Braddock District Land Use Update

University Mall Rezoning -

On January 19, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposal by College Town Associates to rezone the University Mall, located at Braddock Road and Route 123 across from George Mason University. A number of issues remained unresolved, and the Commission deferred a decision on this case until April, 3, 2011. A formal date for a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors is not finalized.

Individuals who testified at the hearing focused on a number of issues, including: lighting, security, trash collection, a fenced area where the Veterinary Clinic could better control animal waste, the playground for the child care center, design of the new stormwater detention system and the height of three proposed accent towers. Questions were also raised about specific retail uses on the side of the mall that faces the Country Club View community and the impact of lighted signage. The applicant must also work with 10 private covenant holders on Portsmouth Road to gain their specific acceptance of the proposal.

A community meeting to discuss these and other concerns will be held at Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Road, on February 23, at 7:30 pm.
To facilitate your review of this application, please go to my website: and click the link for the February 23rd meeting. A full set of plans, renderings and the staff report can be viewed at any time in my office. Supervisor Cook believes that this application is significantly improved from its original 2009 submittal. With your participation, he hopes that it will become a facility in which the community can have a great deal of pride.

Commonwealth Swim Club -

Another application which has recently been reactivated is the proposal for a Special Exception (SE-2009-BR-020 associated with SPA 79-075-03) by T-Mobile to place a 120 foot telecommunications tower disguised as a pine tree at the Commonwealth Swim Club, 9800 Commonwealth Boulevard. Because this proposal would place a cell tower in a residential community, this application will come before both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. A tentative public hearing before the Planning Commission has been scheduled for April 5, 2011, though it is probable that this date will be deferred. Supervisor Cook intends to host another community meeting on this in the near future, although the application has not changed substantially from 2009.

Trinity School -

On January 20, 2011 Trinity Christian School submitted a Special Exception Amendment to amend the development conditions that restrict the after school and weekend activities that can be sponsored by the school. The amendment would permit the use of playing fields or school buildings by those not directly affiliated with the school. The amendment would permit boy and girls scout troops, community sports leagues or before and after school care, and summer camps to use the site. This application has not yet been accepted by the County for processing. Supervisor Cook will work closely with affected communities such as North Hills, George Mason Woods, Lake Braddock Estates and Brecon Ridge on possible impacts.

Song Subdivision -

Finally, Supervisor Cook has been advised that the Song Subdivision (SE 2010-BR-116), a proposal by Hyang and Yon Song, to subdivide a two acre parcel at 10511 Zion Drive, has been reactivated. This Special Exception was deferred indefinitely last spring, and is required because the existing lot is not wide enough to accommodate two lots in the R-1 zoning category. Under normal circumstances, each lot would have to have 150 feet. In this case, each lot is proposed to be 100 feet in width. There is also a significant environmental quality corridor at the rear of this property, much of which will become part of a permanent conservation easement. A meeting with the affected neighbors will be scheduled in the spring.

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