Transit-Oriented Development Meetings


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

June 1, 2006

Transit-Oriented Development Meetings Set for Summer

The Fairfax County Planning Commission’s Transit-Oriented Development Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 106/107 of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Additional meetings this summer are Saturday, June 24, Thursday, July 6, and Wednesday, July 26. Tentative dates for fall meetings include Thursday, Sept. 7, Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 4. Additional meetings may be scheduled, if necessary. For the times and locations of these meetings, visit the committee’s new Web page, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm, which also provides agendas, presentations and resources.

At its first meeting on May 24, the committee and the community discussed the consensus process the committee will follow as guidance is developed for transit-oriented development. This guidance will be provided in the context of the Policy Plan volume of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. Also at the meeting, county planning principles were outlined, as well as common themes from transit-oriented development research. The committee and the community also discussed potential guest presenters at future meetings.

The committee, which is led by Walter Alcorn, at-large planning commissioner, was formed in response to direction by the Board of Supervisors to provide a more refined, standardized definition and set of principles for transit-oriented development. These principles are often referenced for residential, commercial and mixed-use developments surrounding a rail station in an urban setting, but increasingly the concept is being applied to stations in suburban settings such as Fairfax County.

The committee will aim to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors later this year. The public is invited to participate in the meetings by listening to presentations, asking questions and providing comments. The committee will evaluate the variety of information it receives and will work toward developing a recommendation for an amendment to the Policy Plan volume of the Comprehensive Plan, which guides all development in Fairfax County. Any proposed amendments will then be examined by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, with public hearings scheduled before both bodies.

For more information, call the Planning Commission at 703-324-2865, TTY 703-324-7951.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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