Transit-Oriented Development Committee

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Information

(STO7-CW-ICP was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 12, 2007)

The TOD Committee, established in May 2006, was a special committee of the Planning Commission which sponsored an open and visible process to gather input on a consensus vision and guidance on Fairfax County Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  

The Committee's goal was to recommend language to the Board of Supervisors and County staff for use in a Policy Plan Amendment (STO7-CW-ICP) that provided a standardized definition and set of guiding principles for Transit-Oriented Development in Fairfax County.


Walter Alcorn, At-Large, Chairman
John Byers, Mount Vernon District
Frank de la Fe, Hunter Mill District
Ken Lawrence, Providence District
Rodney Lusk, Lee District

Alternates:     Nancy Hopkins, Dranesville District
                    Suzanne Harsel, Braddock District


Through extensive participation, community representatives and interested parties provided input on what TOD guidance should be included in the Policy Plan.

TOD Committee and Plan Amendment Process

  •  A series of regular meetings was held, beginning on May 24th, 2006 with some focusing on specific TOD topics of interest
  •  Email and the Internet were used to alert interested parties of TOD Committee meetings, draft documents and background  materials
  •  Educational component was provided, including collection of information about TOD models developed in metropolitan areas  around the USA
  •  Presentations by staff, public and outside experts 
  •  Reviewed draft text for Policy Plan in September, 2006 
  •  Recommendations made to BOS, November, 2006
  •  BOS authorization for Staff to evaluate a Plan amendment, January, 2007
  • January 17, 2007: Planning Commission Public Workshop

        ST07-CW-1CP Transit-Oriented Development Staff Report

        TOD Final Strawman Drafted by TOD Committee 

  • February 8, 2007: Planning Commission Public Hearing    
  • February 28, 2007: Planning Commission Decision       

        Planning Commission Recommendation (Clean Copy)

        Planning Commission Recommendation (Markup)

        Summary of Comments Recieved on ST07-CW-1CP 

  • March 12, 2007: Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

        2003 P-09: Adopted TOD Plan Amendment  

Agendas, Handouts and Additional Information from 2006 Meetings

May 24, 2006 Meeting Materials

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Policy Plan Handout

June 8, 2006 Meeting Materials

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Presentation by Coalition for Smarter Growth - full version - 57 pages

Presentation by Coalition for Smarter Growth - condensed version - 17 pages

Creating Transit Oriented Communities - article

Form Based Coding - article

Resources on Transit Oriented Development

Comprehensive Plan Recommendations Summary for Exisiting Metro Stations

Dunn Loring Metro Station Map

Dunn Loring Transit Station Area (Merrifield Suburban Center Land Unit Recommendations):

Franconia-Springfield Metro Station Map

Franconia-Springfield Transit Station Area (beginning on p. 33):

Huntington Metro Station Map

Huntington Transit Station Area (beginning on p. 79):

Van Dorn Metro Station Map

Van Dorn Transit Station Area (beginning on p. 15):

Vienna-Fairfax Metro Station Map

Vienna Transit Station Area (beginning on p. 15):

West Falls Church Metro Station Map

West Falls Church Transit Station Area (beginning on p. 73):

July 6, 2006 Meeting Materials

    Meeting Agenda

    Meeting Minutes

Patricia Nicoson, President, Dulles Corridor Rail Association

Transit Oriented Development in Fairfax County:  Objectives and Definitions

Jim Snyder, (Retired) Planning Section Supervisor of Master Planning and Development Planning, Arlington County, VA

Thirty Years of Smart Growth - presentation

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC)--Montgomery County

Planning Initiatives - presentation

Mixed-Use Activity Centers - presentation

Jeff B. Speck, Director of Design, National Endowment for the Arts (also co-author of Suburban Nation)

A Dawning Awareness:   Walkable Neighborhoods - presentation

July 26, 2006 Meeting Materials



Nat Bottigheimer, Director, Planning and Project Development, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

TOD:  A Process Oriented Discussion - presentation

July 27, 2006 Meeting Materials



     Mariia Zimmerman, Center for TOD/Reconnecting America

    Transit as a Tool for Creating Stronger Suburban Communities - presentation

August 2, 2006 Meeting Materials


Revised Minutes

Steve Pastorkovich - Citizen's Panel member

What About the "Transit" - The Forgotten Component of TOD - presentation

Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth - presentation

David Keyes - Citizen's Panel member

Comments from the Hunters Branch Community - narrative

Jody Bennet - Citizen's Panel member


Presentation Notes

Draft Strawman Guidelines - August 2   **Please send your comments on these draft guidelines to**

September 7, 2006 Meeting Materials



Walking Distance Research

Slide presentation


Jefferson Manor Citizens Association (JMCA) Presentation Materials

Slide presentation by Darren Smith, Chairman, Land Use Committee, JMCA

JMCA TOD Priorities

10 TOD Insights

September 27, 2006 Meeting Materials



Revised Draft Strawman #2

Written comments received on draft strawman #1

Summary of comments to date received at TOD committee meetings

October 4, 2006 Meeting Materials



    Written comments on 9-27-06 draft strawman (updated 10/4/06)

    Summary of public comments received at TOD committee meetings (updated 10/4/06)

October 12, 2006 Meeting Materials



    Written comments on draft strawman (updated 10/12/06)

    New draft strawman dated 10/12/06

    Mixed Use handout

November 1, 2006 Meeting Materials



    Draft Board of Supervisors TOD Policy

    Draft Strawman TOD Policy

    Updated written comments on draft strawman guidelines

    Draft strawman with November 1st meeting edits

Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3



    Draft Strawman TOD Policy (Clean Copy)

    Draft Strawman TOD Policy (with edits)

    Updated written comments on draft TOD Policy

   Final Strawman Drafted by TOD Committee


Additional Information

Process Plan

Policy Plan Overview

Background and County Vision for TOD Committee

TOD Themes

Additional Resources (updated 10-13-06)




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