Tysons Comprehensive Plan Amendments, 2013-2014


On June 22, 2010, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan amendment for the Tysons Corner Urban Center and approved a series of follow-on motions (PDF) to guide the implementation of the new Plan. The Plan amendment and motions recommended that additional work and studies be completed, such as street grid and other transportation studies, urban design guidelines, and a transportation funding plan.

The Board has authorized an amendment to the Tysons Plan that will reconcile the text and maps with the studies and planning activities that have been completed since 2010. Based on community feedback, staff is proposing to bring forward drafts of the Plan amendment in three phases.  Each phase will cover specific topics, and planning staff will seek community input on the proposed changes.  At the conclusion of Phase 3 a complete draft Plan amendment will be advertised for public hearing.

Phase 1 of the Plan amendment covers the implementation, land use (including the Plan's initial development level for office uses), and urban design sections. Phase 2 will cover transportation. Phase 3 will cover parks, public facilities, and other updates as may be determined during the amendment process.

A preliminary dialogue with County staff on the first Plan amendment was held Monday, October 7, at Spring Hill Elementary School. The staff presentation ( PDF) from that meeting provided an overview of the Plan amendment process and a summary of the proposed changes in the first Plan amendment. A follow-up meeting on the Phase 1 draft was held on Wednesday, December 4, at Freedom Hill Elementary School.

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Fairfax County staff presented an overview of Phase 1 of the Tysons Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the Planning Commission. A copy of staff's presentation is available for viewing (PDF). The Tysons Committee met on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 to continue the Phase 1 discussion. Materials, including the first draft of proposed Phase 1 changes, for both meetings are available here. The documents with initial draft edits to the transportation section were also distributed at the April 16 meeting.

PDF1 - (04-16-14 Mark-Up of Transportation Chapter Formatted for PC Tysons Committee)

PDF2 - (Annotations for PC Tysons Committee 04-16-14 Draft Transportation Section of Tysons Comprehensive Plan)

Upcoming Tysons Committee meetings will be held in the Government Center Board Auditorium (Conference Room) at 7:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Phase 1 discussion continued
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Phase 2 (Transportation) discussion (PDF1) (PDF2)

At this time, staff anticipates public hearing dates for the complete Tysons Plan Amendment in early 2015. A draft timeline can be viewed here. Please contact Planning Division with Tysons Plan Amendment questions or comments.

Summary of proposed changes for the first Plan Amendment phase:

General Changes (apply to entire Comprehensive Plan)

  • “Tysons Corner Urban Center” renamed “Tysons Urban Center”
  • Metro station names updated
  • Editorial revisions for clarity, consistency 

Vision for Tysons Section

  • Revised Planning Horizon section addresses 40+ year planning horizon

Implementation Section

Land Use Section

  • Initial Development Level: Because a funding plan for the recommended transportation improvements to support 113 million square feet of total development in Tysons is now in place, the Initial Development Level limiting office development approvals is proposed to be deleted from the Plan.
  • New language in the phasing section sets the Tysons-wide development target at 113 million square feet for all uses. The transportation and public facility recommendations in the Plan are based on this development level.
  • New recommendation for periodic analysis of development, infrastructure projects and public facilities stresses the importance maintaining a balance as growth occurs
  • Clarification of guidance for evaluating Special Exceptions for office uses above 2.5 FAR
  • New criteria for evaluating additional intensity proposed for developments located just outside ¼ mile Metro ring
  • References to potential additional intensity along future Circulator routes removed based on Circulator Study findings.
  • Revised Phasing to Transportation Improvements section based on BOS funding plan
  • Changes to Phasing to Public Facilities based on experience with zoning cases

Urban Design Section

  • Revisions to be consistent with Tysons Urban Design Guidelines
  • Deletion of some recommendations deemed too detailed for the Comprehensive Plan that are included in the Tysons Urban Design Guidelines
  • New section on the pedestrian hierarchy
  • New section on coordinating streetscape design with emergency vehicle access

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