Rappahannock Area Disability Network (RADN)
January 3, 2008
DisAbility Resource Center
409 Progress Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Marci Bartley, FCS
Meg Bergen, Goodwill
Lee Cherwick, Hilldrup Properties
Lynn DelaMer, MHAF
Eldon James, RRDSB
Wendy Kimball, FRED
Shawn Lawrence, DSB
Fred Protsko, Goodwill
Jim Schaefer, AAA
Jane Ward Solomon, DBVI
Diana Utz, GWRC
Woody Van Valkenburgh
Kevin Byrnes, GWRC
Next Meeting: February 7, at noon
Welcome and introductions — Eldon James
Presentation on he State of the Region Draft Report — Kevin Byrnes, GWRC
Mr. Byrnes said he was asked to create an economic and demographic profile of
the region. He stated this should be posted on the GWRC web site next week.
http://www.gwregion.org/reportsandstudiesgwrc.html He added that it provides
macro level trends about regional development. Between 2000 and 2006 this
region had the highest percentage population growth in the state, due to the
proximity to Washington DC and the easy commute to Richmond. In terms of
gross number of people, Region 16 was ranked 4th behind Northern Virginia,
Hampton Roads and the Richmond Region. It is predicted the area will double by
2035, reaching a population of 592,000. Mr. Byrnes highlighted the rates of
growth, noting that in our region the age groups over 50 will have a slower
growth rate than they will statewide. He also said that the region will continue
with to become more racially and ethnically diverse. He talked about the housing
market trends and how the houses would be distributed throughout the region
and the challenge for transportation planning. He stated that they are predicting
that 108,000 additional homes will be needed to support the projected population
that will be added to the region. Mr. James clarified that in the next 28 years the
population will double, meaning one out of every two houses we will need, does
not exist today. He added that if we change the standard of building homes, to
require better accessibility, than 30 years from now, more than half the housing
stock will be more accessible.
Mr. Byrnes talked about the 906,000 acres in the region. He clarified the different
factors for land that can or can not be developed. He explained the breakdown of
the use of land in the region. He said they compiled their data by analyzing the
local government real estate files. He described a land use model they are
building that looks at the rate of change in the years 2015, 2025 and 2035. He
said this will result in a modified land use pattern that reflects the assumed
development of all the transportation improvements, to support a land use
pattern that is evolving over time. He added that this has never been done in the
state of Virginia before. Mr. Van Valkenburgh asked if the transportation
infrastructure will follow the land use patterns. Mr. Byrnes explained how they
should work hand in hand.
Mr. Byrnes announced the formation of a new Affordable Housing Task Force to
investigate whether the region can improve affordable housing. He talked about
increasing income trends in the region. Mr. Byrnes also talked about the projects
he is working on at GWRC. This includes applying the land use planning model,
developing a web based regional mapping tool, coordinating a regional litter
control program, the implementation of a regional homeless management
information system, forming a regional “green government” task force,
coordinating a local review of the Chesapeake Bay water quality model, and
studying the feasibility and scope of a regional advisory large scale developer
Mr. Byrnes said the full draft of the study can be downloaded. He can send a link
to anyone who wants it. His e-mail address is Byrnes@gwregion.org He said he
will present a final staff report on the project to the Commission, to see where
they want to go from here. There was some discussion about the senior
population growth in the region. Mr. Byrnes said it will not grow as fast here as it
does in the rest of the state. He said what is driving the regional population
growth is not only the local employment market expansion, but the expansion of
the neighboring communities. The fastest growing area of the state for senior
retirement is the northern neck and the middle peninsula, and that the retirees
are not coming here to retire.
Mr. James asked who would be serving on the Affordable Housing Task Force
and what the time frame will be. Mr. Byrnes said the task force has to report out
in a one year time frame. Mr. James suggested to the group to think about what
they have heard from Mr. Byrnes and what the Rappahannock United Way
reported with the Needs Assessment. He said in the spring they will talk about
the two data sources and what needs to be addressed regarding policy decisions
in the region. He also talked about the needs assessment that needs to be
developed for the DSB and how the Board members would like to see what the
members of RADN will bring to the table for that discussion.
Local Government Comp Plan Update — Shawn Lawrence
Fredericksburg — Mr. Lawrence said he has met with Marty Sherman to show
her the plan concerning the area of Route 1, Fall Hill Avenue and Mary
Washington Boulevard. Mr. Lawrence said he would like to see the sidewalk
along Route 1 built first, but Ms. Sherman said it is not feasible due to
transportation funding. He said what appears to be feasible in the short run is to
make improvements to the intersection of Route 1 and Fall Hill Ave. This will
included improved curb cuts (safer orientation) and installation of crosswalk
lights. He said he will be meeting with the City Engineer and Mr. Dave King of
Public Works to present a proposal of the project. Mr. Lawrence talked about the
consumer who fell out of his wheelchair at that very corner, and that consumers
can not safely use the shopping plaza because of sidewalk problems. As far as
other localities, everything has on hold for the Comp Plans due to the election
and holiday seasons.
Regional Human Services Transportation Plan Update — Lloyd Robinson,
FAMPO. Mr. Robinson was not present. Mr. James reported that the scope for
the plan will be finalized this week. They have received expressions of interest
for people serving on the advisory committee from 7 members. This includes,
Ms. Fults, Mr. James, Ms. Griffin, Ms. Ward Sullivan, Ms. Bartley, Ms. Bergen,
and Mr. Schaefer. He asked if anyone else is interested to let him know.
Continuum of Care Community — Lee Cherwick
Mr. Cherwek works for Hilldrup Properties, who is trying to develop a project in
Stafford County with a full care continuum of care campus to Fredericksburg.
This facility would provide an individual unit, assisted living, a nursing home and
an Alzheimer's care unit. He talked about the recent nursing homes closing and
the certificate of public need. They have identified 22 acres off of Berea Church
Road, near Geico to build the campus. He discussed the zoning, the growth of
the aging population, and the already identified need of 338 beds for Stafford. He
discussed the fact that many seniors have had to move elsewhere to meet their
needs for full care, because the services are not available in this area. Mr.
Cherwek distributed information on the proposed facility. He discussed the fees
for service to be on an as needed basis, with no single point of entry, and no buy-
in. He added that the nursing home is based off of other models with 70% of the
population using Medicaid. The rest of the facility will be private pay. Mr.
Cherwek stated that many of the assisted care facilities in the area have waiting
lists. There was some discussion by the group on the monthly cost and the size
of the living spaces. Mr. James asked when they did the market study, what area
did they identify as the whole market facility geographically. Mr. Cherwick
identified Stafford, due to the shortage of nursing homes. Mr. Cherwick
announced they have proffered in the universal design concepts for the condos.
He added that they have not established the price range for the facility.
Update on Activities of Members — All
• Ms. DelaMer, with MHAF, talked about the mental health steering committee
established through the United Way needs assessment. She said they have to
identify stake holders, and are using the MAP model of community planning.
• Mr. Lawrence, with dRC, said they are in the planing stage for the second
annual universal design seminar. He said they will hopefully plan this for April.
• Mr. Schaefer, with RAAA, said he is working on the DRPT New Freedom grant
to try to access some of the funding for two new vehicles.
• Ms. Kimball, with FRED, said they will be working on the same February 1 grant
cycle for new buses. She also said they will be starting a new route on Harrison
Crossing to the YMCA in Spotsylvania.
• Ms. Solomon, with DBVI, said she is working with the Older Blind grant serving
all of Virginia for people 55 and older with vision problems. She said they have a
new rehab teacher responsible for Stafford County, who will be setting up an in-
service training with the staff at the dRC.
• Mr. Van Valkenburgh reported that Goodwill is expanding real estate on Plank
Road, with an additional 6,000 square feet of floor space. Part of this will be
leased out, and the other part will be used for classroom training. Goodwill will be
opening their Louisa store in February and the Cosner’s Corner store will be
opening in April. He said he would also like to encourage RADN members to
refer those they serve who are looking for employment to the job help centers. It
was suggested that a presentation on the Job Help Centers be given at the next
Other: Mr. James said he has talked to Bay Aging about transportation and the
model they operate. He said Bay Aging services the middle peninsula and the
northern neck. The system is 100% demand responsive with a 24 hour notice, for
a $1 per trip. He asked if there has ever been any thought of being able to
operate FRED or one of the systems here in a manner like that. Mr. Schaefer
said they do that on a limited basis for medical transportation at $1.50 a trip. He
added that this is not every day of the week and is predominantly for elderly. Mr.
James added that Bay Transit is available for anyone to make a trip for anything,
not just medical transportation. He said that 40% of their ridership is for
employment based services, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ms. Utz
said she has visited many examples of demand response in the state. This
included Bay Transit and JAUNT in Charlottesville. She said the Charlottesville
provider is the best example of a transportation provider to use for this area. Ms.
Kimball said FRED does deviate within 2-3 minutes off the route, with a 24 hour
notice . Mr. James said these are some of the things the Advisory Committee
needs to look at for the Human Services Mobility Plan.