24 August 2011 Sully District Council Land Use Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
by Priscilla Knight, Secretary
  1. Call to Order - Land Use Committee Chair Jeff Parnes called the meeting of the Sully District Council Land Use Committee to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., VA 20151.

  2. Attendance:

    Council Members:
    Lewis Grimm – 2nd Vice President, Franklin Farm Foundation
    Priscilla Knight – Secretary, Sully Station II
    Jeff Parnes – 1st Vice President, Chantilly Highlands Homes Association

    August Frattal – Rachel Carson Middle School
    Hamid Matin – P.D.G., Inc.
    Philip Hudson – Rachel Carson Middle School
    Susan Yantis – Hunton & Williams
    Vanessa Kennedy – Atlantic Realty Co.
    Weldon Spurling – Fairfax County Public Schools

    Elizabeth Silisty – Rockland Village
    Jim Hart – Board of Zoning Appeals/Planning Commission

  3. The minutes for the 22 June 2011 Sully District Council meeting provided by Priscilla Knight, Secretary, are available online.

  4. Refer to the August agenda for meeting announcements.

  5. Land Use Presentations:

    1. 7:00
      • Proponent: Susan Yantis, Hunton and Williams, for the Fairfax County School Board
      • Action: PCA 82-C-016 to amend the proffers for Rachel Carson Middle School to allow a 3rd access point on McLearen Rd for school buses
      • Location: McLearen Road
        PCA 82-C-016 is by the Fairfax County School Board to amend the proffers for Rachel Carson Middle School to allow a 3rd access point on McLearen Rd for school buses. The additional bus access is a needed safety measure intended to separate the buses from other vehicular traffic consistent with the system implemented on most school sites in the County. Tentative PC public hearing date is 10-27-11.

        Susan Yantis, a lawyer with Hunton & Williams representing the Fairfax County School Board and Rachel Carson Middle School, presented the school’s request to add another exit from the school onto McLearen Road for school buses. According to Ms. Yantis, a second exit reserved for school buses would expedite the drop off and collection of students and decrease the queue of buses and parents leaving the school trying to get through the light a EDS Drive and McLearen Road.

        The principal and other school representatives said the current ingress and egress situation is a safety issue in case an emergency occurs. No students walk to the school; buses and cars handle all transportation.

        The principal said the student population this year will be more than 1,300 and the school population is estimated to grow in coming years. Carson was planned for only 1,200 students. Therefore, traffic is an issue. He explained that when FCPS made proffers in 1992 traffic was much less of an issue than it is today.

        Mr. Parnes noted that parents have trouble finding adequate parking for events, such as Back to School Night. The representatives said they have an agreement with nearby businesses to use their parking lots during major evening events. The principal noted that because of the traffic lights, moving traffic after big events is very difficult.

        Mr. Spurling said FCPS Design and Construction has adopted a California model of making parking surfaces pervious and they will follow “green” environmental building and construction standards.

        The school representatives indicated that the proposed right turn exit for buses would be closed when not required for use by the buses. Fairfax County school bus operational policy is that school buses do not make left turns on four-lane roads except at lights. Therefore, until the proposed light at the western intersection of EDS and McLearen roads is installed, school buses exiting the middle school would have to head west on McLearen Rd to Rt 28 and the go either north or south to the next exit to return east.

        The school representatives indicated that the proposed right turn exit for buses might be used to allow non-school buses to exit the property when the school held special functions, such as back to school nights and such.

        The committee was concerned that if the exit was used for those functions that there be restrictions in place other than signage to ensure exiting vehicles make only right-hand turns. The school representatives suggested that a combination of pavement marking and signage would be sufficient. The committee felt that unless raised pavement or a traffic control officer was present, what was being proposed would not be sufficient to deter non-school bus traffic from making left-hand turns.

        Mr. Parnes said he wants the proffer to say explicitly that the egress will be for right turns only, even during special events. He said he wants the proffer to indicate that a traffic control/police officer will direct traffic when the new exit is used to provide egress for special events. He noted that the wording of the proposed change restricting its use to school buses would make its use by non-school bus traffic on special occasions a violation of the revised proffer unless the wording was clarified.

    2. 8:00
      • Proponent: Venessa Kennedy, Atlantic Realty for Pender, LLC.
      • Action: PCA 2009-SU-020 is by Pender, LLC, to amend shopping center proffers to add Garment Cleaning Establishments and Private Schools of Special Education as permitted uses
      • Location: Pender shopping Center @ Rt. 50 and Fair Ridge Drive [Harris Teeter]
        Ms. Vanessa Kennedy, Atlantic Realty, presented PCA 2009-SU-020 for Pender LLC. The shopping center company would like to change the center’s proffer to allow the inclusion of Garment Cleaning Establishments and Private Schools of Special Education as permitted uses. Tentative PC public hearing date is 10-6-11.

        The SDC had no objections to the proffer proposal.

  6. Board Meeting

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  8. The meeting adjourned around 9:00 p.m.

    Respectively submitted by,

    Priscilla Knight
    Sully District Council

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