Agenda for 18 November 2015 Sully District Council Meeting
by Jeff Parnes
- The Sully District Council of Citizen Associations, followed by a brief Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting, will meet at 7:00 p.m. on 18 November 2015 in the Sully District Governmental Center Front Meeting Room, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151. This meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month so as not conflict with Thanksgiving 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 2015?
- The October 2015 Sully District Council meeting minutes are posted online while photos from the second Quadrennial Sully District Council Candidates Night for Fairfax County Candidates running in Sully District are available in the photo gallery.
- Sully District Council Tweets!
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- For transportation and related issues, follow the Sully District Transportation Advisory Commissioner at @SullyTAC
- Membership Presentation starting at 7:00:
- Membership Topic: Silver Line - Phase 1 operational update and Phase 2 progress presented by Mark G. Canale, Chief Special Projects Division, Dulles Rail Project Manager, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
- Land Use and Transportation Committee:
- 8:30 -- Home child-care Vargas
- Proponent: Claudio A. Vargas, County staff assigned Michael H. Lynskey, ASLA, Staff Coordinator, RZ/SE Branch, Zoning Evaluation Division, DPZ
- Action: Special exception SE 2015-SU-010 to allow Home child-care
- Location: 3930 Kernstown Ct, Fairfax VA 22033
- 9:00 -- Comprehensive Sign Plan Amendment for apartments at Discovery Square
- Proponent: Sara V. Mariska, Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC
- Action: Comprehensive Sign Plan amendment for the multifamily building that is under construction
- Location: Discovery Square (Atlantis Ave and Centreville Rd, Oak Hill, VA)
Lincoln Property Company has submitted a Comprehensive Sign Plan amendment for the multifamily building that is under construction at Discovery Square. The proposed Comprehensive Sign Plan Amendment proposes building identification signs and incidental signs identifying parking, emergency access, and the like. Attached for convenient reference are
- These were circulated to residents of Chantilly Highlands and Franklin Farm, the two subdivisions on the east side of Centreville Road opposite the apartment building. Comments were received from two residents and conveyed to Sara. Below are the comments and, where applicable, Sara's response:
- Resident: My initial sense is that they are trying to light up Centreville Road with their signage. If I read correctly they want the massive name sign to be illuminated and run the height of the building for about 38
feet. I think that is UNREASONABLE and excessive! I was trying to find which direction that sign would face and fell short of locating streets that reflected that position. If I am incorrect and that sign
will not face Centreville Road then I don't think I would care so much, but from something I read I got the sense that the developer is afraid someone is going to drive past the buildings and miss it.
The other signs were again not clear to me of which direction they will face. If the parking signs and such are all interior to the
development (at this point I have no idea how many deviations away we are from the original design I had seen months ago due to their
requests for alterations) I probably don't care so much. I really don't want this to look like Tysons Mall with the giant illuminated signs, and again I feel that they are not providing enough of the
critical information for us to make an informed decision - lack of schematics that show the placement of signs relative to Centreville
Road and the overall current facility design.
- Response:There will be a single building identification sign on Centreville Road. The size of the sign was based upon the length of the building facade and the size and speed of Centreville Road. All other signs along Centreville Road are incidental signs that will not exceed 4 square feet of sign area.
Attached is exhibit showing the proposed sign in the context of the entire building facade along Centreville Road. The building facade on Centreville Road (which is parallel to Neil Armstrong Avenue) is approximately 525 feet in length. As you well know, Centreville Road is a 4-lane divided highway with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour. Based upon industry standards, this sign is actually appropriate for a 2-lane, 40 miles per hour roadway.
I hope that this exhibit and information is helpful. I will also note that Staff is recommending approval of the application. Let me know if you do have more questions.
- Resident: Interesting sign design concept plan being proposed for the new high density residential building. I am not personally opposed to the signage plan as generally described on the original set of attachments. With that said, however, I would offer my personal comment that this type of residential structure signing is generally viewed as being more appropriate for application to buildings located in a much higher density development area than that found on the west side of Centreville Road across from the single family Chantilly Highlands community. If the structure were located within or immediately adjacent to the Reston Town Center or in the Tysons area, the proposed signage plan would probably be a better "visual fit". I think it will be interesting to hear the proponents arguments in favor of the plan amendment as well as any Fairfax County Planning & Zoning staff comments.
Items of General Interest:
- At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
- Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus IMAX Theater Upgraded Experience IMAX with Laser
- Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy 21 & 28 November, 5, 12, 12, 19, 26 December
- Ask an Expert Gallery Talks
Several times a month at 12:30 PM, a Museum staff member talks to the public about the history, collection, or personalities related to a specific artifact or display at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Talks typically last 10-15 minutes and begin at the nose of the SR-71 in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.
- Author Book Signings
Several times a month, authors of aviation- and space-related books are at the Museum to sign books and meet the public. Books are available to purchase at the Museum Store. Autographed books make great mementos of your visit and terrific gifts for friends. Book signings occur from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Boeing Aviation Hangar
- American Raiders Author: Col. Wolfgang Samuel: 21, 22, 28 29 November, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 December
- Topgun Days Author: Dave "Bio" Baranek: 22 November, 6 December
- The Ravens: The Men Who Flew in America's Secret War in Laos Author: Craig Duehring: 27 November
- Christopher's Little Airplane Author: Mark James: 28 November, 12 December
- Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini - A Rare Photographic History Authors: John Bisney and J.L. Pickering, 6 December
- Fairfax Federation Seeks Nominations for Fairfax County 2015 Citizen of the Year
- The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations is
soliciting nominations for its 2015 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year.
Each year, a selection committee of county-wide organizations meets to
review nominations for the Federation's "Citizen of the Year" and merit
awards. The winners are honored at our annual banquet, planned for 3
- Both the Citizen of the Year Award and the Citation of
Merit recognize and honor those citizens whose voluntary contributions
of time and talent resulted in major accomplishments that have enhanced
the quality of life for citizens of Fairfax County.
- Nominees must be current residents of Fairfax County.
- Elected officials and full-time county or commonwealth
employees are ineligible for consideration if their contributions are
related to their full-time positions.
- The Citizen of the Year is recognized for voluntary acts that are not related to employment.
- Contributions and accomplishments must have countywide rather than local significance.
- The nominee's achievements can be either:
- General, such as multi-year community service with one or more
organizations or activities with cumulative impact over the years of
current importance or with positive implications for the future, or
- Specific, including intense efforts as the major promoter of a single program or project completed in a finite period of time.
- Persons whose contributions of time and talent resulted in
major accomplishments that have enhanced the quality of life for
citizens of Fairfax County, who do not meet the published eligibility
standards for the Citizen of the Year consideration, may still be
honored by the Federation. Please submit information about these
nominees on the nomination form, indicating that this is an alternative
- Nominations will be accepted from 1 December 2015 to 31
January 2016. The nomination form is available online from the
Federation's website, http://www.fairfaxfederation.org.
- The Federation, established in 1940, is the countywide voice
for homeowner, civic, and community associations. An all-volunteer
organization, the Federation works on issues that impact Fairfax County
residents, including education, transportation, environment, human
services, land use, county budget, and county, state and federal
- For more information please contact Jeff Parnes, Awards Committee Chair.
The next Sully District Council membership meeting is Wednesday, 16 December 2015, the third Wednesday of the month so as not conflict with Thanksgiving:
Jeffrey M. Parnes
First Vice President
Sully District Council
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