Tysons Land Use Task Force
Over the past 50 years, Tysons has grown from a simple country crossroads into the nation’s 12th largest employment center and among its largest retail centers. It provides the largest tax base in Fairfax County and is a major economic force in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, today’s Tysons is built for the automobile. With 167,000 parking spaces covering 40 million square feet, it has more real estate devoted to cars than people, and more parking spaces than its 17,000 residents and 105,000 workers combined. Its large superblocks and campus-style development are accompanied by widely separated buildings, limited safe and useful pedestrian walkways, and roadways that can be highly congested at times.
With the finalization of plans to place four stations within Tysons as part of the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County, Fairfax County was presented with an opportunity to dramatically change and improve Tysons. The Board of Supervisors responded to this opportunity by authorizing a Special Study to evaluate the area's transportation system and land use and creating the Tysons Land Use Task Force.
The mission (PDF) of the Task Force is to gather community input and recommend updates to the Tysons Comprehensive Plan. The 36 members of the Task Force represent residents, businesses, major employers, and community and civic organizations. The Task Force and the County are working together with the community to create a collective vision for a positive and exciting future for Tysons Corner.
In September 2008 the Task Force presented its Vision and Areawide Recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who voted unanimously to accept the recommendations and to refer them to the Planning Commission and Planning staff for the development of detailed Comprehensive Plan text.
The Task Force is committed to open communication and ongoing public input to its work and process. To date, the Task Force and its subcommittees have held over 100 public meetings and 45 community workshops.The Task Force continues to meet as needed and encourages public attendance of its meetings. The meeting schedule lists all task force meetings and events, and the meeting information index includes meeting summaries with links to presentations, maps, and documents.
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