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Fairfax County

December 4, 2020, 7am PST
Bethesda and Tysons, in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, respectively, look like neighbors on a map, but they lack a direct transit route. That could change.
Greater Greater Washington
July 21, 2020, 6am PDT
Ten years after Tysons, an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, approved an award winning comprehensive plan, there's still work to be done to achieve its ambitious goals.
The Washington Post
June 8, 2020, 6am PDT
The car-centric status quo is continuing unabated even as Fairfax County commits to more urban thinking on transportation and land use planning.
Greater Greater Washington
January 29, 2020, 6am PST
When tolls rise on the 66 Express Lanes, trips decrease. according to a new report by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Patch
October 15, 2019, 7am PDT
Fairfax County, Virginia is considering a change to its parking requirements that would lower the number of parking spots at large malls like Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.
Tysons Reporter
October 2, 2019, 12pm PDT
A change in federal law on Monday meant that over 16,000 Virginia motorists must double or triple-up when using carpool lanes in Virginia. Next month, electric vehicles will need three occupants to drive free on I-395 when HOV lanes become HOT.
The Washington Post
July 15, 2019, 11am PDT
Local municipalities are offering housing incentives to draw employees and help them live closer to their jobs.
Governing
February 26, 2019, 10am PST
Accessory dwelling unit regulations vary but results are consistently underwhelming in the D.C. region.
Greater Greater Washington
December 12, 2017, 6am PST
The Washington Post examines "missing middle" housing as a solution for retaining millennials in cities and interior suburbs. There is still some question, however, about whether millennials are actually leaving urban areas.
The Washington Post
November 30, 2017, 5am PST
In addition to reducing parking requirements to 0.2 to 0.6 spaces per unit for developments "approved by special exception," the board went a step further by requiring mitigations if developers provide more than 1.65 spaces per unit.
The Washington Post
November 21, 2017, 1pm PST
A relative lack of conversions from office to residential—the adaptive reuse model driving the housing market in many urban areas—makes the Washington, D.C. region a perfect place to study the factors that make or break an adaptive reuse proposal.
Greater Greater Washington
November 2, 2017, 1pm PDT
Most planners have been there before: it's time to implement the goals of a newly approved Master Plan by rewriting the zoning code, and suddenly the public becomes outraged.
Greater Greater Washington
September 11, 2017, 9am PDT
Suburban housing construction has ground to a halt in Northern Virginia, according to county officials from the region, due to a law that changed the state's proffer system.
WTOP
December 28, 2016, 5am PST
Large swaths of Fairfax County, Virginia allow bow hunting of deer in park spaces very close to where people live. One writer wonders if the benefits of "urban archery" are worth the risks.
Greater Greater Washington
April 16, 2015, 7am PDT
Fairfax County, Virginia is taking an innovative approach to crowdsourcing feedback on how to improve bicycle infrastructure around transit stations.
Greater Greater Washington
March 24, 2015, 5am PDT
Greater Greater Washington reports on the developing plans of county and state officials to bring multi-modal capabilities to Tysons, Virginia as part of an ongoing suburban retrofit.
Greater Greater Washington
November 18, 2014, 11am PST
A decision by Arlington County to cancel plans for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects has dealt a blow to Fairfax County's redevelopment efforts. The line was expected to open in 2020.
The Washington Post
October 15, 2014, 1pm PDT
The Silver Line opened two and a half months ago. Already, with strong ridership in both directions, some businesses are seeing new opportunities.
Elevation DC
July 26, 2014, 5am PDT
After no small amount of debate, delay, and controversy, the first phase of D.C. Metro's Silver Line will launch passenger service today. The line will connect Washington D.C. to northwestern Virginia, including four stops in Tysons Corner.
The Washington Post
June 11, 2014, 7am PDT
CityLab provides an in-depth analysis of the planning efforts surrounding the D.C. Metro's forthcoming Silver Line in Tysons Corner, Virginia. At stake, according to the article: "the future of the American suburb as we know it."
CityLab