Tysons Land Use Task Force Adopts Planning Principles

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Sept. 27, 2006

Tysons Land Use Task Force Adopts Planning Principles

The Tysons Land Use Task Force adopted eight guiding planning principles at its Sept. 25 meeting. These principles are designed to provide clear and fundamental direction for the identification, development and evaluation of land use, transportation and other infrastructure improvements for Tysons.

Through 20 community dialogues held earlier this year, in addition to a public comment period this summer on the draft principles, the task force received extensive input on key values and concerns for the future of Tysons, which are reflected in the eight guiding planning principles below:

  • Move Tysons forward within its existing boundaries as the employment and commercial economic engine of the region and an expanding contributor to the tax base of Fairfax County.
  • Retain compatible transitions at the edges to adjacent neighborhoods through a combination of use, intensity, scale and/or building heights.
  • Transform Tysons from a suburban office park and activity center into a 24/7 urban center marked by the diversity of residents and workers, a wide range of ideas, opportunities, and activities, the quality of buildings, aesthetics, and open spaces, and connections and accessibility for all.
  • Reduce the time, cost and inconvenience of accessing and moving within Tysons by promoting a functional and accessible system of pedestrian walkways, trails, shuttles, bike routes, a grid of streets, transit connections and standard principles of trip reduction.
  • Reduce the suburban focus on isolated buildings, surface parking and moving vehicles through Tysons to somewhere else and connect new buildings, urban parks, structured parking, and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations to form engaging streetscapes and connected neighborhoods.
  • Attract mixed-use transit-oriented development and private investment to Metrorail station areas and transit connection locations throughout Tysons, including increased housing supply, choices, and price points, service opportunities, and office space. 
  • Engage people, communities, institutions, and the private sector with government to include in Tysons the distinctive architecture, civic focal points, cultural and educational institutions, places of worship, medical facilities, entertainment and recreation, libraries, and public safety facilities that mark environmentally sound, safe and inclusive urban communities.
  • Respect the unique natural features and topography of Tysons in all plans, expand usable and publicly accessible open space and improve the existing natural environment.

The planning principles will serve as a guide to an urban design firm, which will provide support to the task force in the coming months. The selection process for the design firm is now underway and a recommendation is expected to be made to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 23 meeting. The task force will then work with the firm to identify a schedule of activities that will be used to help engage the public in generating concepts for the future of Tysons, including visualizing different alternatives.

The Tysons Land Use Task Force has been charged by the Board of Supervisors with soliciting community input and making recommendations to update the 1994 Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan to reflect the planned construction of four Metro stations. The 35-member task force, representing residents, businesses and community and civic organizations, is working to create a new vision for Tysons.

Meeting schedules, presentations, timelines 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.


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