Keith Martin presented the case for an out-of-turn plan amendment requested by Marlo Furniture. Marlo wishes to change the planning for a parcel they own on Lee Rd, about a thousand feet south of its intersection with Route 28, to allow retail where restaurant and entertainment oriented uses are now planned.
The staff report identifies three areas of concern and recommends against the amendment:
Marlo provided a handout in response to questions raised after they made a similar presentation to WFFCA and in response to the staff report. The handout provided information concerning: other possible sites they considered, traffic generation, architectural renderings, and citizen letters praising them for their concern with the communities wherein their other stores were located. Marlo also brought several "concerned citizens" to support their request, either loyal customers or business owners to the west. The father and son owners of Marlo were there and expressed their person concerns that they be allowed to build on this site. As they feel there's a need for a furniture store to serve Eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax, and they'd like to be the store.
Committee members were concerned that they had previously expressed concerns about hotel over capacity, and that until the annex was actually open it would be impossible to adequately judge the actual hotel demands. It was suggested that after the annex opens that this might be better considered as part of the regular Area plan review.
A motion to deny the proposed Out-of-Turn Plan amendment was made but not seconded. No other motion being made, the presenters were thanked for their time.
As the public hearing for the ZOA has been postponed until next year, while the county and DC United are as far as part, if not further, then they were previously, no further action on the resolution as taken
VDOT is still taking comments regarding their preliminary plans for traffic calming on Route 50 from the village of Paris in Fauquier County (Intersection Route 759) to the village of Lenah (Intersection Route 600) in Loudoun County. Maps and other data are available for review at the VDOT Northern VA District office at 14685 Avion Parkway, off Route 50 ½ mile west of Route 28. Written statements may be sent to the department postmarked no later than 9 November 2002.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee