Braddock District Land Use Updates

    Ox Road Estates. On November 21, the Planning Commission unanimously voted that this proposed rezoning of a 5.15 acre parcel on Ox Road at Adare Drive be sent forward to the Board of Supervisors for Public Hearing with its recommendation for approval. This application currently proposes 13 single family homes, at a density of 2.5 homes per acre, which is consistent with the recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan. Between the initial public hearing on October 18 and this decision, the Commission reviewed testimony and letters from the community both before and after the hearing, and worked with staff to clarify and/or resolve concerns that had been raised. Those issues focused on density, stormwater, tree preservation and traffic. In moving that the application be approved, Braddock Commissioner Hurley discussed each point that had been raised and how it had been addressed. A link to her verbatim remarks can be found at In addition, the Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee, after hearing testimony, determined that it wanted to share with the Commission the steps it had taken leading up to its recommendation for approval. A link to the Committee’s deliberations can be found here: This case is currently scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on January 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

    Residential Studio Units Update. At its November 20 meeting, the Planning Commission Subcommittee studying this proposal received further guidance from the Board of Supervisors which endorsed an earlier recommendation of Commissioner Tim Sergeant to further limit where these units could be placed. The new draft would not allow RSU’s in low-density residential areas. The Board also recommended the elimination of an option which would allow conversion of a single family detached residence into RSUs. Therefore, the ongoing review of the proposal will focus locating RSUs in the upper R-Districts, as well as commercial, industrial, and mixed-use planned development districts. The Board of Supervisors noted that while there is support for the RSU concept overall, there is deep-seated opposition to allowing them as a use in lower density residential districts or single family neighborhoods. Supervisor Cook along with the Braddock District Council will host a meeting on RSUs January 8, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Oak View Elementary School’s cafeteria (5004 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032). The next two meeting of the Planning Commission on this topic are currently scheduled for January 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. (Government Center, Conference Rooms 4-5) and January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2-3. The next two meeting of the Planning Commission on this topic are currently scheduled for January 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. (Government Center, Conference Rooms 4-5) and January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2-3. The public is invited to all these meetings.

    Stormwater Management Ordinance. For over a year, the County has been working with stakeholders to develop a new Stormwater Management Ordinance in response to state regulations requiring localities to adopt ordinances and take over reviews and inspections for Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) general permits relating to stormwater runoff from construction sites on or before July 1, 2014. A public hearing was held by the Planning Commission in October and the Commission took action on November 21, 2013. The Board of Supervisors Public Hearing is scheduled for January 28, 2014 in order to give it time consider and react to changes that State recently made to its own ordinance that must be incorporated. Many processes, systems, ordinance changes and training of staff and industry, in addition to a written stormwater management ordinance, will need to occur in order for the county to be ready for the effective date. To review the ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission, go to the following site:

    Proposed Child Care Zoning Ordinance Amendment. On December 3, 2013, the Board of Supervisors authorized public hearings for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Home Child Care Facilities and Child Care Centers for Occasional Care. The proposed Amendment: 1) Revises the use limitations in the PDH, PDC, PRM, and PTC Districts so that home child care facilities requiring special exception approval are subject to the same additional standards and plan submission requirements which are applicable to other home child care facilities requiring special permit approval. It would also reduce the current special exception application fee of $1,100 to as low as $435. A separate portion of the amendment would revise the child care facilities for occasional care provisions to allow such use in regional and super-regional shopping centers as a permitted accessory use. The staff report can be read at the following website: The Planning Commission Public Hearing is currently set for January 8, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

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