 2022 (details coming soon)

PHASE 1: Gathering Information (completed)

Time Frame: Jan – Feb 2019

Milestones and Activities

Project Kick-off

  • Team kick-offs
  • Share scope
  • Refine schedule
  • Gather input on 2016 Visioning Study

Key Events

  • Community Forum & Working Group Meeting (January 30)
  • Community Kick-off (February 12)
  • Initial Focus Group Meetings (February 2019)
  • Open Design Studio (bi-weekly, ongoing)

Time Frame: Feb – Oct 2019

Milestones and Activities

Existing Conditions Analysis

Analysis to focus on planning elements:

  • Land use and zoning
  • Urban design and building form
  • Housing
  • Transportation and connectivity
  • Open spaces
  • Historic and cultural resources
  • Economic vitality
  • Sustainability
  • Public facilities

Historic and Cultural Resources Analysis

  • Research, documentation and survey of historic and cultural resources
  • Significant buildings, events, places, people and stories in planning area

Key Events

Time Frame: Feb – Oct 2019

Milestones and Activities

Land Use Scenario Methodology Development

  • Identify key factors (land values, development costs, density, etc.), performance indicators,
    and prioritization system that will be used for evaluating land use scenarios in Phase 2
  • Select a sample node-based redevelopment area to test methodology

Key Events

 Open Design Studio (bi-weekly, ongoing)

Time Frame: Nov – Dec 2019

Milestones and Activities

Community Forum

Results of Existing Conditions Analysis

Key Events

Community Forum & Working Group Meeting (Nov. 2)

Follow-up Community Forum Meetings

 Working Group Meeting (12/18) Open Design Studio (bi-weekly, ongoing)

 

Time Frame: Jan – Feb 2020

Milestones and Activities

Public Workshop

  • Results of Existing Conditions Analysis
  • Feedback from previous community events on areas of change and areas of preservation
  • Identification of neighborhood concerns and priorities

Key Events

Public Workshop (1/31 and 2/1)

Open Design Studio (bi-weekly, ongoing)

Time Frame: Feb – Aug 2020

Milestones and Activities

Development of Neighborhood Inspiration Report, to include: 

  • Highlights of conditions and attributes of different neighborhoods
  • Feedback from community workshop on areas of change and areas of preservation
  • Summary of neighborhood aspirations
  • Guiding ideas for future development patterns for areas of change
  • General recommendations for network-wide planning elements

Key Events

  • Meetings suspended due to COVID-19