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Eisenhower West Small Area Planning Process

What's New?EWSketch

  • Eisenhower West Small Area Plan Community Meeting #5
    • Monday, February 9th, 2015, 7:00 pm, Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke  Street)
  • Eisenhower West Steering Committee Meeting #10
    • Monday, February 23rd, 2015, 7:00 pm, Pavilion at Mark Center (5708 Merton Court)
  • Eisenhower West Small Area Plan Preliminary Draft Analyses page
    • Visit this page for information on preliminary draft studies and supporting materials 


Background Information

The FY2014 Interdepartmental Work Program approved by City Council on May 29, 2013 identified the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan (SAP) as the major planning effort to begin in FY 2014.  The small area planning process began in early 2014 and is anticipated to be complete 18 months later in mid-late 2015. Larger community meetings will compliment the steering committee work, focusing on issue identification, visioning, and the plan framework. Online engagement will play an integral role in updating the public on the progression of the planning process, and providing a platform for polling, comments, and feedback on specific questions. At Council's direction, staff will look at options for completing the plan as expeditiously as possible.

Staff has developed a proposed outline for the Eisenhower West planning process, which will follow the framework and strategies outlined in the What's Next Alexandria Civic Engagement Handbook. Drafts of the framework for civic engagement (11/14/2014) and  Combined Work Program Diagram (11/14/2014) have been shared with the community and will continue to be shared throughout the planning process. The planning process also includes the Eisenhower West Steering Committee, which provides guidance on process related issues, including review and input on the proposed engagement process, the small area plan boundary, tools and strategies for engagement, agenda setting, community outreach and communications, among other tasks. They will also weigh in on technical content elements, such as the project scopes and development scenarios for consideration in the transportation study.

The associated Eisenhower West Transportation Study has begun and is anticipated to be complete by Spring 2015. The Transportation Study will serve as the transportation element/analysis of the SAP, which will include the analysis of various land use scenarios to be further explored in the SAP, and will conduct additional analysis of the multi-modal bridge concept that was recommended in the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan (adopted in 2009) to identify a more specific alignment. The multi-modal bridge would provide a direct connection between the Van Dorn Metrorail station and Pickett Street, and serve future anticipated development.

For additional information or to get involved, please contact Radhika Mohan at 703-746-3850 or radhika.mohan@alexandriava.gov. 


EWCommMtgPhoto3bEisenhower West Steering Committee and Community Meeting Materials

All previous meeting materials from community and Steering Committee meetings, including audio and video recordings, can be found by visiting this page .

The public is invited to all meetings associated with the planning process and is encouraged to stay informed about upcoming meetings by visiting this webpage or through eNews .

 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan (EWSAP)?
    This planning effort will create a new small area plan by engaging the community and stakeholders in formulating a future vision for the Eisenhower West area through 2040; generating plan principles and goals; and developing a general draft framework for the area including land use, connectivity and streets, and density options.
  • What is the plan area?
    The new small area plan will be carved out of the 1992 Landmark/Van Dorn Small Area Plan. As shown on this map, the EWSAP is generally bounded by Duke Street, S. Pickett Street, Holmes Run, and the Metro/CSX rail lines. Some of the major features of the planning area include Ben Brenman, Hensley, and Clermont Natural Parks, Cameron Station, Covanta, and the Van Dorn Metro Station. The Eisenhower West Transportation Study encompasses a slightly larger area as shown in this map.
  • Why are we doing this plan?
    City Council directed staff to begin this initiative in order to have an up-to-date plan for how the area can take advantage of its location near transit and regional road networks, and improve connectivity and the quality of life in the plan area.
  • What is the Eisenhower West Transportation Study?
    The plan’s associated Eisenhower West Transportation Study has begun and is anticipated to be complete by Spring 2015. The Transportation Study will serve as the transportation element/analysis of the small area plan and will conduct additional analysis of the multi-modal bridge concept that was recommended in the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan (adopted in 2009) to identify a more specific alignment. The multi-modal bridge would provide a direct connection between the Van Dorn Metrorail station and Pickett Street, and serve future anticipated development.
  • What is the Eisenhower West Steering Committee?
    In early 2014, City Council appointed the Eisenhower West Steering Committee to provide guidance on process related issues, including reviewing and giving feedback on the proposed engagement process, the small area plan boundary, tools and strategies for engagement, agenda setting, community outreach and communications, among other tasks. They also weigh in on technical content elements, such as the project scope and development scenarios for consideration in the transportation study.
  • What is the City envisioning as the end product of this planning process?
    This process will result in a new plan that outlines the community’s vision for Eisenhower West and steps to achieving this vision. The SAP will include a land use plan, a framework of roads, bicycle/pedestrian connections and parks, community facilities, and implementation strategies.

    Alexandria's Master Plan is made up of 18 Small Area Plans covering neighborhoods throughout the City, plus chapters on topics of citywide relevancy, such as Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Transportation, and Open Space. The Alexandria Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on June 13, 1992, and chapters are updated and added on an ongoing basis as needed through Master Plan Amendments. For more information about Alexandria's Master Plan, please visit this website: http://www.alexandriava.gov/planning/info/default.aspx?id=44614
  • What is the timeline for the plan and its improvements?
    The process began in FY2014. Adoption of the plan is expected in late fall 2015 and will include a vision for the area through 2040. The planning process timeline can be seen on the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan and Transportation Study Work Program Diagram, as well as the plan’s framework for civic engagement which follows the framework and strategies outlined in the What’s Next Alexandria Civic Engagement Handbook.
  • How can I find out more and participate in this planning process?
    • Review the reference materials located on this webpage, including past meeting materials. 
    • Attend the Eisenhower West Steering Committee and community meetings.
    • Talk to the Steering Committee members (listed below) about your ideas or concerns.
    • Send an email to or call the project manager, Radhika Mohan, Principal Planner, Radhika.mohan@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3850.


Eisenhower West Steering Committee

The City Manager appointed 12 members of the community to the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan Steering Committee, which was established by City Council on December 10, 2013. The Committee will provide guidance on the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan process, specifically focusing on the civic engagement process, agenda setting, outreach and communications, and some technical content elements, such as the project scope as well as development scenarios for consideration in the Eisenhower West Transportation Study. 

Eisenhower West Steering Committee Members 

  •  Mindy Lyle, Steering Committee Chair, Planning Commission
  • Judy Coleman, Park and Recreation Commission
  • Maria Wasowski, Transportation Commission
  • Tyler Orton, Environmental Policy Commission
  • Michael Adams,Community Representative
  • Arthur Impastato, Community Representative
  • Charles Sumpter, Community Representative
  • Jim Durham, Community Representative
  • David Heiden, Business Representative
  • Agnes Artemel, Business Representative
  • Mary Catherine Gibbs, Business Representative
  • Ken Wire, Landowner Group Representative

Reference Materials:

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