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Braddock District Council - Pulse of the Community

Link to the Braddock Beacon & Walkinshaw Advisory

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Zoning Changes for Data Centers

 

As you may know, proposed zoning changes pertaining to how data centers are approved are to be acted on by the Planning Commission on 5 June and the Board of Supervisors on 16 July.

The main impetus for such changes is a proposed development (“Plaza 500”) in the Bren-Mar area of Mason District.  However, the issue of how data centers are approved by the County is one that affects every magisterial district, including the Braddock District.

Therefore, in line with the mission of the Braddock District Council, here are the steps we are taking to give you a chance to speak out on this issue:

Providing Factual Information:

 

The following links provide pertinent information from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) on current zoning requirements and proposed changes. “By right” provisions currently in effect for some land use categories eliminate the possibility of community input and could result (as in the Plaza 500 proposal) the location of a large data center right on top of a residential community without residents being able to be heard by their elected officials. Making approval subject to a “Special Exception” would allow for public input prior to a decision.

 

 

Providing Notification of Public Meetings:

 

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will discuss and vote on proposed changes to current zoning requirements at a public hearing on 5 June at 7 p.m.  at the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035.  Speaker sign-up procedures are found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/speaker

 

The Braddock District Planning Commissioner is Mary Cortina who can be reached at Plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will take public comment and vote on proposed changes at its 16 July meeting at the Government Center. Ways to provide input are found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/clerkservices/ways-provide-public-hearing-testimony

Getting Your Direct Input:

 

I have put this issue on the agenda for the upcoming 19 June BDC meeting in order to get a consensus from members on adopting an official BDC position on the proposed zoning changes. If the membership approves, this BDC position will be communicated to Board of Supervisors prior to the 19 July Board public hearing.

 

Meeting with Our Supervisor:

 

At the request of Tyler Ray, the president of the Bren Pointe Homeowners Association and leader of a grass-roots community effort that has resulted in the scheduling of the two public meetings noted above, I am in the process of arranging a meeting with Supervisor Walkinshaw sometime after the BDC June meeting and before the 19 July Board of Supervisors meeting. That is why your input at the June meeting is so important so that I can give Supervisor Walkinshaw the sense of the Council on this issue. I ask that you or a delegated voting representative attend the 19 June Council meeting.

 

I appreciate your attention to this issue. I realize that the staff reports have a lot of technical language and charts to wade through. In addition to the sheer size of data center buildings, there are important collateral issues of energy consumption, water usage, power line construction, and noise. While data centers are necessary in our modern world, the bottom line is to ensure that County land use policies and zoning regulations allow citizens the opportunity to be heard on where data centers are placed and what development conditions apply to mitigate their impacts on residential communities.

 

Bob Cosgriff

Chair, Braddock District Council

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Corporate Transparency Act

The BDC is staying engaged and informed on the upcoming Corporate Transparency Act.

Please see the letter that Chair Bob Cosgriff sent to Congressman Connolly and copied to Supervisor Walkinshaw in early May.

More information on the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Beneficial Ownership Information can be found here.

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Current issues at the forefront of the community

Trash Service

Fairfax County government is aware of and is working on problems with American Disposal Company. There are three ways for you to present a formal complaint:

Fairfax County operates two transfer stations open 7 days a week where residents can, on their own, bring a variety of household waste. While there are fees for bagged or bulk trash, brush and yard waste as well as appliances, etc., recycling is free as is the disposal of household electronic items and hazardous waste. Complete information can be found here: Recycling and Trash Locations and Hours. You can even get free mulch!

Shape the Future of Aging

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/older-adults/fairfax-50-plus-community-action-plan

BDC Aging In Place Initiative

Lake Accotink Dredging

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/stormwater/plans-projects/lake-accotink-dredging-ac89-0009

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/lakeaccotink

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/lake-accotink-task-force (Task force on the Future of Lake Accotink)

Braddock Road Multimodal Improvement Project

https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northern-virginia/braddockmultimodal.asp

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/projects/braddock-multimodal

BLUE Committee Resolution on the VDOT Braddock Rd. Project

Presentation by Mike Perel on VDOT Braddock Rd. Project - February 2023

Charge-Up Fairfax

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/ev-charging-common-interest-communities

Parking on Guinea Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently evaluated the south side of Guinea Road from the shopping center entrance to Sandy Lewis Drive to determine if any parking restrictions were warranted based on current program practices. As a result of this review, No Parking signs were installed east and west of the marked crosswalk across Guinea Road at Zion Drive to assist in maintaining an open sight line for drivers and pedestrians, in addition to preventing drivers from parking within the flow line of a roadway drainage area. This No Parking Zone extends from approximately 100 feet west of the Zion Drive intersection eastward to the bowling alley entrance. A No Parking Zone is also being implemented on the east side of Sandy Lewis Drive for approximately 125 feet for crosswalk visibility as well.

Braddock Nights Concerts and Arts in the Park Events

Persons interested in volunteering and supporting these initiatives should contact staff aide Irma Mejia-Lewis at irma.mejia-lewis@fairfaxcounty.gov

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