June 14, 2000 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Members Present - Mike Shannon (chair - Springfield)), Walter Brodtman (WABA), Joan Edwards (Clifton Horse Society), Karen Lanham (FCPA), Ann Bennett (at large), Chet McLaren (Braddock), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill), Tony Matos (Lee), Bunyan Bryant (Mason), Kate Rudacille (NVRPA), Mark Trostle (NVBIA)


Staff - David Marshall, Sheng Leu - DPZ; Ahmed Rayyan, Randall Flowers, Basil Safi - DPWES; Jenny Pate - FCPA

Call to order - introduction of new FCPA staff - Karen Lanham, Section Chief for Planning (including Greenways and Trails) in the Planning and Development Division

Approval of Minutes of May 10, 2000 - The letter specified in May minutes regarding prioritization of projects was sent to Mrs. Hanley and was handed out to the committee for review. Minutes were approved unanimously with a motion by Walter Brodtman and second by Bunyan Bryant

On-Road Bike Lanes Subcommittee Report - Walter Brodtman presented the subcommittee report, which was previously e-mailed and also handed out at the meeting. Additions may be made based on comments from neighboring jurisdictions and comments from committee members. Based on comments by Debby Leser, Route 28 will be added to the plan allowing the possibility of connecting to the W & OD and Dulles Airport. No. 10 item in the report , including on-road through Clifton area, will be considered as an alternative to the "tandem" trail in this area. This plan is the beginning of a route map for a connecting network. The draft plan will be reviewed by Charlie Strunk in the Department of Transportation, then by VDOT, to be ultimately included in the Comprehensive Plan.

Countywide Trails Plan Update - Policy Questions - David Marshall led a discussion of policy issues sent to members earlier, as well as additional concerns.

On-road bike lanes could include requirement of PFM modification (to be considered separately). The plan also could include "bike routes" on lower volume streets. An agreement was reached to show "on street bike routes" in the final plan, which would include lanes and low volume street routes.

Tandem trails are generally developed at an 8' asphalt trail off-center within the 12' easement, to allow 4' of natural surface for equestrian use. The discussion included options of removing all "tandem" trail from the plan, removing only in the Occoquan watershed district, putting the two types of trail on opposite sides of the road or within two easements on the same side. Committee requests a recommendation from the district representatives with the tandem trail within their districts (mainly Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Sully and Springfield) to review at July meeting for final approval at the September meeting.

Soft surface trails, or stonedust trails were discussed. The consensus was to leave the trail designations as they currently are and let any changes come forward through citizen input.

The Cross County Trail, as well as the W & OD and the Mount Vernon trails will be delineated on the trail plan with an overlay color and a label. The individual components of the Cross County trail will remain designated separately (Accotink Stream Valley, Difficult Run Stream Valley, and Pohick Stream valley, as well as other connectors, including a portion of the W & OD.)

Sheng Leu asked if a portion of a service road can be used as a trail connection? The committee agreed that sometimes it could be appropriate if there are no other possibilities.

Ann Bennett asked how can we designate "pieced together" trail routes? Ahmed Rayyan suggested that funding be designated to sign and mark the corridors.

David Marshall and Sheng Leu will pursue the question of whether infill development lots (single lot exemption) can be required to construct portions of the trail plan.

Status of New Trail Projects - Randall Flowers presented lists of inactive projects that have previously been funded and requested input on their projects from the district representatives to Mike Shannon. By the end of the month Mike should also have comments from the district reps concerning their recommendations for FY 2001 projects.

Chair's Report - the letter handed out to committee members earlier in the meeting was sent - any comments should be given to Mike as soon as possible.

Old Business

Subcommittee Reports - Jenny Pate shared two reports - the COG report - Priorities 2000 Metropolitan Washington Greenways Draft - May 2000 and The National Bicycling and Walking Study - Transportation Choices for a Changing America. Either may be reviewed by contacting Jenny.

Web Site for Committee - Bruce Wright is planning the web site and will post a draft mock-up for review by committee members.

Sheng Leu reported that the new county trail maps will be printed with a tax map grid for location purposes.

Adjournment - 9:45 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Jenny Pate


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