Fairfax County

View of intersection in Fairfax, Virginia with three-story building and cars in intersection

Shifting the Focus for Transportation Planning in Fairfax County

Fairfax County wants to move away from a heavy reliance on level of service in favor of more pedestrian- and transit-oriented planning.

December 22, 2022 - FFX Now

Fairfax County Considering Bicycle Parking Minimums

Similar to vehicle parking requirements, the proposal would create a tiered system for minimum bike parking spots in new developments.

December 8, 2022 - FFX Now

A conceptual rendering of new buildings around the Huntington Metro station in Virginia.

A New Transit Oriented Vision for Fairfax County, Virginia

A new transit station area plan is reaching the finishing line for the Huntington Metro station, serving the WMATA’s Yellow Line in Northern Virginia.

November 30, 2022 - FFX Now

A sports utility vehicle drives throw brown floodwaters that have inundated the entire area depicted in the picture.

Fairfax County, Virginia Releases Climate Adaptation Plan

Fairfax County, Virginia estimates that climate change caused $25 million in damages from 2010 to 2019. A new plan is meant to prevent worse losses in the years and decades to come.

May 23, 2022 - FFX Now

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Report: D.C. Housing Too Decentralized

Over the last three decades, the D.C. region has seen the most development in far-flung exurbs disconnected from area jobs and transit networks.

September 2, 2021 - Brookings Institution

A map of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Orange Line, highlighting the West Falls Church station.

One Million Square Feet of Transit Oriented Joint Development Advances in Northern Virginia

Fairfax County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority have reached an agreement with a team of developers to add one million square feet of mixed-use development near a station on the Orange Line.

August 26, 2021 - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Beltway Traffic

Connecting Maryland and Virginia By Transit

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.

December 4, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Beltway Traffic

Car-Centric Choices Shortchange the Walkability Goals of the 2010 Tysons Comp Plan

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.

July 21, 2020 - The Washington Post

Virginia

Road Widening Plans Criticized in Fairfax County Virginia

The car-centric status quo is continuing unabated even as Fairfax County commits to more urban thinking on transportation and land use planning.

June 8, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Virginia Toll Lanes

As Tolls Increase, Vehicle Trips Decrease on Dynamically Priced Express Lanes

When tolls rise on the 66 Express Lanes, trips decrease. according to a new report by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

January 29, 2020 - Patch

Tysons Corner Parking Lot

Reducing Parking Requirements for Huge, Regional Malls

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.

October 15, 2019 - Tysons Reporter

Interstate 95/395 reversible HOV lanes

Solo-Occupant Hybrid Vehicles Lose Access to Carpool Lanes

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.

October 2, 2019 - The Washington Post

Downtown North Little Rock

Helping City Workers Live in the City

Local municipalities are offering housing incentives to draw employees and help them live closer to their jobs.

July 15, 2019 - Governing

Basement Apartment

ADU Results Fall Short of Intentions in D.C. Region

Accessory dwelling unit regulations vary but results are consistently underwhelming in the D.C. region.

February 26, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Texas Townhomes

'Missing Middle' Housing and the Expected Millennial Exodus

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.

December 12, 2017 - The Washington Post

Arlington Virginia

Arlington County Reduces Parking Requirements for Multi-Family Developments on Metro Corridors

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.

November 30, 2017 - The Washington Post

Washington, D.C. Apartment

Toward a System of Adaptive Reuse Feasibility

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.

November 21, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

When Controversy Erupts Between the Master Plan and the Zoning Changes

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.

November 2, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

Tysons Corner

Northern Virginia Counties Not Happy With State Changes to Zoning Laws

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.

September 11, 2017 - WTOP

Whitetail Buck

Legal Bow Hunting in a Suburban County

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.

December 28, 2016 - Greater Greater Washington

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