- Land Use and Transportation Developments along the Rt 50 Corridor in Loudoun County
- Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning
- Dulles Community Handouts:
- The Loudoun County Community Planning Program Manager and Project Manager for the Dulles Community Outreach Project discussed the purpose, process, timelines, and methods, characteristics. The purpose is to conduct a dialogue with stakeholders of the Dulles Community; identify neighborhood and community-wide priorities; and develop recommended strategies to aid in future planning and programmatic activities. Eventually, the project will update the comprehensive plan in 2016. Furthermore, methods included surveys, workshops, web-based forums, and interactive mapping. The public workshops will be from March 2015 to April 2015 with the follow-up consensus report to the Board of Supervisors. One of the suburban policy areas processes in the existing conditions report that is on the website.
- The study area includes Brambleton, Stone Ridge, and South Riding communities. Some of the characteristics are over 17,000 housing units, over 42 homeowners associations, several thousands of acres of forest cover, over 1,000 acres of floodplains and water resources, over 300 acres of quarried land, and several archaeological sites and historic sites. Additionally, the area had almost 500% population increase since 2000 and a projected employment of 42,000 jobs by 2040. The community facilities include 19 public schools, three fire & rescue stations, the Dulles south safety center/sheriff station, a sheriff firing range, four county-owned parks, a new Hal and Bernie Hanson Park (2018), and the Gum Spring Library. Moreover, the major transportation projects are RT-50, Old Ox Road, Loudoun County Parkway, Arcola Boulevard/Gum Spring Road, Northstar Boulevard, Belmont Ridge Road, Evergreen Mills Road, and Braddock Road. Other transportation projects and studies include the Northern Virginia North-South Corridor, Bi-County Parkway, and Dulles Airport Access. Finally, some of the emerging trends are the air cargo and aviation services and significant increase (34%) of life science and healthcare jobs through 2022.
LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATIONS
- 8:30 - Marlo site
- Proponent: Tarek S. Bolden, Department of Planning & Zoning, Planning Division, Policy & Plan Development Branch
- Action: Plan Amendment (PA) No. 2014-III-DS2
- Location: Lee Road and Chantilly Crossing Lane (Tax Map Parcel 34-3 ((13)) 3)
This PA concerns an approx. 5 acre site located at the intersection of Lee Road and Chantilly Crossing Lane (Tax Map Parcel 34-3 ((13)) 3) in the Sully Supervisor District. The subject parcel is currently planned for hotel and private recreation uses. According to the Comprehensive Plan, retail uses are not planned for this site; however a furniture store use is allowed under certain conditions. The proposed plan amendment will consider allowing alternative retail uses on the site. Both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings have been scheduled, with the PC hearing set for February 12th and the BOS hearing for March 24th. I would like to attend your January 28th meeting to very briefly discuss this Plan amendment and gather your feedback on this matter. If you have any question regarding this proposal prior to the meeting, please contact me and I will assist you as best I can.
- PA 2014-III-DS2 Handouts:
- The Land Use and Transportation committee previously considered this site on:
- Tarek provided a brief history of the site, and indicated it was the last undeveloped lot of this large parcel. The county staff believes that although the current planning, zoning and a filed FDP show a furniture store on the lot, that is unlikely to happen, and the lot should be replaced for retail without the furniture store restrictions. Any traffic concerns would be resolved as the rezoning application review occurs.
- The Plan Amendment clearly mentions that any proposed use will need to show that the issues related to access and transportation are resolved. So in reality, if a developer cannot show that the trip generation numbers work for their proposed use, and that they cannot alleviate any negative transportation impacts, the use cannot be approved at the rezoning time.
- The proposed language will only open the door to proposals for a site that has been noticeably vacant for a long time, but in no way guarantees the approval of any use.
- The SDC LU&T position is that this parcel has been before the SDC at least four times in the last twenty years.
- When last considered in January 2003 the committee reviewed that at its November 2002 meeting Marlo had requested approval of an out-of-turn plan amendment to allow them to build a furniture store in area currently planned for tourist or entertainment uses. At that time, the committee did not approve of the Plan Amendment as proposed.
- Subsequently, Marlo indicated its willingness to trim 7000 square feet off the furniture store it was proposing and then use the remaining parcel for a variety of uses, or instead donate funds ($250,000) for off-site recreation uses to compensate for loss of entertainment / recreational uses on this site.
- After the presentation of the revised proposal, the following concerns were addressed:
- Although the rezoning request requires that the signage Special Exception be modified, no signage changes are proposed.
- Although the remainder of the property could be used for a 75-room hotel, it was the sense of the committee not to have a hotel built on any leftover property once the store was built.
- Ensure EQC is maintained and not adversely impacted
- Ensure the structure represents quality architecture
- Any agreement to allow the furniture store was not indicative of a change to retail further down Route 28.
- If retail is allowed, it must be low intensity retail, such as a furniture store
- The committee then passed a motion that it had no objection to the proposal but recommended consideration of the following recommendations:
- Review of signage
- Furniture store usage only
- No other development in parcel
- Ensure integrity of EQC
- Offset recreation loss
- Subsequent to the committee's meeting, the Planning Commission heard and approved the proposed out-of-turn plan amendment. The Marlo proponents had concerns that the committee's recommendations and the Planning Commissions-approved amendment asked for both an off-site recreation donation and restricted use on the remainder of the parcel, when they had offered to do one or the other but not both. Although they initially asked for, and received, a postponement of the Planned Board of Supervisor's vote on the amendment, the Plan Amendment was eventually passed.
- SDC has seen no compelling case to change the current planning, when it stated in 2003 that it did not want a change to retail further down Route 28 or allow anything but low intensity retail on the site.
- What it sees before it is a change to the current planning which opens the door to a contest as to whether the proposal "alleviate[s] any negative transportation impacts." If a proposal which alleviates the traffic problems was shown to the committee, it would be quite willing to consider it, but at this time the committee sees no reason to support a modification of current planned uses just to satisfy the current owner when it has done so multiple times before.
- The LUT unanimously passed a motion stating that they did not support PA No. 2014-III-DS2 in its present form.
- The committee indicated it was open to compromise, as shown in its concurrence to the changes approved in the 2002-2003 time period, but they were specific, and this is generic.
- Last November, Supervisor Frey, accompanied by four other Sully Representatives, attended an event in Chantilly, France, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and the observance of Armistice Day. Details of the visit can be found at the Chantilly to Chantilly page.
- The Fairfax County League of Woman Voters has been contacted and has agreed to co-sponsor our two fall candidates nights — in September our sixth bi-annual legislative candidates night and in October our second quad-annual Sully and County candidates night. The September meeting will be moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur.
- Lewis Grimm reported on a new Report Card for Virginia's Infrastructure Released at the Virginia Capitol:
- Virginia's civil engineers gathered on Tuesday to release the 2015 Report Card for Virginia's Infrastructure at the Virginia Capitol as well as host a legislative training and a reception for legislators.
- At the media event and reception, Report Card Chair Don Rissmeyer, PE, presented the new Virginia grades, resulting in a G.P.A. of C-, along with Virginia Section President Christina Ammens, PE, Chairman Thomas D. Rust, PE, M.ASCE, of the House Transportation Committee, as well as Delegates Bloxom, Simon, Ingram, Bulova, Lopez, Murphy, DeSteph, Filler-Corn, Carr and Marshall were in attendance along with ASCE members from across the state. The Report Card earned a variety of media mentions, but most notably the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Charlottesville Newsplex, Roanoke Times, and WTOP-DC.
- Read the new Virginia Report Card at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/virginia/virginia-overview/?utm_campaign=GR-20150123-TWiW%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua.
- The Sully District Council Presentations page lists presentations of interest to Sully residents, transportation or otherwise.
- The Sully District Transportation Advisory Commissioner page lists presentations of regional interest regarding transportation culled from meetings the commissioner has attended or of which he was aware. Presentations from the following entities are included:
- Committee for Dulles
- Dulles Area Transportation Association
- Dulles Corridor Rail Association
- Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Transportation Committee
- Fairfax County Department of Transportation
- Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission
- Fairfax Federation
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
- Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board
- Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee
- Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
- Sully District Council
- Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit
- Virginia Department of Transportation
- For many years, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has appointed a Sully representative as a member of the Dulles Area Transportation Association. The DATA notes pages lists many DATA presentations of interest to Sully Residents.
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Thursday 26 February 2015
(Note change of Date - 4th Thursday due to Conflict with Park Authority Board meeting):
- Membership Topic: Parks and Recreation in and around Sully
- Park Authority and the Sully Parks Authority Member Hal Strickland
- Land Use and Transportation Committee:
- 8:30 - Akridge Westfields Development
- Proponent: Lori R. Greenlief, Senior Land Use Planner, McGuireWoods LLP
- Action: Development
- Location: Westfields
The Land Use and Transportation committee previously considered this site in May 2014.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:50 p.m.
Respectively submitted by,
Sully District Council
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