Fairfax County Seeking Urban Planning Firm

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

Aug. 8, 2006

Fairfax County and Tysons Land Use Task Force Seek Assistance of Preeminent Urban Planning Firm

Fairfax County has issued a request for proposal to seek a highly qualified urban planning firm to provide support to the Tysons Corner Land Use Task Force in its mission of coordinating community input and making recommendations for updating the 1994 Tysons Comprehensive Plan to include four planned Metro stations. The task force believes the four new stations provide a unique opportunity for Tysons to be a model for a new urban center through managed growth and innovative approaches to connectivity, mixed-use development and housing opportunities.

The request asks urban planning firms to submit proposals that detail their approach in identifying alternatives for the future of Tysons. These approaches must incorporate the task force’s guiding planning principles now receiving public comment. Proposals also must include approaches for analyzing impacts on transportation, public facilities, surrounding communities, connectivity and pedestrian and bicycle accessibility.

A cornerstone to the Tysons Land Use Task Force’s work is community outreach and input. The request for proposal calls for the development of outreach activities in partnership with the task force and existing outreach partners. Public input is expected to be used extensively in identifying the preferred urban center model, and firms are being asked to describe how they will assist the public in visualizing different alternatives.

Proposals from planning firms are due by Aug. 22, with the contract award anticipated by early fall. The complete text of the proposal can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm. At its July 10 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the task force request to provide funds for an urban planning firm.

Tysons Land Use Task Force meeting schedules, presentations, timelines, draft guiding planning principles and additional resources can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/. To sign up for e-mail or printed mail updates, visit the Web page, 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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