Sully District Council of Citizens Associations

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Agenda for 18 May 2020 Joint Sully District Land Use and Transportation Meeting
by Jeff Parnes

  1. The Joint Sully District Land Use and Transportation Meeting will meet virtually at 7:00 p.m. on 18 May 2020 Due to the intensification of the coronavirus pandemic this meeting will be conducted online only! This meeting will be held using a WebEx meeting url. Meeting Information:
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  4. The Sully District Council meeting is scheduled for 7:00, Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
  5. Joint Sully Land Use and Transportation Committee topics

    1. Stanley Martin Stonebrook Rezoning and Final Development Plan (RZ/FDP 2019-SU-005 & PCA 78-S-063-08)
    2. Fairfax ZMod: Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and home-based businesses (HBB)
      • Fairfax is modernizing its zoning ordinance. They are adjusting regulations on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and home-based businesses.
      • Our speakers Casey Judge, Senior Planner, and Carmen Bishop, AICP, Principal Planner, Ordinance Administration Branch, Zoning Administration Division, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, provided this presentation for tonight's meeting (pdf) (pptx)
        • ADU's are only allowed for single-family detached homes in the county and currently require an occupant to be over the age of 55 or a person with a disability. The proposed regulations will remove the age and disability requirement, update the size limitations and ease the approval process for interested homeowners.
        • The county is looking at ways to consolidate the home-based business approval process and create a more equitable system. The proposed regulations will allow most home-based business owners to apply through an administrative process instead of the traditional public hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals.
      • The proposed changes are part of zMOD, an effort to modernize zoning ordinances in Fairfax County.
      • Learn about the proposed changes and share your feedback here by 31 May.
    3. Affordable Housing is Environmental Justice
      • Proponent: Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, 86th District
      • Proposal: From a recent mailing:
        • We don't always talk about it this way, but affordable housing and zoning are issues of climate and environmental justice.
        • Simply put, single-family homes are worse for the environment than higher-density (and more affordable) housing like apartments, duplexes, and townhomes.
        • A big reason is carbon emissions. Not only does low-density housing use energy less efficiently, but zoning exclusively for single-family homes increases a community's reliance on cars while making it harder for people like you and me to find an affordable place to live.
        • Where we allow affordable housing to be built also has huge implications for environmental justice. Research shows that Black and brown neighborhoods bear the weight of pollution. But exclusionary zoning makes finding a home in a better neighborhood out the question by design.
        • If we embraced density in our communities, we could cut back on carbon emissions while making it feasible for so many low-income people to use public transit.
        • The bottom line is, the movement we are building here in Virginia understands that housing and transit are essential components of tackling the climate crisis and lifting up the working class.
        Does the JSDLU&TC wish to take position on this proposal?
      • Karen Campblin, Sierra VA. Co Chair, Smart Growth and Transportation, and Michelle Krocker, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, will attend to speak on this matter
    4. Article/emergency ordinance letter
      • Proponent: Sheila Dunheimer, President, Hunters Valley Association
      • Members of the JSDLU&TC:
        • I was on a conference call today with many citizens from across the County that had been involved in the drafting of this letter to the BOS. One of the attendees indicated that Providence Dist. LUC had met last week, and voted to support this letter as well. There are members of the SDCCA that have individually endorsed this letter, however, I think it would have more impact if the SDCCA voted to support this letter and notify the PC & BOS of such a vote. Can this be added to tonight's agenda for discussion? Thanks.
        • There were also a couple of great points presented in this conference call today re: the ADU zMod topic. We really need to push back on the current survey's biased language and deadline of 5/31/20. This topic should be broken into two pieces:
          1. ADUs must NOT be allowed BY RIGHT...period. To justify this action because there are so many illegal units out there is not logical. They are pushing the burden (time and cost) of enforcement onto citizens. Staff has yet to produce any language to answer Sup. Cortina's question about how this proposed amendment aligns with anything stated in the County's Strategic Planning for Housing.
          2. If Staff wants to update language in any ADU ordinance within the SE/SP process then definitions need to be very specific. For example:
            • Under "Maximum Density" the ZO discusses "single family detached dwelling units"/acre. For general reference...ZO language talks about seasonal and permanent occupancy of "homes" in some zones, but there is no mention of overall occupancy limits of our permanent single family detached dwelling units.
            • What is the definition of a "family"? What documentation is required to prove "family" membership?
            • Infrastructure requirements need to be specified - public water, public sewer, fire hydrants, etc.? Current sewage flow rates (12 VAC 5-610-670. Sewage flows) for a "Dwelling" are 75 gallons/day/person/dwelling...with the dwelling defined: "For all dwelling units the design shall be based on two persons per bedroom ."
            • What is a "bedroom"? Can other rooms (dining/family rooms) be converted to bedrooms after a dwelling construction plan is approved and built? Room conversions should definitely NOT be allowed on a lot with septic limitations, therefore the current sewage flow rate limitations (2 persons per bedroom) should become the basis for a standard "permanent dwelling maximum occupancy requirement" whether a dwelling is on septic or connected to public water/sewer.
            • How would this amendment affect "Cluster Subdivisions"?
            • How are the open space requirements for these ADU lots?
            • The entire Zoning "Maximum Densities" re: dwellings/acre will be essentially be thrown out the door and doubled with the current proposed amendment changes.
            • The definition of a "lot" is another topic that definitely should also be reviewed/revised as part of this entire discussion.
          3. This amendment would be felt immediately...and will forever destabilize current neighborhood structures.

  6. Items of General Interest:
  7. Scheduled Meetings/Activities:
  8. As circumstances permit, next month's meetings will start at 7 PM either virtually or in the Sully District Governmental Center Front Meeting Room, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151, unless otherwise indicated.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey M. Parnes
First Vice President
Sully District Council

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