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Draft Plan - Fauquier County

Draft Plan - Fauquier County

Intersection of Route

Intersection of Route 15/29 and Dumfries Road The intersection of Route 15/29 and Dumfries Road (Route 605) is currently operating at a Level of Service F during the AM and the PM Peak. With the growth of traffic in the future, the intersection will operate at a LOS F with even longer delays if the intersection is not improved. Currently the intersection is operating with split side street phasing that results in increased lost time and lower capacity for the intersection. A grade separated intersection had previously been considered for this intersection. An alternative approach was more recently evaluated to eliminate the need for such an impactive improvement. For the Route 29 and Route 605 Dumfries intersection the recommendation is to add an additional lane to each of the minor street approaches. The additional lanes would eliminate the shared left and through lanes and create exclusive through and left turn lanes. The additional lanes will allow the split phasing to be eliminated and a more effective timing plan to be used at the intersection. ((ADD PLAN GRAPHIC HERE)) 2. Establish and implement a Highway Overlay District for Route 15/29 A Highway Overlay District can provide additional zoning tools to manage land use, access, and aesthetics along Route 15/29. Overlay districts are created when 1) the major purpose of the specified highway is to carry through traffic, and 2) land development along that highway will likely have adverse access impacts on the level or quality of service, which in turn will lead to increased danger and congestion in the street or impede the maintenance or creation of a convenient, attractive and harmonious community. The following elements should be considered: 1) Route 29 District Boundaries. Recommend this boundary be measured from 1,000 to 1,500 feet on either side of the Route 29 centerline. This district is proposed to extend from the boundary with Prince William County to Route 605. 2) General Performance Standards. Land uses proposed are subject to the requirements contained in the underlying zoning as well as the performance standards identified for the overlay district. Examples of standards that should be applied along the Route 29 corridor are: a) Alternate Access. All uses must have their street access designed so as to not impede traffic on a street intended to carry through traffic: By the provision of shared entrances, interparcel travelways or onsite service drives connecting adjacent properties; Through access from another public road other than that along which the district was established; and Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 68

Through the internal streets of a commercial, office or industrial development. b) Exceptions. The ordinance needs to include a section stating that parcels of land existing at the time of the adoption of the Highway Corridor Overlay District will not be denied access to public roads if no reasonable joint or cooperative access is possible. c) Pedestrian Circulation. Fauquier County will continue to want to encourage the continued access of residential neighborhoods to shopping, recreation and other residential areas through sidewalks, bike paths, and other related pedestrian paths. Therefore, the ordinance needs to include a requirement that pedestrian circulation shall be provided for and coordinated with adjacent properties, and consistent with the adopted Comprehensive Plan. d) Special Screening Requirements. Route 15/29 is a special gateway corridor into the County where aesthetics and landscape are important and valued attributes. This translates into concern over proximity of building, parking and loading to this rural parkway, the need for flexible setbacks and standards encouraging service drives, reverse frontages for nonresidential lots, as well as corridor guidelines conserving existing tree stands and rural views key to “preserving agriculture in a business friendly community”. e) Building and Parking Setbacks. An evaluation of the corridor should be made to determine appropriate setbacks for distinct areas of the corridor, including the commercial node, possible protection areas for existing stands of mature trees and proximity of existing development. The Highway Overlay should incorporate the standards resulting from the evaluation. 3. U.S. 15/29 Access Management: Implement the VDOT Safety Improvement Plan for Crossovers This VDOT study focused on the entire length of this highway from our boundary with Culpeper County to Prince William County, and it identified existing and unsafe median cuts or crossovers that need to be closed in the future. Access along Route 15/29 needs to be restricted for safety, traffic management and to accommodate regional transportation. Future business and residential development will need to plan interparcel access, links to connecting public streets or other feasible options. The closing of medians generally improves the safety and capacity of a corridor. Median closures reduce the number of conflict points and provide a more continuous flow that will not disrupt traffic. A typical multi-lane highway will have a capacity of 2200 passenger cars per hour per lane. Currently the Route 15/29 Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 69

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