Site Plan Review Projects
Significant private and public-private projects in Arlington County are developed through a site plan process that ensures proper reviews, public processes and compliance with applicable policies and ordinances. This process carefully reviews new private development or redevelopment in certain zoning districts that request special exceptions to the County’s land-use and zoning policies.
Preliminary Development Proposals
Preliminary development proposals are in the earliest stages of the site plan process. During this stage, staff review draft applications to ensure that they meet technical filing requirements. Developers are also encouraged to present the proposed development to the affected civic associations and neighbors to identify potential issues.
- 1501 Arlington Blvd. – Best Western Site
- 11th and Vermont
- 2101 & 2201 Crystal Drive – Crystal Parks
- River House
- Crystal Drive Retail Adaptive Reuse – Crystal Squares
- Crystal Houses III
Active Site Plan Applications
Active site plans have submitted formal applications for approval and are in various stages of the review process. In addition to internal reviews with staff, plans will be reviewed by the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) prior to being presented at public hearings before both the Planning Commission and the County Board. They are subject to change until the County Board approves the final plan. Refer to individual site plan pages for the current status of each project.
- 1555 Wilson Blvd.
- New Century Center Residential Building
- Ballston Station – Ballston Central United Methodist Church
- Queens Court Apartments
Approved Site Plans
On-Hold Site Plans
- 223 23rd St. and Crystal City Block M (#434)
- Key Boulevard Apartments (#181) (Indefinite Deferral)
- Park Shirlington (#433)
- Shreve Apartments — East Falls Church (#427) (Not Withdrawn)
- American Svc Center
Expired Site Plans
Development Use Permits
Our Zoning Ordinance distinguishes between uses permitted “by-right” and uses allowed by “special exception.” The use permit is one form of special exception. For private development, it applies to:
- Unified Commercial Mixed Use Development (UCMUD), which allows residential units within in certain commercial zoning districts as part of mixed-use development; and
- Unified Residential Development, which promotes the compatibility of single-family residential developments with surrounding neighborhoods.
- Form Based Code Review Projects, redevelopment within Columbia Pike’s Special Revitalization Districts and regulated by the Commercial Form Based Code and Neighborhoods Form Based Code. There are currently no FBC projects under review.
Administrative Change Requests
An administrative change is any minor modification of an approved site plan or use permit which complies with the spirit of this Code, the intent of the County Board in its approval of the site plan or use permit, and the general purpose of the comprehensive plan for the development of the area.