Free in Upper Marlboro: A Look at Arlington’s Smart Growth

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10:30 a.m. – Noon

County Administration Building

4th Floor Boardroom

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


Arlington, Virginia, has experienced a remarkable transformation from a suburban, auto-centric collection of neighborhoods to one of the country’s most recognized examples of the benefits of smart growth, sustainability, walkability, and transit-oriented development. For the past 50 years, Arlington County’s General Land Use Plan (GLUP), a core element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, has served as the guide for the county’s growth.

Join Arlington County Planning Director Robert J. Duffy, FAICP, on at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26 at the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for a discussion about Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey.

Duffy has served as a planning and community development director and land management administrator with town, city and county agencies in the Midwest, North East, New England and Florida.  He has also served as a planning commissioner at the city and county levels. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International. In 2018, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member.

As a regional, national and international model of smart growth, Arlington, has demonstrated through the GLUP how the effects of suburban sprawl can be corrected and avoided through a visionary and continuous commitment to innovative planning. In 2017, Arlington County received the National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation of the GLUP from the American Planning Association (APA).

Christopher Leinberger, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said, “Arlington is the most important suburban place in the country … If you don’t understand Arlington, you don’t understand the future of the country.”

The Prince George’s County Planning Department’s Speaker Series program will address Arlington’s:

  • Historic 40-year planning journey and transformation of the Rosslyn – Ballston Corridor and Arlington County’s commitment to long term planning for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD);
  • Overview of the policy, planning and zoning tools that contributed to successful TOD;
  • How Arlington’s planning commitment expanded beyond the Metro transit corridors; and
  • The challenges and opportunities that Arlington County faces today as the Smart Growth Journey continues.

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