3 Assumption #1 – Metro will come Assumption #2 – Significant growth will occurAssumption #3 – Tysons’ transformation – possible/desirableWHY DO I BELIEVE THIS?
4 THE TYSONS TASK FORCE MISSION POSSIBLE Manage growth – T.O.D. experiencesInvolve the public and all stakeholdersRecognize the constraintsPlan for walkability, livability, and likabilityGuiding principle: do what’s always been done and you get what’s always been gotten
6 THE TASK FORCE: 3 reps of landowners 11 reps of citizens associations 8 residents of ring communities3 elected officials12 from involved districts6-8 MCA members7 employees3 Tysons residents9 reps of businesses3 ex-off. PC members5 other county districts6 reps of special interests (arts, housing, environment, bicyclists, accessibility)
7 WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING FOR THREE YEARS? ConsultantsOutreachSeminars & focus groupsEducationCoordinationA “preferred alternative”
8 WHAT HAVE OTHER T.O.D. EXPERIENCES SHOWN? (PART I) Provide mobility choicesIncrease public safetyIncrease transit ridershipReduce rates of Vehicle Miles TraveledIncrease household’s disposable income
9 WHAT HAVE OTHER T.O.D. EXPERIENCES SHOWN? (PART II) Reduce air pollution/energy consumption ratesConserve land & open spacePlay a role in economic developmentContribute to more affordable housingDecrease local infrastructure costs
10 AUTO TRIP REDUCTION FACTORS (PART I) Better balance between housing and jobsParking managementPedestrian and bicyclist accessCirculator systemCommunity shuttlesIncreased transit usage
11 AUTO TRIP REDUCTION FACTORS (PART II) TelecommutingConvenience retailGrid of streetsOther TDM strategiesPrice of gas
12 WHAT EXACTLY IS TYSONS TODAY? (PART I) 46 million sq. ft. of developmentAdditional 30 million sq. ft. by currentplan & zoning40 million sq. ft. of parking!The economic engine – idling?To, thru, and within, congestion
13 WHAT EXACTLY IS TYSONS TODAY? (PART II) Many, many landownersA piecemeal process12 “that’s nice” objectives in the 1994 PlanNearly $300 million/year from 3 taxsources (property, sales and business license)
14 TYSONS – THE ECONOMIC ENGINE (PART I) Virginia’s largest office market & business center; 15th largest in the U.S. – w/ 28 million sq. ft. of office spaceThe malls of Tysons Corner creates the 2nd or 3rd largest shopping area in the nation.Surrounding communities of McLean, Vienna & Great Falls add another 7 million sq. ft. of office and over 2 million sq. ft. of retailAverage home price in the Greater Tysons area is over $600,000 (much higher in McLean and Great Falls)
15 TYSONS – THE ECONOMIC ENGINE (PART II) 128,000 jobs and nearly 6,000 businesses (only 17,000 residents)Greatest concentration of hotels in the county: 14 (3,880 rooms)The question is: will Tysons continue to get its share of the 2 million residents and 1.6 million jobs projected for the region over the next 25 years?
16 WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT TYSONS? (PART I) “The blob that ate Northern Virginia”“Too balkanized, too big, too spread out, too auto-oriented”“A hodge-podge, placeless pattern of structures and parking… visually incoherent, inimical to pedestrians and horribly congested by traffic stuck on a woefully inadequate road network”
17 WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT TYSONS? (PART II) “Current development = lack of cohesiveness and identity”“Development that forces people to use cars to go short distances”“A walk across Tysons is more dangerous than a walk from the Baghdad airport to the Green Zone”
18 WHAT IS NEEDED? (PART I) More housing (work force) A grid of streets Circulation systemSidewalks & bike lanesParks & open spacesGreen buildingsUrban vs. suburban standardsMixed use – convenience retail
19 WHAT IS NEEDED? (PART II) StreetscapesPublic facilitiesCivic usesRecreation facilitiesPhased infrastructure expansionSignificant transportation improvementsIMPLEMENTATION
20 HOW DO WE GET ALL OF THIS? Leveraged density Incentives Coalitions of landownersRealistic planningThree decadesPolitical willCreative financingConsensusIntercessory prayerAll of the above
21 SO WHAT’S THE PLAN? Metrorail with 4 Tysons stations 2040 planning horizonUrban standardsKey elements added before developmentPhasingDefined bordersRobust implementation
22 IMPLEMENTATION IS THE KEY! Why? – transition from suburbanto urban standardsA new authority as a governanceframework for the Tysons visionDesign review and expedited, consistent processingPower to raise, receive and expend funds for prioritized improvementsCreate and use improvement districts, tax increment financing, public/private partnerships
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