|Monticello Mews would be built in the area within the black border. [DPZ]|
The Fairfax County Planning Commission deferred until March 16 a decision on Monticello Mews, a proposal for 99 townhouses to be built on a 10.7-acre vacant field on Edsall Road adjacent to the Jefferson Green townhouses and the Isabella high-rise condominium. That’s a slight reduction from 102 units in an earlier proposal.
During the Planning Commission’s public hearing on Monticello Mews March 9, several nearby residents raised concerns about density, traffic, and lack of green space.
Andre Newman, president of the Jefferson Green HOA suggested reducing the size of the project to 78 homes. He said a higher density level would have a negative impact on the quality of life for existing homeowners, hurt property values, increase the impervious surface area, and cause parking problems on neighborhood streets.
Both Newman and Jefferson Green resident Lisa Carr complained that the new houses closest to their community would be at taller and at a higher elevation and thus would tower over Jefferson Green homes.
The new development will be a “sea of concrete,” charged Eric Vanderpool of the Overlook homeowners association. “It will be a bleak, dense property.”
He called for a reduction in density, more green space, and more proffer money for local schools. DRW should be contributing $11,700 per elementary school-age student, he said, noting that Bren Mar Elementary School is over capacity.[Fairfax County’s per-student cost is $13,560.]
Julie Strandlie, the Mason District representative on the Planning Commission, said there is no requirement that DRW contribute anything at all to the schools but the company is voluntarily offering to contribute $1,000 per unit – for a total of $99,000.
Both Newman and the president of the Isabella Condo Association spoke about the need for a traffic signal on Edsall Road.
DRW’s representative at the hearing, attorney John McGranahan with Hunton and Williams LLP, said DRW would be willing to add a traffic signal to the proffers if VDOT approves it.