Land Use Round-Up: Ongoing and Forthcoming Cases
7-Eleven Renovation Approval
On June 1, the Board of Supervisors concurred with my
recommendation and approved a Special Exception application from the
7-Eleven Corporation to tear down its store on Rolling Road and construct
a replacement quick service food store. There will be a separate service
station with 4 pumps and 8 fueling stations. Thirty-two percent of
the property will remain open space. The project will also retain a
5,500 square foot tree save area at the rear. Two bicycle racks
will be installed on the site and the applicant will also contribute
$10,000 toward the future construction of 2 additional pedestrian signals
at this intersection.
Most significantly, I believe that the project will improve the confusing and unsafe left turn from southbound Rolling Road onto eastbound Traford Lane and immediately into the service drive. A new entrance to the east will be created and 7-Eleven will create a public access easement across its site, giving access to McDonald’s and Embassy Autowash. A consolidated Rolling Road entrance will continue to permit only right-in and right-out access.
Area Plan Review Task Force
The South County Area Plan Review for 2009-2010 has now begun. Any citizen may nominate any parcel of land for a change. Copies of the process and the application are available in my office. Nominations are due by September 16, 2009. I invite any resident of Braddock to participate in a Task Force to review nominations. Just send an e-mail to Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov, with “APR Task Force,” in the subject line.
Westwood College and Burke Health and Rehab Center
Two Braddock District applications are coming before the Board in July. The first is a proposed expansion of Westwood College to accommodate 90 students and 12 staff at 7611 Little River Turnpike. The staff report is available in my office or on-line at http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4288969.PDF The second application is for the Burke Health and Rehab Center on Burke Center Parkway which proposes a 4,200 square foot addition to serve existing patients. The staff report can be found at: http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4287013.PDF or in my office.
The General Development Plan and preliminary application for the proposal by College Town Associates to expand the University Mall has been received in my office. Anyone wishing to look at these plans can stop by during business hours.
Commonwealth Swim Club
A balloon test for the proposed telecommunications tower at Commonwealth Swim Club took place on June 28. The balloon was flown at a height of 120 feet. I was present with the Braddock Planning Commissioner to hear citizen comments and to drive around the affected neighborhoods. I look forward to meeting with the community on July 7 at 7:00 pm in Braddock Hall.
Addressing the Issue of Looming
A Zoning Ordinance Amendment has been drafted to address impacts caused when taller houses are built adjacent to shorter houses in existing residential neighborhoods. This proposed amendment would require that site plans for a home must reflect the lower average ground level of either the pre-existing or finished grade when measuring the maximum height of a building. To read the staff report, come to my office or go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoningordinance/proposed and click over the words Single Family Detached Dwelling Grade. This is a first and measured step to preserve the character of older neighborhoods, reduce “looming” impacts and preserve the ability of a property owner to renovate an existing home or construct a new one.
Residential Infill Task Force
This group continues to meet to look at additional methods to maintain neighborhood compatibility. Currently, the group is looking at what zoning districts may be in need of additional measures; and the costs to homeowners who wish to modify their homes. Some ideas under consideration include measuring the “angle of bulk plane,” establishing setback ratios, providing screening to increase privacy for affected neighbors and taking no further action until current amendments have been in place long enough to see if they work.