1 December 1997 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Janell Banit (Fair Lakes Glen), Dick Frank (TAC), Carol Hawn (Singleton's Grove), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), Bill Ritchie (NECCA), Glenn Stroup (Franklin Farm), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Farm)

    2. Guests: Robin Antonucci (Wells & Assoc.) Charmaine and Robert Bainum (Fairfax Nursing Center), Renee Carlson (Fairfax Nursing Center), Sandra Hall (Baily, Up & Keith), Paul Jeannin (Land Design Consultants), Deborah Leser (Sully District Trail Rep), and Paul Salditt (Salditt & Assoc.)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Janell Banit of Fair Lakes Glen
      • Action: wetlands mitigation pond
      • Location: Fair Lakes Glen

      Janell Banit of Fair Lakes Glen discussed the wetlands mitigation pond that VDOT is building as part of the relocation of Stringfellow Road. As a matter of course VDOT is surrounding the pond with a chain link fence which her community considers an eyesore. From what Janell can find out the county owns the property and a fence is not required. Fairfax County Office of Transportation has indicated that trees will be planted along the north side of Autumn Willow Road where it intersects with Stringfellow Road to hide the pond and its fence. This planting will not shield the fence from those who travel north or south on Stringfellow Road. Although there are strict architectural design codes for development within the Fairfax Center Area, these rules may not apply to VDOT. The committee recommended that Janell contact Charlotte in Mike Frey's office to inquire about the applicability of these rules to VDOT.

  3. Presentations:

    1. 8:00
      • Proponent: Fair Oaks Senior Campus
      • Action: south side of Route 29 just west of Forest Hill Drive
      • Location: rezoning the land to R-3, and asking for special exceptions so they can build an Assisted Living Facility

      The committee heard a follow up presentation regarding the Fair Oaks Senior Campus. The Fair Oaks Senior Campus, which covers 17 acres currently zoned R-1, is located on the south side of Route 29 just west of Forest Hill Drive. The proponents plan on rezoning the land to R-3, and asking for two special exceptions so they can build an Assisted Living Facility (80 units, the county considers this a Medical Care facility) and an Independent Living Facility (110 units, the county considers this Housing for the Elderly). The Independent Living Facility will be on the southern portion of the property, with the Assisted Living Facility on the eastern side. They have briefed both LeeHigh Village and Western Fairfax Civic Association on their plans. A committee member inquired if it was possible to build a covered walkway between the two facilities. The proponents indicated that the county would refuse them the right to build across the public easement for drainage, but they would build covered walkways from both structures up to the easement

  4. Presentations:

    1. 8:30
      • Proponent: Deborah Leser, the Sully District Non-Motorized Trail Representative
      • Action: prioritize the trail nominations received from Sully residents
      • Location: Sully

      Deborah Leser, the Sully District Non-Motorized Trail Representative, asked the committee to prioritize the trail nominations she had received from Sully residents. The committee ranked the three trails it considered the highest priority

      1. Pedestrian Access Under I-66 along Route 29,
      2. Connecting the Bike Path along the Fairfax County Parkway between Monument and Marlboro drives, and
      3. Sidewalk along West Ox Road between Avery Road and the Bus Stop west of Ox Hill Road.
      The committee recommended that the Avery Road developer should provide the sidewalk. Other items from Deborah's list that the committee forwarded without assigning them priories included
      • Old Centreville Road,
      • New Braddock Road and Route 28,
      • Connecting existing trail segments along Compton Road from Route 28 to Union Mill Road,
      • Horse Pen Creek Trail under the Fairfax County Parkway, and
      • Bicycle signs to route traffic along West Ox Road rather than along the Fairfax County Parkway under I-66.
  5. Old Business:

    1. The committee was asked by the Sully District Council to review their recommendations for spot improvements as there are already plans by the county to implement their second recommendation (synchronize lights on Fairfax County Parkway between I-66 and Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road)).
      1. The first recommendation indicated that the Route 29/I-66 intersection needed a light on the east side of the intersection to allow traffic from east bound I-66 to safely make a left turn to go westbound on Route 29. This light would allow eastbound Route 29 traffic to safely turn onto eastbound I-66. In addition, there needs to be a pedestrian walkway under the Route 29/I-66 overpass. Although pedestrians can walk in the shoulder elsewhere, it is very dangerous right under the bridge as there is nowhere to go except in the lane of travel.
      2. The committee then selected the need for a light at the West Ox and Waples Mill roads intersection as its new spot improvement second choice.
      3. The straightening of the Poplar Tree Road curve between Stringfellow and Walney roads was its third choice.

    2. Dick Frank, the Sully TAC Representative, recommended that the committee formally convey their recommendations above to Mike Frey. He also gave the committee updates on planned construction projects:
      • Improvements to south Kinross and Centreville Road are going to bid now with construction starting spring 1998.
      • Priority light for Fire Station on Stone Road Station is underway.
      • Dual left turns from Centreville Road onto Fox Mill Road will be built in 1998.
      • The Left turn lane from Hunter Mill Road onto Wickens will be built in 1998.
      • Improvements to the Centreville, Franklin Farm and Barnsfield roads intersection will take place in the 1998-1999 time frame.

    3. Dick also spoke about a comprehensive plan amendment which would revise the road network in western Fairfax in the Cub Run area. The plan would reroute Braddock Road, build a road parallel to Pleasant Valley Road in the north near Route 50, and reroute Pleasant Valley Road traffic onto a road that would connect with the proposed Route 29 Park Bypass, allowing the downgrading of the portion of Pleasant Valley Road running through Virginia Run. Dick is working with the County Staff on the wording of appropriate plan amendment or amendments to be introduced for the second round of consideration.

  6. The next meeting of the Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee will take place in the conference room adjoining Mike Frey's office on 7:30 PM on 5 January 1998. See you there!

Respectfully submitted,

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

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