The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors signed off on two measures Tuesday that aim to usher in new development around the planned Innovation Center Metro station.
The station is located near the interchange of Va. 28 and the Dulles Toll Road. A new rail station is planned there as part of the second phase of the Silver Line construction.
The board approved a rezoning on the south side of the station that will allow construction of a six-story apartment building within walking distance of the new station. The building will have more than 400 apartments, along with about 10,000 square feet of retail space and a parking garage.
Developer Rock Hill Partners intends to connect the street grid and sidewalks at the property into those of surrounding developments, to ensure a cohesive new neighborhood is built around the station. The property sits between the Dulles Station and Dulles Corner properties.
The developer will also turn a piece of currently undeveloped county-owned land into a community park with seating and picnic areas, a playground and a half-sized basketball court.
The board also set the stage for additional redevelopment on the south side of the future station, approving a new land-use plan for the area.
While the land-use study considered a much wider area, extending as far south as Frying Pan Road, the only substantive changes are in the areas within a half mile of the Innovation Center Station, with the most intense development taking place within a quarter-mile of the station.
The revised plan also increases the amount of planned residential development, as compared to the current land-use plan, to have a better balance between office and residential uses, said Clara Quintero Johnson, a county land-use planner.
The plan also adopts many of the features that have become the standard in the county’s land-use plans for transit station areas, such as requiring that new development helps create a new street grid, includes affordable housing units, and is built in an environmentally sensitive manner.
The comprehensive plan for this area was last updated about 12 years ago.