There are two types of special exception site plans. Conceptual site plans occur before a new site plan/major site plan amendment process, providing application guidance as well as discussion with an interdepartmental team of Arlington staff.
New Site Plans and Major Site Plan Amendments
All new site plans and major site plan amendments are reviewed under the guidelines of Administrative Regulation 4.1. The regulation outlines the process and rules for site plans and includes the required forms and regulations, as well as a submittal checklist for new site plans and major site plan amendments. It also covers the application process for Phased Development Site Plans (PDSP) and Crystal City Block Plans. The “site plan application” on this page is to be submitted together with the documents and checklists required in the Administrative Regulation 4.1.
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. 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.
A minor site plan amendment requires a hearing before the County Board, but not necessarily review by the Planning Commission or the Site Plan Review Committee. The review process differs from that of a new site plan or major site plan amendment.
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 (CPHD) 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:
- deny the requested amendment
Amendments are typically to modify condition language or requirements, permit outdoor café seating, 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.
- Minor Site Plan Amendment Application
- Use Permit and Minor Site Plan Amendments Submission Checklist
Conceptual Site Plans
Prior to submission of a preliminary special exception site plan application, prospective applicants are encouraged to submit a conceptual site plan for proposed development. The purpose of conceptual site plan review is to allow prospective applicants who are in the initial phase of developing a site plan proposal to discuss potential development applications with a core interdepartmental team of County staff. This process is intended to provide guidance to prospective applicants in the preparation of land use development applications through the preliminary identification of major policy, Zoning Ordinance, County Code, and/or process related issues. For information on fees, view the Zoning Fee Schedule.