DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ZONING
Zoning Administration Division
Ordinance Administration Branch
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 807
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-5505


(703) 324-1314         Fax (703) 803-6372

December 2, 2003

Carl L. Sell, Jr.
Rose Hill Civic Association
P.O. Box 10891
Franconia, Virginia 22310

RE: Highland Estates Subdivision
Tax Map Ref: 82-3 ((13)) A1
Zoning District: R-3

Dear Mr. Sell:

This is in response to your November 7, 2003 letter to William Shoup, which is in reply to his letter of October 17, 2003 concerning the Highland Estates Subdivision approval. Specifically, you asked staff to provide the Rose Hill Civic Association (RHCA) copies of staff correspondence to the Board of Supervisors responding to the Board's request to re-evaluate lot width and public street frontage requirements (also referred to as irregularly shaped lots). You also requested that Sect. 2-308 of the Zoning Ordinance be re-evaluated as it pertains to the density calculations for the Highland Estates Subdivision.

Mr. Shoup, in his October 17, 2003 letter, discussed the density limitations of Sect. 2-308 of the Zoning Ordinance as it pertains to the Highland Estates Subdivision. He mentioned that, under Sect. 2-308, full density credit was not given for the entire subdivision due to the presence and amount of marine clays. As you know, the Office of Site Development Services (OSDS) is responsible for the review and approval of subdivisions. In a November 20, 2003 memorandum, OSDS provided the density calculations and stated that a maximum of 10 lots were permitted in this subdivision pursuant to Sect. 2-308. A copy of the November 20, 2003 memorandum is attached. The November 20, 2003 memorandum confirms the previous position of this office concerning the density calculations for this subdivision.

You have also suggested that, if the density calculations for the Highland Estates Subdivision are correct, Sect. 2-308 should be re-evaluated as it pertains to properties containing marine clay soils. It should be noted that this issue is currently contained on the Priority 2 list of the 2003 Zoning Ordinance Amendment Work Program. Items on the Priority 2 list will not be acted upon in the next 12-18 months, but are retained on the list for priority consideration at the time the next work program is developed in the spring of 2004.

In response to your request for copies of staff correspondence to the Board of Supervisors on irregularly shaped lots, John Friedman of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has been assigned the lead on the Board's request. By copy of this letter, I am asking Mr. Friedman to send you copies of all correspondence to the Board on the irregularly shaped lot issue.

I hope this adequately responds to your request. If you are in need of any additional information, please feel free to contact me at (703) 324-1314.

Sincerely,

Jack Reale
Senior Assistant to the Zoning Administrator

JER/

Attachment: Fairfax County Memo from BruceG. Nassimbeni, Director, Environmental and Facilities Review Division to William Shoup, Zoning Administrator, re: Highland Estates, November 20, 2003

cc:
Dana Kauffman, Supervisor Lee District
William E. Shoup, Zoning Administrator
Lorrie Kirst, Deputy Zoning Administrator for Ordinance Administration Branch
Bruce Nassembeni, Environment and Facilities Review Division, DPWES
John Friedman, Code Analysis Division, DPWES

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