Trail Waiver# 11975-WTL-001-1:
Iman Ali Mosque Lot 19

Springfield Planning District
I-95 Industrial Area Planning Sector,
 Vicinity 7900
Backlick Road

 
  Article Prepared By Robert Michie
Trails and Sidewalk Committee, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 15 April 2014
Revision 1
 
 

Summary:

Iman Ali Mosque has filed a request to construct additional parking spaces on their property in the Springfield Planning District  (Tax Map #099-1 ((01)) 19).  The project is limited to constructing parking spaces at the rear of the property.

The requestor is asking Fairfax County to waive the sidewalk construction requirement that the request requires. Specifically, the requirement to build an eight-foot sidewalk on Backlick Road.

  1. The area is fully developed as an industrial zone.

  2. The existing sidewalks already fulfill pedestrian needs.

Map 1: Map of Subject Area: Iman Ali Mosque (in yellow)

Discussion:

Map 1 shows the property, which is located in the I-95 Corridor Industrial Area of the Springfield Planning District. The area directly north of Fullerton Road is the Fort Belvoir Engineer Proving Ground. There is no residential development within a reasonable walking distance. The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan states that the "...I-95 Corridor Industrial Area is recommended in the Concept for Future Development to retain an overall industrial orientation."

Backlick Road has an existing four-foot wide sidewalk in the area that widens to seven feet south of the Mosque. There is a major gap in the sidewalk just south of Springfield that precludes southbound pedestrians. Northbound pedestrians are challenged by a very steep grade to climb. It is clear that access to the Mosque is by motor vehicle. There are no bus stops in the area.

Backlick Road has significant traffic during daylight hours even on weekends. Observation during the Field Check around 1 PM on a Saturday found no pedestrians.

Field Check  12 April 2014

Photo 1: Backlick Road looking South. The subject property (7900) is on the right just in front of an I-95 exit ramp.

 

Recommendation:

Approve the Waiver for the following reasons:

  1. The area is industrial with no plans for significant residential development.
  2. The existing sidewalks are adequate for their expected traffic volume for the foreseeable future..

 

 
 

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