NVAHA 15- Accomplishment #2 (2005-2010): NVAHA Takes a Seat at the Table to Shape the Future of Tysons Corner Urban Center

In 2004 the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Metrorail’s Silver Line was adopted, identifying four transit stations in Tysons. Also in that year, 20 proposals for redevelopment in Tysons were submitted under the county’s Area Plan Review (APR) process. 

In May 2005 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Tysons Land Use Task Force to coordinate public outreach during the planning process. Over the next three years, this 36-member group of Board-appointed citizens developed a vision for the future of Tysons. That vision was based on best practices in transit-oriented development; public input from a series of community workshops; and an inclusive process of County staff working with a team of consultants and other key stakeholders. Since a significant component of the APR involved residential and commercial redevelopment, NVAHA’s Executive Director Michelle Krocker was selected to chair the Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Task Force. A key outcome was adoption of a set of policies that included 20% of all residential development serving affordable and workforce housing incomes. In 2008, after a comprehensive planning process, The Task Force presented its collective set of recommendations to the Board.

The Board referred the Task Force’s recommendations to the Planning Commission, which created a five-member committee to work with county staff to draft a detailed Comprehensive Plan. The Board also directed that the Tysons Plan be informed by a thorough analysis of transportation impacts, public facility needs, anticipated costs and revenues, and population and employment forecasts. Based on the committee’s work, the Planning Commission delivered its recommended Tysons Plan text to the Board in May 2010. The Board adopted the Tysons Plan on June 22, 2010. 

While the Plan centered around the four new Metro stations slated for the Tysons area, it outlined a broader vision for the community. According to the Plan, by 2050, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, green urban center with up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons is envisioned as Fairfax County’s “downtown,” a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play. Three-quarters of future growth will be within a half mile of the stations. Many offices and homes will be within a three- to six-minute walk from the stations, allowing people to get around on foot, bicycle, bus or subway.