Alexandria Waterfront News Update — Monday, April 27, 2015
Dear Friend of the Alexandria Waterfront, here is an important update on key waterfront issues:
Next OTAPS meeting this coming Wednesday, April 29
It is crucial that FAWers and other Alexandrians concerned about parking issues attend the next meeting of the Old Town Area Parking Study Group (OTAPS). It will be held this coming Wednesday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sister Cities Conference Room, which can be entered from City Hall’s Cameron Street lobby. Residential parking permit restrictions will be the key topic of discussion at this meeting. It is likely that City staff will continue to assert that residential parking permit bans for new developments, such as Robinson Terminal South, are unfair and bad public policy. Those assertions must be strongly rebutted.
Here is the link to the OTAPS webpage: http://alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=77053 Here is the link to the agenda for the meeting: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/2015-04-29%20OTAPS%20Work%20Group%20Agenda_FINAL(1).pdf Here is the link to background information that has been provided to the OTAPS Group members: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/2015-04-24%20OTAPS%20Data%20Requests_FINAL.pdf
Council likely to take final action on the Robinson Terminal South project on May 16
City Council will likely take final action on the Robinson Terminal South (RTS) project at its Saturday, May 16, meeting, provided that the ordinance enacting the RTS Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) is introduced at Council’s May 12 meeting. FAWers will closely review the ordinance to ensure that it properly reflects what Council agreed to at its April 18 meeting, following the public hearing it held on the RTS project, specifically with regard to the residential parking-permit ban for RTS residents. The ordinance language should become available on May 7 when the agenda for the May 12 meeting is published on the Council website.
Robinson Terminal North supposedly to be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 4
The Planning Commission hearing on the proposed design of the Robinson Terminal North (RTN) project reportedly has been shifted to Thursday, June 4, from Tuesday, June 2. That shift is not yet reflected on the Planning Commission website, but makes sense given the amount of time the Commission will likely have to devote to hearing speakers and discussing the project. If approved by the Commission, the RTN project would be considered by City Council at its Saturday, June 13 meeting.
Here are the links to the documents currently posted on the Commission website pertaining to the RTN project:
DSUP Application http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=200c1bf9-252f-471b-8609-19f6c258c3cd.pdf; Special Use Permit Application http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=66557d65-8f6d-4826-b74f-0623cf749e1c.pdf; Preliminary Site Plan http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=3688eaa9-68be-4246-aea7-07c380c78f5e.pdf
Next Ad Hoc Waterfront Construction Monitoring Group meeting likely in Mid-May
Although a firm date has not yet been set, the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Waterfront Construction Monitoring Group will likely be held in mid-May. A key issue to be discussed at the meeting will be the truck haul routes related to the construction of Carr hotel at Duke and South Union. Efforts are continuing to get Carr to agree to the barging of dirt excavated at the site, which has become quite feasible given that EYA has agreed to barge dirt away from the RTS site it is developing. We will let FAWers know as soon as that meeting has been scheduled.
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Bert and Mark
Bert Ely and Mark Mueller, Co-chairs of Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront
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