Public Hearing Notice: Proposed Amendment to the Huntington Conservation Plan


The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the FCRHA Board Room of One University Plaza, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, on a proposed amendment to the Huntington Conservation Plan (Plan).

The proposed Plan amendment is requested to bring its standards for the Huntington community land parcel, identified in the County Comprehensive Plan as Land Unit T, bounded by Huntington Avenue, Biscayne Drive, Glendale Terrace and Blaine Drive, into conformance with the zoning and planning requirements contained in the current Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan.

Following is a summary of the proposed change to the Huntington Conservation Plan, the current version of which was approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 30, 1976 and amended on March 21, 2001:

Section VIII C - Specific Regulations:  Subsection 3.Regulations Applicable to Mixed Use and Institutional Facilities, paragraph e –

[Following the existing paragraph, insert the following as paragraph e]

Notwithstanding any other language in the Conservation Plan, the area bounded by Huntington Avenue, Biscayne Drive, Glendale Terrace and Blaine Drive is planned for transit oriented mixed use with an FAR up to a maximum of 3.0, incorporating approximately 75% residential, 20% office, and 5% retail uses with a significant portion of workforce housing. Building heights adjacent to Huntington Avenue closest to the Metro station should not exceed 120 feet, transitioning to lower building heights toward Glendale Terrace. High rise residential and office buildings along Huntington Avenue should incorporate street level community retail uses and a pedestrian friendly streetscape with convenient sidewalk access to the Metro station. Buildings along Glendale Terrace limited in height to 40 feet or less should be used as a transition to the adjacent neighborhood. Development along Glendale Terrace should be compatible in scale and architectural treatments to the surrounding residential neighborhood, incorporating sidewalk connections to the Metro and a pedestrian friendly streetscape. To encourage consolidation, portions may seek rezoning without the need for the entire block to be included at one time, provided that the applicant can demonstrate that any unconsolidated parcels would be able to develop in conformance with the Plan.Development within this area should also include the following:

•  Creative storm water management techniques;

•  Green building design to meet the criteria for certification as LEED Silver;

•  Integration of urban park features within the site; and

•  Consistency with the Policy Plan, Parks and Recreation, Objective 6 Policies.

The current Huntington Conservation Plan, as revised in 2001, is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/huntingtonplan.pdf ; the proposed revisions can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/amendment_huntingtonplan.pdf.  Hard copies of the existing plan and proposed revisions are also available at the Sherwood Hall Regional Library.  For additional information, contact Robert Fields in the Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-246-5277, or TTY (703-385-3578).

Persons desiring to speak at the public hearing should call 703-246-5170.  Written comments may be submitted to the FCRHA, in care of Robert Fields, DHCD, and 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 or at the public hearing.

 

The FCRHA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all FCRHA programs, services, and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  To request special accommodations call 703-246-5101, or TTY 703-385-3578.  Please allow 48 hours in advance of the hearing in order to make the necessary arrangements.


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