Happy Thanksgiving from the RSCA Executive Board
1. Williamsburg Blvd Green Street Project:
Aileen Winquist, the County Watershed Outreach Program Manager, reports that “we have had some delays in getting the construction estimates from the on-call contractor because they needed some additional information on the design. We have resolved the questions on the design and we expect to receive their cost estimate soon. After staff reviews the contractor’s cost estimate, we will set up a Purchase Order and schedule the construction. Once the construction is underway, we expect it take 3 months to complete, depending on the weather. Following the completion of construction, and once the temperatures have warmed enough for paving, the roads will be re-paved. We have requested that some of the potholes be filled in the interim. We apologize for the delays, but we are excited to move forward with this exciting Green Street project! “
2. WMS Field Lighting Update:
On November 2nd a community open house was held at Williamsburg Middle School to provide information on the work of the Williamsburg Field Evaluation Work Group (WFWG). The Work Group was appointed by the County Board in August 2015 “to lead a robust process to evaluate whether or not to light the Williamsburg synthetic fields. Included in that evaluation, although not limited to these topics shall be whether the environmental, noise and light spillage impacts of, for the first time, lighting one or two fields at Williamsburg can be mitigated sufficiently to preserve the character of the neighborhood and provide a reasonable quality of life to the nearest neighbors.” Work Group members have spent over a year meeting, researching and discussing the many important factors and considerations related to the Board’s charge to them. Through the Open House, Work Group members shared what has been learned and discussed, as well as viewpoints and concerns on the impact of the vendor’s recommendation for six 80’ poles with high intensity LED lights.
For those who couldn’t attend the 11/2 WFWG Open House, the link https://parks.arlingtonva.us/projects/williamsburg-workgroup/agendas/ will take you to the very helpful posters and photos that Work Group members provided to share information with Rock Spring neighbors and other community members. Click on the 11/2 Open House Handouts/Presentations.
The next WFWG task is development of a final report which then will be presented to several County commissions before the WFWG meets with the County Board in January, and County Board members make a decision in February. See next month’s Rock Spring Neighborhood Newsletter for additional updates.
3. WMS Relocatable (Trailers) User Permit: The orange notices recently posted on telephone poles in the WMS neighborhood announce the application for a use permit for adding the relocatables at WMS. As a part of that use permit, it was determined that a parking modification is required. On-site parking requirements for the campus (WMS and Discovery) have to be reduced from 238 to 209 spaces.
The principal at WMS, Gordon Laurie, says that although the user permit posted in our neighborhood calls for a decreased number of parking spaces, from 238 to 209, in actuality there will be no decrease in parking spaces on the WMS/Discovery campus. A walk through the campus confirms that there are currently 209 parking spaces.
However, the county staff at the October 25, 2016 community meeting responded to a question about parking that if relocatables are added to the property to increase design capacity, additional parking is required to accommodate the additional design capacity. This item will be up for “consent” at the December 10 County Board Meeting. If you are interested in speaking about this issue, see the information on how consent items are handled, https://countyboard.arlingtonva.us/meetings/meeting-procedures/#Consent.
4. Zoning Changes for Public Schools:
At its meeting on November 9, 2016, the County Board authorized advertisement of proposed amendments that would give the County Board authority to modify height, setbacks and parking for schools in S-3A zoning districts, subject to findings related to scale and massing, transportation, open space and recreation, and sustainability. See item #31 on the County Board agenda to view the staff report. This could have implications for Williamsburg Field Work Group recommendations and County Board decisions related to the new synthetic soccer fields.
Public hearings include: Planning Commission: November 30, 2016: County Board: December 10, 2016
If you have any questions about the proposed amendments, please contact Debbie Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-228-3533.
5. Civic Federation: Here are several County issues that could affect you and for which the Civic Federation would like your online input.
6. I-66 Widening Inside the Beltway Public Hearing: December 5, 7 - 8:30, Washington Lee High School Cafeteria
The widening is part of a package of improvements on I-66, which include tolling from I-495 to U.S. Route 29 in Rosslyn during peak periods in the peak direction, and multimodal improvements that will benefit toll payers and the overall corridor.
If the above meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather, the alternate date will be Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Arlington County offices, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Room 307.
Join us for the 14th Annual Artful Weekend at the historic Hendry House at Ft. C.F. Smith. A popular pre-holiday event, the weekend art show features the work of 40 Arlington–based artists and includes paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture and more. Great for holiday shopping. Opening reception will be held Fri., Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.; come meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. Show dates are Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 20, 12 - 4 p.m. This event is free to all!
8. Playground Renovation Celebration at Quincy Park: Sat., Nov. 19, 1 p.m. at Quincy Park. Join in to celebrate the completion of Arlington’s first Universally Designed playground. Universal Design means users of all abilities will enjoy the playground! For information: https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/quincy-park-playground-sand-volleyball-court-redesign/
9. Turkey Trot: November 24, 8 am.
Arlington VA's #1 rated charity race is on for its 11th year on Thurs., Nov. 24, 8 a.m. Show your Arlington pride by supporting this event, which gives back to our local community. Details about the course and registration are found at http://www.arlingtonvaturkeytrot.org/race-info.html
10. Holiday Wreath Workshop: December 4, 1-4 PM. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
11. Family Skate Nights
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