With the coming of four metro stations part of Dulles Rail slated for Tysons Corner, the Tysons Land Use Task Force envisioned the creation of a liveable and vibrant urban place for people to live, work and play. Fairfax County sees Tysons population to swell from 17,000 to 100,000 denizens and from currently at 105,000 to 200,000 jobs by 2050. A lot of growth in a very short time. That’s why the plan for Tysons’ future growth is concentrated in areas within 1/8 of a mile from a metro station. That translates to: higher density.

In a nutshell, this is how they see the future of Tysons Corner.

  • Tysons 1700 acres will be divided into eight mixed-use districts.
  • Ninety-five percent of the new housing will be transit-oriented-development or TOD within 3 minutes of walk (pretty ambitious, you think) from station and from buses. Then there is a plan for circulator which connects the four metro stations with areas not served by metrorail.
  • It put emphasis on high environmental standards. New buildings must be green construction standards and all buildings must be LEED silver certified by 2013.
  • Strong focus on affordable and workforce housing. The plan requires 20% of residence be set aside as work force/ affordable housing. Fairfax’s median income for work force/ affordable housing is between 60 to 120 percent of area median income.
  • 160 acres of green and open space throughout the hood which effectively would double the existing green space.

From here the plan goes to Planning Commission and Planning staff for comprehensive plan text before coming up with the final version. So, it’ll be months before we see anything close to the final touch.

source: Fairfax County

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