February 11, 2004 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee
Non-motorized Transportation Committee Meeting
February 11, 2004
Call To Order: Chairman Bennett called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Members Attending: Larry Butler, Wade Smith, Bruce Wright, Kevin Brugman, Christopher O'Brien, Michael Shannon, Mary Flowers, Walter Brodtman, Ann Bennett, Dan Iglhaut, Paul Johnson, Jenny Pate
Staff Attending: Chris Wells, Sheng-Jieh Leu, Ahmed Rayyan, Michael Guarino
Visitors: J. Dennis Harcketts, Chuck Neff, Mary Theresa Flynn
Kevin Brugman agreed to take minutes.
Election of Officers
The nominating committee recommended Bruce Wright be nominated for the Chair position. There were no other recommendations. Michael Shannon nominated Bruce Wright as Chair, Christopher O'Brien seconded. There was unanimous agreement on Bruce Wright as Chair.
Bruce's first act as Chair was to Thank Ann Bennett for all her efforts as the previous Chair.
Jenny Pate recommended that instead of having a permanent Secretary, that the position rotates among the members. A sign up sheet was passed around with the following assignments:
- March - Robert Michie
- April - Jenny Pate
- May - Wade Smith
- June - Dan Iglhaut
- July - Michael Shannon
- August - Christopher O'Brien
- September - Larry Butler
- October - Walter Brodtman
- November - Mary Flowers
- December - Open
Jenny Pate moved acceptance of the February Minutes, Walter Brodtman seconded. Mike Brennan recommended 1 change, he was not in attendance at the Feb Meeting. Minutes accepted with the change
Michael Guarino from DPWES provided an overview of on-going projects. A written copy was provided to attendees.
Chris Wells from DOT briefed several topics:
There is a Bond proposal for an estimated $160M being proposed. The proposal will include a number of pedestrian projects.
Pedestrian friendly legislation is in the works in Richmond. HB 539 is still in discussion and alive in the legislature.
Chris Wells is attending a VDOT Pedestrian Policy meeting. Any comments need to be sent to him by COB 17 Feb. One of the key issues will be snow removal from state maintained walkways.
There will be a Walkable Communities Workshop held on 4 May focusing on the Fairfax County portion of US Rte 1. The workshop will be held at the South County at 8:00 AM.
Pedestrian Task Force
Dottie Cousineaux is working with Chris Wells on the Pedestrian Outreach Project. The First meeting is Monday, Feb 23, 7:30 PM at the Herrity Bldg. Wade Smith and Bruce Wright are the NMTC representatives to the Task Force.
There is a push within county staff to require sidewalks on both sides of the street in residential and business areas.
Sheng-Jieh Leu Advised that all the Districts have established Walkway funds for Developer donations that can be used for projects within their District.
The Fairlee Planning amendment is in the works. No specifics.
The trail scoping discussions from January were deferred til March.
Ms Mary Theresa Flynn, A Land Use Attorney came to the Committee with some ideas about improving the developer/county coordination. She is currently involved with a development where the developers want to put in useful trails but is confused if the county government is truly supportive of a trails and walkways. Her comparison is the policy of affordable dwellings and where the county will allow increased density in proper locations for adding affordable housing. Currently the county does not give any benefits for adding trails to the network.
Ms Flynn's recommendation is to give the developer a tangible benefit if a well-designed and properly maintained trail connects to the existing trail system and provides a value connectivity. Ms Flynn has agreed to work with the NMTC to develop a draft skeleton plan for the county.
Chris Wells brought up that most of the transportation requirement is a State responsibility and wondered if this was being done anywhere else? Paul Johnson responded that revitalization areas allow higher density for adding enhancements to the area. This is a social policy that could work in areas near metro or business areas.
Beltway Hot Lanes
Wade Smith is concerned that the proposed Hot Lanes on the Beltway may add to increased isolation making it harder for non-motorized crossing of the Beltway. Chris Wells responded that current Board policy is that road widening must include pedestrian access but was not sure about bike access. He took the action to follow up on that.
Mike Shannon then made the motion to adjourn. Paul Johnson seconded and it was unanimously approved.