Land Use & Urban Design

Within Arlington, there are special planning areas that are guided by place-specific studies and plans. These documents typically contain recommendations on various elements like land use, public spaces, street and building design, development, historic preservation, community revitalization and retail with respect to each area’s vision and defining characteristics.

All Sector, Area and Revitalization Plans are developed through a community process and adopted by the County Board.

  • Sector Plans guide the vision and future development of Metro Station Areas.
  • Small Area Plans are similar to sector plans but are typically smaller in geographic boundaries and are located within and outside of Metro Station Areas.
  • Revitalization Plans offer recommendations for economic and incentive tools for places in need of redevelopment.
  • Neighborhood Conservation Plans are initiated by community members and identify a neighborhood vision and improvement projects.
  • Current Planning Studies are active community visioning and planning processes.
  • Other plans and studies review amendments and updates to the GLUP and zoning regulations.

Studies in Progress



Special Implementation Areas

Community Facilities & Public Land

Civic Engagement

Document Library

Sector Plans

Area Plans

Revitalization Plans

Neighborhood Conservation Plans

Special Land Use Studies

Historical Documents

Housing Studies

Visit the Housing website to review housing plans and studies.