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January 18, 2012



Public Hearing Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 2012 - - 9:30 a.m.

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OPENING

1. Calling the Roll.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll. All members of Council were present.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

2. Public Discussion Period.

(a) Jack Sullivan, 4300 Ivanhoe Place, spoke about the skewed planning process, in which citizens come last after the City staff, land owners and the developers, noting that the problem starts with the Office of Planning. If the Beauregard draft Plan retains the present density requirements and loss of affordable housing, Council can anticipate a storm down the road. He said that in the only vote taken by the Beauregard Stakeholders, the members voted more than 2-1 to keep the present density, and the vote has been completely ignored in City draft plans.

(b) Annabelle Fisher, 5001 Seminary Road, spoke of the need for an ombudsman for public trust, and the need for a Chief of Staff. She said she believed the City Manager should begin the process next week of appointing an independent by-partisan citizen group. She said a Chief of Staff is not needed and spending taxpayer dollars wisely should be a primary priority along with making certain that residents have a voice and representation with an ombudsman position.

(c) Nancy Jennings, 2115 Marlboro Drive, speaking as president, Seminary Hill Association, Inc., spoke of the Council's support in their efforts to preserve their neighborhoods from cut-through traffic. Council agreed a year ago to change City policy and agreed to the study of the benefits and impacts of a new ramp to Seminary Road. Next week, VDOT will hold a public hearing to explain the environmental assessment that will then go to the Federal Highway Administration. The City has the opportunity to comment on the EA's findings, and the City should return to its original position on the ramp and send a no build comment to VDOT. She said Seminary Hill asks Council to consider rescinding the 2011 resolution in support of the ramp and directing City staff to withdraw City support for the ramp, since it will not provide significant relief to either the commuters or the residents in the West End.

(d) Mindy Lyle, 5235 Tancreti Lane, vice president Cameron Station Civic Association, spoke of the 8-year old child that was killed on Duke Street near Landmark Mall last week. She said there are pedestrian hazards on Duke Street from Pickett to Beauregard and on Van Dorn from Edsall Road to Landmark Mall. She said the Landmark Small Area Plan identified the walkability on the West End as an issue and provides for the redesign of many of the streets as development occurs. She said they can't wait for development or other improvements. She said people risk their lives on a daily basis, and hundreds of people cross 395 on Duke Street every day without benefit of signals, signage or pedestrian education. Ms. Lyle said they must educate pedestrians in multi languages, provide signage and signals to guide pedestrians and drivers, and work with Fairfax County and VDOT to provide a safer West End.

(e) Carol James, 1000 N. Vail Street, thanked Mayor Euille for his initiative to seek a greater voice for their community with the VDOT at a hearing January 25 at Hammond School. She said the request by the Mayor that there be an assembly of citizens in a public hearing to listen to and respond to what VDOT is proposing in seeking to build an $80 million expressway ramp in their community is not a simple request. It is a request with a lot of history behind it. Ms. James noted that VDOT has said that it does not like the assembly format but prefers a one-on-one conversation at table-top exhibits where visitors can ask questions of experts and get answers person to person. If citizens want to put questions or comments on the record, they can dictate them to a court reporter or send them in writing within two weeks. She said on the only occasion where citizens can hear the implications of the mega project, her neighbors will not get to hear what she has to say, she won't get to hear what they observe, and no one will know what the experts say in response. She said calling an information fair a hearing and checking off the box that says VDOT has met a Federal Highway Administration requirement to have one doesn't pass the smell test. She said what has not been honored is their First Amendment right to assembly.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

ACTION CONSENT CALENDAR (3)

Planning Commission

3. SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0074
711 KING STREET -- YOGIBERRY
Public Hearing and Consideration of a request for a restaurant; zoned KR/King Street Retail. Applicant: Yogiberry Old Town Alexandria, Inc., by Vu Tan Huynh

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Recommend Approval 6-0

END OF ACTION CONSENT CALENDAR

City Council adopted the consent calendar, as follows:

3. City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES (continued)

Planning Commission (continued)

*** Please note: Previous information on this item may be viewed at http://alexandriava.gov/Waterfront and the new material for the following docket item will be available for public review on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.***

4. MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT #2011-0001
TEXT AMENDMENT #2011-0005
WATERFRONT SMALL AREA PLAN
Public hearing and consideration of a request for A) an amendment to the City's Master Plan to include the Waterfront Small Area Plan chapter; and B) a text amendment to Section 5-500 of the Zoning Ordinance for the W-1/Waterfront mixed use zone. Staff: Department of Planning and Zoning
The Waterfront Small Area Plan boundary includes Daingerfield Island at its north end and Jones Point Park at it southern end (both national parks). In between, the plan is bounded to the east by the Potomac River and to the west by (from north to south) East Abingdon Drive beginning just north of Marina Drive to the railroad tracks, continuing southeast along the railroad tracks to a point just west of Pitt Street, continuing east along Bashford Lane to North Royal Street, continuing south along North Royal Street to Third Street, continuing east along Third Street to North Fairfax Street, continuing south along North Fairfax Street to Queen Street, continuing east along Queen Street to a point approximately 100 feet west of North Union Street, continuing south about 100 feet west of Union Street to Wolfe Street, following along the northern, western, and southern boundary of Windmill Hill Park until it meets South Union Street, continuing south on South Union Street to Jones Point Park.

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: MPA 2011-0001: Adopted Resolution
w/amendments to the MPA 6-1
TA 2011-0005: Recommend Approval
6-1

City Council adopted the draft waterfront small area plan dated July 2011, incorporating the recommendations from the Planning Commission and the Waterfront Work Group and City staff has outlined in the memo dated January 17, 2012, as an amendment to the City's master plan and a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Section 5.500 of the W-1 Waterfront Mixed Use zone, request the City Attorney to prepare the necessary ordinance and direct staff to proceed with implementation planning as directed in the report, with the following amendments: 1. on page 122, add a new sentence at the end of Parking recommendation 4:34 (d), which states: Testing and monitoring the effect of waterfront development on residential parking areas, with the understanding that additional protective measures should be taken to protect those residential areas. Add a new sentence to read: New residential parking controls, such as restricting parking to permit holders after 6:00 p.m., should be considered an implementation priority. 2. Add language to both the permitted and the special use lists in the W-1 zone: Uses that foster art, history and cultural awareness through increased understanding and training, such as museums, schools and cultural institutions. Any use over 5,000 square feet requires a special use permit. 3. add the word "preferably" in Section 3.69 regarding eminent domain. 4. that it limit to two hotels in the whole waterfront plan, with a total limit of 300 rooms with 150 rooms per hotel in the entire W-1 zone. 5. to add specificity to the language so each parcel has the height limits clearly stated in the master plan.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

5. Public Hearing on the Northern Virginia Regional Water Plan. (#9, 12/13/11)

City Council closed the public hearing and approved the Plan.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES (continued)

Planning Commission (continued)

6. CDD CONCEPT PLAN #2011-0008
DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0030
SPECIAL USE PERMIT TMP #2011-0076
520 SOUTH VAN DORN STREET; 631 and 641 SOUTH PICKETT STREET - LANDMARK GATEWAY
Public Hearing and Consideration of requests for: (A) an amendment to a CDD concept plan (CDD #2008-0003) to reduce retail space and to change building footprints and open space; (B) amendments to a development special use permit (DSUP #2006-0021), with site plan, to reduce retail space, increase residential units and make adjustments to the building footprint and garage configuration, with SUP amendment for a parking reduction and an extension of time of validity; and (C) amendment to a transportation management plan; zoned CDD #17/ Coordinated Development District 17. Applicant: Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC represented by Howard Middleton, attorney

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION:
CDD #2011-0008 Recommend Approval 6-0
DSUP #2011-0030 Recommend Approval 6-0
TMP SUP #2011 -0076 Recommend Approval 6-0

City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation, with an amendment on page 22 correcting the date to read January 21, 2012 instead of 2011.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

7. SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0072
2006 EISENHOWER AVENUE - RESTAURANT AND NIGHT CLUB
Public Hearing and Consideration of a request to operate a restaurant/night club; zoned CDD #11/Coordinated Development District. Applicant: Joseph Asmar

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Recommend Approval 6-0

City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation that it close at 1:30 a.m. seven days a week.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

8. THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY -- NO APPROVAL NEEDED
CITY CHARTER SECTION 9.06 CASE #2011-0004
716 & 718 NORTH COLUMBUS STREET
Consideration of the sale of public property located at 716 & 718 North Columbus Street pursuant to Section 9.06 of the City Charter. Staff: Department of General Services and Planning and Zoning.

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Approved 5-1

City Council received the report.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

9. DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0001
1400 SOUTH MAIN LINE BOULEVARD - POTOMAC YARD LANDBAY L
Public Hearing and Consideration of a request for a development special use permit, with site plan, to construct a residential and retail building with approval of a parking reduction, and approval to transfer residential units from Landbays H, I, & J in accordance with CDD conditions; zoned CDD #10/Coordinated Development District 10. Applicant: Potomac Yard Landbay L, LLC represented by M. Catharine Puskar, attorney

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Recommend Approval w/amendments 6-0

City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation, with the following amendments: 1. an amendment to condition 30, the first sentence read: locate a minimum of 359 parking spaces in the garage for residents and 21 parking spaces for retail/visitors. 2. a new condition 30b to read: To the extent possible, retail spaces will be made available to residents and/or visitors in a shared parking arrangement when not needed for retail usage, particularly in the late evenings and weekends. 3. an amendment to condition 32c to make sure the signage indicates that those 21 spaces are for retail, visitor and residential.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

10. Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage an Ordinance to Sell City-owned Property at 716-718 N. Columbus Street. (#9.1, 01/10/12)

City Council adopted the ordinance to sell City-owned property at 716-718 N. Columbus Street. (ORD. NO. 4746)
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

11. Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to amend and reordain Article A (Water), Chapter 6 (Water and Sewer) of Title 5 (Transportation and Environmental Services), all of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended. ( #12, 12/13/11)

City Council adopted the ordinance to amend the water and sewer ordinance. (ORD. No. 4747)
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES (continued)

DEFERRAL/WITHDRAWAL CONSENT CALENDAR

Planning Commission (continued)

12. CDD CONCEPT PLAN #2011-0004
MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT #2011-0005
DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0020
TMP SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0046
2425 MILL ROAD (Block 3); 312 & 314 TAYLOR DRIVE, 301 & 315 STOVALL STREET (Block 2); 2401 EISENHOWER AVENUE - HOFFMAN BLOCK 8
Public Hearing and Consideration of requests for: (A) an amendment to the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan to transfer floor area between blocks in CDD #2; (B) an amendment to the CDD Concept Plan to transfer floor area and parking spaces between blocks; (C) amendments to a development special use permit, with site plan, (DSUP #2000-0028) to transfer office floor area from Blocks 2 and 3 to Block 8 and approval of a penthouse taller than 15 feet; (D) amendments to a Transportation Management Plan Special Use Permit (SUP #2005-0115); zoned CDD #2/Coordinated Development District 2. Applicant: Hoffman Family, LLC represented by Kenneth Wire, attorney

PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: All Items Deferred Without Objection

City Council noted the deferral.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

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