Braddock District Land Use Updates

 Update on Lake Braddock Secondary School Monopole
On May 8 the proposal from Milestone Communications and AT&T to place a 130 foot cell tower at Lake Braddock Secondary School was reviewed by the community. The pole would have 12 panel antennas and an equipment shelter measuring 20 feet by 11 feet. After hearing expressions of concern about the visibility of the structure at the first proposed location in the parking lot of the school, the applicant proposed an alternative location on an existing light standard at the football field. Because of a slightly different elevation at the field, this tower would not require as much height, and the equipment cabinet could be hidden under the bleachers. A Balloon Test that showed the impact at both locations was undertaken on June 1. A map showing the new location along with a virtual simulation of how the pole would look from both locations in nearby neighborhoods will be available on the Milestone website shortly at County staff is currently evaluating the alternative location. A public hearing is currently scheduled for September 19 at 8:00 p.m. before the Planning Commission.

Penn Property Rezoning Plans Refined
Plans to construct 10 single family homes adjacent to Briarwood were presented by the Evergreene Companies at a Community Information Meeting hosted by Supervisor Cook on May 1. Since that meeting, the developer has continued to work with County staff to respond to concerns raised by the community and to ensure that the interparcel access from this site meets the Virginia Department of Transportation’s standards since this continuation of Banting Drive will be publicly maintained. A public hearing before the Planning Commission is currently scheduled for July 18 and a formal staff report will be issued two weeks in advance. In that report, the Department of Planning and Zoning will compile all comments that have been received from reviewing agencies and departments and describe how each has been resolved. A link to this staff report will appear in the July newsletter.

Ox Road Estates
County staff met formally with the developer of this proposed subdivision, Eastwood Properties, Inc., at the end of May and made further suggestions for possible revisions to strengthen the plan in the areas of tree preservation, stormwater and layout. A petition from residents of Middleridge on tree preservation was also submitted to the County’s Urban Forester. The current schedule for this rezoning calls for a public hearing before the Planning Commission on July 10, but it is now probable that the public hearing will be moved to September to allow for more robust staff review.

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