COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF REPORT

January 31st 2002 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT #CPA02 – S – 07

OLD ALEXANDRIA PIKE AND ROUTE 29 

OWNER:

Virginia Department of Transportation

 

 

REPRESENTATIVES:

Robert Moore and David Cubbage

Virginia Department of Transportation

 

 

PROPOSAL:

The Virginia Department of Transportation has proposed that the County plan an entry into the New Baltimore Industrial Park at/near the current intersection of Old Alexandria Pike – Route 693 and that a new collector road be designated through the New Baltimore Industrial Park.

 

 

LOCATION:

The proposed entry would occur at the intersection of Routes 693 and 29.

 

 

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:

Scott 

 

 

PROPERTY I.D. NUMBER AND SIZE:

NA

 

 

CURRENT ZONING:

NA

 

EXISTING ZONING AND LAND USES OF ADJACENT PROPERTIES

N

R-1 (Residential), C-1 (Commercial)

Residential and Commercial

E

NA

Primary Arterial Road

S

I-1 (industrial), I-2 (Industrial-2)

Industrial, currently a mulch operation.

W

NA

Primary Arterial Road

STAFF PLANNER:                 Richard Calderon

BACKGROUND 

The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment was initiated by the Virginia Department of Transportation.  VDOT is seeking to protect the carrying capacity of Route 29, by establishing appropriately placed points of entry and exit along this arterial road, for the properties zoned for employment uses (I-1 and I-2).  The Department’s objective is to maintain traffic flow on the arterial, while ensuring that entering and exiting employment traffic may do so in safety.  The Department considers that such an entry point would be suitable at the existing intersection of Route 693 and Route 29 and would connect with a new collector road through the New Baltimore Industrial Park. 

STAFF AND AGENCY REVIEW 

Staff and appropriate referral agencies have reviewed this request for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and other relevant policies and regulations.  An analysis of these referrals and the actual comments from the appropriate agencies are included as attachments to this report.

 

Major Issues 

Land Use – 

The property to the south of the intersection is currently used for a mulch operation and does not generate significant traffic.  However, community growth will ultimately propel this industrially zoned land into more intensive uses, as is happening to Mill Run Business Park to the east.  Such development will require a more structured intersection, with deceleration and left turn lanes, to handle traffic movements on and off Route 29. 

Transportation – 

A recent traffic impact analysis of the New Baltimore Area, prepared for Fauquier County by Kellerco, has revealed that all intersections on Route 29 will fall to a Service Level F between the Prince William County line and Route 693.  Immediate attention and intersectional improvements will be needed along the entire arterial road in order to maintain a viable corridor. 

While the focus of this amendment is on the Routes 693 and 29 Intersection, nevertheless an alteration of this segment of Route 29 will have ripple effects along Route 29 and Route 693.  A properly structured intersection at Route 693 would replace that at Telephone Road and resolve various left and U turn traffic conditions, which impact through flows on Route 29.  Also, the proposed new intersection would probably increase traffic on Old Alexandria Pike.  Of particular concern is an issue of traffic movement across the one way bridge along Old Alexandria Pike, some 3,000 feet east of the intersection.  Although the Department has made no proposal about improvements on any portion of this historic road as yet, inclusion of the amendment in the Comprehensive Plan should facilitate future funding for road and bridge upgrade/replacement. 

Planning Policy 

A proactive program of planned intersections designed to protect traffic flows on Route 29 is consistent with County Policy. 

Recommendation 

Staff recommends that the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed intersectional amendment be adopted into the Comprehensive Plan.  

Attachments 

1.         Letter from Ms. Amy L. Pritchard 

2.                   Virginia Department of Transportation 

3.         Map 1, Map 2