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Density Limit Raised Near Fairfax County Metro Stations


Developers in Fairfax County—home to the booming Tysons Corner and Reston Town Center—can now build to a higher density near Metro stations.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance establishing a maximum floor-area ratio of 5 for areas within a quarter mile of Metro stations, RestonNow reports. 

Since Phase 1 of the Silver Line opened in 2014 with five stops in Fairfax County, Tysons has begun to transform into a full-fledged metropolis. Phase 2, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will have a stop near Reston Town Center and has already led to several huge new developments.

For areas further away from Metro stations, the board created lower limits. It established a maximum 4 FAR for most revitalization and community business areas. To maintain its small-town feel, McLean will have a maximum FAR of 3 in its revitalization and community business areas.  [RN]