Eisenhower West Small Area Planning Process
The FY2014 Interdepartmental Work Program approved by City Council on May 29, 2013 identified the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan (SAP) as the major planning effort to begin in FY 2014. Staff is currently developing a proposed outline for the Eisenhower West planning process, which will follow the framework and strategies outlined in the What’s Next Alexandria Civic Engagement Handbook. The framework for civic engagement will be shared with the community for review before the process begins. It is anticipated that the planning process will utilize a to-be-formed Eisenhower West Steering Committee to provide guidance on process related issues, including review and input on the proposed engagement process, the small area plan boundary, tools and strategies for engagement, agenda setting, community outreach and communications, among other tasks. They will also weigh in on technical content elements, such as the project scopes and development scenarios for consideration in the transportation study. City Council will consider a resolution establishing the Steering Committee at their meeting on December 10th, 2013.
The small area planning process will begin in early 2014, with an anticipated completion date approximately 18 months later in mid-late 2015. Larger community meetings will compliment the steering committee work, focusing on issue identification, visioning, and the plan framework. Online engagement will play an integral role in updating the public on the progression of the planning process, and providing a platform for polling, comments, and feedback on specific questions. At Council’s direction, staff will look at options for completing the plan as expeditiously as possible.
Prior to the launch of the Eisenhower West Small Area Planning effort, the City will begin the associated Eisenhower West Transportation Study, anticipated to begin in early 2014 and be complete by early Fall 2014. The Transportation Study will serve as the transportation element / analysis of the SAP, which will include the analysis of various land use scenarios to be further explored in the SAP, and will conduct additional analysis of the multi-modal bridge concept that was recommended in the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan (adopted in 2009) to identify a more specific alignment. The multi-modal bridge would provide a direct connection between the Van Dorn Metrorail station and Pickett Street, and serve future anticipated development.
Eisenhower Partnership Annual Meeting Presentation, November 2013
Planning Director Update - Eisenhower West October 2013
Eisenhower West Industrial Use Study, 2009
Landmark/Van Dorn Small Area Plan with amendments
Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan, 2009
City of Alexandria Small Area Plan Map