Construction begins on second phase of Silver Line

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has issued a notice to proceed with Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure, contractors for the second phase of the Silver Line Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport. Field surveying and geological testing will soon be underway.

“This is an important milestone,” airports authority President and chief executive Jack Potter said.

The $1.2 billion contract includes three stations in Reston and Herndon, the station at Washington Dulles International Airport and two stations in Loudoun County, spanning 11.5 miles.

The project’s first phase, which includes five stations in Tysons Corner and Reston, is about 94 percent completed and expected to begin service by the end of the year.

Fairfax County updates land-use review process

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved a program for the county’s comprehensive plan, which covers all land-use decisions.

“Fairfax Forward” will be a pilot program during the next two years, focusing on 16 land-use studies and 22 new ones. County employees have said the new program will allow for greater public involvement earlier in the review process. It will also involve a more comprehensive review of an entire geographic area instead of focusing on a parcel nominated for a change.

The county has been using the “Area Plans Review” process, in which segments of the county plan are reviewed every five years. Any proposed changes have been submitted as nominations from a landowner or the county.

Plan reviews and amendments that change the permitted types of development in an area are often precursors to rezoning cases.

Park Authority strategic plan aims to improve service

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board recently adopted its 2014-18 strategic plan, which focuses on ways to improve residents’ access to park benefits. The plan explores the customer’s and the financial perspectives. An implementation plan outlines projects to be accomplished during the next five years. County residents can review the plan at