The Great Falls Citizens Association
(GFCA) Land Use and Zoning (LUZ)
Committee Hearing re: SP 2013-DR-052
(Molster/815 Blacks Hill Rd.)
Monday, March 10th - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Great Falls Grange
(9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls)
The purpose of the committee hearing is to (i) provide the applicant with the opportunity to present its plans to the Great Falls community, (ii) to hear from County staff regarding its report on the application, and (iii) to allow members of the Great Falls community to comment on the application.
Bill Harvey, Chair, GFCA Land Use and Zoning Committee
Format: Committee hearing open to the public and conducted under newly revised Robert’s Rules of Order, 11th ed.
Background: The applicant has submitted a Special Permit application (SP 2013-DR-052) to operate riding and boarding stables at 815 Blacks Hill Rd., Great Falls, VA. The property is identified on Tax Map 0064-01-0026, contains approx. 5.47 ac., and is zoned R-E (Residential Estate District).
• 6:30 p.m. – Call to Order (Harvey)
• 6:40 p.m. – Overview of SE Application, statement of justification, and plans (Hanes, Britt & Molster)
• 7:10 p.m. – Overview of County Staff Report (TBD)
• 7:40 p.m. – History of equestrian land use in Great Falls (Washburn)
• 8:10 p.m. – Comments from Blacks Hill neighbors (Buenzle & Downs)
• 8:40 p.m. – Comments from Falls Manor HOA (Rothmeijer)
• 9:10 p.m. – Comments from Timberlake Estates North HOA (Bollinger, Lobato & Pagar)
• 9:40 p.m. – Closing (Harvey)
Virginia DEQ Approves Contaminated Site Cleanup Plan
In January, the state Department of Environmental Quality approved the first phase Corrective Action Plan (CAP) that details the start of cleanup activities at the old Exxon station. GFCA provided active input to the final CAP. While we are not pleased with all elements of the CAP, substantial improvements have been made to the draft CAP released in the fall, and we are pleased that cleanup will soon begin. For further information, click here.
Great Falls Residents Discuss Route 7 Widening Project (Jarrett Valley to Reston)
The second half of GFCA’s February Town Hall meeting focused on VDOT’s plans for widening Route 7 from Jarrett Valley Drive to Reston Avenue. This project is intended to address increasing traffic volume due to economic and population growth along the Route 7 corridor from Tysons Corner to the west. Comments received from the public will be used to “inform” the design process.
While the project schedule has not been determined yet and construction will likely be done in phases, planning is well underway. Over the last two years, the Route 7 Widening Project Working Group—a collaborative effort that involves VDOT, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, District Supervisors’ staff, other agencies, and community representatives—has fostered communications and gathered input for a design that is sensitive to community needs. Recognizing that simply paving two additional lanes may not be the best solution, they have stressed the importance of a design that would allow for HOV lanes and other transit options. To read more about VDOT’s proposed plan as well as comments and suggestions made during the meeting, click here
Great Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 1st, 8th, and 15th at the
Great Falls Grange
Bring your recyclable bags with you!
Brockman Lane Emergency Access Gate
Issure - John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor, addressed this issue in a letter to GFCA President, Eric Knudsen, to view, click here
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GFCA Town Meeting
New Proposals for Deer Management and Trails in the Great Falls Village Center
Wednesday, March 12th - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Great Falls Grange
All area residents and business people are invited to the March Great Falls Citizen Association Town meeting.
Deer Management - What are our challenges?The GFCA will provide speakers from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Fairfax County and the Virginia State Police and an open forum for identifying the environmental and safety concerns facing Great Falls residents. Hear more about the impact of the swelling deer population on our forests and landscapes, their role in spreading Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (along with prevention tips and symptoms to watch for), and the unfortunate number of local vehicular collisions involving deer.
Trails, Paths and Sidewalks - Is there only one solution?
Robert Mobley, AIA, a long-time resident and local practicing architect, will be presenting a trails concept for Great Falls that includes making the village more walkable and embraces the idea of a network of soft and hard surfaces for pedestrian and non-motorized transportation. The guiding principle is that the type of surface should be primarily based upon intended function, or purpose, as well as location. Hear more about this concept that seeks to preserve the historic and semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources while concurrently responding to community interests and needs.
Plans Revealed for Grange Renovation
At February’s GFCA Town Meeting, David Bowden, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Planning and Development Division, presented plans to make the Grange building and surrounding grounds more accessible to Great Falls residents and community groups. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires changes to both interior and exterior facilities, FCPA will strive to preserve the Grange’s historic appearance.
Interior renovations to the Grange include a new ADA-compliant vertical platform lift from the basement level to the first floor. The lift shaft and pit will be constructed in the area currently occupied by the janitor’s closet (basement level) and women’s restroom (first floor). The open space/office area now occupied by FCPA staff on the basement level will be used for a new ADA unisex restroom. The proposed changes will require upgrading the existing electrical service both inside and outside the building. Other electrical systems within the construction area will be modified as needed. No changes are planned for the Old Forestville Schoolhouse.
Outside, the existing asphalt ADA parking spaces and building access routes will be reconstructed to meet ADA requirements. The brick paver trail to the Grange and Old Schoolhouse buildings will be modified and the stairs to the basement level of the Grange will be removed and the area graded for ramps on both sides as well as down to the driveway. New concrete pads for the portable toilets and dumpster are planned for the parking area on the west side of the Grange. An accessible route from this parking lot to the playground, picnic pavilion, ball fields, and bleachers, along with concrete or asphalt pads will ensure that all have access to the more remote parts of the property. During the coming weeks, GFCA and FCPA will be reviewing the plans and discussing any adjustments that might be made in order to limit the environmental impact.
To look at key components of the plans, click on the links listed below:
• Proposed Site Improvements
• ADA Accessible Route
• Infiltration Test Locations
• Demolition Architectural Site Plan
• New Work Architectural Site Plan
• Interior Demolition: Basement and First Floor
• New Work: Basement and First Floor