3 April 1995 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
- Members: Dick Frank (TAC), Lewis Grimm (Franklin Farm), Bill Ritchie (NECCA), Dale Shade (Waverly Crossing) and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen)
- Guests: Ken Sanders (Atty - RJL), and Mark Trostle (Landscape Architect)
- Proponent: RJL
- Action: proposal to build town houses
- Location: west side of Walney Road opposite the Waverly Crossing Community
RJL presented to the committee a proposal to build town houses on the west side of Walney Road opposite the Waverly Crossing Community. A third of the property is within the projected Dulles Airport 60 dB noise contour for the year 2025. RJL plans to build residential construction on the remaining property south of the contour line. Dale Shade as President of the Waverly Crossing Community Association voiced their opposition to this plan. The committee made no recommendations concerning this proposal. It did point out to the developers that the county had not yet determined whether or how it would revise the current comprehensive plans in light of the revised noise contours. They also indicated that the developer had not considered the cost impact of additional fees on the property assessed because it was located in the Route 28 highway improvement tax district.
- Dick Frank reported that the Board of Supervisors established a short-term citizen task force to study possible future crossings between Fairfax and Prince William counties. The task force will contain representatives of civic, citizen and homeowner associations within the Mount Vernon, Springfield and Sully districts and the town of Clifton. The task force will provide input relative to the 26 alternatives developed by the Fairfax/Prince William County Joint Subcommittee. The results of the task force efforts should be one of two outcomes. The first would be a citizen consensus on reducing or consolidating the 26 alternatives into a more manageable number. The second would be the development of a series of recommendations to offer a more comprehensive approach to addressing the traffic issues in Western Fairfax. The County Office of Transportation will fund this effort.
- Lewis Grimm gave a report on the second round of public meetings the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation held to present the results of alternative developments for the Dulles Transportation Study. In October 1994 a broad range of options had been identified and unsuitable elements eliminated. The focus of this presentation was the selection of detailed alternatives for analysis. This summer final alternatives will be selected for more detailed analysis and presentation in the final report. The last step, scheduled for December 1995, will be the selection of the preferred alternative.
- The goals for the transportation improvements include improving transportation, supporting development, protecting the environment, using funds efficiently, ensuring financial feasibility and distributing impacts equitably. The technical elements of the study include transit alternatives, land use options, operating and maintenance costs, financial options, traffic impacts, ridership, capital costs, land use effects and consequences and environmental impacts.
- The detailed analysis alternatives were broken out into two areas. The transportation analysis included a no build alternative that would rely on high occupancy vehicle lanes, express bus service, park-and-ride lots and roadway improvements. Other transportation alternatives included a Metro-like extension or a basic rail connection. Alternative plans to bring mass transit through the Tysonís Corner area, Reston and to Dulles Airport were shown.
- Five possibilities were shown for routing the rail through the Tysonís Corner area. One brought rail service along the Toll Road median with one stop at Spring Hill Road. Three proposals basically took the rail service along Routes 7 and 123 with three stops -- Tysonís East, Tysonís Central and Tysonís Route 7. They varied as to final location of the stops or the use of cut and cover construction or above ground techniques. One path went through the land bays of Tysonís Corner between Routes 123 and 7 and the Toll Road with three stops. It is likely that because of the additional costs of the other choices, the proposal to keep rail in the median will become the preferred route.
- Other stops were shown at Wiehle Avenue, Reston Town Center (one route staying on the Toll Road and the other bringing the line right into Reston Town Center), Monroe Street and at Dulles Corner. Depending on the approach to Dulles Airport and if plans for future expansion to Leesburg are incorporated in this phase of construction, the station may be located south of the Toll Road rather than on it. If the station is located south of the Toll Road, it will be next to a land bay chosen as one of three sites for a possible major league baseball stadium in Fairfax County.
- The second detailed analysis alternative covered land use. Items considered were changes to comprehensive plans and the concept of major centers and villages.
- Environmental screening considered the following areas: water resources and ecosystems, historic and archaeological resources, parks and recreation, visual quality and traffic. The results of the screening indicated there were no fatal flaws, but any development would have to use avoidance and mitigation efforts to ensure minimum impact.
- The financial planning steps were presented. Public participation in the overall process was stressed. The first step would be the selection of representative transportation alternatives. The next step would be the development of cash flows for costs, followed by the identification of alternative funding sources. The funding capabilities of the sources would be assessed and financing mechanisms identified. Then, optional funding packages would be developed. The last step would be the eventual update of the region's financially constrained long-range plan.
- Lewis also indicated that the Virginia Department of Transportation had let the contract for the major investment study of I-66 from I-495 to Route 17. Progress on this study will be monitored and reports provided as information becomes available.
- The next meeting of the Land Use and Transportation Committee will convene at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, 1 May 1995, in the conference room of Sully District Supervisorís Michael Freyís Centreville office. On the agenda is a proposal from NEXTEL to put up additional cellular phone cell antennas in the Sully District.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
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