Form Based Code

Columbia Pike Form Based Code

The Columbia Pike Form Based Code is designed to create a pedestrian-oriented development that will make Columbia Pike a pleasant walking experience. The code will foster a vital “Main Street” through a lively mix of shopfronts, sidewalk cafes, and other commercial uses at street level, overlooked by canopy shade trees and upper story residences and offices.


Form Based Code Public Open House (October 17, 2013)

Arlington County staff will host a Public Open House on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 7-9pm at the Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street South) to provide an overview of the new Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Form Based Code. Staff along with members of the FBC Advisory Working Group will be available to answer any questions and obtain input from the community.

What is a Form Based Code?

The new Neighborhood Form Based Code (FBC) is a revitalization and redevelopment tool that will be optionally available to multi-family residential properties located in the Columbia Pike corridor. Like the existing Code which focuses on commercial areas, this new Code will continue to emphasize pedestrian friendly streets while managing growth and guiding development decisions along the Pike. It will also facilitate the implementation of the Neighborhoods Area Plan, adopted by the County Board in 2012.

County staff along with consultants have been developing the Neighborhoods FBC for almost a year with regular reviews by the FBC Advisory Working Group. It is scheduled to be heard by the County Board on October 19, 2013 for advertisement purposes and on November 16, 2013 for adoption.

Bring your Questions!

This will be a great opportunity to learn about the Form Based Code zoning tool and the type of development that it would allow.

Highlights of new FBC:

* Affordable housing
* Energy efficient buildings
* New public parks
* New street & bicycle connections
* Preservation of Barcroft Apartments & Fillmore Gardens
* Appropriate transitions to single-family neighborhoods
* Improve the Pike’s identity

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