TOD Policy Focus of Public Hearings


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Jan. 12, 2007

Transit-Oriented Development Policy Focus of Public Hearings

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about transit-oriented development on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. A public hearing before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be scheduled for a later date.

Prior to the public hearings, the Planning Commission will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 8:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium. The workshop will provide an overview of the process and enable commissioners and the public to ask questions of county staff about the proposed policy. The proposed policy includes principles about transit proximity; pedestrian and bicycle access; mix of land uses; housing affordability; design, parking, transportation and traffic; vision for the community; environmental benefits and open space.

To be placed on the list of speakers for the public hearing or workshop, call the Planning Commission at 703-324-2865, TTY 711. 

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Board of Supervisors authorized a public hearing and staff evaluation of a proposed policy with definitions and principles for transit-oriented development. The proposed amendment would be included in the county’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides development in Fairfax County.

The PC Roundtable television program on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 presents an update on TOD committee activities this month. The program airs every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. (if the Planning Commission is not in session) and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The video also is available any time online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/pc_roundtable.htm.

This proposed amendment is a continuation of the work of the Planning Commission’s Transit-Oriented Development Committee, which recently completed seven months of public meetings. The public participated in the meetings by attending presentations and discussions, giving presentations, asking questions and providing comments. The consensus vision achieved through this process is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm

Copies of the proposed amendment staff report may be obtained two weeks prior to the Planning Commission public hearing from the Department of Planning and Zoning, 7th Floor, Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, or by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/planamendments.htm or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm. Questions regarding this proposed Plan Amendment may be directed to the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1210, TTY 711. 

For more information, call the Planning Commission at 703-324-2865, TTY 703-324-7951, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm.

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