Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The all-volunteer body can have between five an 15 members, but the total number must be odd. City council is looking for one more person to bring the total to seven.
Manassas Park officials are looking for at least one more resident to serve on the city's planning commission, an advisory body that makes decisions and recommendations to City Council about how land should be used in Manassas Park. The total number of planning commissioners in Manassas Park is currently six, an even number, but planning commissions usually have an odd number of members, said Vanessa Watson, planning and zoning director for Manassas Park. City Council appointed former mayor and councilman William "Bill" Treuting to the commission in December, bringing the number to six. Treuting was officially welecomed to the body this week. Planning commissions can have between five and 15 members, but Manassas Park City Council members…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Councilman William "Bill" Treuting is now a member of the Manassas Park Planning Commission.
Former Manassas Park City Councilman William "Bill" Treuting is now a member of the city's planning commission, an advisory body to city council. An official welcome for Treuting is on the planning commission's agenda for this evening. The six-member commission is comprised of volunteers from the community who serve four-year terms. Treuting's joining the body after he lost his re-election bid in the November City Council election. Treuting had served on the city's governing body since 1997. Contender Jeanette Rishell won the most votes during the election, scoring one of the three seats up for grabs. Councilmen Brian Polk and Keith Miller were re-elected to council. In addition to welcoming Treuting, the planning commission will also …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Manassas Park City Council will continue its discussion about the proposed Park Place at The Station, a multiphase residential/commercial development near the Manassas Park VRE station.
This month, several Manassas Park residents have expressed reservations and concerns about a proposed mixed-use development along Manassas Drive across from City Center. On Tuesday, Manassas Park City Council is set to discuss height waivers, the vacation of right-of-way and the rezoning of the land along Manassas Drive where the project, dubbed Park Place at The Station, is slated to be built. The combination residental/commerical development would have 20,000 square feet of retail for 10 to 12 stores and 304 apartments. Phase I of the project will be built on 14 acres. The entire development, including both phases, will be built on a total of 20 acres of land, according to city data. The first phase would be built along Manassas Drive …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The planning commission will hear public comments concerning the amendment of section 31-13 general provisions and the revision to the land use chapter of the comprehensive plan.
The planning commission will hear public comments concerning the amendment of section 31-13 general provisions and the revision to the land use chapter of the comprehensive plan. Get more information on tonight's meeting from Manassas Park's office of Planning and Zoning in city hall at 1 Park Center Ct.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Manassas Park Planning Commission continued their review of the Capital Improvements Program for 2012-2017 Monday during its monthly meeting Monday night.
City officials discussed renovating the Conner House, building a new skate park and other planned capital improvements with the Manassas Park Planning Commission Monday. Capital improvements are prepared and submitted annually to the Manassas Park Governing Body by the planning commission, which serves as an advisory committee to the body. Catherine Morretta, director of the city's parks and recreation department, and James Johnson, the city's director of public works, attended the meeting and reviewed projects, explained priorities and answered questions from the commission. Morretta gave details about several projects, including repairs to the Signal Bay Waterpark facility, the tennis courts at Signal Hill Park, an expansion to the …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Planning Commission meeting will hold a public hearing in January. The date has yet to be determined.
The Manassas Park Planning Commission on Monday discussed using signs to entice some of the many people who pass through the city each day to stop and make Manassas Park their destination. Planning and Zoning Director Vanessa Watson said that she would like to incorporate way-finder signs on existing street signs to let people traveling through the city know where different attractions are. “Most of the traffic [traveling through the city] is through traffic,” she said. “We want people to think of Manassas Park as a destination.” Watson told the commission that there used to be plans on the books to create walking trails throughout the city and that she would like to resurrect the idea. She said that the trails should go through parks and …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Christina Chmino said she and her girlfriend rented a room in Manassas Park, not knowing that's illegal in a single family residence zoned for single families.
Christina Chmino and her girlfriend Jessica Chaer fear they will be homeless in December because of a housing code violation they say their landlord committed. The couple said they’ve rented a room at a Scott Drive residence in Manassas Park for a year and four months, not knowing that Manassas Park’s code prohibits more than one family living in a single family home that is located in a Single Family Residential District. “We didn’t know anything until someone knocks at the side door. We were completely unaware that this place was illegal,” Chmino said. “We are a low-income family. We struggle even to make the $700 rent. Everything on Craigslist is more than a $1,000. We don’t know what we’re going to do. We’ll probably be living out of …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The city's planning commission discussed a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that would allow for live entertainment at Clarke’s Grill & Sports Emporium.
There was a lot of debate at Monday night’s Manassas Park's Planning Commission meeting among residents, the commission and the landlord and owner of Clarke’s Grill & Sports Emporium. The discussion was over Conditional Use Permit (CUP) #11-09, which, if approved by city council, would allow Clarke’s to host live entertainment both inside the establishment and outside on the patio. The planning commission approved the CUP Monday after a public hearing on the matter. Before the commission handed down its decision, Vanessa Watson, the director of planning and zoning for the city, said Clarke’s had been hosting live entertainment, not knowing they were in violation of city ordinances. She didn't know until an article brought it to her …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Commission and new pool hall owners hammer out issues about safety, aesthetics and minors. The new pool hall could open as early as next month.
The main focus of Monday night's Manassas Park Planning Commission meeting was a public hearing regarding a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a proposed new bar, The Point Bar and Billiards. The Point will be located at 8488-A Centreville Rd., the former location of the Que Club. It will be owned by Cesar Florero and brothers Elvis and Roy Reynolds. Manassas Park Planning and Zoning director Vanessa Watson said unlike the Que Club which didn't have a kitchen, The Point will not only have a kitchen, but a restaurant, a dance area, a disc jockey booth and an area for live entertainment. The establishment will also have a bar area and eight billiard tables. Watson explained to the board that when the establishment opens, it will operate as a …
Monday, June 6, 2011
The city's zoning administrator can now obtain a search warrant to inspect homes suspected of zoning violations. City officials said obtaining a warrant is a last-ditch effort to get zoning matters rectified.
The Manassas Park Governing Body voted to approve a zoning text amendment to the city code that will allow the zoning administrator to obtain a search warrant to inspect homes without owners' consent. City council considered the matter and voted in a favor of the change at its May 24 meeting. The amendment went into effect immediately and is now enforceable. The zoning text amendment for section 31044 of the city code authorizes the zoning administrator to appear before a magistrate judge and request an inspection warrant. The warrant would be issued for the purpose of determining if a violation of the zoning ordinance exists, Manassas Park City attorney Dean Crowhurst said. “… In deciding whether to issue the inspection warrant, the …