As of this week, we have more fodder to support our argument. From VDOT:
Department of Transportation
14685 Avion Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Dear Ms. Phillipson:
I have been asked to respond to your inquiry regarding the future plans for Colchester Road, Route 612. You did not indicate which property you were particularly concerned about, but the location, south of the Southern Railroad underpass, was clear
Please be advised that VDOT does not have any plans to improve this roadway. To the best of my knowledge, Fairfax County does not have any plans to upgrade this roadway either, as it is not slated for improvement in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.
I have traversed this section of road in the past and do recall that the overpass is very narrow and somewhat low by today’s standard. If any improvement were to be made, I would guess that the roadbed would be lowered, to provide more clearance for large vehicles. Raising the roadbed would only exacerbate this condition. It would also be difficult to obtain the necessary wetland permits.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the above address or by phone at 555-555-5555.
VDOT Guy 1, Manager
Land Development Section
So we have three minutes in front of the board on December 3rd. The latest is that the most recent County rejection letter is speedily headed our way (only took three months) with Mr. County Attorney and County Official 5 concurring on eachothers’ logic.
Recent information directly from the Fire Department responsible for our neighborhood suggests the officials at the county are blowing smoke. The FD doesn’t have a rescue plan involving land rescue vehicles during a 100 year flood because “we have a boat and helicopter.” Also, the logic that the neighbors can walk out is ludicrous. Hopefully we can present this written information at the hearing…
Two years have passed, but we’re not giving up just yet. Word is that the County Attorney will be returning a response (most likely negative) by next week sometime. It only took three months. What happens then? Do we have Land Use Lawyer file another letter just to be rebuked again? We don’t know. We just don’t know. What would you do? We will probably move out of the Phillipsons to a townhouse or apartment rental, as long as it has a yard for the pets. We won’t sell the land just yet-I mean, where else can you find 13 wooded acres with a stream, 30 minutes from the city without paying a fortune? F&*k the county.