9 January 1995 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Tricia Goins (Leehigh Village), Lewis Grimm (Franklin Farm), Tom McDonald (Buckner Forest), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), Bill Ritchie (NECCA), Glenn Stroup (Franklin Farm), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen).

    2. Guests: Art Walsh and Susan Yantis of Walsh, Colucci; Steve Gleason and Jerry Hish of Gordin & Associates; and Jim Evens of Evans Company

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Representatives of the Dulles Restaurant Park (Art Walsh and Susan Yantis of Walsh, Colucci; Steve Gleason and Jerry Hish of Gordin & Associates; and Jim Evens of Evans Company)
      • Action: Special Exception
      • Location: corner of Route 50 and Centreville Drive (west of the Chantilly Farmers' Market)

      Representatives of the Dulles Restaurant Park (Art Walsh and Susan Yantis of Walsh, Colucci; Steve Gleason and Jerry Hish of Gordin & Associates; and Jim Evens of Evans Company) presented a Special Exception to use industrial land at the corner of Route 50 and Centreville Drive (west of the Chantilly Farmers' Market) as a restaurant park. The intensity of use would be considerably less than the land use originally planned which was office or industrial facilities. Evans is proposing four restaurants to begin with; none of which would be fast-food facilities. A Bob Evans franchise is the only sure tenant at this time.

      VDOT thought it would be necessary to close the median break at Route 50 and Centreville Drive. The developer was able to show that there wasn't enough traffic to require the closure at this time. Instead of that, VDOT requested that the developer build an extended barrier on eastbound Route 50. This would prevent northbound Route 28 traffic exiting onto eastbound Route 50 from cutting across three lanes of traffic and turning left onto Centreville Drive. The developer has agreed with that request. VDOT is also requesting additional right-of-way for Route 50 to allow for the construction of collector or distributor roads. As the county did not require these collector or distributor roads to the east, the developer is requesting relief from this requirement.

      The Sully District Council land use and transportation committee reviewed the proposal and had no objections. The committee supported keeping the median break open until such time traffic or safety considerations show the need for its closure. They also agreed that collector or distributor roads should not be required. A letter stating the committee's position was sent to Ron Koch of the Planning Commission, and will be presented to the full Sully District Council at its January meeting.

    2. Lew Grimm reported on the public information meeting on the I-66 Park and Ride Lot Location Study that VDOT held on the proposed park and ride locations in the Stringfellow Road/I-66 area. The Park and Ride Study seems to show that the sites on the west side of Stringfellow Road may be the preferred locations. The study suggested eliminating the site just south of the Fairfax County Parkway and I-66 due to access restrictions. The study should be complete sometime this spring. VDOT plans to complete final design and acquisition by 1997. Although not completely funded, construction could be complete by 1998. The HOV ramps at Stringfellow and I-66 will open next year. The widening and re-alignment of Stringfellow Road south of I-66 to Route 29 should start in 1997 and finish in 1998. Funds are still being sought for widening of Stringfellow Road north to Route 50.

    3. Lew also reported on the public information meeting held by county and VDOT on mass transit in the Dulles corridor. The consultants presented various transit proposals and routes along the Dulles Toll Road. Plans are going forward for express busses and parking lots in the 1996-1997 time period. The question is should Metro expand or an alternative form of mass transit be built? A proposal for a light rail system (such as Baltimore built) could work, although the light rail vehicles might not be able to share the current West Falls Church Metro station platform. VDOT and their consultants explained various routes, including one through the heart of Tysonís Corner, Reston Town Center and the proposed Herndon hub. Other alternatives kept the roadway down the middle of the Toll Road. They also discussed the possibility of expanding the line farther west of Dulles Airport into the heart of Loudoun.

    4. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Joe Alexander to the Metro board but replaced Kate Hanley with Ernie Berger as its second member.

    5. Members on the Major League Baseball Site Selection Task Force reported on the task forces' progress. The task force continued their review of thirteen county-identified possible sites. Eight of the sites were in western Fairfax with the remainder near Tysonís Corner, Springfield, or Dunn Loring. The task force eliminated from contention sites in Centreville, Dunn Loring, Tysonís Corner, Westfields, one near Dulles, and one in Springfield.
      • Left in contention are five sites. One is near the county government complex south of the Route 50 and I-66 interchange. Another is within the planned redevelopment of the Army Corps of Engineering Proving Grounds in Springfield. Two are south of the Dulles Toll Road, west of Centreville Road, north of Frying Pan Road and east of Route 28. Another site is in Tysonís Corner, at the southeast corner of Route 7, the Dulles Toll Road and north of Tyco and Spring Hill roads.
      • The task force has started to evaluate the environmental, cultural, transportation, and economic impacts of each remaining site. The task force will then select two or three possible sites to present to the Major League Baseball owners. If Fairfax County receives a franchise, the task force will then make a final decision on a site if the Major League Baseball owners agree. The task force will then propose zoning and planning amendments for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors consideration.

  3. Due to a conflict between this committee and the Baseball Site Selection Committee's next meeting, we have moved the February meeting of the Land Use and Transportation Committee to the 2nd Monday of the month. The meeting will convene at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, 13 February 1995, in the conference room of Sully District Supervisorís Michael Freyís Centreville office.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee

Sully District Council of Citizens Associations
P.O. Box 330
Centreville, VA 22020

24 January 1995

Mr. Ronald Koch
Fairfax County Planning Commission
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Dear Mr. Koch:

The Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations has reviewed the proposed Special Exception SE-94-94-Y-007 request, submitted concurrent with PZA-79-C-079-2.

This request is to use industrial land at the corner of Route 50 and Centreville Drive (west of the Chantilly Farmers' Market) as a restaurant park. The intensity of use would be considerably less than if the land was used for office or industrial facilities as originally planned. Four restaurants proposed; none of which will be fast-food facilities.

Originally, the Virginia Department of Transportation thought it would be necessary to close the median break at Route 50 and Centreville Drive. The developer was able to show that there is not enough traffic to require the closure at this time. Instead of that, the Department of Transportation requested that the developer build an extended barrier on eastbound Route 50. This will prevent traffic exiting northbound Route 28 onto eastbound Route 50 from cutting across three lanes of traffic and turning left onto Centreville Drive. The developer has agreed with that request. The Department of Transportation also requested additional right-of-way for Route 50 to allow for the construction of collector or distributor roads. As the county has not required these collector or distributor roads to the east, the need for this requirement is questionable.

The Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations has no objection to the proposed usage. We are, however, concerned over what seems to be excessive right-of-way requirements for collector or distributor roads that do not exist elsewhere along Route 50. We also oppose near term closure of the medium break until such time as can be demonstrated that closure is required due to safety considerations as a result of detailed design studies.

It is expected that at the next full meeting of the Sully District Council its membership will endorse the decision of its committee.

We appreciate your consideration of our position.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee


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