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Special RSCA Meeting on Kensington/Williamsburg Intersection

posted Jun 1, 2013, 11:43 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Jun 10, 2013, 5:09 PM ]

 At the request of a group of RSCA residents a special called meeting will be held on Monday, June 17 at 7 pm in the Williamsburg Middle School Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on two proposed RSCA resolutions:  one calls for significant changes in the County’s design for redeveloping the Kensington/Williamsburg intersection as part of a Neighborhood Conservation (NC) project;  and the second resolution calls for installation of a traffic signal at that same intersection.

 Relevant background: In 2010 RSCA’s Executive Board proposed that a project be undertaken with Neighborhood Conservation Fund monies to redevelop the treacherous Kensington/Williamsburg intersection, primarily to make it safer for pedestrians. Following NC procedures, the County in turn developed a design and obtained the approval of “affected residents”, defined as those residents whose property abuts the project or very nearly does so. Project funding was then approved by the County Board in early 2011. When APS made the decision in 2012 to build a new elementary school on the WMS campus and to use the Kensington/Williamsburg intersection as the gateway to that school, RSCA asked County staff to review their intersection design to assure that it was appropriate to meet these new demands. After their review, County staff stated that the current design is still appropriate. However, a group of residents disagreed with this conclusion and has therefore proposed the two resolutions that will be considered at the special RSCA meeting. Other residents favor the current design and oppose the proposed resolutions

 Before attending the meeting, all RSCA residents are encouraged to study the texts of the two citizen-proposed resolutions (with Alternative Concept Plan), as well as the County statement in support of the current NC project design. In addition, the County has established a webpage providing information on the proposed intersection project, including responses to citizen questions raised at the County's May 13, 2013 meeting with residents. For reference purposes a copy of the "Wells memorandum", which was prepared by a consultant to the resolutions sponsors, is also provided. Please revisit this site close to the date of the meeting in case additional materials may be posted on the subject.

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