Planning and Zoning Committee


It shall be the duty of this committee to study, report, and make recommendations to the Federation on all applications for rezoning, site plans, and variances (as appropriate) in Arlington County. The committee shall also study, report, and make recommendations to the Federation on all changes to the zoning ordinances and land use plans so that appropriate and timely action may be taken by the Federation. It shall further study, report, and make recommendations to the Federation on all matters pertaining to long-range community planning and development, including current programs and new projects. The committee shall serve as liaison for the Federation with official bodies locally and in the surrounding jurisdictions. Because Planning and Zoning policy is closely tied with housing policy, it is expected to work closely with the Housing Committee.


Brian Harner, Co-Chair • email Brian

Next Meeting

  • Wed 20 Mar 2023
    • The second meeting of the reconstituted Planning and Zoning Committee was held February 20. The agenda included discussion about how Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan and General Land Use Plan are constructed, and how other communities have created their plans. We also discussed the values and goals participants think should be represented in the Comp Plan. Participants were asked to consider Arlington’s Comp Plan in terms of values and priorities.

      The third meeting on March 20 will follow up on the Comprehensive Plan discussion and also feature planning data, density and growth. Good planning requires good data. We will ask what are the data-based planning frameworks that will assist in making good planning and zoning decisions. Potential issues for presentation and discussion will include density in terms of population and job growth; number of units per acre established in the GLUP; current number of units built in Arlington; demographics and schools.

      Realizing that all of these issues are related, and the challenges presented are complex, the committee will continue with orientation sessions and general discussion over the next several months, allowing us to begin to sort through priorities and formulate a plan for addressing the most pressing issues. We also intend to establish working subcommittees in the near future for current county issues including the Special GLUP process and lot coverage.

      Register in advance to join us on March 20 at

      The Planning and Zoning Committee will be meeting regularly in 2024 on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, email the Chair.

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