Arlington, Virginia


Project: A master plan with a Form-Based Code Ordinance for the 3.5 mile ‘greyfield’ Columbia Pike Corridor leading into Washington D.C.

Client: Arlington County, Virginia.

Contact: Richard Tucker, Office of Planning, 703.228.0069

Status: Form-Based Code adopted by County Board February 2003; $1 billion in new projects, under the F-BC, now in progress.

The Columbia Pike Revitalization effort was initiated by Arlington County to bring new life to this 3.5-mile urban corridor (immediately across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, DC), that had seen little development in the past 30 years. Following numerous public meetings, the County determined that it needed a new approach and hired the team of Ferrell Madden and Dover-Kohl Partners to develop a master plan and form-based code to foster transit- and pedestrian-oriented infill redevelopment.

The project began with a public participation charrette, building on the community’s vision for Columbia Pike as South Arlington’s main street. FML was a partner in the charrette and urban design plus was the lead firm developing the Form-Based Code, which involved extensive work with Planning and Economic Development staff, multiple large and small property owners, members of the County Board and commissions, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and VDOT, neighborhood associations, and the non-profit redevelopment organization.

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The Form-Based Code was adopted as part of the zoning ordinance for the special revitalization district in February 2003. Projects valued at more than $1 billion, in more than 10 separate developments, are now in the design and/or construction stage.

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