Board of Supervisors approves Seven Corners Plan Amendment
On July 28th, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved, on an 8-1 vote, the Comprehensive Plan Area Amendments for Seven Corners. The plan is the first step toward the long overdue revitalization of Seven Corners. The approved plan represents the culmination of three years of input from the community -- including significant contributions from Lake Barcroft residents.
The final plan includes the reduced density and other compromises in the Planning Commission's recommendation. During last night’s proceedings two additional amendments were added by Supervisor Gross to the final plan. The first strengthened the plan language to make clear that there will be an elementary school on the Willston school site. The second amendment will assure that no low-income families are displaced during redevelopment by requiring that the 589 low-income housing units slated for redevelopment will be replaced 1:1 with new units serving families at the 60% AMI level.
It is clear that the tremendous level of the community's input through the Task Force, Special Working Group, Community Working Group and the LB Town Hall meetings played an important role in shaping the final plan. Every issue identified by our community -- promoting environmental sustainability, phasing transportation improvements to match new construction, the provision for a new school, reducing density increases, providing new transit, pedestrian and bicycle options, increasing green and open spaces, creating a mix of uses and providing housing options that enhance economic diversity while protecting families from displacement -- is included in the approved plan for Seven Corners' redevelopment. A debt of thanks is owed to the dozens of Lake Barcroft residents that took an active part in contributing to this successful outcome, including those who testified at last night’s hearing (Denise Patton-Pace, Rita Baban, Kay and Ben Cooper, Larry Marcus, Sarah Mattingly, Bill Lecos, Frank Dalton, Larry Golfer, Walter Cate, Chris Buehler, and Jackie Browne).
Related links and documents:
- Washington Post story regarding the hearing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fairfax-board-to-vote-on-seven-corners-plan-that-has-sparked-heated-debate/2015/07/28/5af010d6-3480-11e5-adf6-7227f3b7b338_story.html
- Jim Kilbourne’s prepared statement [PDF] at the July 28th Board of Supervisors meeting.