November 10, 2014


November 2014 Land Use Meeting Agenda

Land Use Committee Monthly Meeting Agenda: November 11, 2014 – 7:00PM
Mount Vernon Recreation Center

A.) 515 Mount Vernon Ave – Yate’s Corner Restaurant SUP #2014-0010, Encroachment #2014-0005
Public hearing and consideration of requests: a) to operate a restaurant, b) for a parking reduction, and c) an encroachment into the public right-of-way for outdoor dining; zoned CSL/Commercial Service Low.
Applicant: Yates Restaurant Group LLC represented by Duncan Blair, attorney
December Planning Commission

B.) Route 1/ Oakville Triangle Update from Meeting #7
Next meeting: November 13 Oakville Triangle Meeting #7
Topic: Transportation/Connectivity Follow-up and Affordable Housing Intro
Location: Charles Houston Rec. Center 901 Wythe Street; open house and meeting will be in the GYM.

C.) Subdivision #2014-0012 Appeal
1905 Commonwealth Avenue
Public hearing and consideration of a request to subdivide existing lot into two new lots; zoned R2-5/Residential.
November City Council Meeting

D.) City of Alexandria Parking Standards for New Development Projects

Next DRCA LUC Meeting: Date 12/9/14 at 7:00pm at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
Planning Commission Meeting: December 2, 2014, November 6. 2014
BZA Meeting: November 13, 2014
Del Ray Pattern Book Meeting: November 20, 2014, Mount Vernon Recreation Center 7:00PM

November 8, 2014


Oakville Triangle Route 1 Corridor Planning Meeting Update

At the last Oakville Triangle Community Meeting, the city of Alexandria present two additional connectivity options noted as option 1 and 2 shown on the attached connectivity matrix for consideration by the Oakville Triangle Workgroup. For more information please attend the future meeting No. 8 listed below or visit the website link below.

Additional Information is available at the City of Alexandria project website.

There will also be an Oakville Triangle Planning update provided by Ben Flood, the DRCA workgroup representative, at the next DRCA membership meeting held at Reingold – 433 East Monroe Ave on Nov. 12th 7 to 9:30

The 8th Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor community meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street.
Open House, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Community Meeting, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mount Jefferson Park (Greenway) Plan Public Meeting, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue

To quickly access other posts on the Oakville Triangle development project, click on the Oakville tag below.

November 8, 2014


Quick Poll – Does your home have a rain barrel?

November 6, 2014


Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations Meeting Minutes

The Del Ray CiAFCA_minutestizens Association regularly participates in the Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations, which is a city-wide association of neighborhood civic, residential, condominium and tenant associations in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

The minutes from the October 29, 2014 meeting can be accessed by clicking on the document icon to the left.


October 3, 2014


Proposed Second Floor Porch At Del Ray Pizzeria

Del Ray Pizzeria is proposing a second floor porch for special even seating. The Planning Commission will be reviewing the proposal Tuesday October 7, 2014. Please attend the Planning Commission meeting if  you are interested in commenting on the proposal or leave a comment below.


October 2, 2014


October 7, 2014 LUC Meeting Agenda

Land Use Committee Monthly Meeting Agenda: October 7, 2014 – 7:00PM
Mount Vernon Recreation Center

1. Welcome/ Introductions (7:00pm)

2. Open Meeting (7:15pm)

A.) 100 East Windsor Avenue – The Del Ray Montessori School SUP #2014-0084
Request to add students, number of classrooms to stay the same
November Planning Commission
Staff Contact:
LUC Reviewer: Wolf Ramm
November Planning Commission
B.) 2016 Mount Vernon Avenue – Seva Café SUP #2014-0086
Request to amend SUP and to add alcohol sales and change its format from a coffee shop to a quick-service restaurant.
Staff Contact:
LUC Reviewer: Barry Noll
November Planning Commission

C.) Route 1/ Oakville Triangle Update from Meeting #6
Next meeting: October 27, 2014 Oakville Triangle Meeting #7
Transportation Study

3. Closed Meeting
A.) Vote on/Discuss Agenda Items

4. Meeting Adjourned (8:55pm)

Next DRCA LUC Meeting: Date 11/11/14 at 7:00pm at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
Planning Commission Meeting: October 7, 2014, November 6. 2014
DRCA Membership Meeting: October 8, 2014
BZA Meeting: October 9, 2014

September 29, 2014


Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor Community Meeting #6 Notes

By Ben Flood

Community Meeting #6 was primarily focused on two topics.

First, the developer gave a presentation on the latest layout, complete with a color rendering showing the locations of various uses, open space areas, approximate building heights and road network.  He also touched on the phasing sequence of the project, which involved the development of the internal retail area first, in order to create “a place” and get the overall project to critical mass so that the first phase of development could survive on its own as future phases might not be constructed for some time afterwards.  The developer highlighted some of the changes from the previous layout shown in an earlier meeting based on the Advisory Group and community comments.  The largest revision to the plan included the placement of retail along Calvert Street.

The second part of the meeting had the City providing an update on their latest plan for Jefferson Park.  They presented a generic color rendering of possible improvements which they have tried to align with the Developers latest plan.  Improvements involved a clean-up, instead of an overhaul, of the existing park.  Notable improvements included an expanded dog exercise area which would potentially be fenced in, improvements to the existing drainage area on the north end near Raymond Ave and an opening of the connection near Stewart Ave.  Additionally, the City mentioned they would remove invasive plants and replace with non-invasive species. Continue reading…

September 26, 2014


Membership Meeting Minutes – September 2014

DRCA – September 10, 2014

Meeting Called to Order at: 7:44PM        By: President Jay Nestlerode

New President, Jason Nestlerode opens the meeting

New President, Jason Nestlerode opens the meeting


Simpson Park Upgrades: Walking Tour;

  1. Past two years, Simpson Park Improvement plan – part of larger Park Improvement plan for large parks.
  2. Incremental improvements to parks; when funding is received, quick turnaround on projects.
  3. Plans were completed in January 2014, now coming online
  4. Simpson has multiple projects as part of this plan
    1. Parking Lot repaved
    2. Picnic tables on order near basketball court
    3. Dog park improvements at Simpson, Simpson Park Dog Owners Group
      1. Formal MOU – raising funds for improvements.
      2. $18,000 from city, $10,000 fundraising from SPDOG for lighting
      3. Berm stabilization
      4. Alternative surfacing
    4. Improvements to soccer field entrance
    5. Find places for passive use/open space (no funding yet for clearance of BRT site)
      1. No design currently
    6. Moving equipment/trucks off of Duncan Avenue
    7. Land Water Conservation Funds to renovate area from Tennis Courts to Western side of playground; $200,000 (LWCF) and $200,000 from city.
      1. New playground to be built
      2. No design yet
      3. Funding available next July (2015)
    8. New bleachers for storage (long term plan, not funded yet
    9. Neighborhood Parks (1/2 acre to 10 acres)
  1. 17 parks in total
  2. Hume Springs Park
  3. Landover Park (not pool)
  4. Goat Hill Park
  5. Timberland Park
  6. Community feedback will begin on Friday, September 12, 2014
    1. Survey with preliminary questions available
  7. Mount Jefferson is not included in this survey plan – included in Oakville Triangle Plan
    1. City staff will be working on park plan through Oakville process
    2. City will see if there is a way to duplicate process for Mount Jefferson
    3. Pocket Parks (under ½ acre) next year for planning

Simpson Park Improvements

  1. Police Update – Capt. Scott Ogden, Alexandria Police
  2. Level 1 Crime Report
    1. Del Ray; 20.4% decrease during the calendar
    2. Citywide; 4.15% decrease
    3. Burglaries in the past few days; detectives are assigned to specific area and crime
      1. Early in the investigation, no details yet
      2. 12 burglaries compared to 18 last year
  3. Charles Severance – indicted for the three murders in Alexandria (Dunning, Kirby, LoDato)
    1. Trying to move from Loudon to Alexandria jail
    2. Information will shift to Commonwealth Attorney’s Office; Brian Porter lead attorney
      1. 9 – 18 months in length
      2. Attorney is prohibited from talking about the case in public
    3. Further information on the Alexandria Police Website
    4. Dunning case had never gone cold; had been actively worked since 2003.
  4. Murder of Carol Anne Cross
    1. Deputy Director of D.C. Corrections
    2. Murdered by 28 year old male, had chosen her as victim.
    3. Perpetrator has arrested and confessed
    4. 4th homicide in the city for calendar year; up from 3 last year
  5. Spoofing Fraud
    1. Criminals are calling citizens as if they are calling from non-emergency number
    2. Police Department supposedly calling for outstanding fines, threatening
    3. No victims, have alerted the police department and other jurisdictions experiencing similar type of frauds.
    4. Non-Emergency Number is legitimate; the spoofing can only mask the number being placed to you, cannot redirect phone calls
    5. Police Department will not call you about money you may owe
  6. Crime Analysis Section
    1. – criminal statistics/data
    2. Data back to January 1, 2013
    3. Look up recent crime trends
    4. Intent is not to go back through time, instead more of a current picture
    5. Crime data available nationwide

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