Dec 12, 2001 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Members Present - Ann Bennett (chair - at large), Mike Shannon (Springfield)), Walter Brodtman (WABA), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill), Bunyan Bryant (Mason), Bill Niedringhaus (Dranesville), Kevin Brugman (Mount Vernon), Don Emerson (Providence), Kate Rudacille (NVRPA), and Jenny Pate (FCPA)

Staff - David Marshall, Sheng Leu - DPZ; Michael Guarino - DPWES, Planning and Design


Call to order - Don Emerson, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

Approval of Minutes of November 14, 2001 - Minutes were approved unanimously with a motion by Mike Shannon, seconded by Bruce Wright

DPW Staff: Status of Construction Projects - Michael Guarino from the Planning and Design Branch of DPWES summarized the report which was handed out to all members present. During the discussion of projects being prepared for construction, Walter Brodtman noted that the already completed section of Hillside Road trail does not have a curb cut - one is needed. Michael will see that the cut occurs with the construction of the new section. Michael also notified the Committee of new staff recently hired by DPWES, an open-end contract award to Burgess and Niple for engineering services, and the status of the process redesign study for walkway and trail projects. Kevin Brugman and Don Emerson questioned the delay on the trail projects and Michael explained some of the reasons for "slippage" in the work schedules.

Status of Out-of-Turn Amendment - Ann Bennett ran the meeting from this point on. David Marshall explained the basic procedure - after the Planning Commission (PC) Public Hearing, the PC will likely defer their decision to another date and complete a mark-up. We will encourage Laurie Frost Wilson to make the motion to the Commission with recommended changes. Each Planning Commission member can also make their own amendments.

The Committee discussed modifications likely to be presented by citizens at the Public Hearing in four districts.

In Mt. Vernon District, Kevin Brugman recommended the Committee support four of five changes proposed by citizens in the area

  • Remove the stream valley trails along the Potomac River all the Way from the Alexandria District Line to the Prince William District Line to include stream valley trails along the Accotink Creek within Ft. Belvoir.


  • Remove the references to any trails within Ft Belvoir to include the following roads : Beulah Street, Woodlawn Road, John J. Kingman, and Meers Road. These have either been closed off or are no longer accessible to the general public.
  • Add a 10 ft major paved path along Cameron Run from Rte 1 to Telegraph Road, crossing Telegraph Road and continuing along Cameron Run to where it would connect to the proposed trail within the City of Alexandria.
  • Regarding the planned road that will parallel Woodlawn Road called Mulligan Road, include a multi-use path on one side, a sidewalk on the other along with diamond marked "On-Road" bike lanes along both sides of the roadway.

Kevin moved the recommendation for the Committee to support the changes and Mike Shannon seconded. The motion was approved with 7 affirmative votes, 1 opposition (Bill Niedringhaus) and 2 abstentions (Kate Rudacille and Jenny Pate).

In Hunter Mill District it is likely that citizens will oppose the on road bike facility along Hunter Mill Road, seeing such a facility as support of VDOT's plan for construction along the road.

In Springfield District the Occoquan Watershed Coalition is planning to bring forward the OTPA deferred in 1998-1999as well as additional trail removals within the RC area.

In Dranesville District, Great Falls Trail Blazers will be discussing several issues, including changing the surface of the trail along Georgetown Pike and a different trail section detail with grass planted on a stonedust base.

Sheng Leu reported that he has received comments from other County agencies on the plan and will compile those comments and forward them to Committee members prior to the January 9 meeting.

Preliminary Budget Discussions - Chairman Bennett noted the lack of funding at the local and the state level. We need even more than previously to show other sources of funding for trails.

Staff Report - Sheng Leu gave each member 10 sets of the new existing trails map. He also handed out revised versions of the trail plan, showing the stream valley trails as approved by the Committee and based on the FCPA recommendation in February 2001. Doug Pickford of the Northern Virginia Planning Commission is hiring a consultant to work on the route for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Fairfax County. There is a proposal to develop a log to trace the progress of trail waiver requests and approvals. He will e-mail trail waiver requests to the appropriate Committee member, giving them a week to respond.

Old Business - Mike Shannon thanked Park Authority staff, including Jenny Pate and Christina Schuler, for the successful completion of the South Run Stream Valley Trail in Springfield and Mt. Vernon Districts.

New Business - On January 9 there will be a meeting to begin planning for National Trail Day events throughout Northern Virginia. Anyone with suggested programs or other ideas should contact Ann Bennett before that time.

Adjournment - 9:30 p.m.


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