Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fairfax County Planning Commission Approves Big Redevelopment Density Increases for Bailey's, 7 Corners, Annandale


Hello,

One of AY's contributors who's familiar with planning and zoning issues attended the Fairfax County Planning Commission meeting last night. What was up for discussion and a vote, as it affects Arlington, was a significant increase in density in Planned Residential Mexed Use and Planned Develpment Commercial sectors of Bailey's Crossroads, Seven Corners and Annandale. In other words, Smart Growth redevelopment.

A description of this proposal appeared in the Metro Section of last Sunday's Washington Post.

Fairfax County Planning Commission decided to approve a FAR 5.0 maximum on new redevelopment rather than a lower density. FAR is an acronym for floor area ratio, the ratio of the total floor area of the building to the area of the lot on which the building is constructed (e.g., 250,000 square foot building on a 50,000 square foot lot).

The FC Planning Commission voiced little concern about traffic and parking. The impact of traffic on Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church wasn't on the FC Planning Commission's radar. If they weren't concerned about the impacts on Lake Barcroft, Sleepy Hollow, and Linconia, why should they be concerned about the impacts on adjacent neighborhoods in Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church? Multi-modal-multi-jurisdiction gridlock? What's that?

This up-zoning is on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor's agenda for its meeting the afternoon of June 21st. You can check out the staff reports on the FC Planning Commission's and FC Board of Supervisor's Web sites.

Cindy

36 comments:

fairgrrl said...

There goes the neighborhood

Anonymous said...

Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross did nothing for Bailey's, Seven Corners, and Annandale for decades. Now she's about ready to retire and is inviting Smart Growth America and the REITs to infill the run-down looking neighborhoods along the Pike and Route 50.

Anonymous said...

Imagine what the REITs will do to the Giant supermarket site between Columbia Pike and Route 236 in downtown Annandale.

Anonymous said...

Will be interesting to see the neighborhood turnout at next Tuesday's FC Board of Supervisors meeting.

Anonymous said...

Same Penny Gross who pushed the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to approve the massive apartment complex across the street from Wakefield HS with no open space on the site except for a rain garden 'cause the residents could always use Wakefield for sports and recreation. Which they do.

Anonymous said...

Insofar as Fairfax County is concerned Arlington is in Texas and Alexandria is in Egypt.

Anonymous said...

I wonder which upscale enclave 100 miles from the nearest vibrant mixed use Smart Growth Penny will retire to?

Anonymous said...

Penny fast-tracked a state-of-the-art car wash on the Pike in advance of rezoning for Millennial cribs.

Anonymous said...

Boo Hoo. What will happen to the best barbecued ribs restaurant in NoVA that no one has ever heard of?

Anonymous said...

I am renting an apartment in one of the 6 story wood buildings with brick veneer in Clarendon. It's 5 years old and falling apart. The Urban Village Idiots who approved the building's construction are almost all off the County Board.

Anonymous said...

You mean D* B* ?

Anonymous said...

Yes.

Anonymous said...

What the f*** do the REITs care?

Anonymous said...

Take a drive West on Route 50 from the Beltway to the City of Fairfax. Many of the the old shopping plazas are being torn down.

Anonymous said...

Old no tell motels are still in business.

Anonymous said...

Wait till the Biketards start racing through Lake Barcroft and Sleepy Hollow.

Anonymous said...

Where was Ace Journalist Scott McCaffrey last night?

Planning Assistant to Supervisor Gross said...

"Former Arlington Supervisor Zimmerman assured Supervisor Gross that whatever problems Arlington experienced with Smart Growth in the past won't re-occur in Mason District".

Anonymous said...

Freddies?

Anonymous said...

Was there any discussion about the traffic impact on Arlington?

Anonymous said...

We have to stop electing and re-electing 8th District Machine Democrats. They only care about making redevelopment deals with developers. Democratic Party inside-the-beltway long ago ceased being the party of the poor, working poor, and middle class.

Anonymous said...

Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board !

Anonymous said...

To the people in Arlington who want Arlington to be divided into 5 electoral districts for County Board respresentation -- Penny Gross has become Dictator of Mason District over the past 20 years.

Anonymous said...

Idiots on the Fairfax County Planning Commission believe vehicles on Route 50 and Columbia Pike will enter and emerge from 5 mile long tunnels that begin at the Fairfax County-Arlington County border and end near the Pentagon.

Anonymous said...

Correction: Penny Gross is Mason District Dictator for Life.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who lives near Bailey's or Seven Corners neighborhoods and who feels they might be affected by the rezoning should consider attending the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Held in the auditorium of Fairfax County Government Center, begins at 3 PM.

Anonymous said...

This was mentioned to the Arlington County Board yesterday. Mr. Vihstadt wants the Arlington County Board to be current on this issue.

Anonymous said...

Assuming the Arlington County Board had approved a streetcar for the Pike, how much traffic from a redeveloped Pike corridor in Fairfax County would the Pike streetcar have had to contend with?

Anonymous said...

All the local jurisdictions in Northern VA are governed like islands, no matter what anyone may say about various regional authorities, committees, commissions. etc.

Anonymous said...

Who appeared as the lead speaker and proponenbt of the rezoning? Coalition for Smarter Growth VIP Stewart Schwartz

Anonymous said...

Future of Annandale, Baileys, and Seven Corners - Same as Arlington and Alexandria, FC Planning Staff, Smart Growth Inc., and Developers make secret mega-infill deals that the Board of Supervisors will rubber stamp.

Anonymous said...

I blame Penny Gross. She's let everything deteriorate in Mason Disrtrict since the turn of the century and now she says it all has to come down and be replaced by mixed-use redevelopment.

This is what haappens when Fairfax County's Supervisors become Dictators for Life.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when the pols, business, owners, chamber of commerce, and residents don't cooperate and do parcel-by-parcel, business-by-business makeovers and just let everything start looking shabby.

Anonymous said...

Sleepy Hollow's 'community leaders' were 'facilitated' into acquiesence by Planning Staff.

Anonymous said...

LOL. Sleepy Hollow isn't going to be sleepy when Smart Growth gets going.

Anonymous said...

Wait until you see the density that will be inflicted on Pentagon City.