A Look at Land Use Cases in the Braddock District: University Mall Moves Forward, Three Cell Towers

Three free standing cell towers have recently been proposed for the Braddock District. Two of these towers are located in industrial zones, but will be within the view of nearby residential communities. The third is located within a residential community.

Shurgard Storage Tree Pole (2232-B09-31)
A 150 foot “treepole” has been proposed by T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless at the Shurgard Storage facility - 5797 Burke Centre Parkway - behind Kohl’s, on land that abuts the Norfolk Southern/VRE railroad tracks.

A community balloon test was held on December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The balloon was flown at the proposed height of the pole. It will be followed by a community information meeting for Burke residents at 7:30 p.m. on January 6 at The Landings Community Room, 6001 Cove Landing Road.

A similar meeting was held with residents of Fairfax Club Estates in October. The Planning Commission Public Hearing is currently scheduled for January 19, 2011. Interested residents can sign up to testify before the Planning Commission by calling (703)324-2865 prior to 3:00 P.M. on the day of the public hearing or on line at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/speaker.htm

Port Royal Road Monopole (2232-B10-15)
A 120 foot Cell Tower has been proposed to be placed at the rear of an industrial facility at 5405 Port Royal Road in Springfield. The Application has been submitted by T-Mobile Northeast. A Balloon Test took place on Saturday, November 13. The pole was not visible from most locations in the Ravensworth and North Springfield communities.

The staff report has now been issued and is available for review on-line here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/2232/staffreports/2232-b10-15.pdf. The Planning Commission Public Hearing was held on December 9.

Commonwealth Swim Club Tree Pole (SE-2009-BR-020)
This T-Mobile application, originally filed in 2006, was withdrawn over a year ago while the Club resolved a number of ownership issues. The applicant proposes a tree pole at a height of 120 feet. This project will require a 2232 Review, a Special Exception and a Special Permit Amendment. In June, 2009 a balloon test was conducted.

A public hearing before the Planning Commission has been tentatively scheduled for April 6, 2011. Supervisor Cook will hold an informational meeting for the community in early 2011.

University Mall Rezoning Application Moves Forward
After many months of thorough review by the Planning Staff and VDOT, College Town Associates recently submitted a new set of proffers to the County in advance of its public hearing before the Planning Commission, currently scheduled for January 19, 2011.

The proffers have been placed on the Braddock District website and can be found at this link: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/braddock/pdfs/proffers_11-30-10_rev_02.pdf

Should you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to contact the office. Supervisor Cook would very much like to hear from nearby residents with any issues that they believe may still need to be addressed. A detailed analysis, including a link to the published staff report, will be available in January.

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