Land Use Update
Fairfax County Proposing Update to Noise Ordinance
Fairfax County is proposing to update its Existing Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108 of the County Code) along with its Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings Ordinance (Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the County Code). Among other things, the new ordinance would prohibit certain noises and exempt certain others. Additional information on the proposed Noise Ordinance is available. A chart that shows what sounds are being regulated and what decibel level is allowed can also be viewed.
Group Assembly in Residential Homes to be Examined
Over the last several years, there have been complaints from residents regarding frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes. These gatherings can create parking, noise, and other concerns for the neighborhood. Although occasional, large gatherings - such as private parties, house concerts, religious meetings and social clubs - are expected and permissible activities at a home, gatherings that occur on a regular basis involving numerous people can detract from the residential nature of a neighborhood. A proposal is being developed to better define in the Zoning Ordinance what constitutes a permissible “group assembly” at a residence and when such a group assembly is an appropriate “accessory use.” Specifically, the proposed zoning change states “Group assembly when accessory to a dwelling unit shall be permitted, except any group assembly exceeding forty-nine (49) people in one day shall not occur more frequently than three (3) times in any forty (40) day period.” Additional information on Group Assembly in Residential Dwellings is available. Supervisor Cook and others have raised significant constitutional and policy concerns with regulating private activity in private homes.
Several meetings have been scheduled by Zoning Administration staff to obtain community feedback on both the proposed Noise Ordinance changes and Group Assembly Ordinance. The meeting most convenient to Braddock residents is Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 in the Board Room. As always, send your thoughts on both proposals to Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov
Draft Residential Studio Unit (RSU) Ordinance
The Planning Commission RSU Committee has continued to meet over the winter to receive information and comments on a possible ordinance that would allow these efficiency (zero bedroom) units to be built in Fairfax County. Braddock Planning Commissioner Nell Hurley serves on this committee. On April 9, staff provided a revised draft of the ordinance for consideration by the committee. Your thoughts and comments on this latest draft are welcomed and should be sent to both BraddockPlanning@gmail.com and Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov. The next scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission on this topic is May 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms 4/5 at the Government Center. All meetings are open to the public and there are opportunities for comment.
Kings Park Shopping Center Community Meeting
Location: Braddock Hall | Date: May 29| Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Regency Centers recently had its site plan approved for the renovation of the Kings Park Shopping Center. Site work will begin in late May and will include the demolition of the Veterinary Clinic on Rolling Road. Giant Food will fully close during the month of June and common area improvements, including façade enhancements, repaving and a new patio area will begin in early July and should be complete in the October/November timeframe. The existing Giant will be demolished and expects to reopen in the Spring of 2015. Renderings are available in the Braddock Office for review.
Garden World. (RZ/FDP-2014-BR-007) Supervisor Cook hosted a
Community Information Meeting on April 22 for residents to hear about the
proposal by Capretti Land and NVR, Inc. to place 41 single family homes
on a 14 acre parcel that will front Lee Highway and have egress on Forest
Hill Drive. The density is 2.95 homes per acre and the project is
proposed to be served by 24 foot wide private streets. Over 50 residents
attended the meeting and asked questions about traffic impacts, open
space, parking, stormwater and tree preservation. There was also concern
voiced about connecting the project to an adjacent subdivision that feeds
onto Shirley Gate Road. The project includes a “reservation” of a 1.6
acres strip of about 75 foot deep along Lee Highway that would be held
for the construction of a grade separated interchange at Shirley Gate
Road and Lee Highway sometime in the future. That area would remain
uncleared. The applicant indicated that comments and suggestions would be
considered in reworking the plan. The Braddock District Land Use
Committee has formed a group that will closely examine this
Burke Junction. Supervisor Cook hosted a Community Information meeting on Monday night, May 5, at Bonnie Brae Elementary School where the development team for this proposed new sub division of 16 single family homes presented its proposal to the community. The density for this development is 1.95 homes per acre which is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Access to the homes would be on Zion Drive. Concerns about traffic were raised by the community and the applicant showed how the final access would line up with Hilliard Lake Drive in Chatham Town at such time as the property owners to the north were ready to develop.