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Potomac Yard Small Area Plan 


What's New?

  • For information about the Potomac Yard Metro Station visit for the latest news and updates!
  • The approved North Potomac Yard Urban Design Standards have been finalized and are available under Resources and Information.
  • Community Meeting to Discuss Special Services Districts
    On November 30, 2010, the City held a community meeting to discuss the Potomac Yard special services districts which are proposed to be created to finance the proposed $240 million Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. The meeting presentation is posted under Meeting Materials below. Audio and video from the meeting will be posted when they become available. 
  • North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan approved by City Council
    On May 15, 2010, the City Council voted 7-0 to adopt a resolution to adopt the North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan in the City's Master Plan.  Action Docket 
  • Link to Potomac Yard Metro Feasibility Workgroup 


Resources and Information


Meeting Materials

(The following meetings are all Potomac Yard Planning Advisory Group (PYPAG) meetings, unless otherwise noted) 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Community Information Meeting on Special Services Districts
- Presentation 
Meeting Video
Meeting Audio 

Saturday, May 15, 2010 City Council Hearing

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Planning Commission Hearing

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Planning Commission Work Session

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Joint Planning Commission / City Council Work Session

Thursday, February 4, 2010 PYPAG
Meeting Summary
Handout - Flexible Zone
Handout - Implementation Chapter

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 PYPAG
Meeting Summary and Action Items
Presentation - Metrorail Station Feasibility Analysis
Presentation - Discussion on Working Draft
Handout - Consolidated Comments on Working Draft 
Handout - Metrorail Station Feasibility Work Group Guidance
Meeting Audio

Monday, November 30, 2009 PYPAG
Meeting Summary and Action Items
Presentation - North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan part 1 
Presentation - North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan part 2 
Presentation - North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan part 3 
Presentation - Metrorail Station Feasibility Analysis 
Handout - North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan - Draft Chapter 9 Implementation

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 City Council Work Session
Presentation - Small Area Plan Update
Presentation - Metrorail Station Feasibility Analysis 

Thursday, November 5, 2009 Planning Commission Work Session
Handout - Fact Sheet
Handout - Discussion Points
Handout - List of Applications   

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Community Meeting
Handout - PYPAG Member Bios
Handout - Table Discussion Questions 
Meeting Summary
Meeting Audio - pt. 1 
Meeting Audio - pt. 2
Meeting Video 

Monday, October 5, 2009 PYPAG
Meeting Summary
Meeting Audio - pt. 1 
Meeting Audio - pt. 2 - breakout group reports
Meeting Video 

Thursday, October 1, 2009 PYPAG
Presentation - Metro Financing
Presentation - Transportation
Meeting Video 
Display Boards
- Principles
- Development Scenario
- Sustainability
- Transportation
- Neighborhoods
- Metro Aerial Option
- Metro Options Walksheds
- Renderings
- Form-Based Code 

Tuesday, August 25, PYPAG Transportation Subcommittee

Monday, July 27, PYPAG Transportation Subcommittee

Tuesday, June 16
Handout - PYPAG Metrorail
Handout - City Council Action 
Meeting Summary 
Meeting Audio 

June 9, 2009 City Council Work Session presentation (Large file - split into three parts)
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 

June 2, 2009 Planning Commission Work Session Presentation (Large file - split into three parts)
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 

Thursday, May 21
Presentation - Metro Feasibility
Handout - Metro Station Location Alternatives Map
Presentation - Transportation Study
Audio recording
Final Station Location Analysis Technical Memorandum, May 15, 2009
Multimodal Transportation Study Draft Summary, May 19, 2009
Meeting Summary 

Wednesday, May 13 Transportation Subcommittee meeting
Draft Potomac Yard Multimodal Transportation Study Summary Dated May 12, 2009 

Tuesday, April 21
Presentation - Development Economics Principles
Presentation - Metrorail Station Location Alternatives 
Handout - Metrorail Station Location Alternatives
Meeting Summary 

Thursday, March 26
Transportation Best Practices
Defining What to Study in Design Options
Meeting Summary 

Wednesday, March 11 Transportation Subcommittee meeting
Transportation Study Summary
Transportation Subcommitte Purpose and Responsibilities 

Tuesday, February 17
Heights Discussion
Metro Feasibility Overview
Summary and themes of Community Workshop
Audio Recording
Meeting Summary 

February 5, 2009 Plan Principles Subcommittee meeting
Meeting materials 

January 31, 2009 Community Workshop
Audio Recording (This is a large file. Please refer to the Timing Index for Audio File to locate specific sections of the meeting.)
Workshop Presentation 
Notes from Planning Exercise (Connections/Streets, Open Space, Uses and Amenities) 
Notes from Plan Principles Exercise
Community Workshop Planned - January 31, 2009
Principle Themes for Discussion at January 31 Workshop 

January 21, 2009 Plan Principles Subcommittee meeting
meeting materials 

January 13, 2009 Plan Principles Subcommittee meeting
meeting materials 

December 30, 2008 Plan Principles Subcommittee meeting
meeting materials 

December 16, 2008 PYPAG Meeting
Tentative Meeting Schedule and Topics
Cooper Robertson Presentation
Meeting Summary

November 18, 2008 PYPAG Meeting
Staff Presentation
Cooper Robertson Presentation
CDD Concept Plan
Land Use and Planning History
SAP CDD SUP Handouts
Toolbox Table of Contents
Acronym List
Meeting Audio
Meeting Summary 

November 8, 2008 Site Tour

November 6, 2008 Planning Commission Worksession
Presentation on Landays G, I & J and the Retail Study 

October 21, 2008 PYPAG Meeting
PYPAG Process
PYPAG Mission
PYPAG Groundrules
Map of Potomac Yard Development Landbays
Meeting Audio
Meeting Summary 


PYPAG and Subcommittee Homework

PYPAG Homework 

Homework for April 21, 2009 Meeting
Overview of General Development Economics, Draft Memo from W-ZHA
Technical Memorandum, Analysis of Station Location Alternatives, Working Draft April 15, 2009
Aerial Photo Showing Station Location Alternatives
Figure 2, Location Alternatives with Plan
Figure 3, Alternative A
Figure 4, Alternative B
Figure 5, Alternatives C, D 

Transportation Subcommittee Homework
Best Practices in Tranportation Demand Management
City of Alexandria Transportation Management Plan
Crystal City - Potomac Yard Transit Corridor
Shared Parking Fact Sheet
Shared Parking in the Portland, Oregon Metro Area
Ten Principles for Successful Development Around Transit
Why Transit Oriented Development and Why Now 

Background: Potomac Yard Planning Advisory Group (PYPAG)

On September 23, City Council approved an amendment to the Planning and Zoning Work Plan to commence work on the Small Area Plan (SAP) for Potomac Yard. For more information on the commencement of the Potomac Yard Planning process, please refer to the docket item. 

PYPAG Membership List 
PYPAG Process
PYPAG Mission
City Council Resolution establishing the PYPAG 


More Information

P&Z Staff contact: Benjamin Aiken at 703-746-3845
Information and Background on Potomac Yard Development and prior planning 


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