By unanimous vote, City Council adopted the East End Small Area Plan on June 26, 2023 as a guiding vision for future investments in the East End of the City. The Plan includes a vision for equitable development in the East End with an emphasis on anti-displacement, arts and culture, improved transportation infrastructure, and sustainability. The adopted East End Small Area Plan is the result of a significant amount of community engagement and collaboration. The final plan chapters can be found below. The combined pdf can be found here: Full Plan.
A Small Area Plan (SAP) defines a vision for redevelopment or reinvestment in a relatively small area of the City, approximately 10 blocks in size. The vision is sensitive to the area's history and responds to the current and future needs of the City's residents, workers, and visitors.
The East End Small Area Plan provides a vision for reinvestment and building on the existing strengths of the area. The East End is one of the City's eight "Planning Opportunity Areas" that were identified in the City's Comprehensive Plan as commercial areas that would benefit from renewed investment. Planning in advance of development is key to creating an environment that maximizes community benefits and minimizes negative impacts.
The area outlined in yellow in the map below is the Planning Opportunity Area. The borders include Wilson Blvd., E. Broad St., and Hillwood Ave. Businesses in the area include BJ's Wholesale Club, the Eden Center, Koons Ford, 24 Hour Fitness, and other smaller businesses. There are no residences in this area.
The City conducted an unprecedented process of community engagement over the course of two years. This community engagement process included hosting two community meetings, meeting with all of the City's Boards and Commissions, conducting a public survey that received over 2000 responses, and hosting a series of five pop ups (one at the Falls Church Farmers Market and four at the Eden Center). The purpose of these community engagement efforts was to further engage with the community, giving anyone interested an opportunity to learn more about the plan and give feedback and suggestions.
To learn more about these Community Engagement efforts and what we heard check out the following reports:
Download a list of frequently asked questions (updated February 16, 2023):
|November 6, 2021||Community Kickoff
Presentation and flipchart notes from breakout sessions.
|December 1, 2021||Planning Commission Work Session|
|March 21, 2022||City Council Work Session|
|April 20, 2022||Planning Commission Work Session|
|August 3, 2022||Planning Commission Work Session|
|September 27, 2022||City Council Work Session|
|October 2022 - November 2022||Boards and Commissions Review|
|October 11, 2022||Housing Commission|
|October 12, 2022||Architectural Advisory Board|
|October 12, 2022||Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation|
|October 19, 2022||Urban Forestry Commission|
|October 20, 2022||Arts and Humanities Council|
|October 27, 2022||Historical Commission|
|October 27, 2022||Historic Architecture Review Board|
|November 1, 2022||Economic Development Authority|
|November 3, 2022||Chamber of Commerce|
|November 17, 2022||Environmental Sustainability Council|
|October 15, 2022||Farmers Market Pop-Up|
|November 2022||Community Meeting #2 (notes here)|
|January 18, 2023||Planning Commission Listening Session|
|February 6, 2023||City Council Work Session|
|March 18, 2023||First Pop Up at Eden Center|
|March 22, 2023||Second Pop Up at Eden Center|
|March 29, 2023||Third Pop Up at Eden Center|
|April 22, 2023||Final Pop Up at Eden Center|
|May 3, 2023||Planning Commission Work Session|
|May 17, 2023||CANCELLED: Planning Commission Work Session|
|May 22, 2023||City Council Work Session|
|June 7, 2023||Planning Commission Final Action|
|June 26, 2023|