New Site Plans and Major Site Plan Amendments
All site plans, from new to major to minor, are reviewed under the guidelines of the Administrative Regulation 4.1. The regulation outlines the process and rules for site plans, as well as including and describing the required forms and regulations. It includes, for example, criteria for traffic impact analyses and requirements for completing a LEED™ scorecard for the project as part of Arlington County’s Green Building Initiatives, as well as The Standards for Planting & Preservation of Trees on Site Plan Projects. The guidelines are applicable for all new site plan and site plan amendments.
Minor Site Plan Amendments
A minor site plan amendment is any modification of an approved site plan that is not considered a major amendment and that cannot be approved administratively. Minor site plan amendment requires a hearing before the County Board, but the review process differs from that of a new site plan or major site plan amendment. Applications for minor site plan amendments can be made with the Zoning Office on the 10th floor at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard in accordance with a public hearing filing schedule.
The process for the review of minor site plan amendments requires County Board review, but not necessarily the review of the Planning Commission or the Site Plan Review Committee. Applicants are encouraged to present and review site plan amendment applications with affected civic associations and neighbors prior to submission. Once an application has been filed and accepted by Zoning, assigned staff in the department of Community Planning Housing and Development will complete a review of the application and prepare a report with a recommendation on behalf of the County Manager to the County Board. Recommendations are to: 1) approve, 2) defer, or 3) deny the requested amendment. Amendments are typically to modify condition language or requirements, permit outdoor café seating, rooftop signs or comprehensive sign plans, and live entertainment and dancing among other things. Application requests are heard by the County Board at the public hearing scheduled no earlier than 60 days from the date of acceptance by Zoning.