April 14, 2004 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Minutes of the Fairfax County Non-Motorized Transportation Committee

Meeting on April 14, 2004 - meeting minutes by Jenny Pate

Members Present- Mike Shannon (Springfield - Acting Chair), Mike Brennan (Braddock), Wade Smith (Dranesville), Robert Michie (Lee), Kevin Brugman (Mt. Vernon), Mary Flowers (Clifton Horse Society), Walter Brodtman (WABA), Dan Igalhaut (NVRPA), Becky Cate (FCFCA), Paul Johnson (NVBIA), Jenny Pate (FCPA)

Staff Present - Sheng Leu (DPZ); Chris Wells (DOT), Ahmed Rayyan (DPWES)

Guest Present - Florence Naeve - Braddock Supervisory District Office


Call to order - Mike Shannon, Acting Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

Approval of Minutes for March 10, 2004 - Minutes were approved unanimously as corrected

Old Business - was shifted to first on the agenda to recognize the presence of Florence Naeve from Supervisor Bulova's office. She re-introduced a discussion of the ways to handle citizen trail requests. Florence provided three examples. The first was a missing trail link across VA Power property that would connect to bus stop and major trails. That project was moved ahead as there was funding and it was an access to transit. The second project was proposed by a person with a disability who moved into a neighborhood missing a sidewalk to access a shopping center. In that case, the Association President was asked to poll residents on the street who all agreed that it was a good idea and agreed to provide any necessary right-of-way. The third case came from a citizen not in the community, but the request was not supported in the community. The main point is that projects need support of the community if they are not primarily safety issues or school access routes. Braddock District reps think this support should be determined prior to staff working on cost estimating. No conclusions were drawn, but the committee was asked to think about policy and issues for the future.

Staff Reports - Sheng Leu announced that the monthly DPWES project status reports will be submitted via e-mail. At the request of some committee members, a hard copy will be generated and distributed every quarter.

Chris Wells announced that the COG sponsored “Street Smart” campaign has started again for this year and will run from April through May. This $375,000 program promotes safety for pedestrians and bikers, as well as driver awareness. There will be radio spots and cable TV spots as well as signs on bus shelters and buses.

Earlier in April there was a staff meeting with DPWES (Ahmed Rayyan and Barry Hickey), DPZ (Sheng Leu), and DT (Chris Wells, Mimi Murray, and Kathy Ichter) to discuss priority trail projects for the transportation bond. The idea is to keep the list flexible so that as the bond progresses and projects are completed, there are additional projects available for development. The existing list will have projects added from the NMTC prioritized list. In approximate priority order projects will be ranked with those already on the list first, then ongoing projects that need additional funding, projects that provide access to public transportation and other projects from the priority list. The list will be composed from a county perspective, to give the most bang for the buck.

Ahmed Rayyan stated that there is potential for as much as $1 million for trails in 3rd quarter review. There may also be funding in the newly approved budget - a report on this funding will be presented at the May meeting.

Chair Report - no additional information

New Business - Members proposed several items for consideration at future meetings. These included:

  • Policy and procedures for providing sidewalks and trails for schools - invite Gordon Lawrence- FCPS ( Mike Shannon)
  • A discussion of the rezoning/site plan review process and the consideration of proffers to be extended beyond the actual site (Wade Smith)
  • VDOT projects - repaving, especially, to include paved shoulders, other non-motorized accommodations (Wade Smith)
  • The escrow situation/waivers in general (Ahmed Rayyan)
  • Meeting with trail representatives from neighboring jurisdictions (Kevin Brugman)
  • Maintenance issues (Paul Johnson)

Mary Flowers announced that people in the area of Bull Run are planning to form a Friends of Bull Run group to fight the proposed route of the Tri-county Connector

Dan Igalhaut handed out information on the proposed Park Authority (NVRPA and FCPA) bond program with schedules of the public hearings to be held in the next month.

Adjournment - 9:15 p.m.


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