Agenda for 25 July 2007 Sully District Council Meeting
by Jeff Parnes
- The Sully District Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center meeting room 1, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151. The meeting will be canceled if Fairfax County Schools or after school activities are canceled due to adverse weather the day of the meeting
- No membership meeting planned for July and August
- Land Use and Transportation
- Proponent: Julie Cline, planner with Holland and Knight
- Action: Special Permit (SP 2007-SU-060) for an indoor baseball/softball training facility
- Location: 4080 Walney Road, Tax Map Number 34-4 ((11)) A5
- Old Business
- Staff is currently recommending approval for:
- RZ 2007-SU-003 to R-2 for 3 lots on West Ox RD (PC date 7/11) (see May 2007 minutes)
- RZ 2007-SU-005 and SE for Independent Living on Fair Ridge (PC date 7/12) (see May 2007 minutes)
- RZ 2007-SU-006, Redfox Plaza (Vahid Amin) (see June 2007 agenda)
- SE 2007-SU-006, Montessori School of Fairfax (see June 2007 agenda). The school still has a few details to iron out with the Montessori School, primarily due to lack of screening of a newly discovered trash dumpster out front which was missed on the first site visit and not shown on the SE Plat, but can be addressed with development conditions.
- Network Building and Consulting provided more information regarding the Distributed Antenna System proposed for Hunters Mill Road (see June 2007 agenda)
- Regarding the chart in the above letter, the diameter will be approximately 8 ½ inches at the top. The chart from Dominion is a schedule of pole specifications based on height of the pole. The diameter of the poles at the bottom was measured to produce the photosims. Since the actual dimensions of the pole won't be determined until the poles are replaced, there's no guarantee that the replacement pole will be exactly like the dimensions in this chart but should be within an inch or so. This is not the same as stealth technology for monopoles which requires a much wider structure to support the equipment and weight. The replacement pole for the DAS will be an actual telephone or light pole, the diameter stays essentially the same, it will just be higher.
- The Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) and the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) sponsored a Project Update Seminar on Dulles Metrorail on 25 July 2007.
After more than 40 years of planning, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project is almost ready to break ground. As early as this fall, crews will begin to move utilities on Route 7 in preparation for construction.
- Providence District Public Outreach to Help Plan the Future of Tysons Corner hosted by Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth & The Tysons Land Use Task Force on 18 July 2007
- In their ongoing effort to integrate community input into the Tysons Planning process, the Tysons Land Use Task Force and Supervisor Linda Smyth co-sponsored a public outreach meeting. The Tysons Land Use Task Force and the team of consultants working on planning the future of Tysons have developed plan scenarios to test potential future growth in Tysons. These test scenarios, which were shaped by public input provided during the March 2007 workshops, look at different ways of integrating four planned Metrorail stations into Tysons Corner.
- The test scenarios are not actual choices for the future of Tysons. They are designed to test how different planning approaches could work. These test scenarios are being evaluated to gauge how well they address the Task Force’s Guiding Planning Principles, transportation needs and the quality of life in Tysons Corner.
- Here are the Tysons Corner Land Use Task Force Workshop Introduction and Presentation handouts.
- New Business
- High School Redistricting to be Studied (from the Chantilly Times 17 July 07 edition). Fairfax County School Board members decided in a July 16 work session to include six high schools in a boundary study designed to balance enrollment numbers in a large part of the county.
Westfield and Chantilly high schools are overcrowded, while South Lakes High School is under capacity. The proposed boundary study now includes Chantilly, Westfield, South Lakes, Oakton, Herndon and Madison high schools. The list could change after public hearings on the study, this fall, school officials say.
- The 27th Green Breakfast held on Saturday, July 14 covered Land Conservation - A Win-Win Program. Whit Field, Vice President and General Counsel, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) discussed conservation easements
- HB 3202 Regional Funding Public Hearing was held by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on 12 July 2007.
- Scheduled Meetings/Activities:
- Commonwealth to hold five I-95/395 HOV/Bus/HOT lanes citizen information meetings to provide overview of project and collect public input
- The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are hosting a series of five public information meetings to collect feedback about public transportation, carpooling, vanpooling, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and highway portions of the proposed 56-mile Interstate 95/395 HOV/Bus/High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project between the Pentagon and Massaponax.
- Meeting participants will find out more information about HOV/Bus/HOT lanes and hear updates on:
- The northern portion of the project currently under environmental review between Eads Street (near the Pentagon) and Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in Stafford County and the proposed southern portion of the project from Dumfries to Massaponax
- Ongoing activities to review proposed transit improvements in the corridor
- The I-95/395 Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study
- Public input is needed as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for the northern portion of this proposed project. Comments are also welcome to help shape the developing southern segment and the I-95/395Transit/TDM Study in this corridor.
- Additional public input opportunities will be made available throughout the development of this project.
- The meetings will be held in the project corridor. Doors open at 7 p.m. with presentations at 7:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Information stations will be available all evening for participants to collect information and ask questions of project staff.
- Monday, July 23, 2007, Edison High School 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria
- Tuesday, July 24, 2007, Wakefield High School, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington
- Wednesday, July 25, 2007, Forest Park High School, 15721 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge
- Thursday, July 26, 2007, Wingate Inn, Mary Washington Pavilion East, 20 Sanford Drive, Fredericksburg
- Monday, July 30, 2007, Spotsylvania County School Administrative Services, 8020 River Stone Drive, Spotsylvania
- Those who cannot attend a meeting may send comments through Aug. 10, 2007, to:
- Public Affairs, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219 or via e-mail to email@example.com. or to
- Public Information Office Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 1313 E. Main St., Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219 or via e-mail to drptpr@DRPT.Virginia.gov.
- Toll road public hearings (from the Chantilly Times 17 July 07 edition). Officials are worried about misconceptions of an upcoming public hearing on Dulles Toll Road fares.
The hearings, scheduled for July 25 and 26 in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, are a legal requirement the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority must fulfill as part of the process to assume control of the toll road from the state. However, no changes will be made to the toll rate as a result of the hearings.
- Loudoun Wednesday, July 25 7 - 10 p.m. Embassy Suites Dulles-North, 44610 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Fairfax Thursday, July 26 7 - 10 p.m. Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
- Save the date! Potomac Watershed Forum V will be held on Friday, August 10, from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Prince William campus of George Mason University.
- The forum program topic will be "Conserving Land to Conserve Water" and has an impressive group of presentations and presenters. The official forum brochure is attached and includes the agenda and registration form. The cost is a very reasonable $20 per person, including lunch.
- For more information visit the forum's website or contact Nick Kokales 703-324-1460 (ph), 703-324-1421(fax).
- The Fairfax Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists is in operation and ready to begin their first Basic Training Course beginning in September. You can download the application form from their web site (see last paragraph).
Love parks, lakes and trails? Become a certified Virginia Master Naturalist!
- Apply for membership in the new Fairfax Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists. We provide local residents with naturalist training, then connect them with important volunteer stewardship, citizen science, and education opportunities in parks and natural areas.
Certified Master Naturalists preserve and protect natural resources by
- mapping and evaluating hiking trails
- restoring stream valleys by getting rid of invasive weeds and replacing them with native plants
- studying wildlife
- leading nature center programs
- monitoring the health of our streams
- and much more!
- We are seeking applicants for our fall training program with the last day to apply 1 August 2007. The three-month Basic Training Course, taught by some 20 recognized environmental and scientific experts, offers fun and interactive instruction in natural history and forest and aquatic ecology. This educational experience will prepare volunteers to provide valuable community service.
- To learn more and to obtain the application form, please visit their website or email FMNvolunteer @ cox.net
- Mark your calendars for Friday, November 9, for the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council Conference.
- Virginia will be hosting the 2nd Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council conference in November 2007. The first conference was held in Bethesda, Md. This one will be very close to home.
- The purpose of the conference is to inform the public about conservation landscaping and design methods that improve or restore water quality and wildlife habitats. For more information about the conference, visit www.chesapeakelandscape.org .
- Tentative topics include
- Rain gardens vs. bioretention ponds;
- alternatives to traditional plantings and designing with native plants;
- IPM and beneficial insects;
- tree planting and soils for urban forestry;
- installing living shorelines. . . and much more!
- Land managers, designers, local planners, landscapers and others with a stake in conserving Virginia's natural resources are encouraged to attend.
- Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003-3796
- No meeting planned for 22 August 2007 Meeting
- Meeting planned for 26 September 2007 Meeting
- Land Use and Transportation
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee
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