Plan Langston Boulevard: Project Updates

Follow Up on the December 13 Community Meeting

December 17, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the Monday, December 13 community meeting to provide feedback and learn more about Plan Langston Boulevard. More than 300 people tuned in over the two and a half hour meeting. 

We appreciate your eagerness to engage in meaningful discussions to help guide us in making informed decisions. The planning team continues to refine the ideas presented in the spring and is developing a Preliminary Concept Plan (PCP) for the Langston Boulevard corridor to be shared in early 2022.

With prior feedback, including from this week, we have a better understanding of the priorities to be addressed in each area. We also understand the very strong concerns that many community members have expressed to one or more ideas that have been presented in the planning process. Updates to the planning ideas, based on community feedback, will be reflected in the PCP. The PCP will also identify the potential system-wide and/or site changes that may be needed to the transportation network, public parks, schools, and other public facilities to support a future growth scenario.

We have posted a video recording of the community meeting along with a transcript of the chat that took place during the meeting. Both can be found on the study's Documents page. 

Please note, two items have been redacted in the public record of the chat. One comment was profanity, and the other included personal contact information from one of the meeting participants. 

There were a number of questions and comments shared in the chat that the planning team was not able to address during the meeting. Questions and comments will be grouped by theme and addressed in 2022. 

We look forward to keeping an open line of communication with the community and continuing to hear your feedback during future public engagement opportunities.

Join Us December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

November 29, 2021
Plan Langston Boulevard staff invite you to participate in a meeting on Monday, December 13, 2021, to discuss topics of interest and concern to the communities living and working along Langston Boulevard. 
 
Topics will include:
  • A review of the Land Use Scenario Feedback Summary
    • Priorities
    • Concerns
    • Key considerations for the Preliminary Concept Plan 
  • Proactively managing change along Langston Boulevard
    • Benefits of planning with the community
    • Achieving desired goals and managing impacts, such as:
      • Walkability
      • School capacity
      • Flood resiliency
      • Shared mobility (cars, bikes, pedestrians, and buses)
 

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Release of Feedback on Plan Langston Boulevard Land Use Scenario Analysis

September 30, 2021 
Thank you again to everyone who has provided feedback on Plan Langston Boulevard. Community input is an invaluable guide to the planning process. One of the Planning Team’s goals is to open the door to meaningful discussions with the community, and to make informed decisions. We have been busy reading through your feedback and now have a better understanding of the concerns and priorities to be addressed in each area.

We have prepared a Summary of the Feedback received for the entire corridor, organized by topic. This document also includes a summary of the feedback received by neighborhood area.

We invite you to view the study’s Documents page to dig into the raw data collected for the entire corridor and each neighborhood area as we work to develop a Preliminary Concept Plan.
 

Your Feedback: Plan Langston Boulevard Land Use Scenario Analysis 

July 28, 2021
Thank you to everyone who attended Neighborhood Area Meetings (April-June 2021) and provided feedback on the recent preliminary ideas included in the Land Use Scenario Analysis for the five neighborhood areas along the corridor. The Planning Team’s goal with the land use scenarios was to open the door to meaningful discussions with the community, and to make informed decisions. We have heard from so many of you–in the form of survey responses, meeting comments, and direct email outreach–and appreciate your eagerness to engage on this important study. The Planning Team now has a better understanding of the concerns and challenges to be addressed in each area.
At this time, we are still in Phase 2 of a four-phase process to develop a long-range plan for the corridor which will help guide decisions for the next 30 years or more, although future updates to the Plan could occur. The Planning Team is continuing to read through your feedback, comments, and ideas. If you have any final comments to share, please submit them by email to planlangstonblvd@arlingtonva.us by Tuesday, August 3, 2021. In August, we will be posting the feedback we’ve received by that date.
 
The Planning Team will utilize that information to review the aspirational goals, refine the ideas, and develop a Preferred Concept Plan (PCP). We aim to share a PCP later this year, at which point there will be another opportunity to provide input. Based on that community input, the PCP will then be refined again (Phase 3) before it goes to the various commissions and County Board for review and ultimately approval (Phase 4). Please check the project website periodically for schedule updates.
 
Please visit the study’s Documents page to review presentation materials, including the land use scenario analysis. The Neighborhood Inspiration Report and Appendix provide a detailed summary of the community feedback received during previous workshops for all of the neighborhood areas.
 
We also recently updated the FAQs that are posted on our webpage. These may help provide answers to some common concerns and questions, including eminent domain and rezoning.
 
Renaming U.S. Route 29
On Saturday, July 17, the County Board voted unanimously to officially rename U.S. Route 29 to Langston Boulevard within the boundaries of Arlington County between North Lynn Street to the western border of Arlington County with the City of Falls Church.
 
Soon, we will be updating our webpages, newsletters, and other presentation materials to reflect the name change.

 

Review the Land Use Scenario Analysis: Neighborhood Area Meetings & Online Feedback Opportunity

April 13, 2021 | Updated April 29, 2021

What are the best ideas to guide future development of Lee Highway? Help us learn more about your preferences as you review preliminary, conceptual ideas. The Plan Lee Highway team has developed different land use scenarios for five neighborhood areas based on previous community input and study area analysis. The scenarios will be reviewed with the community through a series of neighborhood area meetings and an online feedback opportunity.

Land Use Scenario Analysis Purpose and Introduction

Additional presentations about each neighborhood area will be shared at the community meetings below and posted to the project website.

Neighborhood Areas

To learn which neighborhood area you are located in, view the study map:

PLH Neighborhood Areas Map(JPG, 178KB)

 Neighborhood Area Meeting Date & Time 
Area 2: Presentation & Panel Discussion Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Area 2: Community Meeting Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Areas 3 & 4: Presentation & Panel Discussion Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
Areas 3 & 4: Community Meeting Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Areas 1 & 5: Presentation & Panel Discussion Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Areas 1 & 5: Community Meeting Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

*Unable to attend? Recordings of each meeting will be posted to the Study Documents page.

Online Feedback Opportunity 

  • Feedback opportunities for each neighborhood area will be posted as each community meeting concludes.
  • Your input will help the team develop a preferred Concept Plan, to be reviewed with the community in Fall 2021. 

Share feedback by June 20

Your input will help the team develop a preferred Concept Plan, to be reviewed with the community in Fall 2021.

Phase 2 Underway: Developing Ideas

November 1, 2020

Phase II: Developing Ideas is now underway for the Plan Lee Highway process. Over the next several months, the team will be conducting interviews with property owners along the corridor to understand their short and long-term plans, while working to develop land use scenarios that will help visualize different options for the corridor and neighborhood areas.

Each of these scenarios will help evaluate various land uses mixes and intensities within the redevelopment areas in the Core Study Area and residential edges, along with showing strategic combinations of open spaces and street/transit access improvements.

Gathering community input is a critical part of determining which land use scenarios are most viable. Beginning in January, a series of neighborhood focus group meetings will be held to share the preliminary ideas. Feedback on the preliminary ideas will be used to help develop a Preliminary Concept Plan.

A second series of neighborhood focus group meetings will be held to present the Preliminary Concept Plan and gather additional community feedback. This will conclude Phase 2 and initiate Phase 3: Drafting the Plan, in mid-2021.

Digging Into Life on Lee Highway with Two New Reports

August 26, 2020

Since we were last able to gather in person, during the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop, the team has been hard at work on two reports that shed further light on both the background and current life of Lee Highway neighborhoods:

We invite you to read through these reports, the final two deliverables of Phase I: Gathering Information of the Plan Lee Highway initiative. These reports, along with all the community feedback and other information gathered during Phase I, set us up for Phase II: Developing Ideas. Phase II builds on the work to develop land use scenarios that will help visualize different options for the corridor and neighborhood areas. Each of these scenarios – there will be several – will help evaluate various land uses mixes and intensities within the redevelopment areas in the Core Study Area, along with showing strategic combinations of open spaces and street/transit access improvements.

Gathering community input is a critical part of determining which land use scenarios are most viable. The team is still working on an engagement plan – stay tuned for details and a schedule!

Once we have gathered community feedback, the team will develop a Preliminary Concept Plan that will wrap up Phase 2 and launch us into Phase 3: Drafting the Plan, in mid-2021.

What We Heard: Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop

March 23, 2020
Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop

We saw so many of you at the Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop Jan. 31-Feb. 1., or heard from you online, and we want to thank you for attending and participating in a lively, engaging conversation about how you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050. If you missed either the Friday symposium or the Saturday workshop, catch the presentation videos and documents here.

What We Heard
Since the in-person and digital workshops ended, we have been busy reading through your feedback, comments and ideas. While we work on distilling neighborhood-by-neighborhood highlights, we invite you to dig into the raw data from workshop:

Feedback by Neighborhood

East Falls Church

John M. Langston, Yorktown, Tara Leeway Heights, Leeway Overlee

Waverly Hills, Donaldson Run, Old Dominion, Glebewood, Waycroft-Woodlawn

Cherrydale and Maywood

North Highlands and Lyon Village

How We’re Using the Feedback
The team is currently working on a character area analysis report, fueled by the community input collected during the workshops. This report will highlight community preferences and priorities, as well as, the high-level challenges and opportunities in addressing those preferences and priorities for each neighborhood area. It will also highlight the concepts the planning team intends to study, through the development of the much-anticipated Land Use Scenarios for each neighborhood area, which will begin later this spring. The scenarios will evaluate different land use mixes and intensities within the redevelopment areas, along with possible combinations for public open spaces or other amenities and street and transit access improvements. The character area analysis will be ready in the spring. Stay tuned!

What’s Next
After more than a year of work, the team is wrapping up Phase 1: Gathering Information and will move into Phase 2: Developing Ideas this summer. What can you expect as we move into Phase 2? The team will continue to develop and evaluate – with your feedback and insight – land use scenarios and refine goals for the project.

  • Character area analysis report and engagement: spring
  • Beginning of Phase 2: development of land use scenarios and engagement, spring-fall

Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop: Chime in Now Through Feb. 24

February 13, 2020

The workshop is over but the conversation continues online! Did you miss the in-person workshop and lively conversation Jan. 31-Feb. 1? See workshop presentation videos and documents here, and chime in online anytime between now and Feb. 24 with our Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop. We had about 100 attendees for Friday’s symposium and 125 at Saturday’s all-day workshop, and even more people are participating online and sharing their feedback. Visit a digital workshop station, grouped by neighborhood, and share your feedback on land use, neighborhood identity & building form, and public spaces, transportation & urban design.

We’re hoping to reach as broad and diverse an audience as we can with the Digital Workshop. Know anyone with an opinion or insight to share – a friend, neighbor or colleague? Forward them the link to the Digital Workshop and encourage them to share their voice. More people working on the future of Lee Highway means a better, stronger plan for all of us.

Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop: What We’re Hearing

February 1, 2020
Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop: What We’re Hearing

Residents from  all over Lee Highway are here at Washington-Liberty sharing their neighborhood-specific perspectives on what life – and work and business – on Lee Highway will look like in 2050. Participants have broken into tables based on neighborhoods and are working through a series of topics, coming to consensus when they can and offering different perspectives at other times. Want to share your voice? Join us in person or online with our Digital Community Workshop through February 24. See presentations from the weekend’s workshop here.

Here’s what we’re hearing so far for possibilities for the future:

  • greater variety and diversity of housing types, without forgetting about affordability
  • creating greater density around transportation corridors
  • location-specific opportunities for increased height and density
  • cohesive, connected neighborhoods
  • thoughtfulness about schools
  • supporting successful local businesses while welcome new ones
  • lowering the speed limit to 25
  • high emphasis on safety in regards to any kind of transportation
  • increased walkability to shared community facilities and attractions

Plan Lee Highway Community Workshop: We Get Started TONIGHT

January 31, 2020
PLH Digital Community Workshop

We’re ready for the community workshop on that begins tonight, Jan. 31 and runs through tomorrow, Feb. 1, 2020. How do you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050? Join us in person or – if you can’t make it this weekend – online with our Digital Community Workshop.

Participate online anytime between now and February 24, and be sure to share the link with any neighbors, friends or colleagues who has feedback to share. The digital workshop mimics the same neighborhood-based stations and topics as the in-person workshop.

Stay tuned to this space all weekend for updates and highlights from the workshop.

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Economic Vitality Existing Conditions

January 16, 2020

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Economic Vitality element:

  • The Lee Highway economy is diverse, with a wide range of neighborhood-serving business types that relate to the street and community in different ways.
  • Roughly ¼ of ground floor businesses are some kind of dining or food and beverage experience.
  • Lee Highway has low vacancy and low turnover, thanks to high traffic that exposes businesses to thousands of customers daily; a mix of local-serving businesses and services; and moderate rents.
  • In general, the Lee Highway market has (compared to Arlington County as a whole): a higher household median income and home value; a higher share of owner-occupied housing; and a larger household size.
  • Lee Highway has a competitive advantage for neighborhood-serving businesses, however, there is significant competition for regional businesses from established destinations. Any regionally focused business will have to offer unique experiences and differentiating goods/services.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop.

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Historic and Cultural Resources Existing Conditions

January 9, 2020

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Historic and Cultural Resources element:

  • There are 12 historic resources (four individual properties and eight historic districts) listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) that are wholly or partially in the study Among these are the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, Highland Park-Overlee Knolls Historic District, Stratford Junior High School and Waverly Hills Historic District.
  • There are 7 County local historic districts (6 individual properties and 1 district) that are wholly or partially in the study area. Among these are Calloway Church, Dawson-Bailey House and Eastman-Fenwick House.
  • A Cultural Resources Survey is currently underway. A total of 120 resources will be surveyed. It will research significant non-traditional resources such as places, people, events and stories in addition to buildings.
  • The resources in the Lee Highway survey area that will be prioritized for research, surveying and documentation, have been selected from the sources and/or priorities listed below:
    • Historic Resource Inventory (HRI)
    • Legacy Businesses
    • African-American Resources
    • Civil War Forts
    • Parks, Recreation, Public Spaces, and Community Facilities
    • Properties with frontage on Lee Highway
    • Modern Architecture
  • The survey will be analyzed by staff to provide future recommendations that are consistent with the policies of the Historic Preservation Master Plan and Historic Resources Index, regarding appropriate levels of preservation.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop.

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Public Schools, Facilities and Spaces Existing Conditions

January 2, 2020

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Public Schools, Facilities and Spaces element:

  • Public schools are close to or exceeding capacity and will continue to experience increases in enrollment as growth occurs both in and outside the Study Area.
  • Public facilities are interspersed along the corridor providing for cultural, recreational and public safety. They are in various conditions and there is no flex space currently available for other County operational needs to support County residents, such as storage and equipment of materials.
  • Public spaces are also dispersed throughout the corridor and complemented by other publicly accessible (privately-owned) open spaces that form a network of places, of limited connectivity, where people can meet for organized activities and casual use.
  • Public schools, facilities and spaces are interconnected, however, there are physical barriers hindering access to some public schools, facilities and spaces including challenging street crossings, steep grade transitions, lack of sidewalks and bike lanes, poor wayfinding, and dead-end streets. Lee Highway is the most significant barrier separating neighborhoods from nearby public schools, facilities and spaces. This planning process will identify opportunities for connectivity improvements within existing ROW, through acquisition of new ROW and/or a public space access easement.
  • This planning process will test impact on student enrollment (and other public facility needs) for new residential development arising from the land use scenarios developed for Lee Highway. It will further evaluate the County’s existing inventory of educational, recreational and cultural assets (land and buildings) to explore opportunities for acquisition, expansion, renovation, redevelopment, consolidation, and co-location of uses.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop.

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Urban Design and Building Form Existing Conditions

December 27, 2019

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Urban Design and Building Form element:

  • The commercial corridor is generally characterized by minimal tree cover, large surface parking lots, narrow sidewalks and wide right-of-way.
  • Residential streets are generally pleasant, lushly landscaped and include street trees and adequate sidewalks where needed, although some neighborhoods lack pedestrian connectivity.
  • While Cherrydale and East Falls Church buildings have more ground floor uses and windows that activate the street with parking behind or under buildings, most commercial buildings along Lee Highway and other commercial corridors have fewer windows, less inviting doorways, big blank walls and parking in the front. Service and loading areas along the rear of commercial buildings are often adjacent to single family.
  • There are many types of residential development in the planning area that range in size (1/4 acre to over 7 acres) and height (2 to 9+ stories). Residential building typologies between two-family and multi-family (i.e. tri-plex, four-plex, six-plex etc.) do not exist in the study area. Transition challenges exist where 9+ story buildings adjoin single family homes. Roughly half of the parcels along Lee Highway are less than 90 feet deep, which complicates redevelopment and makes achieving transitions in height more challenging.
  • This planning process will identify areas that will be impacted by change, necessary improvements to the streets, and appropriate development and building form that enhance the overall character of the neighborhoods and address transitions sensitively. It will also identify opportunities for additional height and density to realize desired community improvements – public spaces, affordability, and increased commercial and transit options.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Transportation and Connectivity Existing Conditions

December 19, 2019 

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Transportation and Connectivity element:

  • The character and function of Lee Highway changes dramatically along the corridor.
  • Generally, conditions aren’t desirable for biking along or across Lee Highway. Additionally, the eastern part of the study area lacks alternate parallel routes for biking. Parts of the corridor have limited right-of-way and shallow lots, making it difficult to accommodate bicycle facilities.
  • Lee Highway does not adequately accommodate multiple modes of mobility (i.e. pedestrian, bicycle and transit) and is auto-centric. This planning process will identify the roadway standards that need additional flexibility and strategies to achieve a multimodal corridor.
  • All of the planning study area is within a 10-minute walk from a park. Generally, the population along the corridor is within a 2-minute walk from a transit stop, whereas, the population along the edges of the study area are within a 10-minute walk (although the walk may not be particularly pleasant).
  • This planning process will identify ways to improve overall pedestrian and bicycle connectivity (including safer routes to schools), parking, and access to transit and public spaces throughout the study area.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop.

Getting Ready for Community Workshop: Land Use Existing Conditions

December 12, 2019

As we get ready for the community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, we’ll be taking a closer look at topic areas in  the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area. The analysis is based on the County’s preliminary aspirational goals for the 9 key planning elements of the Lee Highway process.

This week, we’re looking at highlights from the analysis of the Land Use element:

  • The Core Study Area is primarily characterized by low-rise commercial land uses with pockets of multi-family residential communities.
  • Because these land uses aren’t integrated with each other, the area is missing the kind of mixed-use development that supports a walkable, “main street” environment.
  • The current land use vision and zoning framework for the corridor limits opportunities for change, that could serve to meet the preliminary aspirational goals including walkability.
  • With community input, the planning process will identify areas of change, the types of change appropriate for those areas, and where transitions in use will be most sensitive. It will test market potential for different types of development and uses, appropriate levels and location of uses including retail, parking, and amenities.
  • This planning process will identify land use and zoning changes that will be needed, but those changes would be considered through a separate implementation process after the Lee Highway plan is adopted.
  • Zoning tools developed for the Housing Conservation District in coordination with the Plan Lee Highway process will inform opportunities for preservation and change on Lee Highway.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

See these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process at the community workshop.

The Lay of the Land: Breaking Down the PLH Existing Conditions Analysis 

December 5, 2019

After months of study and data compilation, the Plan Lee Highway team released the Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that provides the team’s initial observations and analysis of how various conditions affect the Lee Highway study area.

The report itself, available in its entirety here, serves several purposes. What existing conditions help the community achieve its goals? What stands in its way? As the process moves forward, the analysis provides both a framework for future decision-making and a baseline snapshot that can be used later to measure progress. Here are some of the key findings:

  • Conditions and community priorities may differ along the corridor, which may lead to location dependent strategies and recommendations.
  • Redevelopment is a critical component of meeting community goals, but it can impact the way current businesses operate.
  • Public infrastructure improvements (like stormwater facilities and streetscapes) may require enhanced coordination between the private and public sectors as well as public investment.
  • Economic feasibility will shape what types and levels of redevelopment can occur.

Learn more with this complete overview of the report, and this Nov. 2 presentation to the Community Forum.

And want to see these findings in action and help develop next steps for the Plan Lee Highway process? Save the date for a community workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020. Details coming soon!

Now Posted: Existing Conditions Analysis and Online Survey

November 1, 2019

Plan Lee Highway has a new Existing Conditions Analysis (ECA) now available online, the first in a series of reports supporting this multi-phase PLH process. The report documents physical characteristics, demographics, regulatory framework, history and conditions of the corridor and will help guide further community conversations and goals.

The ECA is meant to call out opportunities and constraints for achieving the process’s preliminary aspirational goals, as well as provide a framework for to help the community refine thosegoals, the areas of change along the corridor, the types of change appropriate for those areas, and ultimately the comprehensive vision for the corridor. 

Read the report here

Take – and Share! – This Online Survey on PLH Priorities and Challenges

While the ECA provides a wealth of information on the study area, help us learn even more about your top priorities and concerns for Lee Highway. Take this online survey by Nov. 30.

  • Help us spread the word! Forward this notice – and the survey link – to your community contacts:  neighbors, fellow group or organization members, parents at your neighborhood school, your favorite local businesses and more. We want to hear from as many people as possible!

October 2019 Newsletter

October 18, 2019

This newsletter provides an update on the Existing Conditions Analysis Report due at the end of this month. The newsletter also includes a message from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Working Group and information about upcoming community engagement activities this fall and winter, including a Community Forum meeting on Nov. 2.

August 2019 Newsletter

August 29, 2019

This newsletter provides an update on the development of the Existing Conditions Analysis Report, meetings with the Working Group, and other activities that have occurred over the summer. The newsletter also includes a message from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Working Group and information about upcoming community engagement activities this fall.

June 2019 Newsletter

June 4, 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

April 9, 2019

Help spread the word: share content from the newsletter with your community groups and connections. Post on Next Door, copy updates to civic association and condo newsletters, post to local PTA, preschool and church listservs and more. Don’t forget to include “Visit arlingtonva.us/leehighway for study information.”

Community Kick-off Sparks Excitement and Ideas for Lee Highway’s Future

March 15, 2019

Over 200 community members joined staff, the planning team, the Working Group and Community Forum to kick-off the Plan Lee Highway process. The event, held February 12 at Washington-Liberty High School, was structured to foster discussions and collect ideas in various ways.

County Manager Mark Schwartz welcomed the crowd and emphasized the importance of working together throughout this effort. Participants heard an overview of the process, goals, timeline and community engagement framework.

MORE: View the presentation

During the self-guided portion of the event, attendees moved through stations that reviewed principles from 2016 Visioning Study and preliminary goals for the Plan Lee Highway process. They recorded their ideas on poster boards in response to questions such as, what part of the vision principle do you like most? What part would you change and why? Which of the following goals are most important to you? Dozens of great ideas were recorded at each station with topics ranging from land use and public spaces, to housing, transportation, and economic vitality.

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Next, staff will be collaborating with the Working Group to outline the next six months of tasks, meetings and community engagement opportunities. An updated schedule will be posted to the Process, Scope and Timeline page.

Highly Anticipated Kick-off Scheduled for Feb.2019

January 17, 2019

The highly anticipated community kick-off of the Plan Lee Highway process has been scheduled for February 2019. All residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders that live, work and play along Lee Highway are encouraged to participate. Agenda, presentations, handouts and summaries of this meeting will be shared on the study’s documents webpage.

Plan Lee Highway Community Kick-off
February 12, 2019
7 – 9:45 p.m.
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford Street
View details
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign-in so this meeting may start on time.

Download an event flyer to share with your neighbors.

Prior to the community kick-off, appointed members of the Community Forum and Working Group will hold their first meeting, scheduled for Jan. 30.

County Manager appoints Community Forum Chair and Vice-Chair

November 1, 2018

The County Manager today appointed Paul Holland and Sandi Chesrown to serve in key roles as the Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. They are charged with championing the planning process and facilitating Working Group and Community Forum meetings to ensure there is participation from all members, constructive and open dialogue, collaboration, and a fair decision-making process. Paul and Sandi are both long-time community leaders in Arlington. Their partnership combines a deep experience in County planning processes with strong Lee Highway Alliance leadership. We thank them for their support and dedication to this study.

County seeks applicants for Community Forum

September 25, 2018
  • Update: the application window for the Community Forum at-large positions closed on October 31.

The County is accepting applications from interested candidates to serve as at-large representatives on the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. The Community Forum will be a team of 40-50 community members that includes at-large members, as well as representatives from the Lee Highway Alliance, the 14 civic associations adjacent to the Lee Highway corridor, County commission, property and business owners, and condo and renters associations. The at-large positions are intended to bring community perspectives not already provided by the other groups represented.

September 25, 2018 County Manager announces scope and charge

The County Manager shared with the County Board today, the final scope and charge for the Plan Lee Highway process, which is anticipated to kick-off in late 2018 or early 2019. The purpose of the upcoming study is to develop a comprehensive vision and policy framework for the future of this important corridor and its surrounding areas.

Given the character of Lee Highway and limited planning to date, there is a mounting desire within the community to improve the corridor and consider how future development can transform the character in a positive, rather than reactive, manner.

The County has designed a multi-layered engagement approach that will include broad participation and many opportunities for input from residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders.

Archived updates

Project updates from 2013-2016 are summarized on the Lee Highway Visioning Study page. (coming soon)