Immediately following the February 8, 2017 public hearing, Planning Commissioners decided to modify the draft Tysons Implementation Plan Update. Five of the modifications made were responsive to the MCA concerns discussed in our statements at the hearing:
- Commissioners removed language in the Plan Update that suggested potentially replacing the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library with a new regional library in Tysons sometime after 2030;
- Commissioners added explicit guidance in the Plan Update to require that the concerns of the residential neighborhoods in McLean that abut Magarity Road be taken into account in the design of Magarity when it is widened to four lanes;
- Commissioners retained but slightly increased the cap on the amount of office space that could be built within Tysons, but – consistent with other changes in the Plan Update – moved the planning horizon for the cap from 2030 to 2050;
- Commissioners deleted language that we believed otherwise could have encouraged developers to not follow through on the 2010 Plan Amendment commitment of 20 athletic fields in Tysons; and
- Commissioners agreed to direct County staff to develop and implement a program for strengthened monitoring to ensure that development does not outpace the availability of necessary public infrastructure, including transportation improvements.
Sally Horn and Rob Jackson testified at the Board of Supervisors March 14, 2017 public hearing on the draft Implementation Plan Update. They indicated our support for the above modifications but also called for:
- An in-depth study of how to achieve the Plan Amendment requirement for 20 fields within Tysons, with input from stakeholders within and outside of Tysons, including the Tysons Partnership, the MCA, and the Town of Vienna. Further, we asked that the BOS direct the Park Authority to complete the study and report its results within 6 months.
- Including the following additional elements in the monitoring program: a broad array of stakeholders in the design of the Tysons development and infrastructure monitoring program; use of the most up-to-date technologies for measurement purposes; regular, publicly-available updates of the data collected; and use of the results in deliberations regarding whether and if so, when adjustments to the Plan are necessary.
At the March 14 BOS hearing, Supervisor Smyth, who represents much of Tysons, requested additional time to consider how to accommodate these requests. We will be following up with her, Supervisor Foust and Supervisor Hudgins, who also represents portions of Tysons. For further information and the statements before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, please see the statements below.