Supervisors Considering Less Parking for Lake Anne Project

by Karen Goff February 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm 28 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering a request from Lake Anne Development Partners to reduce by nearly 500 the number of parking spots that will be available in the area after the redevelopment of the 24.3 acres of Crescent Apartments and the surrounding area is completed.

The county has parking standards for suburban development, but since the Crescent redevelopment is being planned in a more urban style, the developers have asked for the reduction.

A reduction in parking will have a positive impact on traffic levels and walkability, among other reasons. Some of the reasons, according to county documents:

The project has proffered a comprehensive transportation plan with specific goals and strategies targeted to reduce auto‐ownership among future residents as well as reducing parking supply.

The project has proffered an overall 25-percent trip reduction goal for the resident and office users, which corresponds to a strategy that reduces the parking supply.

Managing parking by reducing supply helps to reduce the undesirable impacts of parking demand on local and regional traffic levels and the resulting impacts on community livability.

The project seeks to promote a vibrant community where people can live, play and work providing opportunities to limit auto‐ownership among residents; single occupancy vehicle trips.

This site is served by existing established Fairfax Connector and RIBs bus routes along North Shore Drive.

The site is located entirely within 1.65 miles of the Wiehle‐Reston East Silver Line Metro station providing a mass transit commuter option in the nearby proximity.

Most importantly, the project has proffered a comprehensive TDM and Parking Management Plan that will monitor and measure the project’s traffic and parking reduction goals. If the parking reductions are not achieved in the East Side, a plan to provide additional spaces has been proffered.

It has been requested that 477 fewer parking spaces serve the project. That is a parking reduction of 18 percent. A minimum total 2,167 spaces is proposed at full build-out to serve the East and West Sides of the project.

When it is completed, the project will have 1,037 new residential units (including replacement of the 181 affordable units at Crescent); 60,000 square feet of retail; a 15,800-square-foot grocery store; and 78,000 square feet of office space. 

“We worked with the County developing features insuring the walkability of the Lake Anne redevelopment,” said Stacy Hornstein, Senior Vice President and Director of Acquisition and Development for Republic, the parent company of Lake Anne Development Partners.

“In the area around Lake Anne commercial center we developed shared parking program that is based upon the model developed by Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Parking in a mixed use environment has peaks and valleys and the ITE model creates a balance of parking needs at various times during the day and night. On the Crescent property we have requested a parking reduction due partly from the walkability of the community but also the efforts we have proffered to reduce the reliance on automobiles.

The County Executive recommends that the Board approve the 18 percent parking reduction. The county also says parking should include at least 1,031 parking spaces on the west side of the development and a minimum of 1,136 parking spaces on the east side for a total of 2,167 total spaces when the project is fully developed.

At full build-out, a minimum of 388 garage parking spaces shall be maintained to serve the West Side residential dwelling units, the county executive said.

The project also calls for a 120-space parking garage to be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the current Lake Anne Plaza. That land, formerly owned by Reston Association, was the subject of a controversial land swap in late 2o13.

The board will also conduct public hearings on several Lake Anne-area topics. The public hearings were deferred from the Supervisors’ Jan. 27 meeting. The three separate topics all have to due with density and development conditions, as well as stormwater management, to allow the project to finally proceed.

The Supervisors will vote on the issue at their Feb. 17 meeting. The Supervisors will also conduct a public hearing and vote on Feb. 17 whether to move the entire Lake Anne-area plan forward.

The project was recommended for approval by the Fairfax County Planning Commission last week.

Rendering of Lake Anne/Crescent project/Credit: Lake Anne Development Partners

  • mlbjunkee

    I’m very supportive of the redevelopment, but this just spells trouble. Pretending that people will forgo owning a car and just use public transportation is unrealistic. Even those that use public transportation for their commute still own cars. This is just like those traffic studies they did at the Wiehle/Sunset Hills intersection where they said Metro would have “minimal impact” on traffic flow. Well, look at it now… This is simply about money and it’s going to hurt us all.

  • Terry Maynard

    I smell bait & switch! Under no circumstances should this neighborhood serving village center be considered an urban area, which seems like the underlying argument for this reduction in parking spaces. As we all know, the village centers are meant to serve their neighborhoods, not broader Reston, much less a regional clientele. And, at 1.65 miles from Wiehle station, it is over a mile beyond the “transit-oriented” boundaries where walking & biking are expected. Like now, bus service will also likely be inadequate–unless LADP wants to proffer to acquire and operate a regular shuttle service to Wiehle station and Reston Town Center.

    And despite Karen’s careful crafting, we really don’t know which 477 parking spaces are now set to be dumped. Are the cuts to residential-serving or business-serving parking? It’s impossible to tell. Either way, it is likely to drive out residents or shoppers (and maybe businesses). So while the goal posts are being moved, we don’t even know where they were or where they are going.

    At this late point in a nearly decade-long process, it is not the time to be changing such important plans as parking in redevelopment at Lake Anne.

    • Karen Goff

      Terry – “My crafting” has no agenda, just translating it from government speak to people speak. There is info on the amount of parking that must be on each side. I will add it back in or link to it in a minute.

      • Karen Goff

        actually wait that info is already in there.

        • Terry Maynard

          It shows a total post-change count (I think), but not where the 477 spots are disappearing from so far as I can tell.

          My (desperate) hope: They don’t need the acre of trees and would be willing to give that back to RA in exchange for a clean, two-owner drainage ditch on Baron Cameron. Oh well, just dreaming!

      • Terry Maynard

        Actually, I was complimenting you, not suggesting you had an agenda. And, yes, government speak is virtually incomprehensible–and I think deliberately so in this case.

        • Karen Goff

          ah. all is well then 🙂 Yes, there is lots more government speak to sift through so we will get to the bottom of it.

    • Bright Sider

      Actually, the parking reductions were already generally contemplated in the County’s Comprehensive Plan, as I understand it, on the basis of shared use among retail, office and residential users who park at different times, and the fact that there is a higher than usual amount of visits who will walk to this facility vs. a strip shopping center. There will actually, however, be many more spaces there after development than there are today.

      • Guest

        Re “generally contemplated”: Virtually nothing is not generally contemplated in the Comp Plan, but some things are better than others.

        ULI stands for “URBAN Land Institute”. This is a SUBURBAN neighborhood-serving village center.

        Re “more spaces”: And an order of magnitude more residents and commercial space.

  • JoAnne Norton

    We are going to have homeless there. When we forego parking spaces, can we think about putting up small little warm spaces somehow for the homeless. They are going to be in the garbage rooms, in the places that are hidden. We will like to say we can get rid of them, we can do this. But with such a great place for businesses, and office space, I wonder if now we can innovatively plan for a shelter with little living spaces where people without a home can put thier possessions, sleep in a bed, and possibly get a job. We cannot be a community like those on the Internet that are arresting their homeless and putting them elsewhere. In the Embry Rucker tradition, we can welcome and work with them.

    • Dexter Scott

      They can come and live at your place, right?

      • JoAnne Norton

        They do. They are right outside my window living in tents in the cold at the Lutheran Church. And it brings back very painful memories of my being homeless and living on the floor of Saint Tim’s in Herndon. However, I had to walk the streets by day and that was very cold. I did manage to climb my way up and become successful and buy my own place. Also got my son through a quasi Ivy League school on scholarship, the other one with ADD through Portland State graduating magna cum laude. They married brilliant women with three very bright grandchildren.

        • Dexter Scott

          Great! Then there is no need to do anything at Lake Anne except put up signs directing them to JoAnne Norton’s place.

          • JoAnne Norton

            what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God

          • Dexter Scott

            Christianity requires rejection of Leftism, not its embrace. The LORD absolutely does not require us to create a homeless shelter at Lake Anne Plaza through an act of government coercion (and it wouldn’t happen any other way). Christianity requires compassion and almsgiving as an individual choice. When the state coercively confiscates resources from one group of people and (keeping some for the state), and allocates these resources to other people, this is very obviously not equivalent to the Christian duty of voluntary almsgiving by act of choice.

          • John Farrell

            The Nazarene’s good news was a critique of the theocracy that ruled Judea.

            The ideology advanced in the comment above is Randism and is antithetical to Christianity.

          • Dexter Scott

            Wrong. It is government coercion that is antithetical to Christianity, even when that coercion masquerades as “charity” and purports to have “good” objectives.

          • John Farrell

            It was government coercion that enabled Christianity to become the dominant religion of the Western world.

            Christianity has always seen it as the state’s obligation to take care of the unfortunate.

  • Reston Watcher

    Maybe in exchange for the reduction in parking, the developers could provide office space for Reston Association. Or take back their drainage ditch in exchange for RA’s land that they no longer need for parking, which RA could then sell at a real market value.

  • John Farrell

    Actually Christianity’s expectation and practice of the state taking care of those in need dates to the 5th century BCE. Look it up.

    • Dexter Scott

      Your views are the product of 20th century liberation theology. Look it up.

      • John Farrell

        Actually they are the product of university course work in Theology and History. You know facts, study research.

        • Dexter Scott

          My university course work in History says otherwise, chief.

          • John Farrell

            Strayer, Phoenix or Liberty don’t count.

          • Dexter Scott

            Your “education” clearly neglected to teach you that piling logical fallacy on top of logical fallacy is not the best way to build a compelling argument.

          • John Farrell

            Go read Augustine, Aquinas or any of the other Doctors of the Church on the obligations of a monarch to care for his people and get back to us.

          • Dexter Scott

            None of them say what you think they do.

  • Mike M

    As Marie Antoinette once said, “Let them take Metro.”


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