Plan Langston Boulevard

Plan Langston Boulevard Updates

October Update: The Updated Draft Langston Boulevard Area Plan for the request to advertise (RTA) and associated amendments to the General Land Use Plan, Master Transportation Plan, and Arlington County Zoning Ordinance were considered by the Planning Commission on October 2 and the County Board on October 14. With two revisions, the County Board approved the request to advertise the Draft Plan and will consider adoption in November 2023. 

The two revisions were:

  • To remove a policy recommendation, and associated text, that called for consideration of potential consolidation of community center uses when future planning processes are undertaken to determine the long-term use and design of the corridor’s public land.
  • To change the timing for considering the priority and timing of the review of the East Falls Church and Cherrydale adopted plans from “as to be determined through establishment of the Planning Division’s Annual Work Plans” to “short term” (within 3 years of Plan adoption).

Breakdown of Plan Langston Boulevard Phases

Phase 1



Existing Conditions Analysis


Validate/refine vision

Phase 2



Develop/evaluate land use scenarios and network recommendations

Refine goals​

Phase 3



Draft the Plan

Review, feedback, and refinements​

Phase 4



Presentation and adoption of Final Plan
Final feedback and refinements

Phase 1

During Phase 1, the County staff and consulting team, led by AECOM, created three deliverables:

  • Existing Conditions Report: Analysis of corridor wide challenges and opportunities around 9 key planning elements (i.e. land use, housing, economic vitality, transportation, public schools, facilities and spaces, building form, height and urban design, historic preservation, sustainability and resiliency) for achieving goals.
  • Historic and Cultural Resources Report: Research, documentation, and survey of historic and cultural resources (i.e. significant buildings, events, places, people, and stories) in the planning area
  • Neighborhood Inspiration - A Guide for Developing Future Plans: Highlights of conditions and attributes of different neighborhoods along Langston Boulevard to identify guiding ideas for the formulation of land use scenarios during Phase 2. 

The team conducted stakeholder interviews and focus group meetings and evaluated the Langston Boulevard Visioning Study created in 2016 to understand neighborhood concerns and priorities. The County has appointed Community Forum and Working Group members to advise throughout the process. Additionally, LBA has established several committees that provide feedback/recommendations and assist with community engagement for PLH.

For Plan Langston Boulevard meeting summaries, click here.

*Click HERE for a complete list of Plan Langston Boulevard related documentation from Arlington County

Phase 2
Currently Underway

Plan Langston Boulevard is currently in Phase 2 of the Planning Process. In this phase, staff is developing ideas, evaluating different land use scenarios, refining goals, and gathering community feedback. No conclusions have been made at this point. Based on community feedback on the land use scenarios, the planning team is refining the ideas into a preferred concept and 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 published, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback, and the PCP will be refined and updated again to provide the foundation for review and adoption of the Final Plan.

Phases 3 and 4 of the Plan Langston Boulevard Process are anticipated to be completed in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2022, respectively. Our goal is to ultimately adopt the Langston Boulevard Plan in the 2nd quarter of 2022.

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