Tysons Land Use Task Force Seeks Input

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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July 13, 2006

Tysons Land Use Task Force Seeks Public Input on Draft Guiding Planning Principles

The Tysons Land Use Task Force is soliciting public input on draft guiding planning principles until Aug. 18. These principles have been proposed for the Tysons area as a result of public input earlier this year through community dialogues and online feedback. The draft principles are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/nofind/adptplanprinciples.pdf or by calling 703-324-1344, TTY 711. Comments and questions can be provided to the same phone number, by e-mail at tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by mail to Tysons Corner Special Study, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730, Fairfax, VA 22035-5505.

The Tysons Land Use Task Force is coordinating community input and making recommendations for updating the 1994 Tysons Comprehensive Plan to include four planned Metro stations in Tysons. The task force identified this set of draft guiding planning principles to provide direction for transportation and other infrastructure improvement options.

Based on community outreach to make Tysons a world-class model for effective planning, the task force has decided not to move ahead with its originally aggressive schedule to create design options by this fall. Instead, the Board of Supervisors, at its July 10 meeting, concurred with the task force to proceed with hiring an urban planning team experienced in redeveloping large land areas for transit-oriented uses such as in Tysons. A firm, which will be selected in late September or October, will synthesize the community input and task force work, and provide visualizations of what Tysons can become.

The task force is a 35-member group representing residents, businesses, major employers, and community and civic organizations. Its first task was to study the existing Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan and issues related to planning for growth and transit-oriented design. The task force then sought public comment in January and February on key values and concerns for the future of Tysons. Among the values identified were creating an increased sense of place in Tysons, improving traffic conditions, protecting surrounding communities, increasing residential options and managing growth. The full report of this initial community outreach can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/ or by calling 703-324-1344, TTY 711. 

Tysons Land Use Task Force meetings are open to the public, with the next meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 24 and Aug. 28 at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna. Additional meeting schedules, presentations and other information is available by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/. To sign up for e-mail or regular mail updates, visit the Web site, call the information line at 703-324-1344, TTY 711, or e-mail tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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

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