New Columbia Pike Newsletter – 1/10/17

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January 2017 Updates

New eNewsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the eNewsletter Columbia
Pike: Planning. Projects. Main Street Progress. We’ll share periodic
updates on topics such as Form Based Code, Pike-related planning,
public meetings, construction progress highlights, reports on development
review procedures and updates on zoning amendments. Invite others to subscribe here.

Construction Updates

you seen recent construction progress along the Pike? These photos were snapped
from the following active development sites:

Columbia Hills (1010 S. Frederick St.)

  • Utility work is being
    completed around the site in coordination with the excavation for the
    new building
  • A tower crane is expected to
    be erected in January 2017 to begin concrete operations
  • Learn more
Columbia Pike Construction Updates

4707 Columbia Pike (corner of S. Buchanan

  • Site
    has been cleared and Sheeting and Shoring permits have been issued
  • The
    applicant anticipates marketing for the new condos to begin in the 2nd
    quarter of 2017
  • Learn more
Columbia Pike Construction Updates

Carver Homes (1300 S. Rolfe St.)

  • The mini-park and first three
    groups of towns are complete and occupied by new residents
  • Two of the previous Carver
    residents have qualified and purchased the first two affordable units
  • Learn more
Columbia Pike Construction Updates

Did You Know?

What is a form based code?

Form Based Code is an alternative zoning district for regulating
development in a way that helps realize a community’s vision for a specific
area. In Columbia Pike, we’re using two Form Based Codes to transform the Pike
into a walkable community anchored by a lively “Main Street” that is
lined with restaurants, businesses and attractive public spaces, while preserving
housing options for residents with a mix of incomes. The revitalized Pike will
accommodate more people and higher density development. Learn more.

Where are approved FBC projects located?

View a map of the Columbia Pike corridor
and locations of approved FBC projects. 

In Case You Missed It…

Board Approves Package of FBC Amendments

On Oct. 18, 2016, the County Board approved a package of amendments to the Commercial
Centers and Neighborhoods Form Based Codes. This included minor policy
revisions, technical and organizational changes, as well as updated references
to the County’s Traffic and Street Lighting Specifications, and revisions to
allow minor adjustments for alley locations. In addition, this package of
amendments achieves the following elements:

  • Consistency between both Form
    Based Codes
  • Comprehensive update to the
    Commercial Centers FBC Administrative Regulations
  • Establishes a term limit for
    by-right development
  • Incorporates criteria and
    processes for major/minor amendments and administrative changes
  • Updates to submission
    requirements and review processes for all FBC projects

Use Permit Approval for Child Care Center

On Nov. 5, 2016, the County Board approved a use permit request for a child care center in
the ground floor space of the Shell project (located at the northwest corner of
Greenbrier Street and Columbia Pike). The applicant, Full Circle Montessori
School, currently operates in Ballston (1031 N. Vermont St.) and is
anticipating relocating to the new location on Columbia Pike in the fall of
2017. The use permit request includes the capability to accommodate up to 150
children, which will be subject to approval by the Child Care Office and the
County’s Inspection Services at a later time. The County Board will review this
proposal in one year, at its Nov. 2017 meeting. 

Transportation Updates

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Pike transportation updates? If not, sign up to receive the Columbia Pike
Transportation Update newsletter for project updates, traffic
alerts and public meeting notices for transportation-related topics.