Tysons

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Suzie Battista, AICP,
Chief, Urban Centers Section

Follow on Motions

After recommending approval of the Tysons Corner Urban Center Plan Amendment, the Planning Commission approved 16 additional motions that recommended Board action several issues related to Plan implementation. The Board of Supervisors approved the Tysons Corner Urban Center Plan Amendment on June 22, 2010. At that time, the Board also approved 20 Follow-On Motions to address the 16 motions of the Planning Commission and four additional items. This provides the 20 Follow-On Motions with a status update on each. Related details for on-going implementation initiatives undertaken to address the Board’s directives, are in the annual report.

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#5 Residential Organization

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In order to create a greater sense of community for the residents of Tysons, a residential organization that represents all of the residential stakeholders and entities in Tysons should be established.

  • Ongoing: The Tysons Partnership has residential representation.

#6 Green Building Incentives

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The Board directs staff to make recommendations to the Legislative Committee on financial incentives such as tax abatement, which can offset the initial cost and help to encourage green buildings, especially at the LEED or equivalent Gold and Platinum levels; and the authority to require adequate public facilities as a condition for development in urban areas like Tysons.

  • 2010: The Board’s Legislative Committee reviewed staff’s recommendations on September 21, and accepted staff’s recommendations to not seek legislation on tax incentives for green buildings and to not seek legislation allowing Fairfax County to require adequate public facilities.

#7 Periodic Monitoring

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The Board directs that staff report annually or as requested on the various aspects of the Plan that call for periodic monitoring, particularly in regard to the information needed to determine when it is appropriate to increase the initial development levels for office uses set forth in the Plan, based on the criteria outlined in the Plan as well as the pace of actual redevelopment.

  • 2017: Review and updates to the Plan’s monitoring recommendations are part of the Plan Amendment adopted in March.
  • Ongoing: Staff has established monitoring parameters for Tysons and reports on them annually.

#8 Prioritize Transportation Facilities

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The Board directs staff to commence the planning and operational analysis necessary to implement the higher priority transportation facilities listed in the Plan table titled “Transportation Infrastructure, Programs, and Services, As They Relate to the Level of Development in Tysons.”

  • 2020: In March, the Jones Branch Connector, one of the 17 Table 7 improvements, officially opened.
  • Ongoing: Staff continues to implement a number of transportation related projects listed in the referenced Plan table (Table 7). A full list of projects utilizing Tysons Funding Plan revenue sources is included. in the Transportation section.

#9 Mass Transit Planning

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The Board directs staff to begin planning for long-term mass transit projects in and around the area, to include investigating a new north-south transit corridor that serves Tysons, and to accelerate all planning and efforts for the extension of mass transit on I-66.

  • 2016: The Countywide Transit Network Study was completed and identifies the type of transit systems needed to accommodate desired economic growth throughout the county over the next several decades.
  • Ongoing: Staff is working on Recommendations not specific to Tysons but included an LRT/BRT connection along Gallows Road from Merrifield to Tysons, BRT along Route 7 (currently being studied), and Express Bus service on I-495 from the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station to Tysons and from Bethesda to Tysons.

#10 Address Traffic Congestion

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The Board directs staff to work with representatives of communities adjacent to Tysons to formulate policies and procedures for addressing traffic congestion, including measurable strategies to be included as part of the overall plan monitoring.

  • 2010: The Neighborhood Traffic Study analyzed 30 intersections outside of Tysons to determine the impact of the adopted Tysons Comprehensive Plan on these intersections. Phase I (19 intersections), was completed. Tysons Neighborhood Traffic Impact Study Preliminary Results
  • 2018: Phase II (an additional 11 intersections) was completed. The study provides recommendations to mitigate the impacts of future Tysons development on each of the intersections.
  • Ongoing: Three intersections will undergo further monitoring.

#11 Cirulator Study

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The Board directs staff to issue an RFP for the circulator study and bring the results of that study to a future Board transportation committee meeting for discussion. In the circulator study and other future studies, such as the one on Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors, the Board directs staff to include consideration of dedicated transit lanes on Route 7 and other roads in and around Tysons and tie into the mass transit and HOV coming off the HOT lanes on 495.

  • 2013: The Tysons Circulator Study recommended a three-route network, with buses as the preferred mode of transit.  Visit the Tysons Circulator Study webpage.
  • 2017: In March, the Plan was updated to include the circulator network map and related text.
  • 2021: In July, Tysons Circulator Route 422 was eliminated, and service was added to 467.
  • Ongoing: Service will continue to evolve as new roadway facilities open throughout Tysons.

#12 Grid of Streets Operational Analysis

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The Board applauds the work already begun on operational analysis of the grid of streets and directs staff to continue with this effort, particularly in the vicinity of the intersection of Greensboro Drive and Spring Hill Road.

  • 2013: The Consolidated Transportation Impact Analyses (CTIA) for Tysons East, Tysons West, and Tysons Central have been completed and approved by VDOT as part of the Chapter 870 process. These analyses were done in coordination with landowners and applicants and have led to refined operations on a specific grid of streets within each district and between adjacent districts.
  • Ongoing: Developers have been completing portions of the grid. The County has purchased properties to preserve right-of-way for future grid streets and is designing Lincoln Street.

#13 Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (TMSAMS)

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The Board directs staff to continue the work already begun on the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (TMSAMS) under the guidance of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, and directs the TMSAMS to engage the public in identifying and prioritizing projects that provide multi-modal access to the four new Metrorail Stations in Tysons Corner.

  • 2012: On May 22, the TMSAMS recommendations and project list were approved by the Board.
  • 2013: In May, the Board approved a project agreement with VDOT for over $20 million in federal Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds, for preliminary engineering, right-of-way and utilities, and construction expenses for TMSAMS transportation improvements.
  • 2017: In December, the Board officially endorsed lighting for shared-use trails that lead to Metrorail stations, such as the Vesper Trail and Ashgrove Trail, including the design and implementation of these lighting fixtures.
  • 2021: As of June, 36 TMSAMS projects have been completed.
  • Ongoing: Additional information on TMSAMS, including project status, is available at the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study webpage.

#14 Commuter Parking

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The Board directs staff to explore options for providing commuter parking at Metrorail station(s) in Tysons Corner on an interim basis until Tysons development reaches a level where such commuter parking is not practical or desirable.

  • 2013: On June 30, the Board entered into an interim Park-and-Ride Lot agreement with Cityline Partners for 711 spaces in a new surface lot at 1820 Dolley Madison Blvd.
  • 2014: The lot opened on July 26.
  • 2018: An RFI was distributed in an effort to form agreements with property owners interested in providing interim parking for Metrorail.
  • 2021: In April, 489 spaces were filled on an average weekday, up from 355 in April 2020; the lot is also open on weekends.
  • Ongoing: No interest in the RFI has been received to date.

#15 Grid of Streets Map

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The Board directs staff to bring to the Board an official map of those streets associated with the first rezoning to the Planned Tysons Corner Urban Center (PTC) district. The official map should be adopted concurrently with the rezoning or as soon as possible subsequent to the rezoning and should include existing streets and future street alignments that have been conceptually engineered. The Board further directs staff to bring forward amendments to the official map associated with subsequent rezonings when such are required to address the alignments of new or modified streets that have been conceptually engineered.

  • 2017: In March, the Conceptual Grid of Streets map contained within the Comprehensive Plan was updated as part of the Plan Amendment; no official map is proposed.
  • Ongoing: A map of streets that have been delivered and streets that have been proffered but not yet built is included in the Transportation section.

#16 Public Facilities & Parks

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The Board directs staff to bring to the Board for adoption an official map of public facilities concurrently with the first rezoning to the Planned Tysons Corner Urban Center (PTC) district. The official map should include the locations of existing and planned public facilities, including parks and athletic fields, that have been identified within the district or sub-district of the rezoning application. The Board further directs staff to bring forward amendments to the official map with subsequent rezonings when such are required to reflect the locations of additional public facilities as they are identified.

  • 2014: In October, A Tysons Park System Concept Plan (Concept Plan) was endorsed by the Park Authority Board that refines and elaborates on the Conceptual Parks and Open Space Network in the Plan.
  • 2017: In March, the Board adopted the conceptual plans for public facilities and for parks into the Plan; no official map is proposed.
  • Ongoing: An interdepartmental team has refined the type, location, space needs, timing and costs for public facilities in Tysons, including parks and athletic fields. View the Tysons Park System Concept Plan.

#17 Workforce Housing Policy

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The Board directs staff to bring back to the Board an evaluation of two possible changes to the Policy Plan, one of which would modify the County’s workforce housing policy to encourage monetary contributions to affordable and workforce housing from future non-residential development; and, the other would modify the Transit Oriented Development policy to incorporate specific conditions related to walking distance from station entrances rather than station platforms.

  • 2011: On March 29, these two items were referred by the Board to the Planning Commission.
  • 2014: On February 23, the Board directed staff to further study the “3-2-1 proposal” for per square foot contributions to affordable housing from developers of commercial properties in activity centers; to prepare analyses of actual cases once sufficient new commercial developments which proffered $3.00 per square foot in Tysons come online; and, to subsequently return to the Board with any recommendations for modifications for Tysons and potentially other areas of the County.
  • 2017: On April 4, the Board of Supervisors adopted revisions to the Comprehensive Plan’s Workforce Dwelling Unit recommendations for high-rise condominium developments in the Tysons Urban Center.
  • 2019: In March, the Board established a WDU Policy Task Force to evaluate the WDU Rental Program income tiers and percentage of units.
  • 2020: On June 30, the WDU Policy Task Force presented their recommended changes to the Board's Housing Committee.
  • 2021: On February 23, the Board adopted a Comprehensive Policy Plan amendment for rental Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs) for rental Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs). Two WDU options for Tysons were established. Rental WDU commitment levels associated with high-rise condominium development in Tysons remain the same as for-sale units, but at lower AMI income tiers. Revisions to the Boards’ Tysons Urban Center WDU Policy Administrative Guidelines, the preferred administrative tool to administer and regulate WDUs proffered in conjunction with a rezoning application, were also adopted.

#18 Urban Design Guidelines

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The Board directs staff to prepare, in coordination with appropriate stakeholders, the urban design guidelines manual that expands upon, and provides additional detail on the urban design elements contained in the Plan.

  • 2012: On January 24, The Tysons Urban Design Guidelines were endorsed by the Board.
  • 2017: On March 14, an updated version was endorsed by the Board to reflect lessons learned and current practice in development review.
  • Ongoing: Staff continues to monitor the implementation of the guidelines and track items for consideration in future updates. Tysons Urban Design Guidelines

#19 Staff Resource Assessment

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The Board directs staff to assess the need for dedicated staffing and staff resource requirements for development applications, plan monitoring and other activities necessary to implement the Plan for Tysons and return to the Board with its recommendation.

  • 2010:A staff resource plan was developed, approved and implemented to support the implementation of the Plan for Tysons.
  • 2010:An interdepartmental Core Team comprised of staff from the various agencies responsible for development review was established to allow for a comprehensive review of the inter-related issues that need to be addressed in an urban-style of development. Collectively, the Core Team members are better able to understand the relationship of all the issues, rather than focusing exclusively or primarily on individual areas of emphasis.
  • 2011:Development of an interdepartmental Steering Committee to provide a regular point of contact with senior staff. The Steering Committee allows issues to be quickly reviewed at the senior staff level when Tysons-wide or County-wide policy may be impacted or when such decisions are needed on site specific zoning applications.
  • 2012:Creation of “Tysons Coordinator” positions in DPD and LDS, as well as one full-time and one part-time Tysons plan reviewer in LDS. VDOT also created a Tysons Coordinator position.
  • Ongoing:In addition to the primary site plan reviewer being a member of the Tysons Core Team, staff has developed a process whereby members of the Core Team who do not have site plan approval authority (such as DPD and FCPA) review and comment on submitted site plans.

#20 Flexible to Meet Plan Objectives

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The Board directs staff to be flexible when reviewing projects that include minor deviations from a strict interpretation of the Plan if such projects exhibit excellence in architecture and urban design; contribute significantly to the urban nature of Tysons; meet transportation and public facility guidelines; and, on balance, meet the objectives of the Plan.

  • 2013: On April 30, Section 2-1200 of the Public Facilities Manual (PFM), Tysons Corner Urban Center was amended to provide the flexibility to comply with the Plan and the Tysons Urban Design Guidelines (TUDG), while providing sufficient surety about the performance of the proposed alternatives.
  • 2014: On May 5, Technical Bulletin 14-07 on Streetlight standards was issued, in order to provide safe, efficient lighting levels for public roadways and adjacent pedestrian corridors, and to streamline the non-standard streetlight review.
  • 2014: Fairfax County, Dominion Energy, and the development community identified mutually acceptable recommendations for locating electrical transformer vaults.
  • 2015: In March, Land Development Services (LDS) published a standard operating procedure for phased occupancy of high-rise buildings throughout the County, in conjunction with the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Building Official and the Director of Site Development and Inspection Division (SDID). SOP Phased Occupancy
  • 2015: On June 3, the Board adopted a PFM Amendment to allow Underground Stormwater Management in Residential and Mixed-use Projects without a Board waiver.
  • 2015: A collectively developed process to address VDOT Level of Service (LOS) Waivers was established for intersections impacted by multiple rezoning applications, resulting in mitigation measures that can be consistently applied.
  • 2016: A new parking website locates all parking information in one place, including information on Tysons processes. Land Development Services Street Parking
  • 2019: Fairfax County and the development community worked to establish a predictable compliance path for rainwater harvesting designs. A standard, accepted by reference in the 2021 International Plumbing Code for non-potable water system use, provides prescriptive and performance requirements and includes provisions for multiple collection surfaces and various end uses.
  • 2021: In May, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Board and Dominion Energy, endorsed by VDOT, relieves developers from the required Dominion Energy easements with new infrastructure and enables the installation of infrastructure under sidewalks or parking lanes. The agreement augments the 2011 MOU between VDOT and the County and streamlines the VDOT permit approval and street acceptance process.
  • Ongoing: Implementation activities are on-going. More detailed information may be found in previous Progress Reports.
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