Braddock District Land Use Updates
Monopole application. AT&T and Milestone Communications filed a 2232 Application with the County to construct a free standing 130-foot wireless telecommunications facility at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road. For photo simulations of what the pole would look like from multiple vantage points in the community, go to the applicant’s website: http://www.lakebraddockwirelesspole.com. This website also has information on a proposed community information meeting currently scheduled for May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kings Park Library meeting room. For more information, contact Chris Hernandez: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the 2232 application process go to: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/2232/ No public hearings before the Planning Commission have been scheduled.
Tariq Khan Rezoning Approved. On April 9, the Board of
Supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning of a 1.9 acre parcel of
Shirley Gate Road to permit the construction of two single family homes. Approximately 52 percent of the parcel will remain open space protected by a conservation easement.
Penn Property Community Information Meeting Scheduled. Planning Staff have recently completed a preliminary review of the application which is now ready for community review. To discuss its application in more detail, Supervisor Cook will hold a community meeting at Laurel Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday, May 1, in the cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. This application (RZ-2013-BR-003) seeks to rezone a 4.26 acre parcel off Banting Drive that is currently developed with three single family homes. A private drive serves the property and provides access directly to Braddock Road. The Comprehensive Plan recommends development at 2-3 homes per acre, and the proposal is for 10 homes and three open space parcels at a density of 2.35 homes per acre, with 27 percent open space. The Braddock District Land Use Committee has also formed a working subgroup to examine this application in more detail.
Ox Road Estates. (RZ/FDP 2012-BR-020). Since the Community Information Meeting on February 20, the applicant has been working on a new layout for the parcel to reflect concerns raised by staff and the community about stormwater, tree preservation, maintenance of open space and access to the property via an existing service drive. No other information is currently available.
Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee. In March, the Committee received a presentation from the Fairfax County Park Authority on the Master Plan proposal for Monticello Park at 5315 Guinea Rd. This Master Plan is now subject to a 2232 Application Review, which was scheduled before the Planning Commission on April 3, which is scheduled for 2232-B12-9 Fairfax County Park Authority. Here is a link to the staff report: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/2232/staffreports/2232-b12-9_monticello_park.pdf. The Committee recommended approval of the 2232 application, providing multiple comments to strengthen the site plan. The Committee also heard a presentation on the county’s draft stormwater ordinance. The next meeting of the Committee is April 16 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
University Mall is ready for construction! Residents will notice the placement of erosion controls in the next few weeks in preparation for installing the stormwater system at the rear of the Mall. Work will begin on the new south entrance on Ox Road. Excavated dirt from the stormwater project will be used to fill the pad sites along Braddock Road for the Cardinal Bank and the new Wendy’s Restaurant. Wendy’s is currently completing the building review process. Building F, which will house Children’s Medical Associates and Teddy Bear Day Care, will be the first new building constructed. It will be followed by work on Building D, which runs from Kinko’s to Fat Tuesdays.
Park Authority Submits Master Plan for Monticello Park
In February, the Fairfax County Park Authority
submitted a 2232 Application (2232-B12-9) on the approved Master Plan
proposal for Monticello Park at 5315 Guinea Rd. The approved Master Plan
establishes a variety of community amenities, including an off-leash dog
area, a small skate park, a multi-use activity area, a playground and a
trail loop for the 6.2 acre site.
This application will come before the Planning Commission for a public hearing on April 3, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. Richard Lambert (Richard.Lambert@fairfaxcounty.gov) is the staff coordinator for the Department of Planning and Zoning. A 2232 Application determines whether a public facility meets specific criteria for “location, character and extent.” The staff report, which recommends approval, can be found here. A description of the 2232 process can be found here.
In March, the Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee received a presentation from the Park Authority regarding this application. After a substantive discussion, the committee recommended approval of the application, after making the following recommendations:
•Remove invasive species currently in the buffer area.
•Install additional native plantings that would fill in where invasives are removed, and potentially provide an additional natural buffer to Guinea Road to protect children using the play area.
•Pursue a partnership with the DPWES Stormwater Division to seek opportunities to enhance stormwater treatments coming from the master plan changes
•Provide a robust trail access treatment.
•Allow parking lot expansion only if triggered by more extensive use of the park facilities than currently anticipated.