Council To Get Update On Maple Avenue Commercial Zone Guidelines

Emily Leayman - The Patch Around Town

By Emily Leayman

After temporarily suspending the Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) Zone ordinance to make updates with public feedback, the Vienna Town Council will be briefed on the first draft of design guidelines and amendments on Monday, Feb. 11.

Town officials developed the design guidelines after collecting public feedback from a survey, according to a staff memo. The survey, open from Oct. 10-Nov. 12, 2018, asked respondents to rate 41 images involving placemaking and building and site design. Officials used the 10 highly-rated images as a guide, as well as looked at the proportion and scale of Church Street to see how these could translate for Maple Avenue.

The next step is for the Board of Architectural Review to look at the first draft of design guidelines on Feb. 15. The Planning Commission will have a special work session on proposed amendments to the MAC on Feb. 20. Town Council could join the two for a work session on March 6, followed by community workshops on Friday, March 29 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Community Center.

The temporarily moratorium of the MAC ordinance is in effect from Sept. 30, 2018 to June 27, 2019. The MAC initiative is aimed at encouraging “pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development and redevelopment along the Maple Avenue corridor to reinforce Maple Avenue’s role as the Town’s main street,” according to the Town code. On the other hand, the Town intends for development to not hurt the small-town character or the nearby residential neighborhoods.