June 14, 2006 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee


Meeting Minutes - June 14, 2006

Minutes of the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Members Present- Bret Reynolds (Braddock), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill), Peter Christensen (Mount Vernon), Roger Diedrich (Providence), Dennis Frew (WABA), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), Liz Cronauer (FCPA), Gregory J. Galligan (At-Large), Wade Smith (Dranesville), Robert Michie (Lee), Michael Shannon (Springfield), Paul Johnson (NVBIA)

Staff Present- Sheng Leu (DPZ), Chris Wells (DOT)

Call to Order – Bruce Wright called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Approval of Meeting Minutes for May 10, 2006 – Minutes approved unanimously.

Proposed changes to PFM - Chris Wells lead a discussion of the proposed changes to the County’s Public Facilities Manual involving sidewalks. Basically sidewalks would be required on both sides of all developments except for those in an RE district (lots two acres or larger). Those developments would be required to have sidewalks on one side. There was a lengthy discussion of whether there should be sidewalks in these developments. Some felt that why put in walks that cannot connect to any thing. Wade Smith said lets get the trails when we can. It was noted that the Great Falls Trail Blazers would oppose any concrete and would prefer stone dust. The Trail Blazers also suggested that they would maintain the stone dust trail as VDOT would not maintain this type of trail. Chris said there was concern whether the maintenance of the trails could be given over to The Trail Blazers. Paul Johnson noted the problems of putting trails in RE districts, which have drain fields and avoiding the drain fields was a problem. It was suggested that rather than following the road right-of way the trail could meander thru a development. Bruce Wright asked Wade Smith to draft something to say that the committee would support having trails in the RE districts.

Trail Waiver procedures - Sheng Leu handed out a draft of procedures for handling trail waivers. The committee discussed how waivers were handled. Wade Smith noted that in certain situations it was better to ask the developer to proffer funds that the Supervisor could use for other trail projects. Paul Johnson said most builders would support this position. Another comment was that there should always be a justification with each waiver. Roger Diedrich would like to know when the representative’s position on a waiver was overruled. It seemed this varied by supervisory district. It was suggested if a representative had a problem they could bring it to the committee.

Staff Reports

Sheng Leu noted that the committee should have received the proposals for the south county.

Chris Wells noted that they are still wrestling with the issue of how the handle the rental of the bike lockers, which remain, un-rented. He is attempting a pilot program where they would take a non-refundable charge for the key to the lockers. They are also looking into whether this function could be contracted out. Wade Smith suggested that all bike racks and lockers should be protected from the elements by a roof.

Chris Wells discussed the proposed bike lanes along Stringfellow road. The proposed improvements would run between the Springfield and Sully districts. At a public meeting on the proposed changes VTOD had a questionnaire for the public, which was very slanted against the inclusion of bike lanes. In general the committee’s position was the there should be bike lanes of some sort along Stringfellow road.

Chair Report

Bruce Wright mentioned the proposed widening of the Fairfax County Parkway between the Dulles Toll road and Route 50. His concern was the effect of the widening on the bike trail along the parkway and improvement of the many dangerous crossings for the trail.

Also, a reminder to the committee that the 2007 Transportation Bond was coming up and now it the time to get your priority projects to your supervisors. The projects that got in the last bond are getting done.

He noted the creation of a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) committee and that T&S representatives should attend the meetings when possible. Information on the committee may be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/tod.htm.

Adjournment – 9:10 p.m.

Next meeting is July 14, 2006, Recorder is Roy Brooks.

Meeting minutes submitted by Dennis Frew.


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