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bordered by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to the south and west, the George Washington Memorial. Parkway to the north, and the CSX Railroad to the east. C. Z-2564-13-1 Rezoning from "C-O-1.5" Commercial Office. Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts to "P-S" Public. Service Districts; premises ...

BRIAN HARNER CHAIR

FREIDA WRAY COORDINATOR

STEVEN R. COLE VICE CHAIR

GIZELE C. JOHNSON CLERK

March 13, 2013 Arlington County Board 2100 Clarendon Boulevard Suite 300 Arlington, Virginia 22201 SUBJECT:

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Phase I Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health, and Fitness Facility A.

2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan for Park and Recreation Facilities. The Long Bridge Park Master Plan for Park and Recreation Facilities was originally adopted by the County Board in 2004. Due to changes in property ownership the master plan has been revised and augmented with project history and context.

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GP-323-13-1 General Land Use Plan Amendment from "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel (up to 1.5 F.A.R. Office; or up to 72 residential units per acre; or up to 110 hotel units per acre) and "Medium" Residential (up to 37 to 72 residential units per acre) to "Public" (parks; schools; parkways; major unpaved rightsof-way; libraries; and cultural facilities) for the area generally bordered by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to the south and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, and the CSX Railroad to the east.

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Z-2564-13-1 Rezoning from "C-O-1.5" Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts to "P-S" Public Service Districts; premises known as 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive (RPC #34-023-001 and #34-023-002); and from "M-2" Service Industrial Districts to "P-S" Public Service Districts; premises known as 311 6th St. South (RPC# 34-024-346).

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U-3355-13-1 Use Permit Arlington County Board for 120,420 square foot community recreational building and ground (Phase I Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health, and Fitness Facility) with modification to parking regulations for reduction in required parking ratio, location of spaces off site and onstreet; in the "P-S" Public Service Districts under ACZO Section 33.C.4.f. Property is approximately 1,083,470 square

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feet (24.9 acres); located at 475, 355, and 333 Long Bridge Drive; and identified as RPC #34-023-001; -002; #34-024-350; - 351. Applicable plans and policies include General Land Use Plan (GLUP) "Public" (parks; schools; parkways; major unpaved rights-of-way; libraries; and cultural facilities) and the North Tract Area Plan Study (2004).

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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Certification of Transferrable Development Rights by the Arlington County Board, for the purpose of creating open space and developing community recreation and/or community facilities, on five County-owned properties: 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive, 311 6th Street South, and two portions of excess right-of-way along Long Bridge Drive ("Sending Sites") located in an area generally bounded by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, the CSX Railroad to the east, and 6th Street South to the south (RPC# 34-023001, 34-023-002, 34-024-346, 34-024-462, 34-024-463, and 34-024-238); all within the North Tract Special Planning District on the General Land Use Plan (GLUP).

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Adopt the 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan for Park and Recreation Facilities, with the following modifications: 1. The County Board should establish a recommended timeline for Phases 3B and 4. 2. The County Board should establish a specific design review process for changes to Long Bridge Park with establishment of thresholds and a certain body, such as the PFRC, should participate in that review process.

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Adopt the resolution to amend the General Land Use Plan from "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel and "Medium" Residential to "Public" for the area generally bordered by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to the south and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, and the CSX Railroad to the east, and 6th Street South to the south.

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Adopt the ordinance to rezone, from "C-O-1.5" Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts to "P-S" Public Service Districts, the premises known as 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive; and, from “M-2” Service Industrial Districts to “P-S” Public Service Districts, the premises known as 311 6th Street South.

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Approve the subject use permit for approximately 120,420 square feet of community recreational building and grounds, including approximately 54,900 square feet of pools and associated uses, approximately 16,000 square feet of fitness facility and associated uses, approximately 1,800 square feet of vending, approximately 10,500 square feet of community meeting rooms, and approximately 10,300 square feet of administrative offices and associated uses, known as the Phase I of the Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health, and Fitness Facility, with modification to parking regulations for reduction in required parking ratio from 907 to 360 parking spaces, and location of spaces off site and on-street parking, in the “P-S” Public Service Districts under ACZO Section 33.C.4.f, subject to the conditions of the use permit, as outline in item C in the staff report dated February 26, 2013, and the following modifications: 1. The County Board should ask DES staff to continue to study the provision of public transit to the front door of the facility. 2. If provision of public transit to the front door of the facility requires changes to the parking lot or the road layout, the changes should be studied by DES in order to achieve transit to the front door of the facility.

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Adopt the resolution, identified in the staff report dated February 26, 2013, certifying 610,960 square feet as transferrable development rights on County-owned properties located with the North Tract Special Planning District on the GLUP (“Sending Site”) for the purposes of creating open space and developing community recreation and/or community facilities. Direct the County Manager to record, among the land records of the Clerk of the District Court of Arlington County, an open space covenant for the subject properties limiting future use of said properties to community open space and recreation activities.

Dear County Board Members: The Planning Commission heard these items at its March 4, 2013 meeting. Staff present included Erik Beach of DPR; Dennis Leach, Dennis Sellin and Stephen Del Giudice of DES; and Bob Duffy, Richard Tucker and Matthew Pfeiffer of CPHD Planning. The Planning Commission discussed and voted on each item separately. A. 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan for Park and Recreation Facilities.

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Erik Beach, of DPR, provided an overview of the background and differences between the 2004 and 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan and design guidelines, and the discussions of the Long Range Planning Committee. The redesigned master plan results in more central parking, better orientation from Jefferson Davis Highway, better integration of open space, and an improved transportation network. Public art is integrated in the entire project. This is a 30 year development plan. Phase 1 planning is almost complete. Phase 2 will incorporate 10.5 acres, and will include the Aquatics, Health and Fitness Facility, a 229 space parking lot, continuation of the esplanade to the east entrance, nodes for programmable space, an activated front porch, un-programmed event lawn space, and rain gardens to filter water from the parking lot. The intent is for the building to grow from the park. Phase 3A will include play amenities for children. Phase 3B will include a fourth lighted synthetic athletic field, depressed parking garage, and an overlook extended over the esplanade. Phase 4 will include expansion of the Aquatics, Health and Fitness Facility, and rain gardens expanded over a depressed parking garage. The design guidelines will help to implement the vision of the master plan. Public Speakers Tobey Smith, representing the Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee (LBPDAC), stated that the proposed Master Plan reflects the opportunities originally recommended and envisioned in the 2004 Plan. The public process has been unique, in that it actively involved citizens as a part of the LBPDAC. The esplanade was proposed because the LBPDAC encouraged the County to think about the opportunities that this unique location affords, as it should not be considered as just a sports facility. The LBPDAC encouraged the County to include the Davis site as a part of the plan and urged the County to acquire and remediate it. The LBPDAC supports the revised master plan and the other elements of the proposal under consideration. Mr. Smith thanked staff, in particular Erik Beach, and volunteers, such as Carrie Johnson and Planning Commissioner Peter Fallon, for all their hard work. Parts of the park have already been constructed and there are unique advantages to having design guidelines that will ensure the future park reflects the vision that the County has worked hard to achieve. Planning Commission Report In Commissioner Malis’ absence there was no Long Range Planning Committee Report; however, a written report was submitted by Commissioner Malis. Planning Commission Discussion Commissioner Kumm commended staff and the LBPDAC for their contributions to this process. The Plan provides for a mix of functions and activities that will make the Park more viable and successful. She inquired about staff’s thoughts on the probability of survival of landscaping planted in areas where the soil conditions have been contaminated with lead, PCBs and petroleum-based materials from prior industrial activities (see Sustainable Landscaping, page 10 of the Design Guidelines). Mr. Beach responded that the remediation approach required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is to consolidate existing contaminants into placement cells in areas where workers and users will not come in contact with them. Most of these areas are under the athletic fields. Everything that is consolidated is covered with geo layer and two feet of clean fill

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(topsoil). Mr. Beach does not feel there will be a challenge with growing and sustaining plant materials on the site. The landscaping will be planted in amended soil. Today, the rain garden is a blossoming site – the grasses are doing well and the landscaping is not interacting with contaminants in the soil. Commissioner Sockwell commended staff and the LBPDAC on an excellent plan. He commented that the Plan was ambiguous in describing the relationship of the Park to Roaches Run, which is an integral part of the project (see General Policies and Phasing, page 13 of the Master Plan). Mr. Beach responded that there are subtle nods to integrating Roaches Run through the public art. All of the runoff from the Park goes into the rain gardens, which then flows into Roaches Run. The Esplanade is narrowly positioned between the rain garden and Roaches Run. The Park celebrates its relationship to Roaches Run by connecting people to it. In attempting to minimize impacts to Roaches Run, it was determined that the most appropriate connections could be made through education and signage. Commissioner Sockwell followed, stating that Roaches Run is a delicate ecological balance and people should be kept away from it. Mr. Beach responded that the intent is to not have people in Roaches Run, but rather to take advantage of the educational opportunities by educating people on its original shoreline and unique plant species. Commissioner Sockwell inquired about providing bike trail connections sooner rather than later. Mr. Beach responded that the Pentagon is a significant obstruction to getting the trail connection, as part of the bike trail runs through the Pentagon reservation. With regard to the connection over the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the National Park Service (NPS) had traditionally been opposed to the connection; however, it has recently supported the connection. Mr. Beach believes that slow, but forward, progress has been made as it relates to this connection. Commissioner Sockwell inquired about the community’s suggestion for more un-programmed space, and if the staff recommendation was responsive to it. Mr. Smith responded affirmatively. He stated that in one County Board Work Session on this issue, the discussion was narrowed to between the provision of an extra soccer field or more un-programmed space. The Esplanade opens up to Roaches Run in a way that was not there before, striking the right balance as illustrated by the heaviest users of the Park – walkers. Commissioner Klein asked several questions of clarification regarding the phasing of the Park improvements and costs. Mr. Beach responded that Phase 1 is complete, and Phase 2 is under design and anticipate going to bid at the end of June. Construction should start in October or November 2013, with completion in 2015. Approximately $79.2 million covers construction, design fees, escalation, contingency, staff costs, etc. Commissioner Klein inquired about the $1.25 million cost to Phase 3A and why it was not included in the 10-year CIP. Mr. Beach responded that with the original phasing of Long Bridge Park, emphasis was placed on constructing utilities in Phases 1 and 2, and Phases 3 and 4 were to include such things as play areas, crossing over the railroad tracks, etc. However, in consideration of the Park’s heavy usage, the County Board heard the need for play areas for children and therefore made it a higher priority. Commissioner Klein asked for assurance that there is a timeline for completion of Phases 3B and 4. Mr. Beach responded that that their completion will be subject to County priorities, the CIP, and other competing projects. When asked by the LBPDAC about their commitment to the completion of Phase 4, the County Board indicated that while Phase 4 is important, there is no timeline for its completion. Commissioner Klein

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responded that she did not want to see a loss of momentum, and that the Commission should provide guidance to the County Board by identifying as a goal a date for completion of Phase 4. Commissioner Fallon inquired about the Transportation Commission’s recommendations. Mr. Beach responded that the Transportation Commission reviewed the Master Plan as an informational item at its meeting on February 28, 2013, and did not vote on it. However, the consensus was that the Commission was appreciative and supportive of the Plan. Much of their discussion focused on the transit issues and the proposed use permit. Commissioner Fallon asked if there was anything in the language of the Plan that would preclude a change to the policy to relocate transit to be more convenient to the facilities’ front door, to which Mr. Beach responded no, that the focus is on providing quality access to transit. Commissioner Fallon asked several questions seeking clarification on the locations of public transit stops and their relationship to various park entrances. Mr. Beach noted that there would be a kiss and ride drop-off area, a turn-around in front of the door, and shuttle bus drop-off near the front of the facility. There will be a streetcar stop at the intersection of 12th Street and Long Bridge Drive. Commissioner Cole agreed with Commissioner Klein that a timeline for the final completion of the Phases 3B and 4 should be developed. He also stated that he wanted an understanding of why bus service to the site could not enter the driveway leading to the front door. Mr. Leach responded that transit is linking multiple origins and that none of them enter or exit parking lots. Current projected ridership for the facility does not warrant fixed route transit. The projected 440-450 fee of distance from the front door to the transit stop is less than the distance from the fixed route to the County’s Justice Center. The County does not provide special bus service. Mr. Leach further explained that the transit route would include stops at the Pentagon, Boeing, Crystal City, Rosslyn and Pentagon City. While Long Bridge Park is not the dominant user on the route, it is an important user. Mr. Del Giudice added that Mr. Leach is correct about the projected ridership, using a 10% mode split. Most of the daily trips to the facility would be between 5:00 and 8:00 pm, the only time when the facility would justify a dedicated route. Commissioner Cole asked if bus frequency declines after 7:00 pm. Mr. Del Giudice responded that this is the justification for maintaining the shorter headway for the evening peak, from 7:30-8:00 pm. Commissioner Cole expressed concern for most people arriving to the park by car, given the new parking regulations adopted by the County Board. He asked if there are plans to provide parking for the aquatic center during construction of Phase 4. Mr. Leach responded that a robust Transportation Demand Management Plan will be required. The peak demand is evenings and weekends, and Crystal City has an abundance of unused parking supply during that time. The County will make arrangements with adjacent office buildings to utilize these resources. These discussions have already begun. Commissioner Forinash commented that the 2004 Master Plan called for the location of Long Bridge Drive closer to I-395, and the current plan calls for creation of a complete street. He asked how the space between Long Bridge Drive and I-395 will be used. Mr. Beach responded that adjacent to Long Bridge Drive there is a very steep vegetated area that slopes upward to I-395. Other uses include a pumping station taking effluent from Rosslyn to the wastewater treatment plant, self storage facility, and an access road for the Pentagon. None of these uses are under direct control by the County. They all complicate any future potential use of the area. Commissioner Forinash asked several questions about planned traffic improvements, including traffic circles or roundabouts.

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Commissioner Ciotti asked that staff not forget about the educational component, including information boards for people of all ages to understand the natural resources in the area, including the importance of the rain gardens and identifying the different species of birds. Mr. Beach responded that there are five to seven signs interpreting the history and providing information on the area. Although bird species is not currently included, they could be considered. Commissioner Harner thanked staff and the LBPDAC for their work on the Plan. He inquired about the opportunity to implement changes to the Plan and the park’s design, and if there is a design review process for expected changes. Mr. Beach responded that a review process for the master plan effort has not been codified; however, the intent is that any major changes would come back through a public process. In the case of something like the children’s play areas, the design would be reviewed by the LBPDAC and a construction contract would be awarded. Phase 4 would be a major planning effort, which would go through the LBPDAC and PFRC processes to ensure that it is consistent with the vision of the approved Master Plan. Staff could explore a formal review process for changes or updates to the Master Plan. Commissioner Harner asked about the potential of changes being reviewed by the PFRC. Mr. Beach responded that smaller changes should not have to go to PFRC. One of the purposes of the Design Guidelines is to give the County the flexibility to move forward. Commissioner Harner expressed concern that small changes can add up to potential degradation of the environment, and that codifying the design review process may be a good thing. The PFRC would be the appropriate body for that. There has to be an expectation about the type of review the changes might receive. This rises to a higher level than other park properties. Planning Commission Motion Commissioner Fallon moved that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board adopt the 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan for Park and Recreation Facilities, including Appendices 1 – 6, as provided in the staff report dated February 26, 2013. Commissioner Klein seconded the motion. Commissioner Klein asked for unanimous consent to amend the motion to recommend that the County Board establish a recommended timeline for Phases 3B and 4. There was no objection, so the amendment was incorporated into the main motion. Commissioner Harner asked for unanimous consent to amend the motion to recommend that the County Board establish a specific design review process for changes to Long Bridge Park with establishment of thresholds and a certain body, such as the PFRC, should participate in that review process. There was no objection, so the amendment was incorporated into the main motion. Commissioner Fallon stated that he will support the motion. He has served as the Planning Commission and Transportation Commission representative to the LBPDAC and the predecessor group for the master planning. He commended Ms. Johnson and Mr. Smith for their years of leadership and commitment. He also commended Mr. Beach and staff for all the work they have accomplished on this project. Commissioner Fallon commented that this is an exciting opportunity, and the County has already seen some of it come to fruition with implementation of the soccer fields and the esplanade.

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Commissioner Kumm stated that the establishment of a design review committee is an excellent idea. She suggested that it could be a two-tiered process, and that the County Board may want to consider identifying significant design changes versus administrative-type changes. She suggested that this may address the staff comment that there may be minor and major changes to the Master Plan. Overall, she felt this is a good recommendation, as this is a significant project that deserves this level of review. The Planning Commission voted 9-0 to support the amended motion. Commissioners Ciotti, Cole, Fallon, Forinash, Harner, Iacomini, Klein, Kumm, and Sockwell supported the motion. B. GP-323-13-1 General Land Use Plan Amendment from "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel and "Medium" Residential to "Public" for the area generally bordered by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to the south and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, and the CSX Railroad to the east. C. Z-2564-13-1 Rezoning from "C-O-1.5" Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts to "P-S" Public Service Districts; premises known as 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive; and from “M-2” Service Industrial Districts to “P-S” Public Service Districts; premises known as 311 6th Street South. D. U-3355-13-1 Use Permit Arlington County Board for 120,420 square foot community recreational building and ground (Phase I Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health, and Fitness Facility) with modification to parking regulations for reduction in required parking ratio, location of spaces off site and on-street Matthew Pfeiffer, of DCPHD Planning, provided an overview of the proposed GLUP Amendment, rezoning, and use permit for an aquatics, health and fitness facility, with parking modifications. The County Board adopted a zoning ordinance amendment in February 2013 to allow parking modifications subject to new standards. A summary of the multi-modal study was provided by the County’s consultant, Kimley-Horn and Associates. Mr. Pfeiffer stated that the use permit proposal is consistent with policy guidance, the recommendations of the North Tract Task Force, and meets the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The use permit was reviewed by the Transportation Commission at its meeting on February 28, 2013, which recommended that it be approved. Public Speakers There were no public speakers. Planning Commission Discussion Commissioner Iacomini stated that part of transportation demand management is the cost of parking, and if all of the on-street parking is metered, she asked how this works with employees of the facility. Mr. Sellin responded that all on-site and on-street parking spaces would be metered and all users and employees would be paying for parking at the time the facility opens. It has not yet been determined whether the meters will be long- or short-term.

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Commissioner Sockwell stated that the proposed GLUP Amendment and rezoning are reasonable. He asked if there are other standards for conversion of private property, or should the Commission make a finding based on an analysis of general public welfare. Mr. Tucker responded that the language in the resolution covers the standards. The area should be zoned and designated for public use on the GLUP. Commissioner asked if it is enough to find that the proposed GLUP Amendment and rezoning are consistent with area plans and the comprehensive plan, to which Mr. Tucker responded that consistency with plan guidance should be sought. Commissioner Forinash inquired about the path of a vehicle entering from the driveway and where it would park, and the layout of the parking area. Mr. Beach described the site circulation and garage plans. Commissioner Forinash stated that one of the challenges with routing a bus close to the facility would be turning the bus around, because the building entrance is off the parking lot. A building entrance closer to the public street would allow better bus access. Mr. Tucker responded that Phase 2 will bring the building closer to the street. Commissioner Forinash countered that there will still be a long driveway from the street, to which Mr. Tucker agreed. Commissioner Iacomini stated that given the request for the diminution of the parking for the facility, which will be a successful facility, the success of the diminished parking will rest on the TDM and transit. This would be contrary to the practice of getting the ART bus to the front door of the facility. The building is sited appropriately, but is off the main street. It would be helpful for the mode split to bring the bus closer to the front of the building. Each route should be constructed according to the characteristics of it, with potential different routes on the weekend. She asked staff to continue to study that. Commissioner Fallon asked if there was any data on the number of people currently arriving to the existing park features either by foot or transit. Mr. Beach responded no, as it has only been in operation for one year. Staff has studied parking lot use, the number of vehicles parking there on average, but there is no data on transit use or on walking to the site at this point. Staff could catalogue vehicles accessing the site, and potentially look at the transportation modes people are using to access the facility. Commissioner Fallon followed asking if the staff has any data on the utilization of the parking lot. Mr. Beach responded that the meters discourage parking during the day. During late May through July, the Monday-Friday peak (6-10 pm) resulted in an average of 4785 cars being parked in the185-space parking lot. On Saturdays, approximately 111 cars were parked during the day because of athletic games and people going to the esplanade. Occasionally, there are higher peaks on Mondays through Fridays. There will be a total of 175 spaces once the road is fully developed. Commissioner Fallon asked the distance of the nearest private garage proving public parking. Mr. Beach responded that the first peak event parking occurred during the 4th of July, and parking was offered in a private garage one block away. There has been some observation during average use that park users are parking in that garage, as some people find it easier than parking in the lot if the game is on the southern two fields. Commissioner Klein asked about the distance from the bus stop to the front door of the facility and how it compares to other facilities. Mr. Beach responded that the distance is approximately 400-450 feet, and the fixed transit route is comparable. Mr. Del Giudice added that school buildings or other buildings that are recessed from the road have similar distances. The minimum spacing is about 1/8

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mile or 660 feet between bus stops. Mr. Leach added that public facilities, such as the justice center, the trades center, and Court Square West are all about 600 feet from the road. Commissioner Iacomini countered that the public uses identified are not comparable to the proposed use. Mr. Beach stated that the distance between the North Quincy Street bus stop and the W&L swim center is just over 300 feet. Wakefield is just over 100 yards from transit. Commissioner Iacomini continued that the users and employees are not comparable. Commissioner Forinash stated that the importance of the TDM is to reduce the parking demand at the site. He asked if the mode share would increase if the bus stop was moved. Mr. Del Giudice responded that the frequency and reliability of service is more important than proximity of the bus stop to the front door. He appreciated Commissioner Iacomini’s comments. The route is not yet designed and we may have more than one route serving the facility given the different demands. Transit users will use transit based on the reliability and frequency of the service. Mr. Leach added that TDM stresses the importance of carpool/vanpool, particularly for community centers and schools (several kids with one parent driving). TDM strategies can be developed for the community based on the proposed use. He believes there is a real role for carpool/vanpool at the facility, for such events as special swim meets. Commissioner Cole stated that while this is the flagship facility for the county, it is located in a remote area of the county and only has one way in and one way out. This is a particular challenge for anyone coming from north of 395, who would have to have multiple transfers using transit. Transit should be restructured during the peak hours of the facility to allow people from all over the county to access the facility without multiple transfers. That is where the demand for parking comes from. With the absence of transit, many people will choose to drive. Commissioner Cole asked if there is any way to modify the transit system to allow more direct access to the facility. Mr. Del Giudice responded that restructuring transit is a challenge and a goal. It is not inconceivable that a route would serve the site using the GW Parkway, and that same route could also serve the RosslynBallston Corridor, Crystal City, Pentagon City, and the Pentagon. Literature suggests that 3% of transit trips are made for recreational purposes, and the County is aiming for 10%. Commissioner Cole followed that the pricing structure should favor Arlingtonians or we risk a facility that would principally serve people from Washington, DC. Mr. Beach responded that the County currently has a surcharge for out-of-county residents, and certain categories of those fees are being proposed to increase. Thos most likely would continue to be a part of the operating policy. Commissioner Cole responded that while this is a premiere facility, public pricing is often substantially below what one would pay for a private facility. Commissioner Harner stated that the PFRC reviewed the issues regarding building entrance and transit access, and asked when the building entrance was moved so far away from the bus stop and if it was ever considered to site the building such that the front door would be closer to where the bus stop would be. Mr. Beach responded that the building siting is the result of multiple options that were studied by the public, the LBPDAC, PFRC, and the County Board. There was major consideration for siting the building next to the esplanade to send the message that the auto was not the preferred means of access to the site. Bikers and pedestrians have the same opportunity to access the site as auto users have. The second phase fills out the street frontage of the building. Mr. Smith added that the LBPDAC would have relocated the entrance if they could have, but it has to be a

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certain distance from the roundabout. There were many other reasons to locate the building at the far end of the site. A signature location at the north end of the site would have significant implications for using the space between the soccer fields. It was decided to site the building where it would be most prominent. It was clearly the interest of the LBPDAC that transit should be available to get people to the facility as directly as possible. Commissioner Cole asked if the LBPDAC discussed where the bus stops should be located, or if it supported the location. Mr. Smith responded that the LBPDAC would like for the transit stop to be as close as possible to the front door of the building, as they support getting people as close to the building as possible. Planning Commission Motion Commissioner Fallon moved that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board adopt the resolution to amend the General Land Use Plan from "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel and "Medium" Residential to "Public" for the area generally bordered by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to the south and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, and the CSX Railroad to the east, and 6th Street South to the south. Commissioner Fallon further moved that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board adopt the ordinance to rezone, from "C-O-1.5" Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts to "P-S" Public Service Districts, the premises known as 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive; and, from “M-2” Service Industrial Districts to “P-S” Public Service Districts, the premises known as 311 6th Street South. Commissioner Fallon further moved that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board approve the subject use permit for approximately 120,420 square feet of community recreational building and grounds, including approximately 54,900 square feet of pools and associated uses, approximately 16,000 square feet of fitness facility and associated uses, approximately 1,800 square feet of vending, approximately 10,500 square feet of community meeting rooms, and approximately 10,300 square feet of administrative offices and associated uses, known as the Phase I of the Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health, and Fitness Facility, with modification to parking regulations for reduction in required parking ratio from 907 to 360 parking spaces, and location of spaces off site and on-street parking, in the “P-S” Public Service Districts under ACZO Section 33.C.4.f, subject to the conditions of the use permit, as outline in item C in the staff report dated February 26, 2013. Commissioner Sockwell seconded the motions. Commissioner Fallon stated that while he supports the proposal, he is still troubled by the issues related to transit access and the location of the bus stop. He thinks that it is important to raise this as an issue. He would like to see a bus stop at the front door of the building in the future if it is warranted by user demand.

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Commissioner Iacomini asked for unanimous consent to amend the motion to recommend that the County Board ask DES staff to continue to study the provision of public transit to the front door of the facility. There was no objection, so the amendment was incorporated into the main motion. Commissioner Harner asked for unanimous consent to amend the motion to recommend that if provision of public transit to the front door of the facility requires changes to the parking lot or the road layout, the changes should be studied by DES in order to achieve transit to the front door of the facility. There was no objection, so the amendment was incorporated into the main motion. The Planning Commission voted 9-0 to support the amended motion. Commissioners Ciotti, Cole, Fallon, Forinash, Harner, Iacomini, Klein, Kumm, and Sockwell supported the motion. E. Certification of Transferrable Development Rights by the Arlington County Board, for the purpose of creating open space and developing community recreation and/or community facilities, on five County-owned properties: 333 and 355 Long Bridge Drive, 311 6th Street South, and two portions of excess right-of-way along Long Bridge Drive ("Sending Sites") located in an area generally bounded by Long Bridge Drive and the Interstate 395 clover leafs to and west, the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, the CSX Railroad to the east, and 6th Street South to the south; all within the North Tract Special Planning District on the General Land Use Plan (GLUP). Richard Tucker, of DCPHD Planning, provided an overview of the history of County Board actions with regard to Transferrable Development Rights (TDRs). In 2006 the County Board amended the Zoning Ordinance to allow TDRs, and in 2008 the County Board adopted the TDR Policy which allows a site to send density and/or other development rights to another site for certain purposes, including, but not limited to, the preservation or facilitation of open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, community facilities, or community recreation, subject to approval of a site plan or major site plan amendment on the receiving site. At this time staff is only recommending certification of density on the sending site, not the transfer of density. Five County-owned parcels located within the North Tract Special Planning District on the GLUP are identified as sending sites, and the amount of available density has been identified. Two of the four purposes can be met through the TDR. Staff is recommending that the County Board certify 610,959 square feet of GFA as available for transfer from the North Tract properties, and direct the County Manger to record restrictive open space covenants for the subject properties limiting future use to community open space and recreation activities. Public Speakers Carrie Johnson stated that the result of this process is quite spectacular. The discussion tonight has highlighted several of the salient features of the project. First, its magnitude – the County does not often have the opportunity to create something so big and prominent, and to realize its vision as outlined in the Master Plan. Second, its timeframe – the County Board first considered what should happen to the Twin Bridges Hotel site in 1990. Third, its complexity – the discussion of where the front door should be located is one aspect of its complexity. The fourth feature is its collaborative approach, which will continue. Finding a way to review changes in a collaborative manner is a good

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recommendation. Ms. Johnson thanked everyone that has been involved in the success of this project, and she hoped the Planning Commission will support the TDRs. Planning Commission Discussion Commissioner Iacomini had a policy question about the use of certified TDRs. She noted that with the Penzance Site Plan, TDRs were certified and used; with Wakefield Manor, TDRs were certified but not used; with Founders Square and Mosaic Park, TDRs were certified and could be used. Commissioner Iacomini inquired about why the County certifies TDRs, but not use them. Mr. Tucker responded that the goal of the County is not to be a TDR bank, but to have a process that allows density to be certified while the County determines how to manage and utilize the various development rights. In this case the County is not creating a pool of development rights; rather, it has more to do with the timing for rezoning the properties. Commissioner Iacomini followed that she only raised this as a discussion point, but staff needs to think about this now. Commissioner Kumm stated that she hopes staff has some type of system in place internally to track the TDRs so that they will not get lost. Mr. Duffy responded that staff is working with the County Attorney’s Office to ensure that as the County Board certifies TDRs they are being tracked and their sale to the applicants of receiving sites are tracked and managed. Planning Commission Motion Commissioner Fallon moved that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board adopt the resolution, identified in the staff report dated February 26, 2013, certifying 610,960 square feet as transferrable development rights on County-owned properties located with the North Tract Special Planning District on the GLUP (“Sending Site”) for the purposes of creating open space and developing community recreation and/or community facilities, and secondly, that the Planning Commission recommend that the County Board direct the County Manager to record, among the land records of the Clerk of the District Court of Arlington County, an open space covenant for the subject properties limiting future use of said properties to community open space and recreation activities. Commissioner Forinash seconded the motion. Commissioner Fallon stated that certification of the TDRs represents an opportunity to further the development of parks and open space in the County and to achieve the resources that would allow implementation of the County’s vision for Long Bridge Park sooner than might otherwise be available given the limited County resources. The Planning Commission voted 9-0 to support the amended motion. Commissioners Ciotti, Cole, Fallon, Forinash, Harner, Iacomini, Klein, Kumm, and Sockwell supported the motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Arlington County Planning Commission

Brian Harner Planning Commission Chair

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