9 September 1996 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Dick Frank (TAC), Carol Hawn (Singleton?s Grove), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), Bill Ritchie (NECCA), Larry Tessier (Franklin Glenn), and Jerry Waldman (NECCA)

    2. Guests: Michael Horwatt (Michael Horwatt & Associates), Reginia Murray (Whalen & Company)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Michael Horwatt and Regina Murray for APC
      • Action: construction of new communications facilities
      • Location: four sites within Sully and one on its border with the Springfield District

      Michael Horwatt and Regina Murray discussed plans by APC for construction of new communications facilities in and near the Sully District. They discussed four sites within Sully and one on its border with the Springfield District.

      They plan on installing an antenna array on top of Fair Oaks Hospital joining antennas from other communications providers already there. They hope to get approval by the county Board of Supervisors sometime in January or February 1997.

      They are negotiating with Community of Faith Methodist Church (near the day care center) in the Franklin Farm Community to place a 120 foot tall tree tower. The tower is designed to look somewhat like a tree with fake branches and brown coloring like tree bark. APC will conduct the second of a series of meetings with the community in mid September.

      In Centreville, APC is looking for a site near I-66. It hopes to negotiate an agreement with Virginia Power to piggyback an antenna on one of their powerline towers. If that doesn?t work they have been contacted by the New Gate Homeowners Associations about the use of the Association?s property.

      They are also discussing the possibility of placing a tree-tower at the Girl Scout?s Camp Crewel off of Vale Road.

      They are scheduled to go forward with a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on 12 November to discuss their plans for constructing a 175 tall monopole at the Mott Community Center near the Braddock Road and Fairfax County Parkway interchange. This is site is located in the Springfield district just accross from the Sully District.

      At any site where APC ends up building a tower, they would enter into negotiations with other communications providers to sublease portions of their towers, but usually on a separate lower level.

  3. Dick Frank spoke on three topics:

    1. At this time there doesn?t seem to be any funding available for new spot improvements in this budget cycle.
    2. A meeting of the joint committee to discuss Occoquan River crossings is being planed for late October. The committee consists of three supervisors from each of Prince William and Fairfax Counties. The Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Committee will be involved in any proposal planning.
    3. The bus situation in Centreville has improved just slightly. One bus had a small modification to its route, and there?s talk about an interim bus route. Dick doesn?t expect the situation to improve significantly due to drastic budgets cuts made to bus service throughout the county. He pointed brought out that even if the county took over more of the Metro routes and converted them to the Fairfax Connector, the county would not see the full benefits of the savings as the costs of the remainder of the Metro routes would become incrementally greater due to the fewer routes served.

  4. Carol Hawn spoke on two topics:

    1. She attended the Herndon High School meeting on 7 September held by the Chamber of Commerce to encourage support of Major League Baseball in Northern Virginia. They explained how they proposed to fund any planned stadium. House bill number 7 proposes to raise $200 million by the sale of a lottery ticket and taxes on sales of tickets and other items in the stadium. No general taxes would be raised. The consortium trying to bring the team to Northern Virginia would contribute $195 million to the $300 million cost of the proposed stadium. Private individuals and firms have nominated 40 sites, of which only 3 or 4 will be considered. The top two sites are probably located in the Dulles Route 28 and Toll Road area and in Alexandria.
    2. The I-66 Major Investment Study public hearing planned for this fall will be postponed until 1997.

  5. Jeff Parnes mentioned that VDOT found bond funds to construct the section of the Fairfax County Parkway from Route 7 to Route 606 in Herndon. Funds were not allocated for the construction of a grade separated intersection at Route 606. The Town of Herndon is pushing the interchange to be built at the same time the road, and is confident that the funds can be found. Reston Town Center has proffered the construction of the Parkway from its current northern terminus to Route 606.

  6. VDOT is conducting a citizen information meeting on the Capital Beltway Major Investment Study from 4 - 8 pm on Monday, 30 September 1996, at Annandale High School. This is the second in a series of public information meetings to be held for the capital beltway project. The purpose of this meeting is to provide interested citizens an opportunity to review the results of the strategies for improving safety conditions and relieving congestion on the Virginia portion of the capital beltway. Maps. sketches and an environmental overview, as well as traffic data will be available for review and comment. Comments from this meeting will be incorporated into VDOT?s decision as to which strategies to further study in the next phase. The next phase will consist of preliminary engineering and National Environmental Protection Agency Documentation. To receive further newsletters and meeting notices call the capital beltway hotline at 359-MOVE.

  7. The next meeting of the Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee will convene Monday, 7 October 1996 at 7:30 p.m. At the meeting a representative of APC will speak on their plans for building additional communications facilities in Sully District

Respectfully submitted,

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

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