South Elden Area Plan & Street Improvement Plan

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This page provides information on two separate but associated projects:  the SOUTH ELDEN AREA PLAN & the SOUTH ELDEN STREET IMPROVEMENT PLAN.  The former is a long range planning effort to be incorporated into the Herndon 2030 Comprehensive Plan while the latter is public street improvement plan.  


The Town of Herndon is amending its comprehensive plan to focus on the future of South Elden Street, a primary commercial corridor in the town. To that end, property, business owners and all who are interested are invited to a community meeting, Friday February 1, 9am, to learn about the South Elden Street Area Plan and to provide insights and input. Issues addressed by the plan include guidance and allowances for development along the corridor, which ranges from Sterling Road to south of Herndon Parkway and includes several abutting properties.

The meeting will be held at the Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn Street. Can’t attend? Email us at with your thoughts.

Project Purpose:

This project is intended to result in a land use corridor plan for the properties along and near Elden Street in the area outlined in the map attached below.  The proposed plan would allow for increased flexibility in densities, land uses, and building dimensional standards.  The DRAFT VISION STATEMENT:  

The south Elden Street area, south of Sterling Road, is a vibrant, community-serving, mixed use area that has commercial uses serving nearby residential areas.  It is pedestrian and bicycle friendly with ample shade.  Non-neighborhood uses (offices) blend in and contribute to the vitality of the area.  Non-neighborhood automobile traffic does not detract from the functioning of the neighborhood and the pedestrian-friendly built environment.

Project Documents:

Study Area Map

Recommending Resolution-December 3, 2018-Planning Commission Public Hearing

(Please note that the first map with the resolution will be amended to reflect the text as recommended by the Planning Commission)

Presentation-December 3, 2018-Planning Commission Public Hearing


 Project Schedule:

  • December 3, 2018- Planning Commission Public Hearing
  • February 5, 2019- Town Council Work Session
  • February 12, 2019-Town Council Public Hearing


Project Purpose: In 2017, the Town established an initiative for a small area plan for the Elden Street commercial corridor between Herndon Parkway and Sterling Road. To assist with the effort, the town applied for and received a technical assistance grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The purpose of the grant is to assess traffic conditions along the Elden Street corridor between Herndon Parkway and Sterling Road and to recommend modest improvements to improve traffic flow and make the area conducive to multiple modes of transportation such as walking, bicycling, and riding public buses.

Project Overview:  The Town of Herndon 2030 Comprehensive Plan, adopted August 12, 2008 and amended through January 15, 2015 includes improvements to South Elden Street, a Town Minor Arterial, from Herndon Parkway to Sterling Road, to reflect a divided four lane section.  Therefore, this project is planned to modify Elden Street to accommodate a raised median, dedicated turn lanes, and a dedicated shared use path for bicycles and pedestrians. The streetscape may also be enhanced with more visible cross walks, updated bus stop amenities, updated pedestrian signals, and the placement of overhead wires underground.  The town plans to submit an application in 2018 for project ranking under a Virginia transportation prioritization process called “SmartScale.”  If the application is successful, funding could become available for engineering design in 2024, with construction of the improvements in subsequent years.

Project Documents:

Survey of Existing Conditions on Elden Street between Herndon Parkway and Sterling Road

Traffic Operations Technical Memorandum, received by the town January 6, 2018

Conceptual Design of Improvement Plan