Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan Update for Virginia Tech Innovation Campus
As a result of Virginia Tech's announcement that it's planning a new and dynamic Innovation Campus in the Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan area, the City will be embarking on a community planning process to address any potential amendments to the Plan. The process will address topics such as land use, circulation, open space and transportation, among others, and will include a series of community meetings to share information and answer questions related to the Campus. The first meeting will provide information on the planning process and schedule, an overview of the Plan, and Virginia Tech’s academic vision and programming. Additional community meetings will be held in May and June, all of which will be livestreamed to enable remote participation. All meeting information and materials will be posted on this page.
Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia intend to provide funding for an Innovation Campus in the Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan Area specifically targeted at tech talent that will benefit all companies in the Commonwealth. The campus will offer master’s and doctoral level programs that dovetail with the industry’s most pressing demands. Degree programs and research opportunities will focus on computer sciences and software engineering, while offering specializations in high-demand areas, including data sciences; analytics and collective decisions; security; and technology and policy. The campus will build on the growing innovation economy in Alexandria and Arlington, anchored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as private sector companies like Amazon.
When the Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan was approved in 2015, it did not anticipate an institutional use like Virginia Tech for the site. While the use is generally consistent with the Plan’s overall vision for mixed-use development in close proximity to transit, some changes to the Plan, such as the change in land use, are anticipated in order to accommodate the Campus. The scope of the Plan update effort is significantly narrower than the original planning process establishing the overall vision and framework for the Plan.
Following the community meetings, amendments to the Plan are anticipated for consideration of adoption by Planning Commission and City Council in October 2019. The development review process will follow after the fall hearings.
2015 Plan Adoption
- On Saturday, January 30, 2016, City Council approved MPA2015-0007 ( Ordinance 4998) to include additional information regarding land uses and implementation, as well as to amend the plan boundary to include 413 and 415 Hume Ave. Council also approved Text Amendment 2016-0006 and Rezoning #2015-0004 to establish CDD #24.
- On Saturday, October 17, 2015, City Council unanimously approved the Planning Commission recommendation to adopt the Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan and Urban Design Standards & Guidelines with the following amendment: Delete 7.14 from the Design Standards (p. 98-99).
At the January 2014 City Council work session on the proposed FY 2015 interdepartmental planning work program, staff indicated that the owner of Oakville Triangle would like to redevelop their 13 acre (approximate) property. The owner, an entity owned by The Blackstone Group, agreed to fund consultant services and staffing so that the City could begin planning and process the associated applications beginning in FY 2014. The scope of the planning effort and the Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor Plan Boundary included Oakville Triangle and adjacent properties as well as the Route 1 corridor north and south of the site. Staff assembled background information on the planning area to assist members of the community as the process got underway. The City Council appointed Advisory Group and community assisted in developing Plan principles for the site regarding potential land uses, open space, sustainability, transportation and connectivity, and potential community benefits, among other topics. The corridor study reviewed features such as streetscaping, undergrounding of utilities, and potential redevelopment sites along the western portion of Route 1. The corridor study helped to establish a unified streetscape for Route 1 and an integrated approach to potential redevelopment along Route 1.
- Please follow this link for background information, resource documents, meeting materials, and community comments during the planning process.
Contact Radhika Mohan, Principal Planner, 703.746.3850.
More information related to Amazon HQ2 and the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus announcement can be found by visiting alexandriava.gov/NationalLanding.