September 6, 2007

Information Presentation - Fort Belvoir

Colonel Moffatt, U.S. Army Deputy Garrison Commander for Transformation and BRAC, briefed the Commission on planned changes at Fort Belvoir, an 8,500-acre Army base in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Army post will undergo numerous changes in an accelerated timeframe due to personnel relocations brought about by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act.

Prior to BRAC, the campus served a population of 23,000. Once the BRAC relocations occur, the base will host approximately 19,000 additional people. Colonel Moffatt explained that a decision on an additional 6,200 people working for the Washington Headquarters Service (WHS) was deferred in a Record of Decision signed by the Army on August 7, 2007. A General Services Administration site near the Springfield Metro station is being studied as a possible alternative location for the WHS. Current plans for Ft. Belvoir include a state-of-the-art hospital and a new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The hospital will be located on South Post, the portion of the base south of Route 1. The new NGA facility will be located on the former Engineering Proving Grounds, near the Fairfax County Parkway.

The Army is currently working on a revised master plan for the base to reflect BRAC-related changes, and a Transportation Management Plan will be submitted to the Commission in the near future. The Army has identified five needed transportation improvements to accommodate the influx at the base and is seeking funding from the Defense Department for these roadway modifications.

Colonel Moffatt reported that the Army has been working with more than a dozen regional, state, and federal organizations to coordinate these changes and reduce the impact on the region as much as possible. The Commission reviewed concept plans for the NGA headquarters and the planned hospital during today’s meeting (see below) and expects additional submissions in the months ahead.


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(File Number 6676)

The Commission reviewed and commented favorably on concept site and building plans for a new building complex for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at Ft. Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia. The NGA facility will be located on 130 acres on the former Engineering Proving Grounds, immediately west of Interstate 95. The new headquarters will consolidate 8,500 employees from seven sites throughout the National Capital Region. The project includes plans for access roads, a visitor control center, a technology center, and parking, in addition to the main building. The Commission requested the following additional information when the project is next submitted for review:

• An outline for the NGA’s Transportation Management Plan (TMP). The final TMP must be submitted no later than the request for NCPC’s review of final design plans for the main NGA building and/or its parking structure. The TMP is to account for various NGA commuting modes.
• Further description and planning for the contemplated transit bus drop-off between the employee parking garage and the visitor lot. The Commission requires information clarifying the 24/7 operations of the NGA and its effects on any transit drop-off functioning and the relationship of staff shifts to transit bus scheduling.
• The final operational aspects of the proposed parking garage, including a complete circulation diagram indicating parking usage for the garage and surface parking that accounts for parking requirements during all NGA operational modes in a typical 24-hour period.
• Plans for mitigating disturbance to designated Resource Protection Area(s) and a reforestation plan to include native plants, guided by Commonwealth of Virginia requirements. This information is to be included in the next project submission for the NGA complex.
• Specific steps for meeting and monitoring air quality to meet standards under the Clean Air Act for construction activities.


New Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
(File Number 6765)

The Commission reviewed and commented favorably on the Department of the Army’s concept site and building plans for a new community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The new hospital will sit on 60 acres on the base’s South Post, which is located south of Route 1. The complex will encompass 1.1 million square feet and include 125 patient beds, 2,600 parking spaces, a dental clinic, outpatient services and administrative offices. Plans also include ancillary facilities such as a helipad and ambulance shelter among others. The Commission requested the following additional information when the project is next submitted for review:

• An outline of a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) for the hospital, which accounts for all proposed parking. The final TMP must be submitted no later than the request for NCPC’s review of final design plans for the main hospital.
• Complete circulation and parking usage diagrams for the garages that account for all of the hospital’s operational modes in a typical 24-hour period as well as information clarifying the effect of the hospital’s 24/7 operations on transit bus scheduling.
• Revised information on pedestrian connections to and from adjacent areas, particularly to the south in the direction of Gunston Road.
• Siting of open space, between the Sixth Street and Ninth Street corridor, with a buffer zone that would protect the residential area along Ninth Street from traffic and service-truck noise, emergency sirens, and other hospital activity.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Federal Capital Improvements Program
(File Number 1485)

The Commission adopted the Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region, Fiscal Years 2008-2013 (FCIP). In the FCIP, NCPC evaluates the capital improvements projects of all federal agencies in the National Capital Region for their conformance with the plans and policies of the Commission, regional planning bodies, and local and state governments. The FCIP contains 190 capital improvement projects submitted by federal agencies totaling $11.6 billion as well as 34 projects submitted by NCPC for future programming. The FCIP will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to guide budgetary decisions for the President’s annual budget.


See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Consent Calendar: The Commission voted on Consent Calendar items without staff presentations or public testimony.

Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.