F.C. Plans for Move Ahead On N. Washington Development

Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields reported at the City Council meeting tonight that a process to redevelop N. Washington St. (Rt. 29) and areas adjacent it will kick off with a presentation to a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission next Monday night.

The presentation by City Planner Jim Snyder will spur the first formal action by the Council, set for Mar. 12, when the Council will formally refer the report’s contents to City boards and commissions for review and recommendations. That will include some aggressive zoning changes and infrastructure funding.

Prior reports by Snyder to the Planning Commission and Economic Development Authority did not involve a launch of formal adoption and implementation.

Shields added that on Mar. 19, the City Council will receive the completion of a pedestrian plan for making the City more walkable and pedestrian-friendly, including federal funds for a “Safe Routes to Schools” program. The plan will include traffic calming and bike lanes as well as pedestrian connectivity strategies.