Minutes - Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory Board


March 18,2013
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Holland & Knight
1600 Tysons Blvd
Suite 700
Tysons Corner, VA

Board Members in Attendance:

Keith Turner, Tysons Partnership; Jon Cox, Avalonbay Communities; Stu Mendelsohn, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; Raymond Baxter, Hunter Mill District; Maria Hawthorne, Providence District; Kip Killmon, Kip Killmon's Tysons Ford; Ron Parson, Townhomes at the Reserve HOA; Claudia Diamond, Westwood Village HOA; Jim Policaro, Lerner; Mark Zetts, Dranesville District; Jane Seeman, Mayor, Town of Vienna; Molly Peacock, Providence District, Sally Horn, McLean Citizens Association; Jay Klug, Hunter Mill District

Board Members not in Attendance:

Michael Bogasky, Rotunda HOA; Cindy Clare, Kettler Management; Tim Steffan, Macerich

Others in Attendance:

Linda Smyth, Fairfax County Supervisor, Providence District; Barbara Byron, Office of Community Revitalization; Len Wales, Management and Budget; Joe LaHait, Management and Budget; Paul Davis, Hunter Mill District; Mike Carlin, Access Point; Sol Glasner, Tysons Partnership; Dan Rathbone, Transportation; Tom Biesiadny, Transportation; Ray Johnson, Transportation

Summary Meeting Minutes:

There being a quorum, the meeting was called to order at 8:10 am by Chairman Turner.

Mr Mendelsohn moved approval of meeting minutes from the February 27th, Ms Seeman seconded the motion. Meeting minutes were unanimously approved

Chairman Turner briefly discussed the role of the Service District Advisory Board. It was noted by Ms. Horn that the briefing materials from the previous meeting stated that the advisory board was also charged with considering alternative revenue options; she requested sourcing for this additional task for the Board inasmuch as the official written record of the BOS meeting available on the BOS website did not identify this as a task for the advisory board. Supervisor Smyth indicated that it should be in the oral record of the meeting, and County staff committed to providing the documentation.

Requests for Information made at the February 27th meeting were discussed extensively. Information pertaining to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act was held to a later time in the meeting. Ray Johnson mentioned that the Tysons-wide map of projects was included as part of the Power Point presentation, and followed up with a discussion of all existing and proposed taxes being paid by Tysons landowners and renters. Tom Biesiadny presented development figures based on GMU's 2008 report and 2010 and 2011 existing numbers. Overall, Board members were interested in the rate of development over the span of the Tysons funding plan, and agreed this is something to be monitored. Mr Cox requested a matrix of development around Metrorail stations.

Joe LaHait summarized the Dulles Rail Phase I Tax District (DRTD) Commission's recommendation of a $0.21 rate for the year FY 2014 and gave examples of finance models for the tax district based on various assessed values. Chairman Turner noted that the DRTD was modeled, and not to exceed, $0.29, this should be taken into consideration when considering the Tysons Transportation Service District tax rate.

Tom Biesiadny presented a summary of HB 2313. The Board has requested to know of the new revenues generated by this bill, how much of these revenues are attributed to Tysons. The Board would like to consider these revenues as an offset for service district requirements. Staff did mention that the current funding plan for Tysons has a deficit of approximately $200 million, excluding projects necessary for Tysons outside of Table 7.

Barbara Byron discussed the affordable housing policy for Tysons and explained what could roughly be expected in private sector contributions. It was explained the contribution would be $3 per square foot of development and could generate approximately $3.6 million starting in FY18 (provided the contribution is received in full and not paid in increments over time). Staff will be forwarding information related to affordable housing contributions to the Board.

Ray Johnson gave a presentation on Service District Improvements and Potential Rate. During the presentation several questions were raised leading to discussion. Supervisor Smyth stated that improvements along Route 7 should be considered regional and hence funded by NVTA HB 2313 funds. Concern was raised that transportation projects may be out pace development.

The Board requested to see a finance model based on a bell curve concept and one that has a more gradual stepped approach that ties in the Dulles Rail Phase I Tax District rate. A request was also made to review the project schedule spreadsheet.

Tom Biesiadny spoke briefly about FOIA and how it pertains to Tysons Partnership meetings.

The advisory board made a decision to meet at 4:30pm for the April 3rd meeting. The consensus was to meet at the same location, Tysons Blvd.

Having no further business, the board adjourned at 10:43am.

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