Comprehensive Planning in Progress – State of the Plan - 2009 Retreat
A presentation was given highlighting ongoing planning studies . Currently, special planning studies are in progress for Lake Anne, Reston, Tysons, Fairfax Inova/Woodburn, Baileys Crossroads, Annandale, Springfield and Loisdale. Others will be done for the Reston-Dulles Corridor, Lorton-South Route 1 planning sector, Centreville Historic Overlay District and Hunter Mill Road.
There are new trends in planning work. There is a greater focus on public participation, with resources directed at improving outreach and engaging stakeholders. More detailed analysis is expected, including transportation analysis and urban design and planning. There is also a need to adapt to changing technology, including GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis and visual depictions of future development.
A new approach was suggested; the County may have outgrown the APR (Area Plan Review) process and there may be better ways that bring better outcomes. We do want to work with the community on plans, but this could be better done through basic plan review or community plan review.
Issues of height, setbacks and storm drainage are still important, but since the County is substantially built out, other things are no longer issues and it’s time to change the way we plan.
Doing a regular “state of the plan” as an alternative to APRs would facilitate big picture planning and a review of various policies to ensure they still all work together. The varying level of detail during APRs has not met the needs of some communities. In some cases, revitalization opportunities are so large and plan language is so antiquated, a new process is needed.
Future planning work beyond 2011 will include an assessment of future growth and development, looking at the employment/economic development potential, future housing supply and location, service and industrial uses and public facilities review.
Acknowledging that the current area plan review process no longer serves the County well, other models will be studied to provide better urban design, public outreach and technical analysis. Planning staff will meet with the Planning Commission for discussions and will bring back suggestions to the Board Development Process Committee.