North Potomac Yard SAP Update 2016-2017

In 2015, the North Potomac Yard developer representative indicated a desire to begin the process for redevelopment of North Potomac Yard, which may necessitate amendments to the 2010 North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan and Design Standards. The developer intends to meet the intent of the existing Plan. A North Potomac Yard Advisory Group, established by City Council in February 2016, will serve as the community engagement forum to review the Plan and proposed amendments.

Page updated on Jun 23, 2017 at 8:35 AM

City Council Adopts Small Area Plan Update

On Tuesday, June 13, City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation to adopt the North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update with the below amendments:NPYIllustrativePlanB2017

  • Modify Recommendation 2.1 in Chapter 2 to include “and strive to achieve carbon neutrality for buildings by 2030” as follows
    • 2.1. North Potomac Yard should strive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, and strive to achieve carbon neutral buildings by 2030.
  • Replace Recommendation 2.5 in Chapter 2 “Encourage the use of alternative energy sources,
including but not limited to, solar and wind power throughout the Plan area” with proposed staff recommendation #2 found on page 3 of staff memo dated June 2 as follows:
  • 2.5 Encourage onsite generation and storage of renewable electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) and other available renewable resources.
  • Add proposed staff recommendation #1 found on page 3 of the staff memo dated June 2 as follows:
    • Explore the development of district energy systems for heating and cooling that take advantage of local renewable energy sources, including but not limited to geothermal energy, sewage heat, anaerobic digestion, and waste heat from buildings.
  • The final Plan document including the above amendments will be posted on this webpage soon.



    Revised Full Draft Plan (April 2017)

    Previous Draft Plan Chapters (March 2017)


    Background

    The  North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan, approved in 2010, provides a planning blueprint to guide public and private investment and development decisions in the northern portion of Potomac Yard (also called Landbay F). As written in 2010, “The Plan focuses on the creation of dynamic urban forms, a complementary mix of land uses, community amenities, and a range of housing opportunities. The Plan is a framework to create one of the most sustainable series of neighborhoods within the region, known for its outstanding Four Mile Run waterfront, parks, public transportation, innovative architecture, environmentally sustainable design and practices, and incorporation of Alexandria’s rich history and culture.” 

    In 2015, the North Potomac Yard developer representative, JBG Companies, indicated a desire to begin the process for redevelopment of North Potomac Yard, which may necessitate amendments to the 2010 North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan and Design Standards. JBG has indicated that they intend to meet the intent of the existing Plan for a mixed use transit oriented urban community and the specified mix of office, residential, retail and other permitted uses. It is anticipated that the planning process will take 12-14 months. A North Potomac Yard Advisory Group, established by City Council in February 2016, will serve as the community engagement forum to review the Plan and proposed amendments.


    Previous Meetings and Information


    Ad Hoc North Potomac Yard Advisory Group

    On February 23, 2016 the City Council established an Ad Hoc North Potomac Yard Advisory Group through Resolution 2710. The mission of this group is to provide guidance to staff on potential updates to the North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan. 

    Solicitation for Applications for the Advisory Group was open from February 26, 2016 - March 14, 2016. As specified by the Resolution, the City Manager conducted the member selection process. All activities and meetings by the Advisory Group are open to the public.

    Advisory Group Members:

    • Stephen Koenig, Chair (Planning Commission)
    • Jon Frederick (Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee)
    • Jennifer Atkins (Parks & Recreation Commission)
    • Ryan Jones (Transportation Commission)
    • Jeremy Fretts (Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee)
    • Bill Hendrickson (Del Ray Citizens Association)
    • Michael Chapman (Lynhaven Civic Association)
    • Patricia Harris (At-Large, Resident of Potomac Yard)
    • Nancy Appleby (At-Large, Business Representative)
    • Mike Caison (At-Large, Community Resident)
    • Garrett Erdle (At-Large, Community Resident)
    • Colleen Stover (At-Large, Community Resident) 

    Resources


    Questions?

    Contact Richard Lawrence , Urban Planner, 703.746.3849 

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