To spur new ideas and new ways of thinking about planning, land use, urban design, economic development, and transportation, the City often engages outside groups to prepare conceptual plans and studies for different areas of the City or for topical issues. In the past, these groups have included students from local universities, established professionals at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and consultants.

The list below includes previously completed studies and reports. These reports and plans are not adopted and do not constitute City policy.

Graduate Student Studies

The following studies were completed by area graduate students:

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Report

The ULI conducted a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to explore land development options for various areas of the City.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and Transportation Land-use Connections Program (TLC)

MWCOG provides technical assistance to member localities to coordinate and improve land use and transportation planning.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

West Falls Church Transportation Study

East End Transportation Study (June 2022)

South Washington Street Corridor Study (2008)

Park Avenue: A Civic Great Street

The Transportation Chapter of the City of Falls Church Comprehensive Plan, titled “Mobility for all Modes”, calls for turning Park Avenue into a civic “Great Street”. The Park Avenue report explores Great Streets in other communities identifying common streetscape elements. The report then applies those elements to Park Avenue and develops a concept plan for changes that could be made to improve the look, ambiance, and functionality of the street.

Economic Development Authority (EDA) Commercial Parking Study (2020)

As a result of revitalization efforts by City leadership, the City of Falls Church has successfully attracted commercial and mixed-use projects to the downtown business core, replacing low-rise buildings with higher density development and creating a live, work, play environment. The goal of the study is to quantify current parking adequacy, project future parking needs, and develop parking management and planning policy recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the downtown parking system in Falls Church.

Falls Church Urban Development Area Pedestrian Connection Alternatives Report (August 2022)

While there is an existing vision [in the Comprehensive Plan] to provide better connections between regional transportation facilities, the method of providing these connections and their exact location is yet to be determined. Toole Design has prepared this report evaluating the alignment and connection alternatives within the study area and making recommendations for a preferred alignment, as well as connection design considerations. This report includes key findings from the existing conditions analysis as well as recommended alignments, cross sections, crossing locations, and lane markings.