6 January 2003 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 CA), Mark McConn (Bull Run CA), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen)

    2. Guests: Elizabeth Baker (Walsh, Coluci), Adam and Louis Glickfield (Marlo Furniture), Ron Koch (Planning Commission), Stuart Liss (Architect), Frank Ojeda (Rock Hill)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Marlo, Elizabeth Baker presenting
      • Action: Planned out-of-turn plan amendment S02-III-BR-1, see Agenda
      • Location: Lee Road and Route 50

      At the November 2002 LU&T committee meeting Marlo had requested approval of an out-of-turn plan amendment to allow them to build a furniture store in area currently planned for tourist or entertainment uses.

      From the November minutes:

      • 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.

      Subsequently, Marlo indicated its willingness to trim 7000 square feet off the structure it was proposing and then use the remaining parcel for a variety of uses, or instead donate funds for off-site recreational improvements, and had held a meeting with county, SDC and WFCCA representatives. At December WFCCA meeting, the WFCCA had approved the proposal to donate $250,000 for off-site recreation uses to compensate for loss of entertainment / recreational uses on this site.

      After the presentation of the revised proposal, the following concerns were addressed:

      • Although the rezoning request requires that the signage Special Exception be modified, no signage changes are proposed.
      • Although the remainder of the property could be used for a 75-room hotel, it was the sense of the committee not to have a hotel built on any leftover property once the store was built.
      • Ensure EQC is maintained and not adversely impacted
      • Ensure the structure represents quality architecture
      • Any agreement to allow the furniture store was not indicative of a change to retail further down Route 28.
      • If retail is allowed, it must be low intensity retail, such as a furniture store
      • Is Marlo committed to the site, will they move further west when Loudoun County develops further? Marlo plans for this site to have a 20-mile draw, and Loudoun’s development was planned for in the selection of this site – no addition movement is planned.

      A motion was made, seconded and approved 4 - 1 with one abstention:

      The SDC LU&T has no objection to the proposal but recommends consideration of the following recommendations:

      • Review of signage
      • Furniture store usage only
      • No other development in parcel
      • Ensure integrity of EQC
      • Offset recreation loss

      Subsequent to the committee’s meeting, the Planning Commission heard and approved the proposed out-of-turn plan amendment. The text of the approved amendment is available online. The Marlo proponents have concerns that the committee’s recommendations and the Planning Commissions-approved amendment asked for both an off-site recreation donation and restricted use on the remainder of the parcel, when they had offered to do one or the other but not both. The have asked for, and received, a postponement of the Planned Board of Supervisor’s vote on the amendment.

  3. Old Business:

    1. Judith Heisinger reported on the public hearing on the location of the Route 29 Battlefield Bypass. Preliminary alternatives were presented, and are available online at the Route 29 Bypass website. After reviewing the roadway alternatives, the committee authorized Judith to respond to the request for public comment with the following statement:

      The SDC LU&T:

      • Opposes options 2 and 5, which split Fairfax National Estates, impact homes in Virginia Run, and go through globally rare forests.
      • Opposes options 4A and 4B, which go through Bull Run Estates
      • Supports option 4 west of options 4A and 4B, and rather recommends it continue as option 3, which is also supported, as long as I66 and the reconfigured Route 29 are not absolutely collocated.

    2. Jim Hart reported public hearing on the location of the Tri-county Connector. After discussion the committee authorized Jeff Parnes to respond to the request for public comment with the following statement:

      VDOT needs to present and publish an alternative analysis report that is more specific as to potential roadway alignments prior to the publishing of the Environmental Impact Statement. In addition, the citizen input period should be nine months

  4. New Business:

    • A preliminary review of the proposed wording of the Elderly Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment Housing for the Elderly indicates that it would increase the age for these facilities from 55 to 62. The wording mainly focuses on independent living facilities. The package looks good, and we will have further opportunity to comment when the package is formally released.

  5. Planned for 3 February 2003 Meeting:

    • Park Authority and DCRS will make a presentation on the proposed lighting for the existing 60-foot diamond at Rachel Carson Middle School.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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