A Look at Land Use Cases in the Braddock District
Planning Commission Public Hearing on Woodson Bus Lot pushed back to
Supervisor Cook hosted a Community Information Meeting on October 14 to discuss a proposal made by Fairfax County Public Schools to create a Parking Lot for 51 busses and 31 cars on school owned property at the corner of Pickett Road and Little River Turnpike on the campus of Woodson High School. Almost 200 parents, residents and students attended this meeting.
Unfortunately, much of the detailed information that participants were looking for, including a comprehensive traffic analysis, was not yet available. The Planning Commission public hearing has been delayed until January 19, 2011. Supervisor Cook plans to host a second community meeting after the holidays, with more information on that forthcoming.
On November 3, 2010 the Planning Commission approved a rezoning for a nine house project on Burke Lake Road called Bryce Estates. It will be before the Board of Supervisors for their consideration at a Public Hearing on November 16 at 3:30 p.m. Copies of the formal Staff Report are available in the Braddock office for review, or can be accessed on-line by going to the following site: http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet. Next click the link to “zoning case search” and enter the following information: RZ-2010-BR-003 and select “staff reports” to read the current proffers and recommendations. To testify at the public hearing, please call the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151 or register on-line at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bosclerk/speaker_bos.htm.
The University Mall land use case is still under active staff review but is scheduled for a formal hearing before the Planning Commission on December 9. On October 5, Supervisor Cook hosted a community information meeting at Oak View Elementary School, providing impacted residents with the opportunity to make comments and suggestions regarding this application. As it stands, College Town Associates, the developer, proposes to add approximately five new buildings and two large additions of 75,000 square feet to the seven existing buildings on the site.
Staff is closely reviewing layout, stormwater and transportation impacts of this project, and a number of good suggestions were made by the community. To see the full power point presentation from the community meeting, see the online version of this article. Next month, if the schedule remains firm, Supervisor Cook will have a link to the staff report and also explain how to sign up for the public hearing before the Planning Commission.
Port Royal Road Cell Tower
A new 120 foot Cell Tower has been proposed to be placed at the rear of 5405 Port Royal Road in Springfield. The Application is 2232-B10-15, and has been submitted by T-Mobile Northeast.
A Balloon Test will take place on Saturday, November 13, with a rain date of November 20. The balloon will fly at the height of the proposed pole from 8 a.m. to11 a.m. and residents of the area should check to see if the pole is visible from their communities. While Supervisor Cook has previously contacted the Presidents of the most impacted communities, we are continually looking for feedback and urge you to provide any further thoughts and suggestions you have.
Shurgard Storage Cell Tower
A second 150 foot Cell Tower has been proposed to be placed at the rear of the Shurgard Storage facility - behind the Kohl’s Department Store at 5797 Burke Center Parkway (2232-B09-31). The “tree pole” would be shared by T-Mobile and Verizon to fill service gaps in Burke. A preliminary community meeting with residents from Fairfax Club Estates was held at Bonnie Brae Elementary School on October 14. A balloon flying is tentatively scheduled in mid-December but has not been confirmed.