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F.C. Planners Defer Action on 4th Small Area Plan

FALLS CHURCH SENIOR PLANNER Paul Stoddard (far left) spelled out parts of the "small area plan" that has been devised for the middle section of W. Broad St. to members of the Planning Commission Monday night. (Photo: News-Press)
FALLS CHURCH SENIOR PLANNER Paul Stoddard (far left) spelled out parts of the “small area plan” that has been devised for the middle section of W. Broad St. to members of the Planning Commission Monday night. (Photo: News-Press)

After the swift, if deliberate, approval of the first three of the Falls Church Planning Department’s “small area plans” signaling the kind of development it would like to see in different parts of the City’s commercial corridors, the fourth plan covering W. Broad from N. Virginia to N. West Street was put on hold by the volunteer Planning Commission Monday night because of a variety of concerns for height and density issues. The vote was unanimous and it came following a lengthy discussion of the plan as it was presented tonight by Senior Planner Paul Stoddard.

There were objections to the plan’s inclusion of a “pit stop” on the W&OD Trail by the West End Park where a fountain, area for making bike repairs and restrooms have been contemplated for some years. The plan as presented did not specify height limits but did propose ranges of heights for various parcels.

The plan is now due to come back to the Planning Commission for its OK on Sept. 8.