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We’re updating the land-use plan that guides growth and development in Rosslyn. The Realize Rosslyn community planning process will continue Rosslyn’s transformation from an auto-centric area into a more walkable, vibrant and distinctive urban place that features great housing, retail and office space – all easily accessible by public transportation.

Realize Rosslyn will provide the community vision, planning and implementation framework to help Rosslyn reach its full potential. This effort will update the 1992 Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum and build upon its successes, and ultimately it will serve as the guiding document for the Rosslyn Coordinated Redevelopment District (RCRD), the area generally comprising central Rosslyn.

Two decades ago, planners envisioned Rosslyn as a competitive first-class urban center with superior architecture and excellent urban design. Today, Rosslyn is a thriving commercial center with more than 8 million square feet of office space, 2,100 hotel rooms, several urban parks and numerous restaurants. While much progress has been made, there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including: creating a more attractive community, improving access for bikes and pedestrians, and providing more options for shopping, dining, entertainment, parks and public spaces.

Public participation is an important part of the process. In December 2012, we began working with the community to define a vision and identify emerging ideas for the future of Rosslyn. To date, we’ve held more than 30 public meetings, workshops and outreach events to provide opportunities for everyone in Arlington to be part of the discussion.