In a repeat performance, Steve Fox reviewed the current status since his last presentation in August. Madison Homes wishes to build 86 courtyard townhouses (with 11 additional ADUs) on 14.88 acres, for a density of 5.84 compared to the allowable 6.0. Although the county calls for only 201 parking spaces, they plan on supplying 214.
Lot 16, between the southern portion of the development (lots 5-15) and lot 17 on the north, is not part of the proposal. The proposed homeowners association covers all the developed lots, and will allow the inclusion of lot 16 in the future if it develops in accordance with this proposal.
The Office of Transportation shows that Rugby Road is planned for four lanes in the future. Madison will build a 35-foot segment on a 45-foot right-of-way. The Office of Transportation is working on proposed median breaks, and based on their final decision, Madison will probably have to move the main entrance further north, in the middle of the southern parcel, so that there are adequate clearing distances from Rt. 50 and the Fairfax County Parkway. In addition, VDOT would like an additional 12 feet of right-of-way for the construction of another Rt. 50 lane.
Without the permission of lot 16’s owner, Madison cannot make any improvements to Rugby Road in front of that parcel. If they could get the permission, Madison might build the sidewalk and road improvements the full length of Rugby Road from Rt. 50 to the Fairfax County Parkway on the west side.
If the Board of Supervisors approves this plan in January or February 2002, construction could start about eight months later (or about a year from now).
At the committee’s next meeting the Staff comments will be available, and Steve will return so they can be addressed prior to the 14 November Planning Commission public hearing.
At its August meeting, the committee requested that pedestrian access to Rt. 50 be provided from the southwest corner of the development. Because there are grade problems between the Rt. 50 right-of-way and the development, access may not be possible
The committee complimented the developer for their design of the fronts of the ADUs so they look like the remainder of the homes. In addition, the committee requested that the reverse facades be made to vary so they didn’t look like cookie cutter units from that viewpoint.
Representatives of the Fairwoods community indicated that their major concerns are the probable use of Burning Bush Drive, a major entrance to their community, for parking for Madison’s developments excess and recreation vehicle parking.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee