Rose Hill Civic Association
P.O. Box 10891
Franconia, VA 22310


August 25, 2003

Mr. Mike Congleton
Zoning Administrator
County of Fairfax
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Dear Mr. Congleton:

During my review of a proposed site plan for Highland Estates (1260-SD-01-1), I came across a disturbing bit of information: The County Zoning Ordinance is being interpreted in such a way as to allow increased density on lots which otherwise do not enjoy frontage on a public street.

Rather, those lots are being gerrymandered, along with others, in such a way as to provide adequate public street frontage in order to comply with the ordinance. Attached you will find a graphic that shows houses one behind the other with both having public street frontage. The graphic shows the situation in much clearer fashion than these words.

First, let me say that we object to this proposed layout, which clearly is a ruse to increase density. Further, we are shocked that the county would allow such a layout on the problem soil commonly called marine clay. Other portions of the zoning ordinance seek to limit development on marine clay. This layout negates that effort.

The Rose Hill Civic Association would appreciate your review of this troubling interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance. We particularly object to such a tactic being used in an area that has been proven to include marine clay.

On a personal note, I want you to know that during my 20 years on the Planning Commission, I can assure you that I never intended for the Zoning Ordinance to be interpreted in this way as I voted to many amendments and overhauls of the document during that time.

Thanks for your for you consideration.


Carl L. Sell, Jr.

cc: Board of Supervisors
        Planning Commission



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