Land Use Update

During May, three informational meetings were hosted by the Department of Planning and Zoning to hear from the community on a proposal to regulate group assemblage in private homes. This proposal was developed by staff as a result of complaints from residents regarding frequent large gatherings at neighborhood homes which can sometimes create parking, noise, and other issues of concern. Currently, the Zoning Ordinance does not identify guidelines for the frequency or scale at which group assembly is considered to be a permitted “accessory use” to a dwelling.  Now that these meetings are completed, staff will report later this month on what comments were received at a meeting of Board’s Development Process Subcommittee. To view a videotape of the May 12 information meeting, and to get updates on the status of this draft go to the following site:

Applicants for Garden World. (RZ/FDP-2014-BR-007), Burke Junction (RZ/FDP-2014-BR-009 and the Twinbrook Subdivision (RZ-2014-BR-001) continue to work with  staff from the Department of Planning and Zoning to refine their proposals and address issues of parking, density, tree preservation and stormwater.  All projects continue on track for public hearings before the Planning Commission in either late summer (Twinbrook) or early fall (Garden World and Burke Junction).  On May 18, the Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee heard its first presentation on the proposal for Burke Junction and has formed a subcommittee to work with the applicant.

Land Use Committee seeks new members.  The Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee is currently looking to replace several members who are either leaving the area or have other commitments that will  not enable them to continue on the Committee.  The Committee formally reviews applications for new members each June.  Meetings are held in the Supervisor’s Community Room at the Kings Park Library on the Third Tuesday of each month.  Members are expected to commit to one year of service and to serve on at least one subcommittee studying an application.  An application form can be found on Supervisor Cook’s website at: under Community Information.  No prior experience in land use is required.  The committee advises the Supervisor and the Planning Commissioner or applications that are made for changes to land use in Braddock District.

Fairfax Center Planning Work Group will hear an analysis by staff of possible changes to land bays T, U and V on the periphery of the Fairfax Center Planning District on June 30.  This staff analysis will discuss potential impacts for changes to the Comprehensive Plan for this area under the new Fairfax Forward plan review process.  The meeting will be held at the Government Center at 7:30 pm in Room 232.  To see recent presentations and review minutes of committee meetings go to:

Kings Park Shopping Center - Supervisor Cook hosted a community information meeting on May 29 with Regency Centers, the owner of the shopping center, to discuss the details of the upcoming renovation at the Shopping Center.  Giant Food will officially close on June 19 and the Veterinary Hospital will be demolished.   Utility relocation will begin July 1 and façade renovation will begin right after 4th of July weekend.  Alan Roth, Senior Vice President for Regency, presented details on the renovation which includes an expansion of the Giant to over 50,000 square feet, new LED lighting, an expanded sidewalk on both Rolling Road and Burke Lake Road and the addition of a new patio area for outdoor dining. The second floor community room will also be renovated. Giant will bring in its own crews to build its store, schedule for completion in the Spring of 2015 while the rest of the center will be completed around Thanksgiving, 2014.  All stores will remain open during construction. Residents at the meeting expressed concerns about the lack of wireless access in many parts of the Shopping Center and asked the  owners to consider a smoking ban in the patio area. Renderings are available in the Braddock office. 

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