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Take a look at Tuesday’s board meeting agenda
Here is the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Here’s a break down of just a few of the issues that you’ll see:
12 p.m. – Finance, Audit and Budget Committee
- An update on the two audits commissioned by the board, including the “special audit” on the school system. Here’s what the issue is about.
- Discussion on the utility rate study that was recently put out to bid.
1:30 p.m. - Infrastructure Committee (They have a lot to talk about, after several issues were sent back at the last meeting.)
- The county could provide a loan and pay any costs above $300,000 for work to bring the Celebrate Virginia Parkway into the state system. Supervisor Gary Snellings had concerns about the lack of a cap on costs. A proposed project from Silver Cos. for two apartment complexes (one would be secured for federal agents at a training facility) requires the road to be maintained by VDOT.
- Transportation impact fees could make a comeback. Currently, the fees are only applicable in Hartwood, but supervisors will discuss whether they should be implemented countywide or not.
- Should the county dictate what type of containers should be required for storing trash at single-family homes? Supervisors had concerns about that addition to an ordinance amendment originally pushed by resident Paul Waldowski. He says the issue is with health and safety when HOAs don’t provide Dumpsters at multi-family residences. The public hearing is still open from Sept. 18.
At 3 p.m., there are 15 items on the consent agenda, including: a proposal to add fees for lot consolidation applications; appropriation of funds for Purchase of Development Rights; authorize a contract for engineering for the Embrey Mill rectangular field complex; and appointment of John Harris to the Utilities Commission.
Unfinished business includes:
- Condemnation and quick-take for the Mountain View Road project
- Prioritizing revenue sharing program funds for road projects (Here’s that list and costs)
- Continue to discuss reduced fees for cluster plan applications. At the last meeting, the board questioned why fees were to be reduced from $1,975 (and $125 per lot) to $250 (and $5 per lot). “Under the new requirements, the review level is much less rigorous,” said Planning Director Jeff Harvey. The applicant for the county’s only cluster plan application so far thought the fee was excessive. Since then, staff found out what other localities charge for cluster plans — in Spotsylvania, $3,020 plus $15 per lot over 20 lots, and in Prince William, $39 per unit with a minimum of $584. The board could send the proposal to public hearing.
- Authorize VPSA borrow for school capital projects.
New business includes:
- Briefing of the fiscal 2012 preliminary year-end results
- Send proffer amendments to the Planning Commission for Embrey Mill. The new proffers will combine the two park areas into one to allow for a rectangular field complex. Here’s a previous story.
- Ask the Planning Commission to look at allowing multi-family development in RBC (recreational business campus) zoning. This is required for the Celebrate Virginia North development to go forward with two apartment complexes (one secured).
- Continued from Sept. 18 – allowing exceptions to the noise levels. This was prompted by work for HOT Lanes on I-95, but the state doesn’t need an exception. Supervisors are still pursuing adding the change.
- Vacating an ingress/egress easement from Mount Hope Church Road to the Civil War Park.
As always, follow my Twitter updates throughout the meetings: @StaffordFLS.