Land Use Round-Up: Ongoing and Forthcoming Cases

There are a number of land use cases in the Braddock District which have either recently been filed or are now scheduled for public hearings before the Board of Supervisors. I want to be sure you are aware of these cases and expect to hold community involvement meetings on several of them. 

Area Plan Review Task Force
Fairfax County is about to begin the 2009-2010 South County Area Plan Review (APR) cycle. This is the community’s opportunity to participate in the land use planning process by submitting proposals on any parcel of land in the Braddock District. The nomination submission period runs from August 3 through September 16, 2009. I am currently looking for Braddock residents to serve on a Task Force for an abbreviated two month period to suggest Plan amendments beginning in early July. I will also be establishing a broader Task Force to review all nominations that have been submitted and accepted by the County. This group would be formed in the fall. Please contact me at if you are interested in serving on either group.  No land use experience is necessary.

Medical Facilities of America (Burke Health and Rehab Center)
The owner has proposed to construct 4,000 square feet of recreation and rehabilitation space to serve its existing patients. The campus also includes the Heatherwood Nursing Home with joint access from Burke Center Parkway. Issues regarding shared use of parking spaces have now been resolved. The public hearing before the Planning Commission was held on December 11, 2008 and the public hearing before the BOS is expected this summer. 

Endorsed by the West Springfield Civic Association, this application proposes to convert the existing mini-mart which has operated on the site since 1979 to a quick service food store. A second canopied structure will continue to operate as a four pump service station. The application includes planting and tree save, creating an increase in overall open space. Significantly, the dangerous left turn from Rolling Road into the existing access road will be closed at Trayford Lane; instead, a new ingress at the rear of the property will be created.

Bourj, Inc. (Westwood College)
This Special Exception will allow the college to make interior modifications at 7611 Little River Turnpike, a building immediately adjacent to its present location. There will be 12 faculty and an average of 90 students per day at this location, with sufficient structured parking available to accommodate both.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church
A 2232 application has been filed by T-Mobile to construct a telecommunications tower within the steeple of this church on Twinbrook Road, resulting in a 15 foot increase in steeple height. Three screened equipment cabinets to service the tower would be placed on the roof of the church.

Commonwealth Swim Club
In response to community concerns expressed last year, T-Mobile has submitted a revised application to construct a 120 foot telecommunications tower at the swim club location: 9800 Commonwealth Blvd. The structure would be disguised as a “tree pole.” I expect to host a community meeting to review the application over the summer. In preparation, a balloon will be flown at the new height and location.

University Mall
The applicant has filed a Special Exception to make modifications and to expand at its existing location on Braddock Road. An initial community meeting was held on June 3 at 7pm in Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library as part of the regular Braddock-GMU Forum. I plan to hold additional meetings once the application is accepted for processing by the County.

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