Trends related to this theme: One result of the rapid population growth experienced by Fairfax County is that vacant land in the county has diminished rapidly. As vacant land becomes scarcer, there is increasing pressure to redevelop existing neighborhoods and commercial areas. Redevelopment provides opportunities to make communities more livable by providing new parks and new pedestrian and bicycle connections.
Countywide objectives related to this theme:
- Use adopted service level standards and land acquisition criteria to guide parkland acquisition for recreation usage.
- Continue to work towards equitably balancing the distribution of parkland in relation to users throughout the County.
- Establish and/or promote the creation of urban parks in higher density/mixed use areas of the County (i.e. Tysons Corner, Transit Station Areas and Commercial Revitalization Districts).
- Protect and preserve lands with significant cultural resources in Fairfax County through the land acquisition process.
- Protect and preserve lands with significant natural resources in Fairfax County through the land acquisition process.
- Consider land management and budgetary impacts of all potential land acquisitions.
District-level Land Acquisition strategy suggestions include: continuing to add appropriate land and easements to the Park Authority's land holdings to expand the park system; promoting the development of new urban parks in the County's growth centers; and expanding protective buffers around natural and cultural resource sites.
To address Land Acquisition needs, district-level strategies in the Great Parks, Great Communities Plan apply the park land service level standards set forth in the Countywide Parks and Recreation Policy Plan and incorporate the recommendations of the 2004 Needs Assessment and are guided by Land Acquisition policies in the Park Authority Policy Manual.