Arlington County Kicks-Off Community Planning Process to Update Rosslyn's Long-Range Plan

  • Intense planning effort seeks broad public participation
  • Board to adopt updated long-range plan in 2013
  • Most comprehensive look at Rosslyn planning since 1992

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County today unveiled “Realize Rosslyn,” a new effort to fine-tune Rosslyn's current long-range plan (1992 Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum). “Realize Rosslyn” strives to ensure that voices in Rosslyn and across Arlington join the conversation on how to transform this 1960s car-centric area to one of our region's great urban centers. The planning effort will refine the community vision for Rosslyn and create a planning framework that ensures a vibrant mix of housing, retail, office, and public space in the area.

“We are asking Arlingtonians to make their voices heard as we re-imagine a Rosslyn for the 21st Century,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “We want to hear your concerns and your ideas for how to make Rosslyn an even better neighborhood to live, work and play. This effort is one of the first to use the tools we have developed under the County's PLACE civic engagement initiative, and we hope it will serve as a model for future County efforts to broadly, deeply engage the public in important County planning efforts.”

The County Board mandated a public participation process for updating the Rosslyn plan in September 2011. Through “Realize Rosslyn,” the public will be asked to contribute their ideas through a series of public forums, focus group meetings, online engagement tools such as the virtual town hall, and other traditional and innovative methods.

The community discussion will enable the County to address these key planning issues:

  • Creating an enhanced urban design framework
  • Refining, improving transportation options
  • Recommending a building heights strategy
  • Developing a more cohesive, functional parks and open space network

Participation starts in December
Arlingtonians will get a chance to share their concerns, aspirations and ideas around key issues facing Rosslyn at the kick-off meeting on:

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Artisphere – Ballroom
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

Other events are also being planned that week, such as a project walking tour and focus group meetings. Throughout the process, there will also be many other chances to participate. Visit the Rosslyn Sector Plan Update website for more information and details as they unfold.

In 1992, the Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum put forth a vision of Rosslyn as a great urban center and major gateway into Arlington. Rosslyn was envisioned as a vibrant place to live, work,

and play, with high-quality architecture and urban design. In 1996, the County created the “C-O Rosslyn” zoning district, increasing density to make way for major building redevelopment or renovation projects.

Over the past decade, several completed “C-O Rosslyn” projects have helped to move Rosslyn toward the vision established in the 1992 Addendum. The next wave of redevelopment projects is approaching. This Rosslyn plan update will shape the way these projects are designed and the character of Rosslyn for generations to come.

Learn more about the Rosslyn Sector Plan Update.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.