On the Docket: Changes to Townhouse Plans For Sunrise Valley Drive

by Karen Goff September 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 4 Comments

Rendering of RP 11720 Sunrise Valley/Fairfax CountyThe Fairfax County Planning Commission will review and make a decision on an amended plan for 54 townhomes at 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr. at its meeting on Wednesday.

There was a public hearing on the project in July, but the commission had some concerns with driveway size and delivery accessibility for Rooney Properties’ plans to convert an office building to a residential neighborhood.

The proposed project sits just across Roland Clarke Place where another Rooney property, the Marcel Breuer-designed former headquarters of the American Press Institute. That building was recently approved for demolition by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, clearing the way for 34 townhouses and 10 condos.

Since the 11720 project’s July hearing, the applicant has gone back and updated the development plan to outline a proposed designated delivery area in the southwestern corner of property. Rooney has Delivery area of 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr/Credit: Fairfax Countyproposed one delivery vehicle space on the southwestern corner of the property.

The planning commission and the county planning staff also had an issue in July with Rooney’s lack of proffers to provide transportation demand management (TDM) such as traffic lights.

The applicant has since revised the proffers to provide this commitment, and an updated staff report says the “issue has been adequately resolved.”

Rooney has also addressed a potential garage dimension issue. The planning commission had concerns that townhouse garages of 19 feet wide by 20 feet deep, which would be space for two vehicles, would be too small for anything else.

The applicant now says space has been provided for the storage of two trash cans and the HVAC units are to be located on the roofs, so they will not interfere with the ingress and egress of vehicles to the dwellings. However, the developer says it will point out the small garage size in homeowners association documents.

The planning staff says that the amendments are satisfactory and it recommends approval of the project.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    ” However, the developer says it will point out the small garage size in homeowners association documents.”
    Why don’t they include that in their sales literature as well, and have the salesman point out that, while it’s a two car garage, it’s a small two car garage.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Eh people don’t park in their garages anyway, they just fill ’em up with junk. A garage is just a glorified closet!

  • restonista

    Based on the site plan provided in the article, it appears that the homeowners will be required to park in their garages because from what I can tell, there are no driveways to speak of (which will be noted in the association docs, not the sales literature.) And only 22 guest spots for 54 units is not going to work. I’m guessing the spots will most likely be dedicated as guest parking but homeowners will park there when they can’t fit into the garage (either too much junk or the cars are too big…). It WILL become a problem especially if there is no other street parking available nearby… I’ve been down that road before representing a developer. It was a painful experience.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    This is an absurd site plan for our suburbs. Far too cramped and not nearly enough parking. Or are they going to have overflow parking in a lovely paid-parking garage next door at Breuer Place?


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