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50-Year Plan

A Promising Future

A bold model for city-making has emerged in Tysons. It’s shifting the area from its suburban past to a bustling urban future. It’s creating a collection of dense, transit-oriented neighborhoods. And it’s enabling more lifestyle options, more investment opportunities, and more possibilities.

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Rassi G. Borneo – TimeLine Media

It all stems from the Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Tysons, adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in June 2010. Designed to take advantage of the four new Washington Metrorail stations that arrived in Tysons in 2014, the plan offers a framework for the area to evolve into a walkable, green urban center — a “downtown” for Fairfax County, Virginia — by 2050. Three-quarters of that future growth will be within a half-mile of the stations, enabling residents, workers, and visitors to leave their cars behind and walk or bike to the Metro.

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With all these changes, Tysons is slated to see its residential population rise to 100,000 and the number of workers eclipse the 200,000 mark, thus paving the way for the district to become a place of even greater activity and promise.

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