|N. Chambliss Street in Lincolnia.|
The sessions will give residents a review of the planning process and how citizens can have input, says Faheem Darab, a senior planner with the Department of Planning and Zoning. Anyone interested in land use issues can attend; it’s not just for people who live in Lincolnia.
The Oct. 25 meeting, 7-9 p.m., in the Holmes Middle School cafeteria, will focus on comprehensive planning. The next session, Nov. 16, will cover transportation, parks, and public facilities planning. A third session, probably in mid-December, will be on processes for implementing plans, including zoning and the capital improvement program.
The Land Use College will help residents understand:
- Who decides what gets built where?
- What can we do about traffic and housing costs?
- Why is development happening in some areas but not others?
- How can I shape my neighborhood’s future?
Phase 2, which could result in substantive changes, will begin in early 2017, so “the time is right to prepare folks in the Lincolnia area and Mason District to have input in that process,” Darab says.
Mason Supervisor Penny Gross plans to form a community task force – consisting of a mix of Lincolnia residents and landowners – to make recommendations to the county.
One issue that will be looked at is whether to establish a community business center at the intersection of Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) and N. Beauregard Street, Darab says. That area is plagued by traffic congestion and it’s hard to get in and out of retail areas.
Several years ago, a full interchange plan was proposed for that intersection; now a different solution might work better, he says.
Phase 2 will consider the impact of various changes in the area, including the proposal for hot lanes on Interstate 395 which could lead to new ramps, the City of Alexandria’s proposal for a bus rapid transit line, and the redevelopment of Landmark Mall – all of which would have a spillover impact on Lincolnia.
At 2,000 acres, Lincolnia is bigger than Tysons. The study area is bordered by the Alexandria border, Lincolnia Road, Old Columbia Pike, Braddock Road, Little River Turnpike, Turkeycock Run Stream Valley, and I-395.
According to Darab, phase 2 should be completed by 2019. The task force will start meeting in January. After the community business center issue is resolved, the next step is the development of a land use scenario and analysis – including the impact on parks, schools, transportation, and public facilities – followed by an update of the Comprehensive Plan text.
The final steps will be public hearings at the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.