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1 TYSONS THE AUDACITY OF CHANGE

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3 Assumption #1 – Metro will come Assumption #1 – Metro will come Assumption #2 – Significant growth will occur Assumption #2 – Significant growth will occur Assumption #3 – Tysons’ transformation – possible/desirable Assumption #3 – Tysons’ transformation – possible/desirable WHY DO I BELIEVE THIS?

4 THE TYSONS TASK FORCE MISSION POSSIBLE Manage growth – T.O.D. experiences Manage growth – T.O.D. experiences Involve the public and all stakeholders Involve the public and all stakeholders Recognize the constraints Recognize the constraints Plan for walkability, livability, and likability Plan for walkability, livability, and likability Guiding principle: do what’s always been done and you get what’s always been gotten Guiding principle: do what’s always been done and you get what’s always been gotten

5 THE COMPETING INTERESTS: Adjoining communities Adjoining communities Local businesses Local businesses Residents Residents State agencies State agencies Utilities Utilities Emergency services Emergency services Commuters through Commuters through Transit operators Transit operators Pedistrians & Bicyclists Pedistrians & Bicyclists Construction requirements Construction requirements Landowners Large employers Employees County agencies Environmental interests Commuters to Developers MWAA Freight carriers Financial interests

6 THE TASK FORCE: 3 reps of landowners 3 reps of landowners 11 reps of citizens associations 11 reps of citizens associations 8 residents of ring communities 8 residents of ring communities 3 elected officials 3 elected officials 12 from involved districts 12 from involved districts 6-8 MCA members 6-8 MCA members 7 employees 3 Tysons residents 9 reps of businesses 3 ex-off. PC members 5 other county districts 6 reps of special interests (arts, housing, environment, bicyclists, accessibility)

7 WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING FOR THREE YEARS? Consultants Consultants Outreach Outreach Seminars & focus groups Seminars & focus groups Education Education Coordination Coordination A “preferred alternative” A “preferred alternative”

8 WHAT HAVE OTHER T.O.D. EXPERIENCES SHOWN? (PART I) Provide mobility choices Provide mobility choices Increase public safety Increase public safety Increase transit ridership Increase transit ridership Reduce rates of Vehicle Miles Traveled Reduce rates of Vehicle Miles Traveled Increase household’s disposable income Increase household’s disposable income

9 WHAT HAVE OTHER T.O.D. EXPERIENCES SHOWN? (PART II) Reduce air pollution/energy consumption rates Reduce air pollution/energy consumption rates Conserve land & open space Conserve land & open space Play a role in economic development Play a role in economic development Contribute to more affordable housing Contribute to more affordable housing Decrease local infrastructure costs Decrease local infrastructure costs

10 AUTO TRIP REDUCTION FACTORS (PART I) Better balance between housing and jobs Better balance between housing and jobs Parking management Parking management Pedestrian and bicyclist access Pedestrian and bicyclist access Circulator system Circulator system Community shuttles Community shuttles Increased transit usage Increased transit usage

11 AUTO TRIP REDUCTION FACTORS (PART II) Telecommuting Telecommuting Convenience retail Convenience retail Grid of streets Grid of streets Other TDM strategies Other TDM strategies Price of gas Price of gas

12 WHAT EXACTLY IS TYSONS TODAY? (PART I) 46 million sq. ft. of development 46 million sq. ft. of development Additional 30 million sq. ft. by current Additional 30 million sq. ft. by current plan & zoning 40 million sq. ft. of parking! 40 million sq. ft. of parking! The economic engine – idling? The economic engine – idling? To, thru, and within, congestion To, thru, and within, congestion

13 WHAT EXACTLY IS TYSONS TODAY? (PART II) Many, many landowners Many, many landowners A piecemeal process A piecemeal process 12 “that’s nice” objectives in the 1994 Plan 12 “that’s nice” objectives in the 1994 Plan Nearly $300 million/year from 3 tax Nearly $300 million/year from 3 tax sources (property, sales and business license)

14 TYSONS – THE ECONOMIC ENGINE (PART I) Virginia’s largest office market & business center; 15 th largest in the U.S. – w/ 28 million sq. ft. of office space Virginia’s largest office market & business center; 15 th largest in the U.S. – w/ 28 million sq. ft. of office space The malls of Tysons Corner creates the 2 nd or 3 rd largest shopping area in the nation. The malls of Tysons Corner creates the 2 nd or 3 rd 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 retail Surrounding communities of McLean, Vienna & Great Falls add another 7 million sq. ft. of office and over 2 million sq. ft. of retail Average home price in the Greater Tysons area is over $600,000 (much higher in McLean and Great Falls) Average 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) 128,000 jobs and nearly 6,000 businesses (only 17,000 residents) Greatest concentration of hotels in the county: 14 (3,880 rooms) 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? 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” “The blob that ate Northern Virginia” “Too balkanized, too big, too spread out, too auto-oriented” “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” “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” “Current development = lack of cohesiveness and identity” “Development that forces people to use cars to go short distances” “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” “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) More housing (work force) A grid of streets A grid of streets Circulation system Circulation system Sidewalks & bike lanes Sidewalks & bike lanes Parks & open spaces Parks & open spaces Green buildings Green buildings Urban vs. suburban standards Urban vs. suburban standards Mixed use – convenience retail Mixed use – convenience retail

19 WHAT IS NEEDED? (PART II) Streetscapes Streetscapes Public facilities Public facilities Civic uses Civic uses Recreation facilities Recreation facilities Phased infrastructure expansion Phased infrastructure expansion Significant transportation improvements Significant transportation improvements IMPLEMENTATION IMPLEMENTATION

20 HOW DO WE GET ALL OF THIS? Leveraged density Leveraged density Incentives Incentives Coalitions of landowners Coalitions of landowners Realistic planning Realistic planning Three decades Three decades Political will Political will Creative financing Consensus Intercessory prayer All of the above

21 SO WHAT’S THE PLAN? Metrorail with 4 Tysons stations Metrorail with 4 Tysons stations 2040 planning horizon 2040 planning horizon Urban standards Urban standards Key elements added before development Key elements added before development Phasing Phasing Defined borders Defined borders Robust implementation Robust implementation

22 IMPLEMENTATION IS THE KEY! Why? – transition from suburban Why? – transition from suburban to urban standards A new authority as a governance A new authority as a governance framework for the Tysons vision Design review and expedited, consistent processing Design review and expedited, consistent processing Power to raise, receive and expend funds for prioritized improvements Power to raise, receive and expend funds for prioritized improvements Create and use improvement districts, tax increment financing, public/private partnerships Create and use improvement districts, tax increment financing, public/private partnerships

23 Thank You


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