Imagine a Tysons Corner built for people, not cars. In the decades to come, Tysons will become a livable and vibrant urban center where people live, work, play, shop, worship, and even retire. Tysons can transform from a textbook case of suburban sprawl into a true 21st century urban center that addresses the challenges of sustainable growth, energy conservation, environmental protection, affordable housing, and safe communities.
To develop a plan for this evolution, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2005 appointed the Tysons Land Use Task Force to make recommendations to update the 1994 Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan. Two of the new Plan objectives are: 1) “Preserve and enhance Tysons Corner as a vital economic center”, and 2) “Develop multi-modal integrated transportation systems that complement each other and mitigate traffic impacts in Tysons Corner and in adjacent residential neighborhoods and also to maximize the use of Metrorail and other forms of mass transit and develop cohesive pedestrian and bicycle circulation systems to facilitate walking, cycling and transit use and to reduce reliance on automobiles.”
In September 2008 the Task Force presented its Vision and Areawide Recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who voted unanimously to accept the recommendations and to refer them to the Planning Commission and Planning staff for the development of detailed Comprehensive Plan text.
On June 22, 2010, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan for Tysons Corner that will turn the area into the county’s “downtown.” The plan focuses future growth within an easy walking distance of transit. In fact, 75 percent of future growth will be within a half mile of the four Metro stations. Many offices and homes will be a three to six minute walk from these stations, allowing people to get around on foot, bicycle, bus or subway.
For more information on the vision of the Tysons of the future, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/
In the private sector, there are numerous construction projects in various phases of planning and development, including plans for Tysons Corner Center www.tysonsfuture.com.
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