Urban Design Guidelines for Fairfax County Revitalization Districts and Areas

The OCR is creating and updating urban design guidelines for the County’s Commercial Revitalization Districts (CRDs) and Commercial Revitalization Areas (CRAs). The Guidelines provide detailed urban design and streetscape information to complement each area’s existing Comprehensive Plan. They are intended to be used by citizens, developers, land owners, designers, Fairfax County staff, the Fairfax County Planning Commission, and the Board when either proposing, designing or reviewing development projects. The contents in the documents are presented as guidance and are not regulatory “one size fits all’ requirements. They are flexible to adapt to site-specific conditions and to encourage revitalization through innovative solutions.

The Guidelines are comprised of two volumes:

Volume I: Urban Design Guidelines for Commercial Revitalization Districts and Areas: Applies to all CRDs and CRAs (except Lake Anne) and includes broad recommendations and urban design ideas for streets, streetscapes, parks, landscaping, parking, building exteriors, and special placemaking features. These best practices are intended to assist in the creation of complete streets, enhance walkability, and promote a sense of place.
Volume II: District Design Guidelines: Is a companion document for each CRD/CRA that is tailored to the community’s preferences for the specific area. It includes area specific information for the design of streets in the CRD, open space features, lighting, street furnishings, and other streetscape details.

Project Highlights:
After extensive community outreach, Volume I was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors at the November 20, 2018 hearing. Links to the document are available on OCR’s website (see below). Staff will continue to conduct outreach to ensure that county agencies, community stakeholders and landowners are informed about the recommendations in the Guidelines and understand how to use them.

At the same hearing, Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners was also endorsed. Work is now commencing on creating Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale and for the Richmond Highway corridor.

Volume I: Urban Design Guidelines for Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization Districts and Areas

Complete document: Volume I: Urban Design Guidelines for Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization Districts and Areas, published September 25, 2018.

Chapter 1: Cover, Table of Contents and Introduction
Chapter 2: Street & Streetscape Design
Chapter 3: Open Space
Chapter 4: Building Design
Chapter 5: Parking & Access
Chapter 6: Additional Placemaking Elements
Chapter 7: Interim Development Conditions
Appendix: Tree Planting Details, Tree and Plant Lists, Sustainable Design Toolbox, References

Summary of Changes since the Draft was Published on June 1, 2018

The outreach process to inform the community about the Guidelines and to solicit feedback included direct emails to stakeholders, listserv and newsletter announcements, postings on NextDoor, an online survey, and presentations at meetings of revitalization partner groups, land use committees, and at open community meetings. Review the Summary of Changes to Volume I for more information on stakeholder comments that resulted in document revisions.

Schedule for Volume II: District Design Guidelines

District Design Guidelines will be developed for each the CRD and CRA (except Lake Anne). CRDs or CRAs with existing Guidelines will be updated to reflect the new format and coordinate with Volume I, while new Guidelines will be created for CRDs that did not previously have them.

• District Design Guidelines for Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners was published in September 2018
• District Design Guidelines for Annandale is currently being updated and is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2019
• District Design Guidelines for Richmond Highway is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed in 2019
• District Design Guidelines for Merrifield, Springfield and McLean will be updated or prepared in the near future

Questions?

Contact JoAnne Fiebe, Program Manager at the Office of Community Revitalization at revitalization@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-324-9300,

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