AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

R. Holder Trumbo Jr., Chairman, Scott District Supervisor

April 9, 2009

Staff Lead:

Department:

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

 

Community Development

 

Topic:

 

A Resolution Initiating a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the New Baltimore Service District Plan Concerning the Alignment of Route 215, and Creating a New Baltimore Citizens’ Planning Committee to Further Examine Transportation in New Baltimore  

 

Topic Description:

 

The current New Baltimore Service District Plan (NBSDP) includes an Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area for Route 215, shown on NBSDP Figures 3 and 5.  In addition, a stated priority in the NBSDP Transportation Section is to initiate the improvement plan for the Route 215 corridor from Vint Hill to the U.S. 15/29 interchange.   Table 5 of the NBSDP contains a description of this project that includes making it a four-lane divided highway. 

NBSDP FIGURE 3 – Transportation Plan for Buildout (Excerpt)

Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area for Route 215 (Shown in Green)

 

Route 15

 

The Fauquier County Transportation Committee was tasked by the Board of Supervisors with making a recommendation on the alignment of Route 215.  After months of study, the Transportation Committee voted at its March 25, 2009 meeting to recommend that Route 215 be retained in its existing alignment from Prince William County to U.S. 15/29.  The committee further recommended:

 

 “While retaining the option of making Route 215 a 4-lane road on its current alignment, explore retention of Route 215 as a 2-lane primary road, with traffic calming design alternatives on Route 215 intersections (e.g., roundabout design at the Route 600/215 intersection) in lieu of the more conventional turn lane movements and traffic signalization, historic markers and the designation of the northernmost section through Buckland Farms as a historic parkway.  (Comment: In the context of the recognized battlefield area, improvements to facilitate preservation and public appreciation for Buckland Races battlefield sites within Fauquier County should be planned.)”

The full report from the Transportation Committee is included as Attachment 1.  Other studies evaluated by the Transportation Committee, including studies of traffic, intersection improvements and historic resources, are referenced in Attachment 1 with links to their availability on the County website.

 

The attached resolution proposes two action steps:

 

1.      Route 215 Alignment. The resolution would initiate an amendment to the NBSDP that would eliminate the Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area for Route 215 and amend the text which calls for the four-laning of Route 215 in the short term; and

 

2.      Transportation Plan Update.  The Transportation Committee also made a number of other recommendations related to transportation within the Service District.  One of these was to reconvene the New Baltimore Comprehensive Plan Committee or similar to review and update the Transportation Plan for New Baltimore in response to broader issues and proposals.  The establishment of such a group is also included in the attached resolution.  For Board affirmation at a later date, Chairman Trumbo will propose citizen appointments to this committee.  This study is seen as involving a longer effort, and action on this item by the Planning Commission will not be requested by the Board in the normal 65 days following the next Planning Commission meeting.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

For purposes of good planning practice, convenience, and general welfare, consider approval of the attached resolution.

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Economic Development
Citizens of New Baltimore

ATTACHMENTS:

     Report from Transportation Committee on Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) in Fauquier County

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