November 12, 2003 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Non-motorized Transportation Committee Meeting

November 12, 2003

Members Attending: Ann Bennett (At-Large), Wade Smith (Dranesville), Jenny Pate (Fairfax Co Park Auth), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill District), Kevin Brugman (Mount Vernon), Christopher O’Brien (Mason), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), and Donald Emerson (Providence District).

Staff Attending: Sheng-Jieh Leu (DPZ).

Cross County Trail

Don Heine, Fairfax County Parks Authority, asked the committee to endorse an application to designate a section of the Cross County Trail as a connector trail as part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network Program. The nomination is in Riverbend Park. There will be a site for a nature interpretation program along the trail. FCPA is applying for a grant for the program.

Mr. Heine is preparing a nomination application. If the nomination is accepted, then he will apply for a grant. Money would be used for signs, interpretive centers, etc. The grant is in the range of $40,000-$70,000.

Mr. Emerson moved to endorse the nomination, Mr. O”Brien seconded. Unanimously passed.

Staff Reports

Mr. Leu - Chesapeake Bay preservation area mapping will be approved next Monday, effective the following day. There is a mention of Resource Protection Areas and that no development can occur in these areas. The area of RPAs has increased a great deal. Passive features such as trails can go through an RPA if they are less than 4 feet wide or less on private land, wider on public land. It should not have impact on trails.

Mr. Leu distributed a set of 2002 tax maps to all members present.

Ms. Pate - On Jan. 26, 2004 the Park Authority will sponsor the third annual Cross County Trail Caucus at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held at Woodson High School, located at 9525 Main Street in Fairfax. See for more information.

Dulles Metro Pedestrian/Bicycle Access

Mr. Smith discussed a meeting with WMATA staff, County staff, and Subcommittee members. The Preliminary Engineering phase of the Dulles Corridor Trail Project has started and the group discussed station design at all stations, concentrating on the Route 7 stations. WMATA will design all stations under PE, not just the Phase I stations (which end at Wiehle Ave.).

Public hearings are coming up in Dec. We were encouraged to put our comments on the record. The subcommittee will do that in writing and in person. County staff will also make comments.

Will there be any higher public officials asked to move the comments forward? Not yet but we should.

The subcommittee passed out a draft letter to the Board about bike/ped access at the stations. The letter will include the specific station-level comments as an addendum. Comments on the letter? Carbon copy all Board members whose districts are in the study area, and County staff.

Walkable Communities

Mr. Brugman noted that Walkable Communities workshops will be held next spring. There will be a series of workshops on Route 1 bike/ped issues. He recommends that everyone attend the one-day workshop.

October Meeting Minutes

The committee discussed several minor changes. Mr. Wright moved to approve, Mr. O”Brien seconded, approved.

Chair Report

Ms. Bennett said that there will be no committee meeting held in December. She will testify before the December 8 Board meeting on the countywide priority trials list. She will also mention the letter that the Metro ped access subcommittee is writing to the Board. Ms. Bennett said that District reps should talk to their Board members about the countywide trail priorities. There was no word on when the long-delayed Pedestrian Task Force will be formed.

Ms. Bennett will end her term as chair of the committee in January. A new chairperson will be selected at the January meeting. It was noted that committee members serve two-year terms.

Hearings for the VDOT six-year plan are coming up. We should post the URL on the NMTC website that allows viewing of information on all projects:

New Business

Mr. Brugman noted that the Gunston Hall trail from Gunston Hall to the entrance to Mason Neck Park may be completed by the end of year. Mason Neck State Park authorities will build a trail from their park to this trail (3 miles). A trail dedication planned.

On Nov. 17 there will be a public hearing on Fort Belvoir traffic issues.

Mr. Smith said that there will be a ribbon cutting on a section of the Lewinsville Rd trail in McLean. This section was built by a developer on an offsite location near Spring Hill Recreation Center.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.


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