Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS APPROVED -- The supervisors unanimously approved plans for two residential developments that will cover more than 900 acres and add approximately 1,800 homes along Linton Hall Road in western Prince William County.

The board approved revised plans for a 323-acre addition to the proposed 800-acre Trent Jones planned community off Rte. 29. The $1 billion project, approved by the supervisors two months ago, is now expected to include -- when completed in 1995 -- an industrial park, a retail center, a hotel, two championship golf courses and 1,100 luxury homes on one-acre tracts.

The revised plans for the addition to the Trent Jones development call for houses to be located farther away than originally proposed from the shores of Lake Manassas, the water source for the City of Manassas and western Prince William County.

The original plan, opposed by the county's health department, called for 323 single-family houses, many built on the banks of the lake, surrounded by an 18-hole golf course .

The new plan calls for houses to be set back at least 50 feet from the lake, with golf courses surrounding the lake and acting as buffers. The plan also calls for the developer to dam two portions of the lake that intrude into the property, in order to create a wet pond that would act as a filter for stormwater run-off.

"We've got the best protection package {for the lake water} we can get" from the developers, said Health Director Jared Florance.

The second development, by Richmarr Construction Corp. and Samgold Ventures V Limited Partnership, calls for 1,500 residential units on 588.3 acres off Linton Hall Road adjacent to Broad Run Industrial Park. Of the 1,500 units, 1,125 would be single-family dwellings and 375 would be town houses.

In an attempt to alleviate traffic problems anticipated from the two developments, which are expected to bring 18,000 vehicles per day to area roads currently traveled by approximately 3,000 vehicles per day, the developers have offered to jointly fund a two-lane, east-west road connecting Linton Hall Road with Sudley Manor Road.

In addition to the road, the Richmarr firm also has offered to build a branch library and a park, and to give more than $3 million to the county for schools and other public services.

LORTON PRISON ESCAPE -- Chairman Kathleen K. Seefeldt (D-Occoquan) castigated the D.C. Department of Corrections for not promptly notifying Prince William County police when it was found that a prisoner had escaped Jan. 10 from Lorton.

Seefeldt, whose district lies directly across a creek from the prison, said county police and local officials were not notified until three hours after prison officials had confirmed the escape of J.D. Wheeler, 30, who was awaiting sentencing for an armed robbery conviction.

The action jeopardizes a mutual agreement that calls for "prompt" notification of local authorities if a prisoner escapes from Lorton, Seefeldt said. "That agreement was badly violated," she said.

Seefeldt asked County Executive Robert S. Noe Jr. to write a "stern" letter to the D.C. Department of Corrections seeking an explanation for the delay. "If we do not get an adequate explanation, we'll have to talk to D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. about the agreement," she said.

SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL -- Supervisors have tentatively scheduled a public hearing Feb. 9 on the controversial proposal to require residents to remove snow, ice and sleet from sidewalks.

The proposed ordinance, which comes before the board and is defeated almost every year, would require residents to shovel snow from sidewalks within three hours after it stops falling, or remove it no later than 10 a.m. if snow falls during the night. It also would require that ice and sleet be removed or, at least, covered with sawdust, ash or other such materials. Violators of the ordinance could be fined up to $100.

Supervisor Hilda Barg (D-Woodbridge) requested the ordinance after raising concerns about the safety of children having to use unshoveled sidewalks to get to school. Among objections to the ordinance in the past have been the problems of monitoring and enforcing it, how it would affect residents on vacation and how it would affect communally-owned sidewalks.

LAKE RIDGE POST OFFICE -- The supervisors voted to offer for sale a four-acre tract of vacant land on the corner of Old Bridge Road and Oakwood Drive. The U.S. Postal Service has requested to buy the site for a post office. A public hearing will be held and the land appraised before the sale is made.

ZONING DECISIONS -- The following reguests for special use permits were approved:

ADEN RD., 14315 -- By Kenneth and Wilma Ratliff to continue operating a beauty salon in a residence. Conditionally approved three years. 7 to 0.

Coles District.

BALLS FORD ROAD AND NEW MARKET COURT -- By Ramada Inn to build an 86-room, six-story addition to an existing 128-room, two-story motel. A special use permit is required for any expansion exceeding 25 percent of the existing building area and for buildings that exceed height requirements. The addition will be 78 feet high rather than a maximum of 45 feet high as allowed. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

DAVIS FORD ROAD WEST OF SMOKETOWN ROAD -- By C.M.I. of Virginia to allow a 24-foot-high freestanding parking lot light fixture to remain standing. A maximum hight of 16 feet is normally allowed. 5 to 2. Neabsco District.

ROLLING RD., 8314 -- By Eugene and Pamela Lacovey to continue operating a dog grooming business in a residence. Conditionally approved for three years. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

SPRUCE ST., 8220 -- By the Association for Retarded Citizens to operate a day-care center for handicapped children in an existing church. Conditionally approved for three years. 7 to 0. Brentsville District.

VULCAN LA., 8738 -- By Arthur C. Cox to continue operating an asphalt mixing plant in a residential zone. Conditionally approved for 10 years. 7 to 0. Brentsville District. The following priliminary site plans were approved:

CARDINAL AND EAST GREENMOUNT DRIVES -- By Helen Pettis to rezone 21.7 acres from agricultural to suburban residential in order to build 52 single-family houses. The Planning Commission had recommended denial. 7 to 0. Dumfries District.

DUMFRIES ROAD SOUTH OF PURCELL ROAD -- By John M. and Elizabeth Bell to rezone 10.9 acres from general business to agricultural use for a golf driving range, a miniature golf course and a batting cage. 7 to 0. Coles District.

HORNER AND TELEGRAPH ROADS -- By Springfield Investment Partnership to rezone 28.1 acres from agricultural to general business to build six-story office buildings. 7 to 0. Occoquan District.

LINTON HALL ROAD SOUTH OF LEE HIGHWAY -- By Bull Run Professional Partnership to rezone one half acre from agricultural to general business for an addition to an existing office complex. 7 to 0. Gainesville District.