29 September 2003 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes

    These minutes were generated from notes taken by Judith Heisinger, Thank you Judith!

  1. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Dottie O'Rourke
      • Action: quick update on the Sully Historic Site stop light issue
      • Location: Sully Historic Site

      Dottie O'Rourke spoke with concern about the removal of the traffic light at the entrance of the Historic Sully Plantation. VDOT is scheduled to remove the light on Oct 31. That would necessitate all traffic to be right-in, right-out off of Rt 28. There is not even an accelleration lane if one is trying to enter Rt 28 from the site. Discussion was held as to why the volunteers were requesting help. It seems ther is a Sully Foundation Trust to manage the trust, the land is owned by the Met. Wash. Airport, and the buliding are owned by FCPA. There was some talk about a "back door" entrance to the site but that application hasn't gone forward (Peterson Co.). One suggestion is that someone go to court to enjoin VDOT to leave the light until alternate access was provided but that "someone" wasn't identified. There was also some concern that there was not enough signage for the entrance or exiting traffic.

      The vote was mixed but carried asking Carol or Mark to send a letter to VDOT with copies to other government officials asking that the light remain until some better access is ready. Safety concerns were mentioned.

  2. Old business:
    • Regarding County Redevelopment and Housing Authority proposal requiring public notification when groups using public funding acquired property for use as low/moderate income housing. It was pointed out that the VA. Property Owners Act made that illegal and the R&HA would be sued if such a proposal passed.
  3. Other scheduled meetings:

    • The WFFCA has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, 7 October at the new Sully Government building at 7 p.m. Topics will be Battlefield Bypass, Tri-County Connector and other transportation issues affecting Western Fairfax.
      • Young Ho Chang -- Fairfax County - Department of Transportation
      • Jack Van Dop -- Federal Highway Administration -- Battlefield Bypass
      • Ken Wilkinson -- VDOT -- Environmental Division
      • Thomas Farley -- NOVA District Administrator (probably can not make it but they may send someone else).

    • Dulles Airport New Runways Environmental Impact Statement - Preliminary Purpose and Need and Alternatives Public Meeting - Proposed New Runways and Associated Improvements at Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

      Loudoun County - Tuesday, 7 October, Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Pkwy, Ashburn, Va

      Fairfax, County - Wednesday, 8 October, Westfield High school, 4700 Stonecraft Blvd, Chantilly

      No formal presentations will be made, so please stop by anytime between 5 and 8 PM.

      Study Description - The FAA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, will conduct two Public Meetings associated with the current phase of the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed runways and associated facility improvements at IAD. The New Runways EIS Study is a vital step towards adequately planning to meet the existing and future demand for air travel at IAD.

      Purpose of Public Meeting - - This Open House will assist the FAA in finalizing the alternatives under consideration and other significant issues that will be addressed in the Draft EIS. Information stations of maps and other development tools pertaining to the project will be provided to assist you in expressing your suggestions on the study. The FAA would like to receive your thoughts and comments on the project-related information made available for review at these two meetings.

      We value your input - We look forward to hearing your comments by 24 October. Contact: Mr. Frank Smigelski, FAA, WashingtonAirports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulls, VA 20166, Fax 703.661.130, E-mail:Frank.Smigelski@faa.gov (please add "Dulles New Runways EIS" to the subject line on faxes and emails)

    • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance is sponsoring "What You Need to Know About Transportation in Five Minutes or Less" to be held at Gannett Headquarters, 7950 Jones Branch Drive in Tysons Corner from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 8 October.

      To register, call 703-883-1830, or go to their web page at www.nvta.org/5minutesorless.html

    • Highway Safety Corridor Program, 6 PM 9 October 2003, VDOT District office, 14685 Avion Parkway, Chantilly

      The General assembly gave VDOT, DMV and the State Police the opportunity to address safety issues on designated areas of highway through the Highway Safety Corridor Program. Ultimately, these highway safety zones could received increased law enforcement, education and safety enhancements.

      Tell them what you think as they develop criteria to identify locations that need more safety attention. For example, is there an area on I-95, the Capital Beltway, Routes 15, 28 or similar highway that should be designated a highway safety zone? What makes that a good location for this designation? What does a safe highway mean to you?

      • How: Attend public meeting or submit comments to help set criteria that will determine which highway segments are eligible to be Highway Safety Corridors.
      • When: 9 October. Presentation begins at 6PM, followed by questions and answers.
      • Where: VDOT District office, 14685 Avion Parkway, Chantilly

      If you cannot attend and want to know more about the program and how to submit comments for the record, contact HighwaySafetyZones@VirginiaDOT.org. VDOT, DMV and the State Police are accepting comments on highway safety zone criteria until 16 October.

    • Fairfax County/Fair Lakes Parkways Interchange - Tuesday, 28 October 5 - 8 PM Presentation at 6, followed by a Q & A at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, CHantilly, VA.

      Come and see preliminary plans for the interchange at the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) / Fair Lakes Parkway (Route 7700) and the widening of Fairfax County Parkway to six lanes within the existing median, from south of Interstate 66 to north or Rugby Road (Route 750).

      Find out about the proposed improvements, property impacts and relocation assistance.

      Review the project information at the public hearing or at the VDOT District office, 14685 Avion Parkway, Chantilly.

      Give your written or verbal commentsat the hearing or submit them ,postmarked by 7 November 2003, to Mr.William Cuttler, PE, at the above address or by emailing to: meeting_comments@VirginiaDOT.org. Please enter "Fair Lakes Interchange" on the subject line for reference purposes.

    • Design Public Hearing - Route 15/James Monroe Highway, Loudoun County - Open House, Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 5-8 PM, Lucketts Elementary School, 14550 James Monroe Highway, in the community of Lucketts.

      Come and see preliminary plans for the safety improvements to Route 15/James Monroe Highway from 0.2 miles south of Lovettsville Road (Route 672) to the Virginia/Maryland State Line

      Find out about tentative construction schedules, property impacts and relocation assistance.

      Review the project information at the public hearing or at the VDOT District office, 14685 Avion Parkway, Chantilly.

      Give your written or verbal commentsat the hearing or submit them, postmarked by 9 November 2003, to Mr. Thomas Farley, Attn: Mr. Stephen Tyrell., PE, 41 Lawson Road, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175 or by emailing to: meeting_comments@VirginiaDOT.org. Please enter "Route 15 Safety Improvements" on the subject line for reference purposes.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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