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  • About

    About

    Envision Courthouse Square is a community planning effort to reimagine the County’s civic center and create a great public destination. The goal is to update the vision outlined in the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum, which identified a state-of-the-art government center and signature public space as critical to the area’s development. The update will create […]

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  • Process and Schedule

    Process and Schedule

    We centered our process around extensive civic engagement. Together with the Arlington community, we are reimagining our future shared space. View a summary of our civic engagement process. Committee and Commission Meetings Clarendon-Courthouse Civic Association l October 21, 2014 l Presentation Long Range Planning Committee l October 16, 2014 l Presentation Transit Advisory Committee l October 14, 2014 l Presentation Lyon Village Civic Association l October […]

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  • Background

    Background

    The Envision Courthouse Square planning process will build from the Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum adopted in 1993. Additional reference documents:   PRIOR COUNTY PLANS AND STUDIES These documents include previously adopted Courthouse sector plans, small area plans and urban design studies, and studies associated with amendments to the General Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance […]

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  • FAQs

    FAQs

    What is the purpose of the planning study? The purpose of this 10-month study is to update the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum. That addendum identified a state-of-the-art government center and signature public space as critical to the area’s development. Envision Courthouse Square will create a vision, strategies, standards, and implementation steps that will serve […]

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  • Surveys

    Surveys

    Design Concepts Survey Results Three draft design concepts were unveiled to the community at the July 23 workshop. Each concept was based on the input collected during the first two workshops, Working Group meetings and extensive site analysis. The community was asked to weigh in on each big idea through a survey distributed at the […]

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Recent Articles

Park(ing) Day at Courthouse Square

September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Park(ing) Day at Courthouse Square

Thanks for joining us for Park(ing) Day on September 19 at Courthouse Square! Park(ing) Day is an annual global event to temporarily turn parking spaces into park spaces for one day. As part of the Envision Courthouse Square planning process, we’re looking at fun ways to “Activate the Square” – ideas on how we can […]

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First Look: Draft Concept Plan and Vision

September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Look: Draft Concept Plan and Vision

It’s here. After months of hard work by the community, Working Group and County staff, we now have a first draft of the concept plan and vision to create the civic and cultural heart of Arlington. We see the Courthouse Square as: a gathering place for Arlingtonians and visitors an opportunity for entertainment and activities […]

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Survey Says: Courthouse Square is for…

September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Survey Says: Courthouse Square is for…

In August, we asked the public – those unable to attend the August community workshop – to voice their preference on the three proposed design concepts and to help us prioritize the big ideas. The public interest was phenomenal with 645 survey entries submitted, and 80 percent of the survey participants being Arlingtonians. Survey participants shared […]

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Three Design Concepts Open for Feedback Thru August 10

July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Three Design Concepts Open for Feedback Thru August 10

Did you miss the July Community Workshop? Don’t worry, there’s still time to weigh in on three draft design concepts. We need your help to determine the right mix of big ideas. Take the survey by August 10. Where should the County building be located? How should the open space be organized? What types of streets should we […]

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