Post #479: How many people could you house at the Giant Food property, if you really tried?

(Click this link to download a spreadsheet with all the VDOT traffic counts for the Town of Vienna:  VDOT traffic counts 9-27-2019)

This is a little thought experiment, prompted by Town Staff’s continuing to push the idea of six-story buildings under MAC.  Rather than fight that, I figure, what the heck, let’s just run with it.  What would we get?

Best guess?  A six-story MAC development on the Giant Food property would yield about 1400 new residents, or roughly an 8.5 percent increase in the population of the Town of Vienna.  All in one place.  And maybe a 15 percent increase in peak rush hour traffic on Maple?

Such is the power of medium-density housing.

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My comments on the 2/11/2019 Town Council work session, 2/13/2019

Go to this page if you want to listen to an audio recording of the meeting.

Before I provide commentary, I should briefly describe what this meeting was about.

The first section of the meeting was a presentation on revising (what used to be called) the Vienna citizen’s guide to traffic calming.  This document lays out the process by which citizens can ask for traffic-calming measures on their streets.  For example, a change in speed limit, speed humps, caution signs, and similar.

The second section of the meeting was an introduction to the new “visual guidelines” for MAC buildings.  This was the part I was there to hear, and most of my comments focus on that.

The final section of the meeting was a discussion of the process by which the Town may accept “proffers” from builders.  This part of the session was motivated by the irregular manner in which the Town accepted a last-minute proffer from the developers of 444 Maple West (Tequila Grande) before passing that proposal.

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