Arlington County, located just outside of Washington, D.C., has been served by two regionally connected Metrorail lines since the late 1970s: the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor and the Jefferson Davis Corridor. Over the last four decades, planners in Arlington County have aggressively targeted these corridors for compact development, promoting multi-family and mixed-use development in areas close to Metro stations. The county has used strategies such as mixed-use land use designations, targeted infrastructure improvements, incentive zoning, density bonuses and by-right zoning overlays to promote denser development and increase the amount of housing built in these corridors.

A robust planning and outreach process, as well as regular updates and changes to the zoning code, have allowed for the introduction of a considerable number of new apartments and condominiums along these corridors over the past 30 years.

To address increasing housing costs in the area, Arlington County created “Special Affordable Housing Protection Districts” surrounding the transit stations. Within the protection districts, higher densities are permitted under the requirement that affordable housing is either preserved or replaced. Similar efforts to promote affordable housing development in highly accessible areas can be found in the Inclusionary Housing section of the toolkit.

For More Info:

Robert Brosnan, Assistant County Manager, Arlington County
Email: [email protected]