5 April 1998 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Dick Frank (Transportation Advisory Commission), Jim Hart (Heritage Forest BOA), Carol Hawn (Singleton's Grove), Al Linch (Virginia Run), Mark McConn(Bull Run Civic Association), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), Glenn Stroup (Franklin Farm), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen),

    2. Guests: Michael Bottge (Coakley & Williams Const.), Shoshana Grove (Postmaster, Herndon), Mike Miller (USPS), Sonal Paruch (Sverdrup/Gubane), Clayton Redmond (USPS), Howard Rosenberg (GMR), Dick Thompson (USPS), and Hamid Tehrani (Wiles Mensh Corp)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: The United States Postal Service
      • Action: new Herndon Substation
      • Location: a 4-acre site on the north side of McLearen Road opposite Food Lion and Highland Mews

      The United States Postal Service presented their plans for the new Herndon Substation to be built on a 4-acre site on the north side of McLearen Road opposite Food Lion and Highland Mews. The 18,000 square feet facility will serve more than 28,000 customers. Although there will be 58 employees, it expected that 39 will be the peak work staff. The facility will have parking for 50 employees and 32 customers. There will be 985 post boxes available, and the facility will have a postal store in additional to the usual postal services.

      A church is planned to the west of the parcel (where the old barn currently exists). This site has public water and sanitary sewer available. A 35-foot wide buffer will protect the county parkland to the north and west (donated to the county as part of the Chantilly Highlands rezoning). The facility will be built to the ultimate four-lane road configuration even though the postal service will not be constructing the additional two lanes in front of the facility.

      The National Capital Planning Commission will review the plans for the site on 4 May 1998. If, as the postal service anticipates, after a three-month review cycle, the plans are approved in August, construction will start in September of this year with project completion in April or May of 1999.

      Current plans call for the facility to have counter hours weekdays from 8:30 - 5:00, with the last pickup at the scheduled closing time. The committee commented on the extended hours that the Chantilly Post Office maintains (till 9:00 P.M. on week nights) and asked that this facility have the same hours.

      The postal service representatives asked about the facility's name. The committee felt that as this area of the county, south of Herndon and north of Chantilly, had already indicated it would preferred to be called Oak Hill as an alternative to Herndon, the facility should use that name. The postal service representatives indicated that they had hoped to have that response.

      The committee also recommended that the facility be built with adequate pedestrian access, including a sidewalk along the facility's frontage. They also encouraged later week night and weekend counter hours and pickups. The committee unanimously passed a motion to recommend the endorsement of the Oak Hill Post Office facility to the National Capital Planning Commission, and that Sully Supervisor Michael Frey recommend that the Board of Supervisors request that the facility be named Oak Hill.

  3. Dick Frank spoke about two proposed Annual Plan Review items. Item 98-III-5T concerns the realignment and widening of Braddock Road from the Loudoun County line to Old Lee Road. Dick would like to see the current segment of Braddock Road east of Old Lee Road continue to be planned as two-lane road serving the local communities (Sully Station, Rocky Run, Country Club, etc.). Braddock Road traffic should be routed onto a four-lane Old Lee Road to Stonecroft Road.

    This proposed realignment and widening of Braddock Road will direct traffic from Pleasant Valley Road and Loudoun County to the employment center at Westfields, and away from communities along Braddock Road, inside or east of Lee Road to Route 28. In addition, this realignment will provide improved access to the new Western Fairfax High School by replacing the substandard, rural segment of Lee Road with a new alignment and bridge crossing Cub Run.

    Item 98-II-BR is a land use nomination involving over 1500 acres in the RC or Occoquan down-zoned area. The plan amendment would allow cluster development without authorizing higher density development, and would introduce sewer to the upper region of the Cub Run watershed. Dick could support this nomination if certain conditions were met. The most important would be the use of a covenant as a tool to prevent any future possibility of changing the zoning density from what it is now.

  4. Carol Hawn spoke at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on Affordable Dwelling Units. She presented the committee's previous recommendation that there be no exception to the ordinance. As was explained to the committee, Carol answered questions from the Board to the effect that Affordable Dwelling Units do not always have look like town houses in the midst of detached single family developments.

  5. On 27 April the Board of Supervisor's will hold a public hearing on restricting truck traffic on Bull Run Post Office Road.

  6. At the 31 March Fairfax County Park Authority public hearing at Chantilly High School, most of the speakers were not from Sully District. The Park Authority proposed $15 million for a Western Fairfax recreation center without additional funds for land acquisition The only way that this could be accomplished within the $15 million estimate is if the facility was located at the Western Fairfax High School site in Westfields.

  7. The next Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee is scheduled for Monday, 4 May 1998 at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room adjacent to Supervisor Frey’s office, 5900 Centreville Road in the Fort Hill Centre Building.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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