Providence District Land Use
Tysons Plan Implementation
In July of 2016 the Silver Line will have been open for two years. The Tysons Plan focuses 75 percent of future development within a half mile of the four new Silver Line Metro stations in Tysons. Private construction continues. In 2015 three major buildings were delivered including Tysons Overlook, an 11-story office building on Jones Branch Drive; and at Tysons Corner Center the VITA, a 28-story residential building with 429 units, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel were completed. Eight major construction projects are currently underway and are anticipated to be delivered within the next three years. Five multi-story residential buildings will create approximately 1,200 new units. These projects include: Elan Tysons West, Nouvelle Apartments, The Commons Building 1 and two buildings at the Tysons Garfield site. Three office buildings including a new Capital One Headquarters, 1775 Tysons Boulevard and MITRE 4 combined will create approximately 1.7M sq. ft. of new office development. We anticipate that another Transforming Tysons Open House will be held in June of this year. Residents will have an opportunity to meet with county staff and developers to learn more about proposed development activity, ongoing transportation and transit improvements, potential comprehensive plan changes, and park and public facility plans for Tysons.
For more details about the plan please visit the website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/. To review approved and pending Tysons rezoning applications, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/development/.
Vienna/Fairfax Metro Updates
Construction of the MetroWest project continues. Pulte is completing construction of five four story residential condo buildings (160 units) with underground parking and elevator service. Pulte is interested in constructing buildings 14 and 15. To that end late last year Pulte submitted a Partial Proffered Condition Amendment (PCA 2003-PR-022) proposing to delete proffer 5.b. Timing of High Rise Construction. The intent of this proffer was to incentivize the construction of the office and retail component of the Metro West development that is primarily owned by Clark. Clark Realty has expressed interest in joining with Pulte in the PCA. At this moment Clark has not yet identified a time line for a submittal to the county.
Development of Thompson Property
NVR Inc. and Timber Ridge LLC. have moved forward with constructing a 16 acre, 141 unit townhouse community south of the Vienna/Fairfax GMU Metro station. The Thompson property is located at 8301 Lee Highway just west of Nutley Street, and backs up to the existing Stonehurst townhome neighborhood. It was zoned for townhomes back in the 1960’s with the rest of Stonehurst.
Mill Creek Residential, developer of Avenir Place, the 15-acre mixed-use redevelopment of the Dunn Loring Metro Station, has completed their second and final residential building. The completed 2,000 WMATA parking garage replaces the previous 1,300 surface parking spaces and provides new covered bus bays, separated kiss and ride facilities and improved pedestrian and vehicular accesses and plaza amenities. Ground floor office, and retail space is being leased and occupied. A Harris-Teeter grocery is anticipated to open in May, 2016.
Construction of the second phase of the Mosaic District in Merrifield is nearing completion. Mill Creek has completed construction of 252 apartment units in two multifamily buildings with 60,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space across from the movie theater. The retail space is quickly being occupied with new tenants. In March, Mill Creek plans to start construction of two new residential buildings that will contain 220 apartments and 50,000 sq. ft. of new retail space. The new retail space will be owned and managed by Edens as part of their Mosaic District.
Edens, the developer of the Mosaic District, has completed and delivered to the County proffered community meeting space. The meeting room is available for use by residents and local organizations. The meeting room is located in the ground floor of the Avalon Mosaic apartment building adjacent to the surface parking lot behind the Angelica Theater and next to DGS Delicatessen. If you are interested in reserving use of the space, please email NCS@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-865-0520.
Greater Hillwood Development Updates
Redevelopment of the 19 acre Hillwood Square Cooperative located on Cherry Street is progressing. The 384 unit apartment complex will be completed in the second quarter of 2016.
The 8 story, 160 room Hampton Inn Seven Corners hotel is still under construction. The hotel, located off of Rt. 50 (service drive) and South Street, was approved back in 1970. The hotel will have an indoor pool and will be accessed from the Route 50 service drive with no direct access to South Street. The hotel is scheduled to be open for occupancy in April, 2016. Bozzuto LLC is building the 174 unit apartment building, with 14 attached townhomes that will face South Street. The project, located immediately adjacent to the Hampton Inn, will have 14,000 sq. ft. of retail and service uses fronting on Rt. 50. The previous 1970’s zoning approvals for the property could have accommodated a third thirteen story office building, similar to the two adjacent existing office buildings at R. 50, South Street and Hillwood Avenue. Bozzuto started construction last summer and expects that it will take two years to complete the project.
Fairfax Forward is Fairfax County’s new Comprehensive Plan review process.
The Fairfax Center Area Study is a multi-phase planning study. Phase II of the Fairfax Center Study started in November 2014. An area wide task force to review proposed plan changes in the core areas of the Fairfax Center Plan Area was convened last summer and has continued to meet. The portions of the Providence District covered by this second phase include the land area south of Rt. 66 and north of Rt. 50 and west of the City of Fairfax. Waples Mill Road bisects this land bay and includes Fairfax Ridge Road and Pender Drive. Please use the following link to obtain more information about the new Fairfax Forward planning process: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxforward/
For Fairfax Center Area Study updates: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxcenter/about.htm
Planning staff continue to work on editorial updates for the Merrifield Suburban Center. Since the adoption of the Merrifield Suburban Center plan language in 2001, several large scale development and road improvement projects envisioned in the plan have been initiated or completed. The plan editorial updates will primarily reflect these approved projects in revised maps and any corresponding text, as well as other minor editorial changes to reflect what has been approved and built. Current plan recommendations for Merrifield are not intended to change with the pending editorial updates.
New Fairfax County Noise Ordinance in effect as of Feb. 17, 2016
As many may already know, the county has a new Noise Ordinance. Due to a Virginia Supreme Court ruling we were compelled to rewrite our noise rules to comply with the court decision.
For more information or details on the new rules, visit the Department of Planning and Zoning’s Noise Ordinance Amendment web pages or call 703-324-1314, TTY 711. Or use this link: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/new-noise-ordinance-passed/
For noise complaints, here’s who to contact:
During daytime hours (Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm; Friday, 9:15 am to 4 pm), you should contact the Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300, TTY 711.
At night, call the Police Department’s non-emergency number, 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
To enforce the law, the county may seek civil and criminal penalties against violators, as well as court orders to prohibit current and future noise. Civil penalties start at $250, rising to $500 for subsequent offenses. Criminal convictions would be a misdemeanor.
User Friendly Permit Process
Fairfax County will soon be providing residents more help when they try to obtain permits for improvements that they want to make to their homes or businesses. The development process is often not user friendly for new or infrequent users. Many residents and small business owners engage the permitting process only once, and the process can quickly become overwhelming. To remedy this problem, the county will be converting portions of the first floor of the Herrity Building to accommodate an information center staffed with county experts to assist and educate residents about the development and permitting process. This pilot customer information center is expected to be opened mid-year 2016. Concurrently the county is developing a 24/7 virtual information center that will mirror and complement the face to face information center in the Herrity Building.
Idylwood Substation Update
As you may already know, Dominion Virginia Power is planning to rebuild the existing substation located near the corner of Shreve Road and Holly Manor Drive. The existing facility originally built in the late 1950’s will be upgraded to address capacity and reliability concerns in the region. Dominion initiated community outreach near the end of 2015 to inform residents about construction phasing. Dominion will continue their outreach through the spring of 2016. Dominion hopes to complete the substation remodel by the winter of 2018. Please feel free to contact Dominion directly if you have questions or would like more information about the projectat 1-888-291-0190 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can also sign up to receive project updates via email at www.dom.com/corporate/what-we-do/electricity/transmission-lines-and-projects/idylwood-substation-at-shreve-road.
If you have any land use questions, please contact my aide, Michael Wing, at 703-560-6946. To review the status of other pending zoning applications in Providence, utilize the following link: http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/.
Residents can also review pending applications using an interactive map: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/staffreports/activecasesmap/.
Resources and Information about Planning & Zoning in Fairfax County: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/resources/.