Master Plan and Capital Projects
Presentation from Annual General Members Meeting Held on August 28, 2016
From January 2016 Splash and Smash–
Jamie Reuter, Strategic Planning Director, has provided a comprehensive update on the Master Planning Project: The application was submitted to the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on December 15, 2015.
The application was given a prompt and detailed review by the staff of the BZA. A number of deficiencies were noted and provided to CST. This is normal and not surprising, especially since it has been 25 years since the club has submitted an update. Work is being done to address all of the deficiencies, most of which are quite small. The only significant deficiency relates to the lack of a lighting study. We are working with a lighting engineer to address this. Our goal is to provide the brightest light possible, particularly for the tennis courts. Fortunately, lighting technology has changed a lot in recent years so we expect to be able to create a very good solution.
Once all deficiencies are addressed, the application will be resubmitted, re-reviewed, and hopefully approved by the staff. It is likely that the County will schedule the public hearing for our proposal roughly 90 days after staff approved. Assuming we resubmit by May 1, we could expect the public hearing to be scheduled around August 1. As soon as we have a date for the public hearing, there are a variety of activities that we will have to do in support of the hearing process. After the BZA, the next major step is the Site Review. We can file for the site review any time after we receive BZA approval. Unfortunately, there is a backlog of up to nine months in the review process due to new rules and regulations. This means that the original target date for beginning construction on Phase I — September of 2016 – cannot be met. As of today, it seems that September of 2017 is a more likely starting time.
We will, of course, stay vigilant for opportunities to speed things up, and/or to find small pieces that might be completed before the 2017 swim season, but the committee is not optimistic. This coming summer, Jamie Reuter, the current Director of Strategic Planning, will complete his current term on the Board. Under our by-laws, he is not eligible to be re-elected to the Board until two years after his term expires. The board would very much like to identify candidates who would consider running for the position of Director of Strategic Planning next summer. It is a very exciting opportunity to get involved with the club in a meaningful way. The successful candidate will have a major and lasting impact on our club.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Jamie at [email protected]. If you’re interested, it would be very desirable for you to begin participating on the Committee for Strategic Planning as soon as possible in order to become familiar with all aspects of the on-going Master Planning Project.
Update from August 2015–
As previously announced, the agenda for the Annual General Meeting, to be held at the club on August 30th at 5 p.m., includes a presentation and discussion of the new Draft Master Plan. In order to facilitate this discussion, information regarding this plan is now available for your review: