Braddock District Land Use Updates
Residential Studio Dialogue Extended
After listening to concerns from residents and civic groups across the County, the Board of Supervisors has asked the Planning Commission to schedule additional opportunities for the community to have input on the proposal to establish a new type of affordable housing product called Residential Studios. This draft ordinance was the subject of an article in the September Beacon. In response to the Board directive, the Planning Commission has established a Residential Studio Committee, and will hold additional meetings that are open to the community. These additional meetings are tentatively scheduled for October 28, November 20, December 9 and January 6. The Planning Commission Public Hearing has also been pushed back to late February, 2014. All meetings of the committee will be televised.
Additional questions or comments can be still be submitted to PlanCom@fairfaxcounty.gov. A website has also been created to keep the community updated: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/rsu/rsu.htm. DPZ staff advised the Commission that the Area Median Income for Fairfax County for a family of four was $107,300. Staff noted that it anticipates a need for 16,000 new rental units by 2025, and that economic analysts are predicting a 29 percent growth in jobs. DPZ agreed to provide information on “typical” jobs that would be covered by the current income threshold of $45,000.
Evergreene/Penn Rezoning Approved
On September 10, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved RZ-FDP-BR-003, a rezoning for 10 single family homes on an extension of Banting Drive near the Briarwood community off Braddock Road. Detailed site plans (25711-SD-001-1) have now been submitted to the County, and these plans are available for review in the Braddock Supervisor’s office. The site plan process can take six to nine months.
Lake Braddock Cell Tower Approved by Planning Commission
On September 18, the Planning Commission unanimously approved an application by Milestone Communications to place a 120-foot telecommunications facility at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The tower will replace an existing 88-foot light pole at the football stadium. Equipment cabinets will be placed under the bleachers and will accommodate up to 4 carriers. An 84 square foot back-up generator surrounded by a painted cinderblock wall will replace an existing shed about 25 feet from the stadium.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Ox Road Estates
The Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing in the Board Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. on October 16, 2013 to hear comments and concerns from the community on this proposed 13 house rezoning (RZ/FDP-2012-BR-020). A second community information meeting was held with affected residents on September 9 at Fairview Elementary School. The development team presented its most recent layout and discussed how the project had been modified in response to staff and community concerns, including noise, tree preservation, and stormwater. Additional questions about traffic and vehicle and pedestrian access to Adare Drive were raised, and the applicant’s traffic consultant explained its ongoing discussions with VDOT. Some solutions include changing the signal timing to allow more traffic to exit Adare on a green light, installing a “Stop Here on Red” bar that would allow the new community egress, and realigning the trail along Ox Road. Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee also heard an additional presentation on September 17. New proffers dated October 2, 2013, have been submitted to Planning Staff which has now concluded its review and is recommending approval. The final staff report can be accessed at http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4430573.PDF. A small number of hard copies of this report will be available in the Supervisor’s office next week. To testify before the Planning Commission, you may call (703)324-2865 or register electronically at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/speaker.htm until 3:00 pm on the day of the hearing.
Fairfax Center Area Planning Study gets Underway
The newest part of Braddock District, a portion of the 5,500 acre Fairfax Center area, including some communities in the Eagle View and Monument Precincts, is about to be replanned for the first time since 1985. The Fairfax Center Area Study is a multi-phase planning study to examine current recommendations and existing conditions in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. In general, Fairfax Center is an area west of the City of Fairfax and east of Centerville, generally between Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) and Lee Highway (Route 29).
To inaugurate what staff expects to be a three year effort that will affect residents in four Supervisor Districts, Planning Staff invites you to a “kickoff” open house on October 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. This study will inaugurate the new Fairfax Forward planning process. At this meeting you can learn about the history of Fairfax Center, get involved in the county’s land use planning and participate in shaping the future. A baseline existing conditions study, including demographics, transportation, heritage resources, public facilities and parks in Fairfax Center can be reviewed at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxcenter/existingconditions.htm To learn more about this process, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxcenter/. Voice your ideas about what is or is not working in Fairfax Center by sending an email to DPZFairfaxCenter@fairfaxcounty.gov.
NVCC/Wakefield Chapel Road Community Forum on October 16
The next meeting for the Northern Virginia Community College/Wakefield Chapel Road Community Forum will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Wakefield Forest Elementary School. Supervisor Cook and staff from NVCC look forward to meeting with community leaders from neighborhoods and other interested citizens in the areas near NOVA to talk about issues affecting the wellbeing of their communities. A meeting agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting. In the meantime, anyone interested should mark their calendar in order to attend what has become a means for residents to ask questions and share information and concerns with Supervisor Cook and NVCC staff members.