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ULI releases “What’s Next for Westfields”

The Urban Land Institute has released the results of an in depth analysis of the future of the Westfields Corporate Office Park in western Fairfax County.  This analysis was the product of a ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) that began its work in 2016.  A link to the report can be found here  The… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Kicks Off Zoning Ordinance Modernization Effort

On the eve of its 40th birthday, Fairfax County has kicked off a Zoning Ordinance Modernization effort to analyze and update its current ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1978. The modernization efforts are part of the County’s Fairfax First initiative for economic success.  The effort is being led by Barbara Byron, the Director of… Continue Reading

New Fairfax County Proffer Compliance Requirements Released

A new initiative to provide better proffer compliance tracking has launched in Fairfax County. The initiative requires applicants to submit a standalone proffer compliance matrix beginning at the first site plan submission.  That matrix is required to be updated as a development project moves through building plan review, occupancy, and bond release.  The overall goal… Continue Reading

Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group Discusses Public Facility Needs Along Richmond Highway Corridor

The Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group held its 15th meeting March 20th. The Advisory Group heard presentations on projected public facility and affordable housing needs within the plan area as a result of proposed increases in density. Staff disclosed the 2040 Land Use Transportation Analysis is being finalized and revealed they have met with VDOT… Continue Reading
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Update to the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons

On March 14, 2017, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an update to the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons. Consistent with comments from industry representatives and the Tysons Partnership (, the updated language in the Plan reasonably responds to evolving development trends and steers clear of arbitrary limits on the growth of the County’s economic… Continue Reading

Development Process Committee Agenda Released

FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS COMMITTEE MEETING March 28, 2017 – 10:00am – Government Center Conference Room 11 AGENDA Zoning Ordinance Modernization (45 minutes) Diagnostic review of the Zoning Ordinance to determine its ability to meet modern needs Barbara Byron, Director, Office of Community Revitalization Fairfax First Initiative: Parking Requirements and Reductions (30… Continue Reading
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Update on Fairfax Forward Process

This is a follow up to our earlier briefing on the proposed revisions to the “Fairfax Forward process”.   McGuireWoods’ lawyers have been working closely with County leadership and the land use bar to understand the proposed process and offer constructive feedback.  While the proposed Fairfax Forward process does open an additional avenue to propose amendments… Continue Reading

Embark Richmond Highway Moves Forward

The Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group met Monday morning (02/27) for its 14th meeting and continued its discussion of staff’s transportation impacts analysis for the proposed bus rapid transit system along US Highway 1.  The Embark Richmond Highway planning process represents a significant opportunity to embrace future transit options and reposition property for density or uses that may… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Establishes Community Council on Land Use Engagement

Chairman Bulova recently created a Community Council on Land Use Engagement to discuss and make recommendations on ways to improve communication with citizens during the land use process. The first meeting was held on February 13 and recommendations are expected by the end of April, 2017.  McGuireWoods is honored to have been asked to participate… Continue Reading
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Tysons Partnership – New President and Executive Director

As the Chair of the Tysons Partnership, I’m pleased to report that on February 2nd the Partnership’s Board of Directors voted to appoint David Diaz as our new President and Executive Director.  David, who is currently the president and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, succeeds to the position left vacant recently by Michael Caplin’s… Continue Reading

Fairfax County rolls out new approach to site specific replanning proposals

The Comprehensive Plan is critical to land valuation and redevelopment potential.  Fairfax County has recently rolled out a proposed new process related to the procedural mechanisms for proposing site specific amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  This process is a successor to the former Area Plan Review (APR) process and the more recent Fairfax Forward process. … Continue Reading

Embark Richmond Highway Planning Initiative Moves Forward

Embark Richmond Highway is an ongoing Fairfax County effort to plan greater transit oriented development along the Richmond Highway Corridor. The Embark Richmond Highway planning initiative began in May of 2015. We anticipate staff will recommend creating several bus rapid transit stations along Richmond Highway and plan the area around those stations as Community Business… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Policy Plan Amendment Supports Higher Intensities for Self-Storage and Data Center Uses

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a Policy Plan Amendment that will potentially open industrial planned areas County-wide by providing additional FAR for Data Center and Self-Storage uses.  This much needed amendment, which was adopted and developed largely in response to concerns raised by McGuireWoods for a key client, creates a new policy… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Publishes Building Repositioning Report

To Fairfax County’s credit, they have collectively recognized the structural shifts that have and are occurring in the commercial office market.  In 2016, the County seated a diverse “Workgroup” to study the issue.  The Workgroup included elected officials (thanks to Supervisor Cook), senior County staff, and industry professionals, including  McGuireWoods.  On December 27th, the County… Continue Reading

Further Transformation of the Wiehle/Reston East Metro Station

The Silverline corridor continues to evolve at a rapid pace. On December the 6th McGuireWoods, on behalf of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, secured approval of a comprehensive set of land use approvals that will remake the south side of the Wiehle/Reston East station from an un-amenitized suburban office park to a vibrant mixed use center offering… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Approves Amendments to PRM, PDC, CRD, and CBC Districts

On June 21 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to the Planned Residential Multi-Family (PRM) and Planned Development Commercial (PDC) zoning districts, along with changes to Community Revitalization District (CRD) and Community Business Center (CBC) requirements. The amendments will help implement existing Comprehensive Plan recommendations for increased FARs in limited locations and provide… Continue Reading
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William

New Virginia Statute Means Developers Should File Rezoning Applications Before July 01, 2016.

A new Virginia State statute governing what proffers local governments may and may not require of residential developers is set to become effective July 01, 2016. The bill injects a significant amount of legal uncertainty into the proffer process and is highly likely to make the proffer negotiation process even more difficult to navigate as… Continue Reading

Updated – Dulles Suburban Center Study Nomination Period Opens

On March 29th, Fairfax County held a kick off meeting to start the Dulles Suburban Center Planning Study.  Members of the McGuireWoods team were present.   The Dulles Suburban Center extends generally south from the Dulles Toll Road through the entirely of the Route 28 corridor to Westfields and points south.  The study area includes thousands… Continue Reading

Fairfax County to Launch Comprehensive Study of Dulles Suburban Center

Fairfax County is about take a comprehensive look at planning and zoning recommendations for the Dulles Suburban Center. For context, the Dulles Suburban Center extends north/south along the Route 28 corridor from the CIT to Westfields and west to the Loudoun County line.  The collective corridor contains a number of very strategic real estate… Continue Reading

Fairfax County Proposes Amendments to Tysons Comprehensive Plan

Fairfax County Proposes Amendments to Tysons Comprehensive Plan   The Board of Supervisors has recently authorized an amendment to the Tysons Plan.  The County staff has prepared draft text and the so called “Tysons Committee” of the Planning Commission is reconvening to review the same.  The provisions are intended to, among other things, reconcile certain… Continue Reading

Dulles Suburban Center Plan Amendment Update

A review of the Comprehensive Plan language relative to the Dulles Suburban Center has been a part of the County’s Fairfax Forward Work Program since its inception, but County staff has been treading water on kicking off the public outreach and beginning work on revising language.  The latest information from County staff is that since… Continue Reading