The Busy Kids Child Care Center is expanding to take over the vacant store front next to their current facility. It is operating under a SP, but needs an SE due to the changes in the Ordinance. Staff has waived the SE Plat and Supervisor Frey has authorized expedited processing since there is no construction (just laying carpet and adding a door), and he has authorized Staff to waive the site plan, if they can.
They currently service 65 children from approximately 40 families; with the expansion they will be able to handle 100 children. There is a lighted 2400 square foot playground behind the facility, of board-on-board construction, with room for 24 children at a time. The children attend 4 local schools, and the center provides, as necessary, pick and drop off services. The facilities van is loaded in the drive in front of the original center, which is out of the traffic flow. A crosswalk and stop sign help control traffic to and from parking.
The facility closes at 6:15, and they will wait an hour for parents who are delayed before contacting the social services department in case they are not able to get in touch with any of the provided secondary contacts.
The committee passed unanimously a motion to recommend to the Planning Commission approval subject to staff recommendation for approval.
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The DCRS is technically the applicant to light the existing 60-foot diamond at the site. FCPA is managing the proposed lighting project for them as part of the $300k grant program for countywide improvements to elementary and middle schools, part of a five-year plan to bring girls' softball fields to the same level as boys' baseball. The DCRS point of contact is Karen Avvisato at (703) 324-5526. The FCPA Project Manager is Tim Scott at (703) 324-8693. Although there are 15-20 lit softball fields in the county, there are none currently in Sully district.
A community meeting was hosted by Supervisor Frey's office in May with the surrounding community. At that time it was decided not to light the rectangular field closer to the homes to the north. The neighbors were as much concerned with the noise generated by the use of the fields as with the lighting itself. Last summer malaria-carrying mosquitoes were found in the stream valley north of the residential community.
The lighting scheme is one that has been used through out the county, as it will be at the fields next to the Chantilly Library. Two 60-foot poles will light the infield and two 70-foot poles will light the outfield. The infield poles will have four lights on each pole, while the outfield poles will support 8 lights. The poles could conceivably be additionally used to support cellular phone antennas. Studies have show that the taller the poles the more focused the lights can be downward, with less glare. No loud speakers are planned, but scoreboards are possible pending funding.
The CYA is building a running trail around the ball field, and has already spent money on sod and irrigation. CYA indicates that if there is excess time available on the field, they will schedule boys' baseball games on the field.
The bulk of the discussion centered on controlling the lights. The lights are controlled automatically, based on the schedule that CYA posts. The DCRA and the schools monitor the CYA schedule. When the lights are turned off, one infield light remains on a short time so that the fields aren't pitch black immediately after the games. The latest the lights will be lit is 11:00 PM, but if the games are over earlier than planned there will be an off switch for use.
The committee voted to recommend to the Planning Commission that pursuant to the 2232-Y-30 that the application is in conformance with the criteria of general or appropriate location, character, and extent, with the following stipulations:
In response to Jim's presentation he received a letter from the Planning Commission inviting him to attend and participate with the commission's Environmental Committee with the EQAC as it works through the many issues raised by this proposed amendment
Carol Hawn advised that on 10 February the BOS approved the Planning Commission recommendation for the Marlo out of turn plan amendment along the lines of what SDC voted and very close to WFCCA's request. Basically they get an option for retail for just a furniture store limited to 67,500 square feet (no intensification), and must stay out of the EQC. The WFCCA will be seeing this again as a PCA/SEA for site modifications, which has a PC public hearing in April.
Fairfax County is proposing to construct a family shelter for parents with infant and elementary school-age children. The shelter will be staffed on a 24/7 basis and numerous services including transportation will be provided to the clientele with the objective of getting them back into traditional housing. Tentative Planning Commission Hearing: Spring 2003
Frank Ojeda attended the meeting and provided the committee a brief synopsis of the presentation by Fairfax County regarding the family homeless shelter.
At the meeting it was disclosed that due to a procedural error, not properly notifying a neighbor, the Equity homes public hearing would have to be redone.
The Springfield District Fairfax Center Land Use Committee will met on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 7:00 pm., to discuss, among other matters, a proposed day care center on Westbrook Drive, just east of its intersection with Stringfellow Rd.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee