Major Tysons development hearings delayed

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Major Tysons development hearings delayed

Date: Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:54pm EDT - Last Modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2:00pm EDT

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal
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Scheduled hearings by the Fairfax County Planning Commission on at least three major Tysons Corner rezonings have been delayed as long as six months at the request of the developers, according to the county.

Most Tysons redevelopment applications linked to the four Silver Line Metro stations were submitted one to two years ago, before the county had settled on urban design guidelines, a public facilities plan, traffic study requirements or athletic field locations.

Those details must be worked into the final applications before they are heard by the Planning Commission, said Keith Turner, vice president of Cityline Partners. Traffic studies alone can take as long as a year.

Cityline needed more time to work out various issues with its proposals, said Turner, chairman of the Tysons Partnership, an organization of Tysons developers, businesses and community leaders. The developer’s Nov. 14 date with the Planning Commission on its Scotts Run Station South rezoning applications has been pushed to Feb. 13.

“We would like the county to have moved faster, but at this point, it’s not a concern,” Turner said. “For now.”

Most Tysons developers, he added, are probably in the same boat.

The application by MR Commons LLC (LCOR Inc.) for The Commons, scheduled for an Oct. 18 commission hearing, was moved to April 17. LCOR proposes to redevelop its 21-acre, 331-unit garden apartment complex, called The Commons, into a mixed-use campus featuring as many as 2,559 residences.

Another hearing scheduled for Oct. 18, two rezoning applications that make up 12 acres ofThe Georgelas Group LLC’s Spring Hill Station project, was pushed back to Jan. 30.

Cityline, at least, has plenty of Tysons activity to keep it busy as the company waits for its turn before the commission. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Oct. 30 on the developer’s 2.6 million-square-foot Arbor Row project, which won planning commission approval Oct. 17.


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