from Frank Cohn, Embark Advisory Board member
1. BRT and eventually an extension of Metro can only occur with increased density within the Route #1 corridor. The problem is one of what comes first – the chicken or the egg? Currently, Route #1 is in a very congested traffic mode. During rush hours and on weekends our Route #1 traffic is jammed. As density will be increased, traffic volume will build up further and we will be facing gridlock. If we have to wait until we have achieved the critical density required for the widening of Route #1 before the road is widened, we will be in great trouble, since the construction involved will further aggravate an already imagined dire situation. There could be multiple years of traffic gridlock if the proper sequence of road construction and density attainment is not properly synchronized. We need to see a timeline which correlates construction of the road with the desired constructions to achieve the required critical density.
2. A Fiscal Plan needs to be developed to show the sources and timing of the acquisition of money required to widen Route #1 and to achieve the desired density within the Route #1 corridor. The lack of a fiscal plan was demonstrated, as we failed to receive any Route #1 funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission for the current fiscal year, in support of current needs for design and right-of-way acquisition. Our priority standing for State funding for road construction needs some significant improvement. Money will drive or stymie our desired construction. Since money is the driving force, a plan which shows how money is to be attained requires immediate attention.
For more information and updates on Embark Richmond Highway, see www.mvcca.org/embark-richmond-highway/.
Election Officers Needed!
Fairfax County needs Election Officers for upcoming elections. Training has begun for the General Election November 8th. Election Officers must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms. You may choose to accept the $175 stipend for a full day, or volunteer your time.
View the “Being an Election Officer” Video on YouTube and listen to the “Need for Election Officers” Podcast on SoundCloud
For more information, visit the Office of Elections website or call 703-324-4735, TTY 711.
Short Term Rentals
The AirBNB business has come to our neighborhoods. Senate Bill 416, which spells out the details of Short Term Rentals “AirBNB’s” business in Virginia, was passed and will go into effect July 1, 2017. Many communities are unhappy, including Mason Hill – one of our members. A summary of the Short Term Rental (STR) Work Group (WG) Meeting is available here.
In 2004, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Board) adopted its Environmental Vision—and now the Board needs your help to update it. While it is not an action plan, this vision is important because it helps to guide the county’s environmental initiatives and programs.
How you can provide feedback
There are two ways that you can offer recommended updates, changes or additions to the current vision.
- Take an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/environmentalvision. This survey will be open through June 30. Results will help identify environmental issues that are of the greatest concerns, as well as updates that may be needed.
- To provide feedback in person, attend the public meeting on July 27, 7-9 p.m. at the South County Government Center main conference room, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
Survey results will be posted online and presented at the public meetings. Early next year, the revised vision will be made public for further comment, and it is anticipated that the board will adopt its final, updated vision in 2017.
For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, visit the project web page, or contact the county’s Environmental Coordinator at 703-324-1788, TTY 711.