In June 2010, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Tysons Corner Urban Center. Virginia law requires each local government to prepare a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the territory within its jurisdiction. The Board of Supervisors also adopted twenty follow-on-motions to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment at the time of it’s approval.

The Plan was designed to take advantage of the four new Metro stations coming to Tysons in 2014. By 2050 Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, green urban center. It will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs in that year. Tysons is envisioned as Fairfax County’s “downtown” or a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play. Three-quarters of future growth will be within a half mile of the stations. Many offices and homes will be a three-to-six minute walk from the stations, allowing people to get around on foot, bicycle, bus or Metro.

The Tysons Plan was developed over several years through an inclusive process of County staff working with a team of consultants, as well as with appointed officials, citizens and other stakeholders. The Plan was also created based on economic, transportation and fiscal analyses.

More information: Tysons Comprehensive Plan Amendments, 2013-2015


Background: Tysons Land Use Task Force


In May 2005, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors undertook a landmark planning initiative to re-conceive Tysons as a vital urban center. The Board established the Tysons Land Use Task Force and described its mission to update the 1994 Plan as follows:

  • Promote more mixed use
  • Better facilitate transit-oriented development (TOD)
  • Enhance pedestrian connections throughout Tysons
  • Increase the residential component of the density mix
  • Improve the functionality of Tysons; and
  • Provide for amenities and aesthetics, such as public spaces, public art, parks, etc

The 36-member Task Force included a members representing a wide range of community interests and perspectives. The process included extensive support from Fairfax County planning and transportation staffs. In addition, expert planning, transportation, and public participation professionals from around the country were invited to provide detailed presentations on virtually every aspect of Tysons redevelopment including housing, growth, transit, stormwater management, transportation demand management, and transit-oriented development.

The Task Force worked closely with over a dozen public and private agencies, organizations, and utility providers responsible for managing and maintaining the services and infrastructure necessary for Tysons. Meetings and presentations were conducted with the many state and regional authorities responsible for transportation-related changes in Tysons.

The recommendations and vision to transform Tysons were presented to the Board of Supervisors in September, 2008. The Board accepted the Task Force’s Area-wide Recommendations report and referred it to the Planning Commission and staff for the development of detailed Comprehensive Plan text.  Staff worked with the Planning Commission’s Tysons Committee and the Tysons Land Use Task Force’s Draft Review Committee to formulate the Plan Amendment, ST05-CW-1CP.  It was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 22, 2010.

Tysons Annual Report

The Tysons 2015-2016 Progress Report on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan is now available on the Fairfax County Government Transforming Tysons webpage.

The 2015-2016 Progress Report provides monitoring data and updates on the progress of implementing the vision for Tysons contained in the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons, approved by the Board of Supervisors on June 22, 2010. The report covers activity related to Tysons from the Plan adoption in June 2010 through September 2016.

Highlights of major accomplishments during the past year include:

  • Delivery of six new buildings
  • Approval of five major rezoning applications
  • Review of the Silver Line Metro ridership and other modes of transportation
  • Implementation progress on the Grid of Streets
  • Delivery of two new urban pocket parks and Westgate Elementary School field upgrade
  • Updates on public facilities proferred and delivered in Tysons

Questions on the 2016 Report, or requests for a printed copy, should be submitted to tysons@fairfaxcounty.gov

Previous Reports:

Click here to read the 2015 Tysons Annual Report
Click here to read the 2014 Tysons Annual Report
Click here to read the 2013 Tysons Annual Report
Click here to read the 2012 Tysons Annual Report
Click here to read the 2011 Tysons Annual Report
Click here to read the Tysons Land Use Task Force 2008 Report.