Braddock District Land Use Update

Planning Commission Hearing on University Mall Scheduled for January 19 at 8:00 pm, Staff Report Published

The official staff report for the University Mall rezoning was published on January 5 and copies will be available in the Braddock office starting January 10. However, an on-line copy of the Staff Report can be read by going to the following site: and clicking the link for zoning case search. Enter RZ-2009-BR-015, click the case and then click the link for “staff reports” on the left.

Staff is recommending approval of the application, subject to proffers dated November 20, 2010. To testify at the public hearing call 703-324-2865 or sign up on line at Individuals may speak for 5 minutes and representatives of Associations may speak for 10 minutes. At the quarterly meeting of the University Community Forum on January 26 at 7:30 pm, a final presentation will be made before this item comes to the Board of Supervisors for a public hearing. Anyone with outstanding concerns or questions is encouraged to attend this briefing. It will be held in Braddock Hall at 9002 Burke Lake Road.

Fairfax Water to Replace Main in Greenfield Farm Community

In early January, an existing water main in the Greenfield Farm community will be replaced by Fairfax Water as part of its ongoing infrastructure maintenance program. The existing pipe, on Duxford Place and Barnstable Court, which was installed decades ago, will be replaced with newer materials that are not as susceptible to water main breaks. Traffic access to the neighborhood, including to the driveways of individual residents will be maintained during this month long project which has been slightly delayed by recent weather.

The actual excavation should last only about 1 ½ weeks. Although immediately impacted neighbors have been advised by mail, any member of the community with questions or concerns on this project can contact Jerry Scott at 703-289-6351.

Construction Beginning in the Simpson Subdivision

Recently there has been some significant clearing of trees at the southwest intersection of Burke Road and Burke Lake Road adjacent to the Southern Railroad tracks. This work is a product of a “by-right” subdivision approved in 2005 that never began construction. The parcel is 3.9 acres and will have 5 homes. The current zoning for this area is R-2 (2 homes per acre) and the average lot size is about 21,000 square feet. Approximately 60,000 square feet of land has been dedicated to the Fairfax County Park Authority. The homes will all have access to sewer.

A major reason for additional clearing on this parcel was that VDOT’s requirements for maintaining an adequate line of sight for egress from the subdivision have changed since this plan was first approved. There is a horizontal curve in Burke Road as it approaches Burke Lake Road. Cars exiting the subdivision must be able to see traffic approaching in both directions set back from a distance of 14.5 feet into the parcel. The “design speed” for Burke Road is 40 miles per hour, and there must be 10 feet of sight distance for each ‘mile per hour’ that cars travel. Plans are now available in the Braddock office for anyone who would like to examine them. The homes will be served by a private road.

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