WORK SESSION AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Planning Commission

 

July 14, 2005

Staff Lead:

Department:

 

Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Work Session to Review Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Chapter 10 – Transportation

 

Topic Description:

 

The purposes of the text amendment to Chapter 10 of the Comprehensive Plan are three-fold: 

 

1.      To integrate the Board of Supervisors adopted transportation elements for all nine designated Service Districts; 

 

2.      To provide expanded direction and guidelines regarding roadways, bike paths, airport access and future Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Service; and

 

3.      To serve as the staging and blueprint for transportation planning and implementation countywide.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

 

Conduct a work session.

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

None

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

After the June 9, 2005 public hearing, the Board of Supervisors postponed action on the draft text amendment until its July 14th meeting, and requested time for a work session to allow opportunities for questions, final review and any essential refinements.

 

1.      Background Information.  Work on the plan revision has spanned 18 months. The first draft was originally called the Strategic Transportation Plan, and had focused only on the Bealeton, Opal, and Remington Service District area.  The Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission both supported the draft’s direction, but wanted its focus to be expanded countywide.  With the draft plan completed, the Planning Commission concluded its public hearing on February 17, 2005, and forwarded it to the Board of Supervisors with a unanimous recommendation that it be adopted.

 

Now the text amendment to Chapter 10 integrates the Board of Supervisors adopted transportation elements for all nine designated Service Districts.  Plus, it covers: (a) General policy guidelines for transportation systems; (b) Planning role of VDOT and the County; (c) Existing public and commuting services; (d) Functional classification of roads, design standards and policies; (e) Future Virginia Railway Express Service policies; (f) Bike paths (g) Midland Airport Master Plan and Access; (h) Transportation Strategies; and (i) Strategic Actions.  The Chapter’s objective is to serve as the staging element and blueprint for transportation planning and implementation countywide. The draft amendment can also assist in the development of Board of Supervisors recommendations to VDOT regarding specific County priority projects needing to be placed in the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). 

 

The transportation strategies takes a broader view countywide and with adjoining counties on a variety of topics; some examples are:  (a) traffic calming measures; (b) coordination with Prince William County regarding growing regional traffic volumes and capacity problems on I-66 and U.S. 15/29 and the need to focus on multi-modal transportation efforts; (c) need to implement recommended safety improvements along Route 28; (d) direct improved access management planning and improvements along U.S. 15/29, as well as implementing VDOT’s Safety Improvement Plan for Crossovers in Fauquier County; (e) continued participation in regional planning and development policy efforts; (f) bring County design regulations into conformance with VDOT subdivision street requirements and associated documents; and (g) work with VDOT in establishing more design flexibility that result in local streets more suited to village or town center designs with more sensitivity to community character, density, scale and walkability.

 

2.      Planning Commission Recommendation:  On February 17, 2005, the Planning Commission forwarded the Text Amendment to Chapter 10-Transportation to the Board of Supervisors with a unanimous recommendation that it be adopted.

 

3.      Staff Request:  Staff originally requested additional time to develop a conversion table that would remove confusion regarding road classifications that are slightly different in the Comprehensive Plan, Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance.   After more detailed review, staff has concluded that the Design Standards Manual (DSM) will eliminate the problem. The next chapter the Committee (representatives from local engineering firms, staff and VDOT) begins in August will focus on public and private street standards.  This work will also result in the replacement of the Subdivision Ordinance’s outdated Section 6 – Street Classifications.

 

4.      Document Location for Public Review.  The Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment to Chapter 10-Transportation is not scanned and attached to this document due to the numerous graphics and maps.  However, a copy is available for public inspection at two locations: (1) Board of Supervisors Office (Location: 2nd Floor, Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel Street, Warrenton; or the (2) Planning Division of the Department of Community Development (Location:  3rd Floor, Warren Green Building).

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

Board of Supervisors

Planning Commission

Fauquier County Transportation Committee

Virginia Department of Transportation

 

PLEASE NOTE:  a copy of the Draft Text Amendment to Chapter 10-Transportation is available for public inspection at the following two locations: (1) Board of Supervisors Office (Location: 2nd Floor, Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel Street, Warrenton; or (2) Planning Division of the Department of Community Development (Location:  3rd Floor, Warren Green Building).