“Ped Plan” Proves Controversial, Shields Recommends Extending Review Period
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
April 22, 2012
In response to comments received at last Thursday’s town hall meeting, City Manager Wyatt Shields stated Friday afternoon that he would recommend the City Council extend the time for public review and comment on the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Calming Strategic Implementation Plan past May 29, the date originally scheduled for the plan’s adoption.
City Council members who attended Thursday’s session asked that a motion be prepared for their Monday night meeting to provide additional time for the plan to be modified to address the comments received. Shields said that the goal is to ensure the plan before the Council reflects residents’ priorities.
The city manager said that staff will address residents’ requests to preserve on-street parking on Lincoln Avenue and Hillwood Avenue , and other areas of Falls Church. He added that the purpose of the public-input process is to improve the plan, and help the City to move forward as a community with safe and attractive streets.
“The staff and volunteer committee members are to be commended for their important work on this plan,” Shields said. “Citizens provided critical input at many junctures during the plan’s development and we will take the time necessary to get this right.”
The current “Ped Plan” draft is available at www.fallschurchva.gov/pedplan. The website, which does not reflect the input received Thursday, will be updated by close of business Monday.
By Falls Church Times Staff
April 22, 2012