CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Terrence L. Nyhous, Vice-Chairman, Center District Supervisor

August 13, 2009

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Kristen Slawter, Senior Planner

Community Development

Topic: 

A Resolution to Initiate a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the Warrenton Service District Plan (Chapter 6) and the Transportation Plan  (Chapter 10)  to Adopt the Fauquier-Warrenton Destinations Plan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by Reference

 

Topic Description: 

On April 12, 2007, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of support to apply for special Virginia Department of Transportation grant funding to develop a regional plan for bicycles and pedestrians in and around Warrenton.  The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Planning Commission was awarded funding to administer the planning project with participation from the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County.  Toole Design Group of Hyattsville, Maryland was contracted to provide technical expertise, collect field data, facilitate meetings, meet with property owners, and draft the plan.  Local input came from a designated client team of County, Town, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) representatives.  Two public meetings were advertised and held to solicit citizen comments; the draft was posted online for review and comments.  At Fauquier County, the departments of Parks & Recreation and Community Development worked directly with Toole Design Group and the Regional Commission on the project.  Staff from the Department of Planning & Zoning in the Town of Warrenton played a large role as well, providing essential insights into segments traversing through the Town.  The end result is a bicycle and pedestrian plan called the "Fauquier-Warrenton Destinations Plan," a document that details specific action items, cost estimates, and facility recommendations to see that one day, bicyclists and pedestrians can travel safely through and around Warrenton on a network.  A brochure was also created to outline where facilities exist, are planned, and to garner public support.

Building off the highly-used Warrenton Branch Greenway (photo) as the centerpiece, this Plan provides walking and bicycling routes to and between the Warrenton Aquatic  and Recreation Facility (WARF), the future Central Sports Complex, downtown, historic Warrenton and other destinations such as schools and parks. Network segments and destinations were planned that are logical, such as a safe road crossing of Broadview Avenue from Waterloo Street, and highly desirable, such as greenway trails, in order to achieve a "loop" around Warrenton, as recommended in The Connections Plan.  The Destinations Plan builds off of existing infrastructure in the Town and County in areas that may have some, but not all, of the necessary infrastructure to build a safe network, such as sidewalks, bikepaths, shared use paths, crosswalks, etc. and makes specific facility recommendations to improve existing and non-existent travel conditions.  Five segments are highlighted in the Plan, forming a network, that if built, would provide recreational and sustainable transportation options to the public and visitors alike.   

The attached resolution, sends the Destinations Plan to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation.  Staff recommends that the Plan be considered for adoption by reference in the Warrenton Service District Plan (Chapter 6) and/or the Transportation Plan (Chapter 10) to allow staff to obtain facilities through site and subdivision planning, seek more grant funding (such as Safe Routes to Schools) to construct key segments of the network and assist the Board in budgeting key facility upgrades that will improve quality of life and safety for residents. Finally, this Town-County Plan is regional in scope so it will require continued cooperation between jurisdictions.  It is the hope that this planning effort and lessons learned could one day be used to develop a similar plan for the Town of Remington and the Remington Service District.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No County funds will be necessary for this Comprehensive Plan Amendment.

Construction cost estimates for each of the five segments outlined in the plan as well as the network as a whole are detailed in the plan.  In addition, these cost estimates have been broken out by jurisdiction Town or County.

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

Department of Parks and Recreation

Attachment:

Fauquier-Warrenton Destinations Plan:

http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments/commdev/index.cfm?action=amends_bike_plan

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