Many development projects in Arlington require county-approved landscape plans and tree preservation plans that adhere to county regulations and best practices in urban design and urban forestry.
The following is a list of project types that require landscape and tree preservation plan review:
- Site Plan – all projects require review per site plan conditions
- Use Permit – some projects’ conditions will require review
- Form Based Code – all projects require review
- By-Right – certain zoning districts and all projects over 2,500 SF of land disturbance require review*
*Some by-right projects will require full landscape plan review while others (mainly single-family housing) will only require a landscape conservation plan in accordance with Chesapeake Bay ordinance requirements in order to receive their land disturbance permit.
Review Process & Timeline
To start the review process for all landscape and tree preservation plans, applicants need to file an application with Zoning Administration, the plans will then be reviewed by the following teams:
- Community Planning, Housing & Development (CPHD)
- Parks and Recreation (PR)
- Department of Environmental Services (DES)
Regulations & Standards
The Plans need to meet the regulations identified in the:
The Arlington Landscape Standards 2010 was intended to be a comprehensive guide to the landscape plan requirements and review processes in Arlington County but is currently being revised.
Resources for preparation of landscape plans in Arlington County:
- Arlington Landscape Standards 2010
- Arlington Invasive Plants List 2015
- Design Standards and Details (DPR)
- Design Standards and Details (DES)
- Drawing No. R-7.9.C – Structural Soil
- Drawing Reference No. II.H. – Underground Garage Located Under Sidewalk
Preserving our trees and tree canopy coverage has been identified as a top priority of the County Board and the community. Our urban design and landscape staff work closely with urban forestry staff to achieve our joint goals.