23 June 2010 Sully District Council Meeting Minutes
by Priscilla Knight, Sully Station II Representative
- The Sully District Council met at 7:00 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center meeting room 1, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151.
- Refer to the Agenda for the 23 June 2010 Sully District Council meeting for meeting announcements.
- Lewis Grimm -- Franklin Farms
- Jay Johnston – Virginia Run
- John Litzenberger – Sully District Planning Commissioner
- Priscilla Knight – Sully Station II
- Bob Carlson -- ?
- John Moore – Brookfield
- Larry Deeds -- Brookfield
- Lewis Grimm called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m.
- Membership Presentation: Supervisor Michael Frey was the featured speaker
- Tyson’s Corner Redevelopment Plan
- Frey said the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the redevelopment plan on June 22. He said the plan “will dramatically transform” the Tyson’s area. He said he voted against it, because 67 speakers spoke for more than four hours about the plan and the Board did not consider their comments before voting. Frey said, “We didn’t listen to them.” Frey said all businesses in Tyson’s are paying more in taxes to pay for the rail system to the area.
- Funding for Secondary Roads
- Frey said the county has a six-year plan for secondary road improvements and no money to implement it. The improvements for Stringfellow Road are being paid for by a 2004 bond. The cost is estimated at $46 million. VDOT is not doing any paving repairs, except for emergencies, because it does not have any maintenance money. Frey said we need to put pressure on the General Assembly to get Northern Virginia’s share of transportation funding. He said, “We are getting nothing back from our taxes.” He said the county has received nothing from the state for doing traffic calming studies and there’s little money for traffic lights and secondary road improvements.
- Frey said, “Don’t let our state representatives off the hook.” He said the county had allowed up to a 25 cent tax on businesses for transportation, but Richmond knocked it down to 11 cents.
- Day Laborer Site in Centreville
- Frey said it’s a misconception that other jurisdictions, such as Prince William County, are handling illegal immigration better than Fairfax. He said only the federal government can enforce immigration laws through Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). Fairfax police officers always check if an arrested suspect is an illegal alien, but they cannot arrest people who are loitering just because they look like illegals.
- Until there’s federal immigration reform, we can’t do anything,” Frey said. “We can’t possibly enforce immigration laws with our police force. We have the safest jurisdiction of its size in the U.S. with half the number of police.”
- The day laborer site would be a 48’ x 14’ trailer parked behind the Centre Wood Plaza. Some church groups have offered to help the immigrants by teaching English, etc.
- Frey said merchants and customers have complained about the number of men standing around at the shopping center. Some customers say they are afraid to go to the center and the library. Frey noted, however, that the number of people going to the library has not declined. The supervisor said he thinks the trailer will be installed.
- Jay Johnston said he’s concerned that the site will attract illegals from other areas and Centreville will have the same issues that Annandale, Herndon and Springfield have. Frey said most of the day laborers live in Centreville and walk to the shopping center. Because many immigrants don’t have cars, Frey doesn’t believe they will come to Centreville. Frey said if the site does attract more people, they will shut it down.
- Johnston said he would like for Frey to establish a commission to consider alternatives.
- Community Parking District
- Frey said Brookfield is the only community to ask for a district-wide CPD. He said if five communities ask for it, he’ll call a hearing. He said he will mention the district-wide CPD in his letter to district residents.
- Land Use Presentations
- Franklin Farms Shopping Center
- Ms. Sara Mariska, from Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Walsh, P.C., asked the Council to endorse the shopping center’s efforts to update the final development plan amendment (FDPA) to make it clear that such establishments as health clubs, schools, restaurants, veterinarian hospitals, and places of worship may operate in the center. She said they want “more flexibility.” She said they are not asking for a zoning change. The application will go before the Planning Commission on July 29, 2010.
- The Council endorsed the petition.
- Dulles Discovery South
- Mr. Frank McDermott, an attorney for the Peterson Company, Mr. William Peterson, and other representatives, returned to the Council to ask for an endorsement for the development of Dulles Discovery South, a secure government facility, just north of Sully Plantation off Air and Space Museum Parkway.
- McDermott said the tallest building will be seven stories high -- approximately 128 feet with the utility “penthouse.” McDermott showed artist-rendition photos of the complex from three different locations. Landscaping was discussed.
- Commissioner Litzenberger’s Traffic Concerns:
- Litzenberger said the County wants to make sure Peterson Company pays for road improvements. It was noted that Peterson has already put in a road to Sully Plantation off Air and Space Museum Parkway. \
- The number of extra cars and trips is a big concern on all roads, including Route 28.
- He said traffic between Lee’s Corner and Wall Road along Centreville Road is already bumper-to-bumper during rush hours. Therefore, more cars going to the complex will make traffic worse.
- A discussion about traffic patterns, volume, and time-of-day travel occurred. The county believes 42 percent of the people coming to the complex will use Route 28, but Peterson believes the percent is 70. Therefore, fewer than expected vehicles will travel on Centreville Road.
- Carpooling organized
- Two bus stops
- Dulles North is providing $1.3 million in taxes to the county every year. Along with Dulles South, the complex will pay an estimated $8.3 in taxes, based on today’s bonding interest rates.
- Peterson has already spent about $5 million in road improvements.
- Employment potential
- Mr. Litzenberger said he wants to discuss the plan and the traffic issues with county staff.
- Old Business
- The following persons were elected as Sully District Officers for 2010-2011:
- President: Mark McConn
- 1st Vice President: Jeff Parnes
- 2nd Vice President: Lewis Grimm
- Treasurer: Jay Johnston
- Secretary: Priscilla Knight and Jim Neighbors
- Next membership meeting planned for 22 September 2010
- Membership Meeting: TBD
- Land Use and Transportation presentations will be scheduled if necessary
- Next board meeting planned for 25 August 2010
- Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.
Respectively submitted by,
Sully District Council Secretary
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