Site Plan Review Projects
Site plans are significant private and public-private projects limited to specific parcels. These plans are regulated by Administrative Regulation 4.1 policy. Those that request special exceptions to the County’s land use and zoning policies are carefully reviewed through a process that ensures proper analysis, public engagement and compliance with applicable policies and ordinances.
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.
View a map of preliminary proposals.
- 1197 S. Fern St. – Pen Place
- 1901 N. Moore St. – RCA Site
- 1501 Arlington Blvd. – Best Western Site
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.
- 1770 Crystal Drive – Central District Retail Phase II
- 1701 N. George Mason Drive – Virginia Hospital Center
- 1550 and 1750 Crystal Drive, 251 18th St. S., 1515 U.S. 1 – Central District Retail Phase I
- 4333 Arlington Blvd. – Red Cross Site / Trenton Street Residential
Approved Site Plans
On-Hold and Expired Site Plans
- On-Hold and Expired Site Plans
- 2101 & 2201 Crystal Drive – Crystal Parks (On-Hold)
- River House – Additional Info (On-Hold)
- 223 23rd St. and Crystal City Block M (On-Hold)
- Key Boulevard Apartments (On-Hold, Indefinite Deferral)
- Park Shirlington (On-Hold)
- Shreve Apartments (On-Hold, Not Withdrawn)
- American Svc Center (On-Hold)
- 1900 Crystal Drive (Expired)
Development Use Permits
The 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.