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Seven Corners Phasing Study: Follow-On Motions

2015 Follow-On Motions

As part of the adoption of Plan Amendment 2013-I-B52, ten Follow-On Motions were approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on July 28, 2015:

1. The Board will establish a Seven Corners Implementation Steering Committee, consisting of members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Falls Church City Council, and community representatives from both Fairfax County and Falls Church City to guide the implementation of the redevelopment, public facilities, and vision set forth in the Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan. Community representatives will be appointed by each area’s respective elected official.

2. The Board directs staff to establish a Seven Corners working group, consisting of members of Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Department of Planning & Zoning, Office of Community Revitalization, Department of Housing and Community Development, and Falls Church City Staff, to guide the implementation of the redevelopment, public facilities and vision set forth in the Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan.

3. The Board directs staff to work with the City of Falls Church to identify and address the challenges associated with transitioning from recommendations in the Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan through the gateways into Falls Church City.

4. The Board directs staff to conduct a phasing analysis and develop a funding plan for the transportation improvements recommended in the Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan. This effort would result in the following:

  • Cost estimates for road and other transportation improvements recommended in the Plan.
  • Recommendations on the projected order in which transportation improvements should be implemented to maintain a balance between the future development of Seven Corners and the associated transportation infrastructure over time.
  • Conceptual plans for phased transportation of the road improvements, including the entire ring road network, with time duration and estimated costs of each project.
  • Descriptions of funding sources and estimates of funds available from each source, based on similar experience elsewhere in the county.
  • The Board directs staff to provide milestones for each of the updates or milestones provided to the Board – particularly in regard to the interchange.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation should engage stakeholders and the community in the preparation of this funding plan and phasing analysis. When completed, the analysis should be published online.

5. The Board directs staff to work with the City of Falls Church and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to encourage the completion of the Route 7 Transit Alternatives Study and bring the recommendations forward to incorporate into the Comprehensive Plan.

6. The Board directs staff to further study the grid of streets proposed in the Seven Corners Conceptual Street Network to determine right-of-way needs.

7. The Board directs staff to utilize existing funding dedicated to Seven Corners transportation improvements, as well as identify necessary additional funding, to move forward on the design, engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction of the Seven Corners Interchange project.

8. The Board directs staff to create guidelines that provide additional detail on how to incorporate Seven Corners specific urban design and streetscape features into future development, as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.

9. The Board directs staff to conduct a traffic analysis of the roadway network in the vicinity of Juniper Lane and Patrick Henry Drive. This analysis should identify potential strategies to limit cut-through traffic and reduce possible traffic impacts generated by future development to the surrounding residential neighborhoods, while improving connectivity within these neighborhoods. Options to evaluate should include, but not be limited to, the closing of Juniper Lane with or without the possible extension of Nicholson Street to Juniper Lane, the realignment of Juniper Lane at its connection to Patrick Henry Drive, and should engage the residential communities in the vicinity of Juniper Lane, Patrick Henry Drive and Nicholson Street to develop final recommendations. Such an analysis should identify options to maintain adequate access between Juniper Lane and Patrick Henry Drive to both east and westbound Rt. 7 traffic without degrading traffic operations on Patrick Henry Drive or Juniper Lane. This analysis should be conducted prior to or concurrent with rezoning applications for properties located within the Leesburg Pike Village, also known as Land Area C, as defined in the Opportunity Areas Section, and is recommended to be completed within one year of Plan adoption.

10. The Board, together with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, will engage in a discussion of development and preservation of housing targeted to households earning 60% of Area Median Income or less. The discussion will include a review of affordable housing policy as well as 5consideration of public funding or other financing tools.

Return to the Seven Corners Phasing Study web page.

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