As applications for redevelopment around the new Metro stations in Tysons Corner are about to come up for review, county planners still are working to determine how developers will be asked to contribute to the new road network in Tysons.
This past week, the Planning Commission’s Tysons Committee gathered public input on a proposal that would have the private sector fund about $500 million in road improvements during a 40-year period using a variety of mechanisms. The public sector — through federal, state and county funds — would pay more than $700 million, based on current estimates.
Both county residents and the development community have reservations about the transportation funding plan.
Overall, citizen groups such as the McLean Citizens Association, an organization representing homeowners in the McLean area, want clarity on what the costs to taxpayers will be, and want to ensure taxpayers aren’t stuck with 100 percent any cost overruns.
“We want to ensure that taxpayers are not surprised,” said Sally Horn, MCA president.
The priority for landowners and developers in Tysons is having some certainty of what their costs will be, said Michael Caplin, executive director of the Tysons Partnership. The partnership represents the interests of Tysons landowners as the county and developers work to remodel the area.
Partnership members want a cap on the road projects that they are expected to help pay for, Caplin said. They also want a review of the other things they are expected to fund, such as recreation or schools.
“If that list gets too big, it gets so expensive to build in Tysons that people might not build in Tysons,” Caplin said.
The committee is weighing public input and preparing to revise its final recommendation to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. At a meeting Tuesday, they began asking staff to investigate some of the issues raised at the input meeting.
“It’s an extraordinarily delicate balance to make sure that we have all the resources … but not so overreaching that we crush that vision because of the cost,” Caplin said.
Both sides said they are confident the Planning Commission is listening to their concerns.
“The jury is out until we see the final product,” Horn said.