Plan Langston Boulevard

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The purpose of the planning study is to develop a comprehensive vision and policy framework for the future of the Langston Boulevard Study Area through County Board adoption of a County Plan.

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December 2021 Update

The planning team is currently developing a Preliminary Concept Plan (PCP) for the Langston Boulevard corridor. While an exact date has not yet been determined, the PCP will be shared with the community in early 2022. Once it has been released, there will be future opportunities for the public to provide feedback, and the PCP will be updated again to provide the foundation for review and adoption of the Final Plan for the Langston Boulevard Corridor.

   

Key Planning Elements

Land Use

Goal: transform Langston Boulevard into a main street corridor

Housing

Goal: welcome residents who want to age‐in‐place, families, young professionals, middle‐income households and households at 60% of the area median income (AMI)

Economic Vitality

Goal: strengthen the diverse commercial base

Transportation Connectivity & Urban Design

Goal: transform Langston Boulevard into a ‘Complete Street’, improve streetscape design, and connect the surrounding neighborhoods

Building Form

Goal: transform Langston Boulevard and its neighborhoods into a walkable environment with context‐sensitive buildings

Public Schools, Facilities, and Spaces

Goal: ensure that the Langston Boulevard community is connected to and well served by a diverse mix of public spaces and adequate schools and public facilities that balance community needs

Historic & Cultural Resources

Goal: maintain a unique sense of place and increase awareness of the corridor’s rich history and culture through preservation of sites and interpretation of stories, events and people of historic significance

Sustainability & Resilience

Goal: transform Langston Boulevard into a ‘Green’ corridor with street trees, increased landscaping and pervious surfaces, and environmentally sustainable and energy efficient buildings

 

About

Background and Previously Adopted Plans

On July 17, 2021 the County Board voted to officially rename U.S. Route 29 (formerly known as Lee Highway) to Langston Boulevard within the boundaries of Arlington County. The planning study documents published before that date refer to the corridor as Lee Highway.

Given the character of Langston Boulevard 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 a reactive manner. Building on visioning work by the community in 2016, the County is leading a community planning process for Langston Boulevard that takes a closer look at the long-term goals for this important corridor and its surrounding areas. 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.

2016 Visioning Study

A grassroots effort led by community leaders in north Arlington paved the way for a community-wide visioning process and the Langston Boulevard Visioning Study (May 2016). The vision, a culmination of a seven-month study, illustrates the the community’s main ideas and proposes key ingredients for the future of this important east-west corridor. This vision calls for Langston Boulevard to become a walkable, urban main street with a string of neighborhood activity centers between Rosslyn and East Falls Church, along with new transportation and housing options, better public spaces and more.

The process was a unique, joint effort between Arlington County and the Langston Boulevard Alliance (LBA) to achieve a vision that balanced a broad range of perspectives. The LBA is a coalition of 18 civic association leaders who have actively engaged communities along Langston Boulevard since 2012 to develop a community-based vision, and identify actions and strategies to achieve it. Outcomes from a four-day community visioning workshop, along with public reviews, informed the content of the final document which the LBA presented to the County Board on May 17, 2016.

Previously Adopted Plans 

There have been two previous significant planning efforts in the Langston Boulevard Corridor Planning Area, the Cherrydale Revitalization Plan (1994) and the East Falls Church Area Plan (2011).   Each of these plans establish a vision, goals, and specific recommendations for land use, streetscape, transportation, open space, and other planning elements and have been used to guide redevelopment projects.   Specific districts on the General Land Use Plan for Cherrydale and East Falls Church provide high-level planning guidance for those areas.   Cherrydale and East Falls Church will remain in the broader Langston Boulevard Study Area, to develop a cohesive vision and recommendations for network-wide elements, such as transportation and open space.   The study will identify issues that may require a future analysis (including the potential review and refinement) of these adopted plans to align with the new policies presented in the Langston Boulevard Plan.