CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor: 

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

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

September 10, 2009

Staff Lead:

Department:

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

Community Development

 

Topic:  

A Resolution to Provide Fauquier County’s Comments on the Prince William County Transportation Plan

 

Topic Description: 

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will consider an update to their Comprehensive Plan chapters focusing on transportation and land use in December.  Prince William is seeking comments from neighboring jurisdictions, including Fauquier County by the end of September.  At the direction of Chairman Trumbo, staff has: (a) summarized the Prince William transportation plan proposals for Lee Highway (Route 29), Catlett Road (Route 28), and Vint Hill Road (Route 215); (b) described the County’s adopted Comprehensive Plan recommendations for the same roadways; and (c) provided a draft resolution for Board of Supervisors’ consideration. 

 

Prince William County

The Prince William Planning Commission and their County staff have conflicting recommendations for Route 215.  The Prince William Planning Commission is recommending that Route 215 be two lanes from the Fauquier County line (CL) east to Rollins Ford Road, then four lanes from Rollins Ford Road east to Route 28.  Prince William County staff, however, has recommended that Route 215 be four lanes from the Fauquier CL east to Route 28.  The Prince William Planning Commission and staff both recommend that Route 29 remain four lanes from the Fauquier CL east to the intersection with Route 15 and six lanes from Route 15 to the 234 Bypass.  The Prince William Planning Commission and staff both recommend that Route 28 be planned for four lanes from the Fauquier County line east to just before Route 215 and then increase to six lanes through to Route 234.

 

Summary of Prince William Plans

 

Road

Prince William

Description

Total Proposed Traffic Lanes

 

 

Route 215

Existing PW Comprehensive Plan

Fauquier CL to Route 28

4 lane divided

 

PW Planning Commission

 

From Fauquier CL to Rollins Ford Road

2 lanes

Rollins Ford Road to Route 28

4 lanes

PW Staff Recommendation

From Fauquier CL to Route 28

4 lanes

 

 

Route 28

Existing PW Comprehensive Plan

 

Fauquier CL to Route 215

 

 

4 lane divided

PW Planning Commission

PW Staff Recommendation

 

 

Route 29

 

Existing PW Comprehensive Plan*

 

 

Fauquier CL to Route 15

4 lanes divided (then six lanes from Route 15 to Route 234 Bypass)

PW Planning Commission

4 lane divided

PW Staff

4 lane divided

*On April 7, 2009, The PW Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to change Route 29 from six lanes to four lanes beginning at the Fauquier County line east to Route 15.

 

Fauquier County

Fauquier County has been updating transportation policies in its Comprehensive Plan through various Comprehensive Plan updates, including the recently adopted amendment to keep Route 215 two lanes for as long as practicable.  Similarly, the Planning Commission recently recommended to the Board of Supervisors, in the Catlett-Calverton-Midland Draft Plan, that Route 28 remain two lanes.

The County has been actively working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its consultant, Parsons Transportation Group, on the Route 29 Corridor Study.  That study is nearing completion.  The County’s position on Route 29 has consistently been that Route 29 be maintained as a rural freeway that efficiently moves traffic. 

All recent transportation studies in Fauquier County have emphasized the need for maintaining capacity through access management.  Recent studies in Fauquier have also been cognizant of the rural and historic character of the County and have been supportive of context sensitive design.   Fauquier County has also been consistently supportive of multi-modal transportation and pedestrian accommodation.

In light of all of the above points, the attached resolution provides comments to Prince William County supporting the maintenance and maximization of existing capacity on Routes 29, 28 and 215.  The resolution does not provide comments on specific lane configurations.  The resolution also supports access management, context sensitive design, multi-modal transportation and pedestrian accommodation.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption 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:

Citizens of Fauquier County
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

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