Sully District Council of Citizens Associations
P.O. Box 230042
Sully Station, VA 20120-0042
Agenda for 18 May 2020 Joint Sully District Land Use and Transportation Meeting
by Jeff Parnes
- 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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- Report from Richmond
We have invited the five State Senators and the five Delegates who represent Sully
Joint Sully Land Use and Transportation Committee topics
- In light of an amendment to the Code of Virginia, the county has provided us with a statement be to read when our land use committee meets with a prospective applicant for a rezoning or proffer condition amendment (PCA) for new residential development and/or new residential use in areas of the County that are not exempt from Virginia Code Section 15.2-2303.4. It is recommended that if our committee is meeting with more than one applicant to read this statement for each rezoning/PCA.
- All times estimates are provided as a courtesy, presentations will start after the completion of the proceeding presentation, however long it takes. Recommend that presenters be ready at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
- Prospective presenters are requested to register on the Land Use and Transportation Committee Presentation Registration Form as a condition of their presentation.
- Stanley Martin Stonebrook Rezoning and Final Development Plan (RZ/FDP 2019-SU-005 & PCA 78-S-063-08)
Fairfax ZMod: Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and home-based businesses (HBB)
- Proponent: Andrew A. Painter, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C.
- Proposal: The Applicant is seeking a rezoning to the Planned Development Housing 16 (PDU-16) zoning district to permit the construction of 134 residential dwelling units, containing up to 120 two-over-two stacked townhomes, and 14 townhomes. The density of the proposed project is 11.13 dwelling units per acre. The proposed community will be located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Westfields Boulevard and Newbrook Drive, south of an existing pond, and opposite of The Field at Commonwealth Shopping Center. The Applicant will provide nine Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) and seven Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs). The Applicant is providing an approximately 95,500-square foot publicly-accessible terraced park and green corridor adjacent to Westfields Boulevard overlooking the pond. The terrace will be stepped/benched with hardscaping elements to provide a passive amphitheater-style park for the proposed community and Westfields at-large. This site will take advantage of the pond's visual elements and provide a softer visual identity to pedestrians and vehicles along Westfields Boulevard. An approximately 6,700-square foot community courtyard is proposed to be constructed between two stacked townhome rows, which will provide a physical connection for residents to the terraced park and green corridor to the north. This courtyard will extend south to provide an approximately 1,900-square foot bicycle amenity station open space which will be framed by stacked townhomes, and will provide a visual connection to Newbrook Drive and the existing Newbrook Drive trail. An approximately 5,900-square foot pocket park will serve as a focal point between the stacked townhomes and rear-load townhomes on the eastern end of the community, and will include playground equipment, trash bins, and seating.
- Location: 14224 & 14226 Newbrook Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151, Tax Map #44-1 ((8)) 05 & 06
Please see this web link to view/download the application: http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4661875.PDF
- Exempt: Is
- Read Statement: Not Applicable
There have been some changes since this was first brought for possible consideration by the Committee in December. An illustrative of the proposed development is attached.
- Michael Cooper, MWAA indicates the Airport position on this matter is clear and has been communicated to the Applicant.
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits new residential within the 65 LdN. Most all of the proposed new residential at Stonebrook is certainly located within Dulles' updated 65 LdN contour.
- Please see the 2nd enclosed .pdf file with the 65 Ldn slide I provided to Mr. Andrew Painter of Walsh Colucci. The "green line" surrounding Stonebrook depicts the 65 Ldn updated contour.
- That said, land use is a local government decision. I am available via cell (571) 239-0721 if anyone wishes to discuss this material (as currently, I am teleworking in accordance with state-issued COVID-19 recommendations).
- Sheila Dunheimer, President, Hunters Valley Association asked to display this attached slide during the Stanley Homes Q&A tonight? First of all, this residential project should NOT be approved...beyond that it should be noted for any future projects that this project ignored the RPA delineation line...and that should NOT be allowed to happen.
Affordable Housing is Environmental Justice
- 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.
Article/emergency ordinance letter
- Proponent: Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, 86th District
- Proposal: From a recent mailing:
Does the JSDLU&TC wish to take position on this proposal?
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- This amendment would be felt immediately...and will forever destabilize current neighborhood structures.
Items of General Interest:
- A webinar entitled Moving Northern VA Forward - Community Conversation on Transportation was held on 27 April 2020
Here are links to the recordings and information from the webinar
- Program Agenda (with recording times)
- Program Recording
- Presentations (PDF):
- Introduction - Karen Campblin, VSC NAACP & Kelsey Crane, Sierra Club
- Module 1 - Transportation Overview and Land Use | Stewart Schwartz & Sonya Breehey, Coalition For Smarter Growth (8:15)
- Module 2 - Legislative ReCap/Statewide Significant Programs | Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center (33:15)
- Module 2b - Locally Significant Programs - NVTA 6-Year Plan | Douglas Stewart, Sierra Club, Virginia (56:10)
- Module 3 - Equity in Transportation | Jane English, NAACP (1:07)
- Module 4a - Affordability / Housing | David Levine, Good Shepard Housing and Family Services (1:30)
- Module 4b - Middle Housing | David Levine, Good Shepard Housing and Family Services
- Module 5 - Decarbonizing Transportation | Steve Banashek, Sierra Club & Bobby Monacello, Mothers Out Front (1:46)
- Question and Answer Responses
- Please contact any of the presenters for more information or to learn how you can get involved with advocacy work in your local community. Click here for contact information. A warm thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible.
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.
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- Want to have a say in the future of transportation in the region? Comment on the candidate projects during the public comment period, occurring now through 11:59 p.m. May 24, 2020
- Here's your chance! The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority continues to seek public input on a list of 41 candidate transportation projects submitted by 13 jurisdictions and agencies across Northern Virginia for regional funding consideration, as part of the Six Year Program Update. The projects being evaluated cover multiple modes of transportation, including roadways, transit and pedestrian/bicycle facilities.
- The public can learn more about, and comment on, the candidate projects during the public comment period, occurring now through 11:59 p.m. May 24, 2020. The project list, individual project description forms, maps and detailed analyses are available at www.thenovaauthority.org/fy2024-2025-six-year-program-update.
- They're holding a Public Hearing on the Six Year Program at 7:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020 at NVTA's offices: 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22031. While citizens can come to the Authorityâs offices to provide testimony in person, they strongly encourage the submission of comments online, via postal service, or in real-time via telephone during the Public Hearing (details below). Out of an abundance of safety precautions due to COVID-19, there will be no Open House prior to the Public Hearing this year. Please take a look at our FAQs which we hope address many of your questions.
- Again, due to COVID-19 precautions and compliance with Governor Northam's Stay at Home Order, Northern Virginia residents are strongly encouraged to provide comments from the safety of their own homes.
- The next Sully District Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 .
Topic: State of Sully
- Speakers — Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith
- Next month's Joint Sully Land Use and Transportation Committee is scheduled for Monday, 15 June 2020.
- 7:00 — Luck Stone
- Proponent: Andrew A. Painter, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C.
Andrew indicated that their BZA public hearing has moved to July 22nd.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
First Vice President
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