Landscape & Tree Preservation Plan Review in Arlington County
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.
- Arlington Co. Zoning Ordinance
- Arlington Co. Stormwater Manual / Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance
County Landscape Standards
The links below provide resources for preparation of landscape plans in Arlington County. The ‘Arlington Landscape Standards 2010’ PDF was intended to be a comprehensive guide to the landscape plan requirements and review processes in Arlington County but is currently being revised. Stay tuned for further updates.
- 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
Urban Forestry Links
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.