Planned for 27 May 2009 Meeting
- Membership Presentation:
Cool Counties and Cool Neighborhoods initiatives by the Cool Counties Working Group presented by Rekha Nadkarni and Linda Burchfiel of the Great Falls Chapter of the Sierra Club, Citizens Advisory Cool Counties Committee, Fairfax County
- Land Use and Transportation Presentations
- Proponent: Alex Beiro and Ed Donohue for Cricket Communications and Verizon Wirelesss
- Action: Telecommunications Poles
- Location: In Springfield District at Chantilly and Centreville High Schools
Springfield District Planning Commissioner Murphy asked that Ed Donohue coordinate with Sully. Ed is going to send the application materials to Supervisor Frey's office. The Centreville HS application has a PC hearing date of 6/25, the Chantilly application is not yet scheduled.
They are is in the process of scheduling a balloon test; possibly 5/13.
- Proponent: Alex Beiro and Ed Donohue for Cricket Communications and Verizon Wirelesss
- Action: Telecommunications Poles
- Location: 13224 Franklin Farm, Oak Hill
Cricket Communications is proposing to collocate on the tree pole at subject address. In order for them to proceed they have to get approval for a small increase in the size of the compound. The zoning process won't be complete by the time Cricket needs so they have asked Zoning for a "temporary" approval. A Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for July 30.
- Old Business
- The following associations have joined/renewed their memberships in the SDC this year:
- The SDC Secretary, Derek DuBard, has submitted his resignation.
We are looking for someone to step up and complete the rest of Derek's term which would have expired at the end of June 2009.
- I'm going to have to give up my position as Secretary. This is the third meeting in a row that I have to miss due to family obligations and given that we are expecting another child, it's unlikely that I will have any time to devote to outside activities for a while. I appreciate the opportunity and I hope to be more involved in the community in the future.
- New Business
- Get the Facts - 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
- Two Stimulus Projects Funded TPB's Action Renders I-66 Ineligible
- On May 21, 2009 the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) obligated $13 million for the Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway/Monument Drive Interchange and $60.1 million for the Fairfax County Parkway EPG Extension (Phases 3 and 4).
- I-66 spot improvements (Phases 2 and 3) might also have been chosen except for the Transportation Planning Board's March vote making them ineligible for federal funding this year.
- With approval of $25 million in supplemental Northern Virginia regional stimulus dollars anticipated in June, the Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway/Monument Drive Interchange will be fully funded. Advertisements for construction bids could be ready as early as December 2009.
- The $60.1 million for the Fairfax County Parkway EPG Extension will fully fund Phases III and IV of the project, which will provide critical access to I-95 and much needed capacity for the employees of the 12,900 relocated Army jobs to the Environmental Proving Grounds and Ft. Belvoir. All phases of the project have been designed and construction is currently underway on Phases I and II.
- Two other Northern Virginia transportation improvements approved for stimulus funding by the CTB were the Route 28 Norfolk Southern Railroad Overpass in Manassas ($24.9 million) and the Courthouse Road Interchange in Arlington ($10.3 million).
- Airports Authority Board Selects Design-Build Delivery System for Phase 2 of Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
- On May 2, 2009, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority) Board of Directors (Board) approved the plan recommended by Airports Authority management for proceeding with the 11.5 - mile Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
- The Airports Authority will begin the process by contracting with an architectural/engineering firm to perform preliminary engineering for Phase 2.
- When preliminary engineering is completed, the Airports Authority will use a competitively-bid design-build delivery system to contract for construction of the 11.5 - mile Phase 2 segment.
- The Airports Authority will issue a Request for Qualifications to identify architectural and engineering (A/E) firms interested in competing for a contract to perform preliminary engineering. The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2009.
- Further definition of project elements, the estimated cost, the project completion schedule and technical issues for Phase 2 will be completed during preliminary engineering.
- Preliminary engineering is expected to be completed by 2011. Next, the Airports Authority will initiate a competitive procurement process to select a design-build contractor by issuing a Request for Proposals. Prices proposed by firms submitting proposals will be a major evaluation factor in determining the successful bidder.
- Design-build system was evaluated among other project delivery systems to determine which method best meets the Airports Authority’s goals for the project. The design-build system will enable the Airports Authority to:
- Meet an estimated date for completion of the project in December 2016.
- Provide business opportunities, including subcontracting.
- Obtain lower price proposals through the use of full and open competition.
- Provide high quality facilities that meet or exceed industry and operator standards.
- Obtain a balance in allocating project risks between the Airports authority and the design-build contractor.
- Throughout the development of this project, the Airports Authority will work closely with its partners and stake-holders to develop a system that meets the need for rail transportation in the Dulles Corridor. These partners and stakeholders include: Fairfax County, Loudoun County, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit.
- Scheduled Meetings/Activities:
- Virginia's first Invasive Plant Removal Day on May 2
- Virginia Master Naturalists and the Virginia Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring the first-ever, Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day on Saturday, May 2. Events are being planned throughout Virginia and will involve students, families, citizen groups and government agencies in an effort to rid natural areas of non-native plants.
- This is an opportunity to host a project site, or to participate at an existing site. Anyone who would like to register an event or volunteer to help at a nearby site, should go to: http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/invasives/index.html.
- Non-native, invasive species cause ecological and economic harm. They typically mature quickly, generate many offspring and can tolerate a wide range of habitats. Because they are able to successfully establish in new territory, invasive species out-compete native species for the same resources and eventually harm trees, wildlife and water quality. They are a serious threat to the quality of our natural areas.
- Invasives have taken a firm foothold in many parts of the state and everyone's help is needed to reclaim our natural areas. Removing invasive plants and sowing native flora is a fantastic way to restore water quality and wildlife habitat.
- The 38th Green Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at a new venue – Brion’s Grill The theme is identifying birds in our area and inviting them to our yards.
- When: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
- Where: Brion’s Grill 10621 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032 in the University Shopping Mall (Route 123 and Braddock Road) - Across the street from the Roanoke Rd entrance to George Mason University, We will have Brion’s Grill to ourselves (it doesn't open to the public until later).
- Program: Birds of Northern Virginia & How to Invite them to your Yard
- Speaker: Steve Pyne, proprietor of the Wild Bird Center of Burke and an Audubon Society of Northern Virginia partner and instructor
Join Steve Pyne to learn more about birds of Northern Virginia, including which birds are likely visitors to your feeder, and our yards and parks. From nesting sites to water features to trees and shrubs, learn how to provide habitat for feathered visitors at your home. Both the Wild Bird Center and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia offer opportunities for expanding your knowledge about local birds, bird behavior and habitat needs.
- Cost: $10.00 for the Buffet, which includes tax and tip. The buffet will include scrambled eggs, potato fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee. We will be comfortable with plenty of room and there is a large projection screen for showing presentations. Tax and tip are included in the $10 cost. (If anyone wants to come and just have coffee, please email or call the conservation district office 703-324-1460)
- Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Cub Run Stream Valley Connector Trails at Cub Run Stream Valley Park
- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Park Authority Board cordially invite you to ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Cub Run Stream Valley Connector Trails at Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Join us on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 1 p.m. for brief remarks and the official opening. Please see the invitation for full details
- Public Information Meetings - I-66 Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is conducting this study to identify potential short- and medium-term transit and TDM enhancements that will increase mobility in the I-66 corridor between Washington D.C., and Haymarket, Virginia. Improvements could include new bus services such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and commuter choices such as carpooling, vanpooling and park and ride lots.
Public information meetings are being held for the public to learn more about this study. Each meeting will include a continuous open house with representatives available to provide information on the study corridor and alternatives under consideration. In addition, a presentation will be given twice (at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.) with an opportunity for questions and answers afterward.
For more information on the study, visit www.drpt.virginia.gov/activities/I66study.aspx. If you are unable to attend a meeting, comments on the study may be sent to Public Information Office, DRPT, 1313 E. Main St., Suite 300, Richmond, VA. 23219, or DRPTPR @ DRPT.Virginia.gov. Comments will be accepted until May 22, 2009.
- Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Williamsburg Middle School Auditorium, 3600 N Harrison St., Arlington, VA 22207
- Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Battlefield High School Auditorium, 15000 Graduation Dr., Haymarket, VA 20169
- Thursday, May 14, 2009, Oakton High School Auditorium, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, VA 22181
- Meeting Schedule:
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Open House
7:00 p.m. – Presentation and Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Presentation and Q&A
- Weekly Farmers’ Market Coming to Trinity Centre, Centreville, Virginia
The market will feature a variety of local vendors and products for Trinity Centre's employees, visitors, and the nearby community.
- When Every Friday, May 15 – October 30, 3:30 – 6:30 PM
- Where: Trinity Centre, 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville, Va. 20120
- Contact: Jean Janssen, Smart Markets, Inc.
- Electric Sunday Offers Fairfax County Residents Free Electronics Recycling Opportunity
- The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will host Electric Sunday on Sunday, May 17. On this Sunday, Fairfax County residents will be able to recycle televisions, computers and peripheral electronic devices from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the I-66 Transfer Station, located at 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. This is a free service available only to Fairfax County residents. Devices from businesses will not be accepted at these events.
- This event is limited to the collection of televisions, computers and peripheral electronic devices - including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives and other such materials. Residents should not bring small or large kitchen appliances, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes or stereo equipment to these events. Items brought to these events for recycling do not need to be in working order.
- For complete details on these and other 2009 environmental events being planned and hosted by the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, including information about materials collected at each event and inclement weather cancellations, please check the calendar of events on our web site or call 703-324-5250, TTY 711.
- The application deadline for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments FY 2010 Transportation/Land use Coordination (TLC) Technical Assistance Program is 4:00 p.m. on May 18, 2009.
The TLC Technical Assistance Program provides focused consultant assistance to local jurisdictions working on creative, forward-thinking and sustainable plans and projects. Any local jurisdiction in the Metropolitan Washington region that is a member of the TPB is eligible to apply, and technical assistance may include a range of services, such as:
Please visit the Application Information page or the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information about applying for TLC technical assistance.
- Public involvement facilitation
- Development and utilization of visualization techniques
- Streetscape and infill design assistance
- Assistance with scoping longer term planning studies
- Help with other challenges related to strengthening transportation and land use coordination
For information on the projects completed as part of the FY 2007, FY 2008, and FY 2009 TLC technical assistance programs, as well as projects completed as part of the VDOT Multimodal Grant Program, please see Completed Projects.
Recipients are eligible to receive a range of technical assistance between $10,000 and $60,000 for a project. Recipients do not receive direct financial assistance. Technical assistance is provided by consultants who are contracted on an individual project basis. COG/TPB has developed a list of pre-qualified consultants to provide technical assistance. Using this list, COG/TPB works with jurisdictions to identify potentially appropriate firms, organizations and individuals to provide the approved technical assistance, and seeks quotes and availability from consultants to determine who should be contracted to conduct the service or task in accordance with the required schedule.
- John Dargle, Jr. is LISTENING
- A new opportunity for Fairfax County residents to share their comments, concerns and ideas regarding the Park Authority launched in March 09: Listening Forums
- It's a new twist on an old concept: go to where the people are and reach out! Citizens can choose from nine locations around the county at which to discuss topics of their choice.
- The nine forums are scheduled on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Input on how the Park Authority can best meet the community's needs is invited. Staff will use the gathered information to guide decisions regarding the organization and the agency's service delivery.
- Upcoming Listening Forums
- May 21 - Oak Marr RECenter -Acorn Room
- June 11 - Audrey Moore RECenter
- July 30 - South Run RECenter
- September 17 - Huntley Meadows Park
- October 22 - Laurel Hill Golf Clubhouse
- November 19 - Government Center Building
- January 21, 2010 - E.C. Lawrence Park, Cabell's Mill
- February 18, 2010 - Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
- For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.
- This is an accessible facility To request reasonable ADA accommodations or alternative format of materials, call the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8563, TTY 703-803-3354 or visit our web site
- Task Force Debriefing Session on Tuesday, May 26 2009
- The Fairfax County Planning Commission invites all members of the 2008-2009 North County Area Plans Review Citizen's Task Forces for the Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Providence and Sully Magisterial Districts to attend a Task Force Debriefing Session on Tuesday, May 26 2009 at 7:00 PM in Room 9 of the Conference Center of the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway. Please come and share your thoughts on what worked, what didn't work, and to give staff your ideas for improvement of the APR process that can be incorporated into the upcoming South County Area Plans Review.
- An agenda will be circulated prior to the Debriefing Session. Please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Klibaner, Planning Division, Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning, 703-324-1497 phone, 703-324-3056 fax, if you have any questions.
- 2009 Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Open -- due May 31
Fairfax County is accepting nominations through May 31 for the 10th annual Environmental Excellence Awards recognizing those who dedicate time, energy and expertise to improve the environment in support of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ environmental goals.
Awards are for achievements that occur between June 1, 2008, and May 31, 2009, or for accomplishments that occurred over a period of years, including at least a portion of the eligibility period. One or more awards may be presented in each of the following categories:
The submission requirements, award criteria, nomination form and a list of previous recipients are available from the county.
- Fairfax County residents.
- Fairfax County Government employees.
- VDOT and DRPT Must Cut More from Budget
- The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation presented a draft Six-Year Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2010-2015 Wednesday to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The total proposed program is $7.4 billion, down from $8.9 billion in the revised FY 2009-2014 budget approved three months ago. The FY 2010-2015 budget reflects $650 million in cuts to the highway program and $880 million in reductions to rail and transit.
- The highway declines are largely a result of continued state and federal revenue shortfalls, while the transit and rail declines are mainly attributed to the transition of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which reduced the program by $776 million.
- The commonwealth is continually challenged to meet federal obligations and state maintenance requirements for our highway system while dealing with drastic declines in state and federal revenues,” says Pierce R. Homer, Virginia secretary of transportation. “We have been able to maintain our rail and transit programs and services.”
- Transportation revenue reductions have forced the CTB to significantly reduce the six-year program over the past several years:
- Fiscal years 2008-13 program adopted June 2007: $11 billion ($8.7 billion for highways).
- Fiscal years 2009-14 program adopted June 2008: $10.6 billion ($7.9 billion for highways).
- Revised fiscal years 2009-14 program adopted February 2009: $8.9 billion ($6.0 billion for highways).
- Proposed Fiscal years 2010-2015 program: $7.4 billion ($5.4 billion for highways).
- The Draft FY 2010-2015 Six-Year Improvement Program, including proposed project cut lists for interstate, primary, secondary and urban roadways, is available online. Details of the rail and transit program are also online.
- VDOT also applied previously allocated but unused dollars from interstate projects to fund two major ready-to-go projects in order to match federal funds for FY 2009. More than $97 million from projects with phases that were not currently under way was reallocated in order to complete the I-95 bridge rehabilitation and I-64 paving projects in the Richmond District.
- “After reducing the highway program by $2 billion in the revised FY 2009-2014 program, VDOT is again faced with more program funding challenges,” says VDOT Commissioner David S. Ekern, P.E.
- “VDOT is stretching every dollar to ensure federal and state obligations are met, and using available funds to keep projects that can move forward progressing as quickly as possible.”
- Funding Reductions for Highway Program from the FY 2009-2014 Revised Program to the Proposed FY 2010-2015 Program
- Interstate: $1.4 billion to $1.3 billion
- Primary: $ 1.3 billion to $1.0 billion
- Secondary: $0.6 billion to $0.5 billion
- Urban: $0.5 billion to $0.4 billion
- “While the reduction in available state rail, transit and commuter service funding in the draft FY2010-2015 program is primarily due to the reassignment of the Dulles Metrorail project, the transit and rail programs and services have been spared the drastic reductions of other areas of government,” says DRPT Director Charles M. Badger, P.E.
- The Commonwealth of Virginia will host four public hearings across the state in June to receive public input on the Fiscal Years 2010-2015 Six-Year Improvement Program for highway, transit, rail and commuter service improvements. CTB members will host the hearings and leaders from VDOT and DRPT will attend and provide information.
Public hearings will be held at the following dates and locations:
- Monday, June 1, at 6 p.m.
- VDOT Central Office Auditorium
- 1221 E. Broad St.
- Richmond, VA 23219
- Hearing focus: Richmond, Culpeper and Fredericksburg Districts
- Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m.
- Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
- 7130 Leesburg Pike
- Falls Church, VA 22043
- Hearing focus: Northern Virginia and Staunton Districts
- Wednesday, June 3, at 6 p.m.
- Northside Middle School
- 6810 Northside High School Road.
- Roanoke, VA 24019
- Hearing focus: Salem, Bristol, Lynchburg, Staunton Districts
- Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m.
- Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
- 723 Woodlake Drive
- Chesapeake, VA 23320
- Meeting focus: Hampton Roads Distric
- Building a Green, Clean Energy Future in Northern Virginia Tools for Change Workshop
- Please join other Northern Virginians in sending a strong message to the public and our elected officials! Learn the skills needed to bring about change and move our elected officials to work for a healthy planet!
- Light refreshments will be served
- The Honorable L. Preston Bryant, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
- Edward Maibach, Ph.D., Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, GMU
- Mike Tidwell, Executive Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
- WHEN: Saturday, June 6th, 9:30am-12:30pm
- WHERE: NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (Ballston Metro, Parking available)
RSVP and Detailed Directions
- For More Information, Contact:
- Fairfax Water Grants -- apply by June 15
- Fairfax Water is offering grants to qualified organizations for watershed protection, restoration, education, water quality monitoring, and other related projects.
- For more information, contact the Fairfax Water Grants office
- Planned for 24 June 2009 Meeting
- Membership Presentation:
- State of Sully by Sully Supervisor Michael Frey
- Land Use and Transportation Presentations: None at this time
Jeffrey M. Parnes
First Vice President
Sully District Council
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