Dear NEVCA members & Northeast Vienna friends,
This year has seen a number of town work sessions and public hearings concerning proposed developments along Maple Avenue in Vienna. NEVCA follows these developments closely, with several members sharing their thoughts. Now you have the opportunity to do the same. As you may have heard, the town has begun an online survey to get feedback from the community on the future development of the Maple Avenue Commercial Zone. The online survey ( www.surveymonkey.com/r/MapleAveSurvey ) shows an assortment of photos of mixed-use buildings from around the country. You will be asked to rate each image on a scale of 1 to 5 on how appropriate you feel it might be for future development along Maple Avenue. The survey closes at midnight on Monday, November 12. Results of the survey will be presented at the November Board of Architectural Review meeting and posted on the Planning and Zoning Department page. Survey results will also include any additional comments (you are given that opportunity at the end of the survey), as it is felt comments will help inform the development of Maple Avenue Commercial Zone design guidelines.
Recent NEVCAnotes issues have presented our concerns for safety on the W&OD Trail. Last month, I presented these concerns to the town’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and Transportation Safety Commission (TSC), and offered several suggested solutions, or improvements, to make the trail safer and more enjoyable for all to use—bikers, walkers, and so on. A Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority rep and the chief of the W&OD Friends trail patrol joined me at my request to offer their unique perspectives as well. We focused on (a) safety, especially on the increasingly congested trail, (b) new and better signage concerning best practices, and (c) increased police presence, and enforcement when appropriate. Are you interested in helping
with these efforts? If so, consider serving on NEVCA’s NE Pedestrian Safety Committee. We are looking for interested folks to help promote safety on our trails and streets, including good sidewalks with safe crossings, attend TSC meetings, and report to NEVCA’s officers on issues and progress.
NEVCA remains committed to working with the town in the upcoming review of zoning codes and the related Town of Vienna 2020 Comprehensive Plan. We are focused particularly on the “CM”-light industrial/commercial area of Mill St/Dominion Road, and among other things will continue to seek lighting standards for the corridor, the goal being to ensure that garish/unshielded high intensity lighting at businesses does not spill over into residents’ properties. If you are interested in the long-term appearance for how NE Vienna, Virginia will look in the future, consider serving on our NE Vienna Commercial Development Committee.
NEVCA’s next semiannual meeting will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 15 at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue E. Details on page 4.
All are welcome!
Bob McCahill, NEVCA President