Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) – What we do.
The American Planning Association awarded Arlington Planning staff with the Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation.
Who are we?
The Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is comprised of six divisions - Planning, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Zoning, Inspection Services, and Business Operations. The dedicated staff in these divisions work hard to envision, plan, maintain, and ensure the safety of Arlington’s built environment, while providing a world-class place to live, work, play and learn for our residents, customers and partners. CPHD staff have the experience, professionalism and expertise to work with our customers and partners to support projects and programs that meet the needs and priorities of the community.
Why we do what we do.
So Arlington can continue to be:
• one of the "best" counties to live, visit, work, play and learn.
• a desirable place to do business and invest.
• a community recognized for leadership and innovation.
Our award-winning Planning Division plays a key role in guiding and regulating growth and development. They carefully study the potential impacts of new development, and use a planning approach that incorporates smart growth principles, urban design, and extensive community involvement. Learn more.
Our dedicated Housing Division offers services and programs to ensure Arlington remains a vibrant community with individuals from all backgrounds. The County believes that a comprehensive approach to meeting housing needs is vital for economic sustainability, diversity, and quality of life. Learn more.
Our Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) reinforces the County Board’s commitment to healthy and vibrant neighborhoods and works to actively involve residents in civic and neighborhood affairs. Our services coordinate the County’s various neighborhood preservation and improvement programs and are tailored to meet the needs of community members. Learn more.
Our fully-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division (ISD) consists of four teams that work with Arlington citizens and developers to build and maintain property throughout the County. These teams include Code Enforcement, Field Inspections, Permit Administration, and Plan Review.
As CPHD’s only internally-focused staff, the Business Operations Division (BOD) works directly with the five CPHD divisions to provide resources and support in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology and Budget. Staff in this division work to ensure that all of CPHD’s employees have the tools and information they need to better serve their customers.