Two days before a newly elected council takes office July 1, the Fairfax City Council will meet in an unusual joint session with the Planning Commission, where the council expects to adopt a five-year comprehensive development plan.
Planning Commission Chairman Mary Petersen persuaded the council last week to delay action on the plan, after raising several objections to changes proposed by the council. For three years, the Planning Commission has been studying the state-mandated comprehensive plan, which outlines projected land use and development.
The Planning Commisison objected to a council amendment that would allow planned development along Rte. 123 south of Main Street. Petersen told the council that such commercial development would be "inconsistent" with the master plan objective to protect the city's residential character.
The commission also wants stronger wording in the plan "inhibiting additional land development that generates heavy traffic," Petersen said. She said the council version of the plan encourages traffic along collector streets.
Petersen urged the council to reconsider restoring Planning Commission wording that would have an impact on future city development. The Planning Commission wants the city to consider "modifications in the agreement with Fairfax County for 4.2 MGD (million gallons per day) treatment capacity to coincide with the projected reduced need to 3.1 MGD in the year 2000."
After a joint public work session June 21, the council and Planning Commission are scheduled to meet at 8 p.m. June 29 in council chambers for a public hearing on the plan. That night both bodies plan to vote on a final version.