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


January 24, 2003

R.C. Fields, Jr., L.S.
R.C. Fields, Jr. & Associates, P.C.
718 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Dear Mr. Fields:

This is in reply top your letter of January 3, 2003 regarding the proposed Highland Estates development (1260-SD-01-1).

I thank you for the clarification regarding the stormwater management facility and am interested in the geotechnical comments to be provided by Law Engineering.

However, your statement that on-site soil will remain on site and distributed in yard areas is of concern. I presume problem soils such as the so-called ‘marine clay’ will be redistributed on site. For your information, problem soil left on site has caused problems in several nearby developments, namely Tartan Village and Hayfield View.

In those cases, the soil was used in yards and for backfill around the foundation of buildings. Years later, the soil expanded and caused damage to the exterior walls of numerous townhomes. In Tartan Village, a slide resulted from disturbance at the toe of a slope even though the soil had been replaced.

Please explain how redistribution of problem soil on the Highland Estates site will NOT result in future problems.

As far as construction access to the site, we continue to ask for it to be via Highland Street. I’m sure the County would favorably entertain an amendment to the Special Permit and handle it in an expedited fashion if the problems can be worked out. Frankly, the loss of trees for a temporary construction access pales in comparison with the clearing necessary to develop the site. And, the temporary access can be reforested when construction is complete.

The use of Maryview Street and Bee Street for construction access particularly will disrupt a quiet residential neighborhood. And, the folks on Rose Hill Drive have a big enough traffic impact without additional construction traffic.

I trust you can appreciate the concerns of the Rose Hill Civic Association. We have had many, many problems with marine clay that have cost individual homeowners thousands of dollars in foundation repairs.

Finally, Section 2-308(2) of the Zoning Ordinance involves a density limitation for development on problem soils such as marine clay. We continue to think your plan is geared toward achieving maximum density rather than sensitivity to the environmental issues of problem soils. Otherwise, why would a large number of pilings be necessary to attempt to stabilize the site?

I have received correspondence from Stephen L. Morris, Managing Member of Morris Construction Company, LLC stating that adjacent properties will be even more secure once development of Highland Estates is complete. After receipt of the County’s reply to the concerns outlined in RHCA’s December 17 letter to Gursharan Sidhu, we would appreciate further amplification on that subject. I will be happy to organize a meeting of concerned citizens for that purpose.


Thank You,

Carl L. Sell, Jr.
Rose Hill Civic Association


cc:     Supervisor Kauffman
         Gursharan Sidhu
         Stephen L. Morris

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