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Saturday, January 8, 2011; 7:30 PM
Fairfax County residents will have a harder time finding a free parking space in some neighborhoods, if transportation planners get their way.
Working to ease traffic jams in the steadily urbanizing suburb, the county's Transportation Department is drafting proposed rules that would limit parking in new developments near Metro lines. Such parking limits have already been adopted by the Board of Supervisors as part of the plan governing Tysons Corner's transformation into an urban hub.
But imposing maximums in other parts of Fairfax where transit-oriented development exists would represent a significant departure in a suburb where generations of planners drew up plans around the automobile. . . .
In general, imposing these standards on TOD areas already largely developed along the Blue and Yellow Metrorail lines in southern Fairfax County will be much more difficult than along the new Silver Line where TOD development has yet to begin. Reston 2020 advocated TOD area parking limits like those approved for Tysons Corner in its transportation report last June.
UPDATE: See the Fairfax Advocates for Better Biking (FABB) commentary on the article.