Trail Waiver #026969:
|Article Prepared By Robert Michie
Sidewalk and Trails Committee, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 26 April 2007
This case has been reopened! See the Update at the bottom of the page.
The subject area is a Fairfax County middle school located in the vicinity of Springfield Mall. Substantial construction and other work are proposed in the site plan. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) plans to provide an asphalt overlay of the driveways and parking lots, and two building additions, 5,955 and 12,405 square feet respectively. The applicant is required to provide an 8-foot wide Type 1 trail along its property frontage. Applicant’s request: wave the trail requirement for the following reasons:
1. Sidewalks already exists along the frontage.
Photo 1: Photo of Subject Area
Franconia Road has substantial sidewalk on its North and South sides from the intersection of South Van Dorn Street to Commerce Street. Approximately two miles of these sidewalks were constructed with widths varying from four feet six inches to five feet. In the vicinity of Lee High School, the width jumps to eight feet.
The sidewalk on Franconia Road along the School property is a four-foot concrete construction, approximately 2/10 of a mile in length. Interior sidewalks in the property are seven feet wide or wider. The Franconia Road sidewalk is aging, and is about ten years old. Both interior and exterior sidewalks have modern features, particularly with curb cuts.
Field Check 5 June 2004
This photograph show existing sidewalks at Key Middle School:
Deny the Waiver for the following reasons:
The project was completed by the summer of 2006, but the sidewalk was not widened. Instead, a mesh fence and a peculiar sign appeared:
The sign reads as follows:
Forest Retention Area
Machinery, Dumping, Material Storage, and Site Disturbance Prohibited!
Violators subject to fines specified by state and local laws.
Trees For Your Future
I have reopened the case to find out why the sidewalk was not improved as specified in the original recommendations of October 10, 2004.
County Staff checked with Fairfax County Public Schools. The sidewalk will be widened in accordance with the original finding.
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