The Manassas Park City Council approved a rezoning request last week that will allow the Dixon-Scott Partnership to build a 192-unit condominium development in the southwest section of the city. Some nearby residents had opposed the development at recent public hearings, saying noise and light from the units and resulting traffic would disturb the neighborhood. But the developer has offered to top a four-foot hill between the two communities with evergreens, creating a protective berm, according to City Clerk Lana Conner.
In other business, the council approved the reappointment of John Magnuson to the Planning Commission.
Haymarket Slates Hearing on Zoning Ordinance
The Haymarket Town Council agreed last week to hold a public hearing with the Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. July 7, to consider changes in the zoning ordinance recommended by consultant Laureen Payne. According to council member Robert Bird, the council will probably approve changes within 30 days of the public hearing because the zoning ordinance adopted in 1985 is "too restrictive" for town house development.
The recommendations include changing the front yard requirements from 30 feet to 25 feet, the back yard lots from 25 feet to 20, and allowing some privately owned streets in a development. The zoning ordinance now requires that all streets serving a housing development be built to state standards so they can be maintained by the state. Payne also recommended that the height allowances for town houses be increased from 2 1/2 stories, or 35 feet, to three stories, or 40 feet; for each half-foot added to the height, a square foot must be added to the lot size.
The Town Council has struggled for more than a year with a proposal by a Great Falls developer who wants the zoning ordinance changed to permit a town house complex at a higher density than currently allowed. Bird said the developer, David Tinkham, is expected to attend the public hearing. The ordinance allows six units in a cluster; Tinkham had requested nine. The proposed amendment would allow eight town houses in a cluster, Bird said.
County's Ridesharing Program Is Hailed
The Prince William Ridesharing program provides transportation for about 100,000 commuters a month, up from 400 in 1983 when program coordinator Lauretta Ruest was hired. County officials credit the success of the commuter ride program, which has garnered statewide recognition, to Ruest's energetic promotion of it. Prince William is the only Northern Virginia jurisdiction where ride sharing programs reach out directly from the county to the community rather than operating through employers. For information, call 335-6846 or toll-free from Washington at 631-1703, ext. 6846. The 24-hour answering service number is 369-POOL.
$10,000 Given for Report on Civil War Sites
The Virginia Division of Historic Landmarks last week gave the Prince William County planning office a $10,000 grant to help finance a report on national register nominations for Civil War sites in the county and the City of Manassas. The purpose of the grant, which will be matched by county staff and volunteer in-kind services, is to preserve and protect the sites. County spokeswoman Susan Mack said the report will be prepared by county archeologist Jan Townsend, who expects to submit a final report to the state's historic landmarks division by mid-1988.
Choral Society to Present 'Fiddler on the Roof'
The Manassas Choral Society will present "Fiddler on the Roof" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Osbourn Park High School. For information, call 791-5977.
Fine Arts Center Continues Summer Program
The Manassas Performing and Fine Arts Center will continue its summer program next week for children from preschool age through fifth grade. The program will be offered through Aug. 10 with various art and classical music appreciation courses. For information, call 368-FINE.
Park Authority Sponsors Baseball Clinic
The Prince William Park Authority will sponsor a three-day baseball clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6 to 8 for players 8 to 23 years old. The clinic will be offered by the Doyle Baseball School of Winter Haven, Fla., a park spokesman said. The fee is $150; for information, call 361-7181.