Railroad Cottages

Project Summary

A cottage housing development has been proposed by Railroad, LLC for land located at the east end of Railroad Avenue. As proposed, the project would include the following:

  • Ten cottage units, each approximately 1,500 square feet in size;
  • One common house, approximately 1,500 square feet in size, and containing a kitchen, dining area, social interaction area and guest room on the second floor;
  • Common open space throughout the site; and
  • Clustered parking area with a carport over 10 parking spaces and 3 additional parking spaces.

Subject Properties

The project would involve three properties at the east end of Railroad Avenue, RPC #s 52-102-030, 52-102-031, and 52-102-032 (1006 Railroad Avenue). There are no existing buildings on the site. Total site area is approximately 54,425 square feet.


A new cottage housing ordinance was adopted by the City Council on February 13, 2017. Click here to see the adopted ordinance.

The proposed cottage housing development requires the approval of a special exception from the City Council after review from City staff, boards and commissions. Additionally, approval of a site plan and subdivision (consolidation) application from the Planning Commission is also required.

Public Input

For questions or comments contact:
Carly Aubrey

Upcoming Meetings

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the project at their July 17, 2017 meeting. With a vote of 4-1 (2 commissioners absent), they provided a recommendation of approval with conditions to City Council on the requested special exception.

The City Council is anticipated to hold a public hearing to vote on the project on August 14, 2017.

The Planning Commission held a work session on the project at their June 19, 2017 meeting (agenda materials can be found here). 
The City Council referred Resolution TR17-15 for the Railroad Cottages Special Exception request to the following City Boards and Commissions and community organizations at their May 8, 2017 meeting: Planning Commission, Architectural Advisory Board, Economic Development Authority, Housing Commission, Human Services Advisory Council, Environmental Sustainability Council, Tree Commission Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation, Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, Arts and Humanities Council of Falls Church, Library Board of Trustees, Historical Commission, and Village Preservation and Improvement Society. More information about City Boards and Commissions can be found here: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/130/Boards-Commissions
Check back for more information on future public meetings.

Project Status

A third submission for the project was received June 27, 2017.
Railroad Cottages 3rd Submission
Railroad Cottages Voluntary Concessions (Draft) June 13, 2017

The following materials were provided in the referral to Boards and Commissions:
Boards and Commissions Referral Memo, May 10, 2017
Attachment 0 Railroad Cottages Staff Report, May 8, 2017
Attachment 1 Railroad Cottages Application"
Attachment 1a Trip Generation Summary
Attachment 2 Staff Comments_Sub 1
Attachment 3 Site Location Map
Attachment 4 Response to handout
Attachment 5 Four-Lot By-Right Exhibit
Attachment 6 Public Comments
Attachment 7 Additional Information from Applicant

A second submission for the project was received in late April, 2017 and are available below.
Railroad Cottages 2nd Submission
Railroad Cottages Trip Generation Summary

The first submission for the proposed special exception application and materials are available here The application materials are also available for review at the Development Services counter at City Hall, Suite 300W, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.