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City of Alexandria Completes Old Town North Small Area Plan

On June 24, 2017, after nearly two years of planning and community engagement, the Alexandria City Council approved a new Small Area Plan and associated Urban Design Standards and Guidelines for Old Town North, which will amend the 1992 Old Town North Small Area Plan Chapter of Alexandria's 1974 Master Plan.  The development of the new Old Town North Small Area Plan included a series of public meetings, open houses and design charrettes facilitated by a 21-member Advisory Group and a full review by the City Planning Commission.  Click here to see the final 2017 Small Area Plan.

NOTICe Letter Regarding Old Town North Small Area Plan

Click here to see a copy of the May 18, 2017 letter that NOTICe sent to Karl Moritz, the Director of the City of Alexandria's Office of Planning and Zoning, with regard to the draft Old Town North Small Area Plan.

Spring Update on Old Town North Small Area Plan

Development in Alexandria is governed by a city-wide Master Plan drafted in 1974.  In 1992, the city adopted the first small area plan for Old Town North, which reinforces and elaborates upon the master plan’s emphasis on mixed-use development for the neighborhood.  In the spring of 2015, the city began a two-year process to update the Old Town North Small Area Plan.

The Old Town North Small Area Plan Advisory Group held meeting #14 on March 30, 2017 at City Hall.  A large group of interested residents filled the Council Workroom for a discussion of the draft Transportation and Planning, Land Use, and Design chapters.

The Transportation chapter generated the most discussion.  The draft outlines a strategy to "maximize the use of transit, pedestrian, and bicycle amenities" that "encourage a shift from private autos to more sustainable modes of transportation . . . ."  This draft recommends the extension of the street grid into the power plant site; expanded waterfront parks and trails with pedestrian and bike connections; conversion of the rail corridor to a linear park; street and sidewalk improvements designed to prioritize pedestrians; shared parking strategies that accommodate new technology; and improved connectivity to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, surrounding neighborhoods, and the existing Braddock Road and planned Potomac Yards Metrorail stations.

The Planning, Land Use, and Design chapter focuses on the following strategies:   achieving a balanced mix of land uses to enhance the viability and walkability of the neighborhood; establish retail corridors to support a critical mass of retail; create design standards and guidelines to ensure high quality and context-sensitive redevelopment; establish incentives for art and cultural use; update zoning to achieve plan objectives; improve safety and walkability through pedestrian oriented streetscapes that activate the street in the day and evening.

The city will hold an open house public meeting on April 13, 2017 at the Salvation Army USA National Headquarters Building, located at 615 Slaters Lane, where all residents can review the entire draft plan and offer their comments and recommendations.   This will begin a 45-day public input period before the plan goes before the Planning Commission and City Council.  Further details about this meeting will be announced later.

April 1, 2017


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