County and Tysons Land Use Task Force Select Planning Firm


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Oct. 23, 2006

Fairfax County and Tysons Land Use Task Force Select Firm to Support Planning Efforts in Tysons Corner

Fairfax County selected a team led by PB PlaceMaking to assist the Tysons Land Use Task Force in its mission to coordinate community participation and recommend changes to the 1994 Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan to include four planned Metro stations.

The PB PlaceMaking team provides a strong local presence and a deep familiarity with transit-oriented development in the Washington region and an understanding of Tysons Corner. The team also includes Robert Cervero; McLarland Vasquez Emsiek & Partners; Bay Area Economics; and Placeways. This group of national and international experts has extensive experience integrating transportation and land use. PB PlaceMaking is a subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.

Task force members and county staff worked together to select this urban design team from among 10 proposals. The contract is valued at $894,000 plus optional tasks not to exceed $106,000. PB PlaceMaking will begin its support of the task force in November.

The selection of this team is the next logical step in the process to update the Tysons Corner portion of the Comprehensive Plan, which is the county’s guidebook for land use and development.

In developing concepts for Tysons Corner, the PB PlaceMaking team will follow the eight guiding planning principles the task force approved in September after extensive community participation. These principles are designed to provide direction for land use, transportation and other improvements. The planning team’s activities, as guided by the task force, will include ways to engage the public in generating concepts for the future of Tysons Corner, including visualizations of different alternatives.

The Tysons Land Use Task Force’s next meeting is tonight, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350, Vienna. The task force’s planning principles, meeting schedules, presentations and additional resources can be found 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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