7 January 2002 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Jim Hart (Virginia Run), Carol Hawn (Old Mill), Judith Heisinger (Bull Run), Mark McConn (Bull Run), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen)

    2. Guests: Debbie Ball, Stephanie Pehvau and Juan Snowden (Nextel), Don and Terry Blake, Charlotte and Kevin Deasy, Marlin Lilly, Judy Okay, and Alan Orloff (Navy residents), Ted Britt (Tri-Tek Engineering), Terence Cooke (Cole, Raywid & Brarerman), Kevin Farquhar (Wisnewski Blair & Assoc.), Lee Fifer and Sheri Hoy (McGuire Woods), B. J. Hissel and David Killyard (Verizon), Deb Leser (Sully Trail Rep), Thomas Rathburn (Tishman Construction Corp)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Deb Leser (Tentative)
      • Action: County Wide Trail Amendment (Sully portion)
      • Location: Sully

      Deb reviewed the update of the countyís master trail plan. The plan is composed of trails of four types: Major paved (wider than 6 foot, Minor paved (Less than 6 foot), Natural (unpaved) and Major paved and unpaved (were both a paved and unpaved path parallel each other).

      The major paths in Fairfax County are the Occoquan (unpaved), Fairfax County and I-66 paths (paved) and the cross county path (paved and unpaved).

      There are three sources for proposed trail amendments: citizens, Deb (herself) and Supervisor Frye. A citizen amendment originally submitted in Sully, but since redistricted to Springfield, is a proposal to move the Little Rocky Run trail from one side of the stream valley to the other, and to change its type from hard to natural

      Although funding has been approved for a trail under the I-66 bridge over Route 29 at their interchange, VDOT hasnít approved the proposed plan.

      Two Sully amendments were not in the WFCCA area

      1. Downgrade the trail on McLearen Road from Route 28 to Centreville Road from Major to Minor because that pavement currently exists.
      2. Move the trail on Centreville Road from McLearen to Metro Tech from the west to the east side of the road

      A motion to endorse the overall county plan passed unanimously

    2. 8:00
      • Proponent: Terence Cooke (Cole, Raywid & Braverman) representing Nextel
      • Action: FDP amendment to install antenna on existing monopole
      • Location: Franklin Farm

      Nextel plans on installing, on the third level down, their cellular antenna on an existing tree pole. They will install artificial branches so as to support 12 4-foot antennas in order to improve coverage on the Fairfax County Parkway and Centreville and West Ox roads.

      The have not yet spoken to the Franklin Farm community, and are scheduled to present the proposal to the Planning Commission on 16 February.

      A motion recommending approval of the 2232 review and FDP amendment subject to staff recommendation for approval and subject to no objection to Franklin Farm was passed.

      The proponents were asked to return in February, if necessary, to address any objections that might be raised by county staff or Franklin Farm

    3. 8:30
      • Proponent: Sheri Hoy (McGuire Woods) representing Verizon (encore visit)
      • Action: Special Exception to request for expansion of central office
      • Location: 2905 Fox Mill Road

      Verizon returned for the second month to discuss its proposal to expand and rebuild the facility to allow growth in the facility from 60 to 80 thousand lines.

      Verizon is planning to construct a solid Board on Board rear fence to screen its neighbors and to provide landscaping in front. The main problem is how to handle construction parking for the six months that the major construction would take place. Because of the existing septic field area in front of the facility the area to the left front can neither be used for parking or access to parking further to the rear. Access could be accomplished by removing existing trees in the front Center and right and replanting the area, with substantially smaller tress after the construction is completed. An alternate approach would require the cooperation of the rental residents to the west who havenít positively responded to Verizonís request.

      Verizon is planning to replace an existing 2500-gallon in-ground fuel tank with an above ground double walled 6000-gallon tank. The installation will comply with all EPA and County requirements.

      Citizen concerns included:

      1. Does the facility really need to expand, could fiber optics be used instead?
      2. The HVAC unit on top makes the structure seem like three-stories rather than two.
      3. Could Verizon built and inside break room so their contractors and employees would not smoke outside?
      4. The open trench in front that provides access to cables turns muddy and impinges on the path in front of the facility Ė if they canít manage that how will they manage the whole upgrade?

      A motion was made but not seconded to oppose the Special Exception. A second motion was made seconded and passed 3- 0-1, which

      1. Opposed the scenario that removed the mature trees in front of the building
      2. Encouraged applicant to continue dialog with neighbors about minimizing disruption during the construction phase through curtailed construction days and hours
      3. If the Planning Commission deferred the request after 4 February, the applicant is invited back to discuss the staff report.

      Additional concerns and recommendations were conveyed to the proponent:

      1. Need some internal break area
      2. Approach the neighbor to inquire about alternate access to the parking areas
      3. Check with Crossfield School about parking
      4. Maintenance of building needs to be improved

  3. New Business:

    1. Judith attended the VDOT Open House on 6 Dec on the Route 29 Bypass of Bull Run Battlefield National Park in Manassas. Bob Sutton was there and some of the representatives from Federal Highway Department. She felt the maps were so vague as to be erroneous. The consultants had the same line: "Do you think the Battlefield should have a highway going through it?" (She got the impression that we were supposed to answer "no") "Where do you think Route 29 should go?Ē She's interested in the responses given the vague maps that would seem to indicate no one lived in the "blank" areas. There were people there from Gainesville, Loudon and Prince William Counties, but not too many seemed to be concerned with Fairfax County

Respectfully submitted,

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


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