Transit-Oriented Development Committee Schedule


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Oct. 6, 2006

Transit-Oriented Development Committee Schedules Next Meetings, Seeks Feedback on Draft Plan

The Fairfax County Planning Commission’s Transit-Oriented Development Committee has scheduled its next meetings for Thursday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 1. The committee has been working since May to refine principles for transit-oriented development in Fairfax County. A draft of those principles is available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm. A revised draft will be provided at the Oct. 12 meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 2/3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The Nov. 1 meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center.

The draft plan includes principles related to transit proximity; pedestrian and bicycle access; station-specific flexibility; mix of land uses; housing affordability; design, parking, transportation and traffic; vision for the community; regional framework; environmental benefits; economic benefits; open space; infrastructure; phasing; and process and implementation.

The Transit-Oriented Development Committee was formed in response to direction by the Fairfax County 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 more 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 and discussions, 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, including additional meetings, recent presentations by national and local experts, maps and other resources, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm or call 703-324-2865, TTY 703-324-7951.

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