- The Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee Meeting will meet at 7:00 p.m. on 25 September 2013 in the Sully District Governmental Center Front Meeting Room, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151. The meeting will be canceled if Fairfax County Schools or after school activities are canceled due to adverse weather the day of the meeting.
- Time to renew your association's membership in the Sully District Council. Our membership application can now be submitted on line! Please complete it, and then print a copy to enclose with your check.
Has yours made plans to join us in 2013?
- The August 2013 Sully District Council meeting minutes are posted online.
The Washington Post covered the meeting. See their article and view the photos they took at the meeting.
- Sully District Council Tweets!
- Follow us at @SullyDistrict!
- For transportation and related issues, follow the Sully District Transporation Advisory Commissioner at @SullyTAC
- Membership Presentation:
- No Land Use and Transportation items this month
- Old Business
- Updates on previously considered Land Use and Transportation issues:
- Independent living and medical care facilities
- Proponent: Jonathan D. Puvak and Lynne Strobel, Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh, P.C.
- Action: Rezoning and development application for an independent living and medical care facilities
- Location: Centreville Road, to the north of McLearen Road
The proponents have made presentations to our council at our June 2012, September, November and January 2013 meetings.
The developer is currently waiting for the engineered site plan to be approved by Fairfax County and the commencement of construction is dependent on this approval. The developer intends to commence with construction soon after the approval and ideally would like to get a jump on construction before the colder winter months begin. If the site plan is approved in the next month or so you may see dirt moving soon thereafter.
- Schneider Crossroads Improvement
- The Environmental Quality Advisory Council has sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors outlining their concerns concerning the proposed VDOT improvements to this intersection
- New Business
- Items of General Interest:
- Election Officers Needed
- Fairfax County needs election officers, particularly bi-lingual officers. Election officers must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms. You may choose to accept the $175 payment for a full day, or volunteer your time.
- Follow this link for the application form to become an Election Officer: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/training/1aaug2013electionofficerappfinal.pdf
- Furthermore, Fairfax County residents interested in becoming an election officer for the November 5th General Election can now also apply online through the Virginia State Board of Election via this link: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection . The information submitted will be forwarded to the Fairfax County Office of Elections.
- In addition, here's a link to the Fairfax County Office of Elections as a reference for elections and voting in Fairfax County: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections
- The Fairfax County Office of Elections estimates it needs approximately 2,200 election officers for the November 5th election. Please consider serving as an election officer.
- Fairfax County Services for Older Adults
The county offers these services which are described in further detail on the Human Services Committee page of the Fairfax Federation
- Route 50 Widening Passes Half-Way Mark -- VDOT on Schedule to Complete in June 2015
- Why is it taking so long to widen Route 50 to six lanes in Fairfax and Loudoun counties? The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants motorists to know that its $95 million project to reconstruct and widen nearly four miles between Poland Road in Loudoun County and Route 28 in Fairfax County is more than 50 percent complete, and remains on schedule to open three eastbound lanes in November 2014 and the three westbound lanes by spring 2015.
- "We know that three and a half years of construction on one of the busiest commuter corridors in northern Virginia is extremely frustrating for motorists but we are working to accelerate the project wherever possible," said VDOT's design-build engineer Susan Shaw. "The fact is we are not simply widening the roadway; this project calls for miles of utility relocation and a complete reconstruction of the roadway."
- To ease traffic flow onto eastbound Route 50 crews are adding a second right turn lane at Pleasant Valley Road in Loudoun County. That work will be complete before the Labor Day weekend. VDOT is also monitoring and tweaking signal timings to keep traffic moving.
- Since construction began in October, 2011 motorists have put up with daily lane closures, narrowed lanes, shorter turn lanes and miles of concrete barriers on Route 50.
- A major component of the project is relocating about a dozen utilities including approximately:
- 10 miles of fiber optic cable
- 4.5 miles of phone lines
- 4.5 miles of overhead electric
- 3.5 miles of cable TV
- A 2,000 foot gas line, and
- Installation of a 3.5 mile water line.
- "The utility work alone is $10 million," said Shaw.
- Crews have completed the new eastbound bridge east of Pleasant Valley Road in Fairfax County and are working to relocate a gas line before shifting traffic onto the bridge in late September. Westbound traffic will move to the new bridge in late October. Crews will then demolish the temporary bridge and begin construction of the new westbound bridge which will be completed in spring 2014. The bridges will carry three lanes of traffic in each direction with a 10-foot wide trail on each side.
- The Route 50 project will relieve current and anticipated congestion, provide pedestrian and cyclist accommodations, and improve safety along the corridor. The road will also be more level and provide wider buffers between travel lanes and roadside hazards.
- When completed motorists will have an additional travel lane in each direction; new pavement designed to handle projected traffic loads; widened and upgraded bridges; bike/pedestrian trail on both sides of road; crosswalks with curb ramps and pedestrian signals, and improved turn lanes.
- Project costs include $10 million for preliminary engineering; $19 million for right of way acquisition; $10.5 million for utility relocation, and $55.4 million for construction.
- Route 50 carries 62,000 vehicles a day.
- Watch a brief video on the widening at http://youtube/qlni9tgaoqs
- Follow VDOT in northern Virginia on Twitter @VaDOTNOVA
- Scheduled Meetings/Activities:
- Teens Invited to Explore Policing
- Teens and their parents are invited to the annual informational meeting on Tuesday, September 24, at the Fairfax County Police training facility, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151 to learn more about Fairfax County Police Explorer Post #1742 (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/getinvolved/explorers.htm).
- The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. For any teen that’s ever dreamed of a potential career in the challenging field of law enforcement, the Explorers are a good place to start.
- Explorers serve police departments and their communities across the country and provide young people with opportunities to learn and practice skills that police officers use on a daily basis. Explorers gain experience in fingerprinting, processing crime scenes, staffing special events and helping officers spread the word about safety and crime prevention.
- There is no need to RSVP; attend this once-a-year informational session to learn more about this exciting and fulfilling opportunity.
- At the Udvar-Hazy Center
- Super Science Saturdays
- Air & Scare
- Saturday, October 26, 2:00 - 7:00 PM
- Air & Scare is made possible by the generous support of Mars Chocolate North America, LLC.
- The National Air and Space Society Presents Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night
- Featuring Col. Richard Graham, USAF (Ret.), former Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird pilot
- Friday, November 15, 8:00 PM
- For members and their guests only (Information on becoming a member)
- Residential Studios in Your Neighborhood
- The Fairfax County government’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is considering a change to the Zoning Ordinance that will permit “Residential Studios” in all residential areas under “Special Exception” rules.
- These 500 sq. ft. rental units would provide affordable housing for households earning less than approximately $60,000 (i.e., 60% of the area median income).
- Single family homes could be converted to multi-family Residential Studio units. The proposed ordinance can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoningordinance/proposed/residentialstudioinputmemo.pdf.
- The Board of Supervisors has asked the DPZ to obtain more information on studio units in other jurisdictions and to conduct additional outreach to the community in preparation for the public hearing to be held before the Board on November 19, 2013, at 4 P.M. (See Page 43 of the summary of the July 30, 2013, Board meeting at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bosclerk/summary/2013/13-07-30.pdf.)
- The outreach meeting schedule is:
- Wed, September 25, 2013 at 8:15pm - Workshop #1
- Wed, October 2, 2013 at 8:15pm - Workshop #2
These will be followed by a public hearing before the Planning Commission
- Wed, November 20, 2013 at 8:15pm - Public Hearing
All meetings will be at the Board Auditorium at the Government Center.
- Fairfax Federation members approved a resolution at their 19 September 2013 meeting.
- Fairfax library board suspends strategic plan pending input from public, employees
- The Fairfax Board of Supervisors has asked the library board to seek more community and staff input before implementing a plan which would eliminate the requirement for master of library science degrees for branch managers, reduce staff and reduce the presence of children’s librarians in the branches.
- Scheduled Public Library Outreach Forums
- Sunday Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the SEIUVA office - 3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 106, Fairfax
- Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Centreville Library
- Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Chantilly Library
- Thurs, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, 22042
- VDOT Public Hearing on Schneider Crossroad Improvements
- The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding a public hearing on proposed improvements to the Braddock Road/Pleasant Valley Road intersection.
Design Public Hearing
- Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.
- Ormond Stone Middle School
- 5500 Sully Park Drive, Centreville, VA 20120
- Find out about plans to construct a new roundabout at the intersection of Braddock Road (Route 620) and Pleasant Valley Road (Route 609) in Fairfax County.
- A Categorical Exclusion/Section 4(f) Evaluation was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 23 CFR Part 771 and 23 CFR 774. In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR Part 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places is also included in the document.
- Review project information and the environmental documentation at www.virginiadot.org at the public hearing, or at VDOT's Northern Virginia District Office at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax. Please call ahead at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or TTY/TDD 711 to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions. Property impact information, relocation assistance policies and tentative construction schedules are available for review at the above address and will be available at the public hearing.
- Give your written or oral comments at the hearing or submit them by October 23, 2013 to Mr. Leonard "Bud" Siegel, P.E. at the VDOT District Office address above. You may also e-mail comments to email@example.com Please reference "Braddock and Pleasant Valley Roundabout" in the subject line.
- State Project: 0620-029-017, P101, R201, C501
- Community Input Sought for Next Phase of Fairfax Forward
- On July 9, 2013 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Fairfax Forward Comprehensive Plan review process as a replacement to the Area Plans Review (APR) process. As part of the action, the Board asked staff to evaluate the new process two years after the authorization.
- Draft evaluation criteria for Fairfax Forward will be available soon for public review and comment. Comments on the draft evaluation criteria will be collected online from October 14, 2013 through November 26, 2013.
- Please visit the Fairfax Forward website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxforward during this time for a link to the draft criteria and comment form. If you have questions about the evaluation, call the Planning Division, Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380 or email DPZmail @ fairfaxcounty.gov
- Next Membership Meeting 23 October 2013:
- Membership Topic: Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Dulles Rail
- Land Use and Transportation Committee
- Proponent: Frank Stearns, Donohue & Stearns, PLC, for Verizon Wireless and Milestone Communications
- Action: Proposed is a new 130 foot lattice tower requiring the amendment of NOVEC's Special Exception and Va. Code 15.2-2232 approval
- Location: 15001 Lee Highway, Tax Map 64-2-003-26A, NOVEC substation consisting of 2.7 acres zoned R-C & WSPOD
An application on Verizon Wireless and Milestone Communications behalf has been filed with Fairfax County for the NOVEC substation 15001 Lee Highway Centreville, Va.20121 for a 130-foot Lattice Tower with a 60ft x 60ft compound for equipment at the base.
Verizon Wireless' equipment would be located at the top but there would room for four other collocators. No employees or customers would be located in the unmanned cellular base station.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
First Vice President
Sully District Council