Braddock District Land Use Update

Trinity Christian School. (SEA 96-B-010-02)
A public hearing before the Planning Commission was held on July 28 to consider an expansion of operational hours and uses at this school at 11204 Braddock Road. Planning Commissioner Harsel, after hearing testimony on a number of unresolved issues, deferred a decision on this application until September 15, 2011. Over the summer, meetings have been held with the School and adjacent neighbors.

Revised development conditions that have been agreed to by Trinity Christian School, and will be the basis on which Commissioner Harsel will make a motion to the Planning Commission, have been made available to all area Homeowner Associations. Anyone wishing a copy of those conditions should contact the Braddock District office at 703-425-9300. If the Planning Commission approves the application, a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2011.

Ridgeview (RZ-2011-BR-014, FDP 2011-BR-014)
Midland Road LLC and the Ridgewood Commercial Owners Association propose to revise the approved uses of two parcels located at the intersection of Government Center Parkway and Ridge Top Road. The modifications were endorsed by the Springfield 2009 APR Task Force, and would place 39 townhouses on a site formerly proposed for office use and to construct up to 35,000 square feet of community oriented office uses in place of a multi-family building. Staff has made preliminary recommendations on revisions to this application. A Community Information Meeting is now scheduled for September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 2 and 3 of the Government Center.

Supervisors Hearing Scheduled for Commonwealth Swim Club

A public hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals was held August 3 on the proposal by Commonwealth Swim Club to amend its Special Permit (SPA 79-A-075-03) to locate a 120 foot cell tower on the rear parking lot of its 5.4 acre site adjacent to the tennis courts.

The BZA unanimously approved this application after making several modifications to the development conditions. These conditions require that the applicant substantially enhance the plantings that will serve as a screening for residents on Commonwealth Blvd. and on Walport Lane who abut the site. The applicant has also agreed to assess existing vegetation and remove anything that is dead or diseased; replace them with new plantings and to remain active in their maintenance. Anyone wishing a complete copy of the BZA findings and conditions should contact the Braddock Office at 703-425-9300. The Planning Commission previously recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve this application. A copy of the staff report can be accessed here:

A public hearing before the Board of Supervisors is currently scheduled for September 27, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. To testify at this hearing, contact the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703-324-3151 or register on-line at: If you cannot attend the meeting but wish to submit testimony for the record, please send an e-mail to If you are representing yourself, you will have three minutes to speak. If you represent an organization, you will have five minutes. Please bring 15 copies of anything you wish to have distributed to the Board.

County Equestrian Task Force Seeks Input

The Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County has appointed an Equestrian Task Force to consider the future development for horse related activities in the County. They will be considering needs and services impacting the equestrian community and will present recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in March, 2012.

To better understand which equestrian services are wanted by and of interest to Fairfax County residents, the Task Force has created two online surveys. The first survey, for Active Equestrians, is designed for those who are currently part of and active in the equestrian community. It asks detailed questions about type and frequency of involvement. It can be found at:

The second survey, General Interest, is intended for any member of the public who may have an interest in equestrian activities. It asks short questions about general level of interest in equestrian activities and programs. It can be found at:

The Task Force has also asked that you share this information with other friends and neighbors who may be interested. More information about the Task Force itself can be found at:

Braddock and Springfield Host Area Plan Review Retrospective

On September 27, at 6:30 p.m. in County Government Center, (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA) the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a meeting at which citizens can hear and make comments on how to improve the Area Plans Review (APR) process. APR is the primary means by which the county reviews and updates its Comprehensive Plan.
The retrospective will evaluate how this process can better expand public outreach, provide a more holistic approach to review and enhance land use and transportation analysis. Any Braddock resident with an interest in land use in Fairfax is welcome to attend. To learn more go to the following link:

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