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Lower Uxbridge Safety Committee

A new speed bump in Danbury Forest?

  
A group of residents on lower Uxbridge are concerned about their families safety because numersous drivers are not respecting the 15mph speed limit in the neighborhood. Speeding down lower Uxbridge has been a concern for several years. A group of motivated residents have formed a committee to explore ways to guarantee that the 15mph speed limit is maintained. Below, are notes from their first meeting. If you are interested or would like to share thoughts or concerns, please attend their next meeting, or send a message to the community via phone or e-mail.
 
Meeting minutes:
Fourteen residents attended the July 22 meeting of the Lower Uxbridge Safety Committee, representing 25% of lower Uxbridge households. Other residents provided input before the meeting.
 
Consensus was reached on the following items:
 
1) The Committee agreed to begin documenting any speeding incidents witnessed, including license plate numbers, to inform future discussions about enforcement options. Several Committee members observed that efforts to notifying drivers verbally of speed limits did not appear to be successful.
 
2) The Committee unanimously recommends that a sign be placed before the last stick of houses on Uxbridge alerting drivers to a blind child.
 
a. The Committee also supports another sign in the same location alerting drivers to a deaf pedestrian, but Committee members will consult with the deaf resident before finalizing the recommendation.
 
3) The Committee unanimously recommends that additional traffic calming measures be installed on lower Uxbridge:
 
a. There was consensus that one speed bump should be installed.
The Committee recommends that the speed bump be installed just after the sharp bend in the road, between the mailboxes and the start of the parking area near 8342/8343, to allow room for ascending drivers to accelerate up the hill without interference.
The Committee recommends that the speed bump should allow drivers to maintain the posted 15 mph speed limit without difficulty.
The Committee agreed to consult with Supervisor Cook and/or other County offices as to best practices in terms of location, distance from curb, and other considerations.
 
b. A clear majority of the Committee voted for a permanent speed bump in preference to a removable speed bump.
The Committees primary concern was the possible damage to the street pavement upon installation of a temporary speed bump. Other Committee members were concerned about the risk of theft, or that the products available were not tall enough to reduce speed significantly.
The Committee acknowledged concerns about snow removal difficulties, but observed that the DFCA contractor rarely plows down to the pavement, regardless, and that the speed bump was therefore unlikely to affect plowing practices.
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Erosion Pilot Project Uxbridge Court (Ongoing):

The Board has approved a proposal to implement a pilot project to address growing concerns about erosion in parts of the community. The pilot will focus on solving the erosion problems that are affecting individual homes, as well as common property, including the one tot lot at the end of Danbury Forest Drive. This area can be identified as the property owned by Danbury Forest Community which is bordered by Uxbridge Court in the front, the Lake Accotink Park Trail entrance to the right, the Lake Accotink Park elevated trail behind it, and includes all homes in the first stick of town homes to the right on Uxbridge Court (up to and including 8377 Uxbridge Court.). This is a trouble spot, especially because heavy rains erode the area behind the town homes, race down the steep banks of the Lake Accotink trail, and flood the playground. If the DFCA can fix the Uxbridge/playground erosion/flooding problem, then we can use this as a model to solve this problem around the neighborhood. The DFCA Board does not know at this time how much it will cost to remedy this growing problem.

The purpose of this pilot project is five-fold:

  1. Identify the causes of the erosion issues for the pilot project area.
  2. Identify partnering agencies that may share the burden and/or provide help to resolve the erosion problems.
  3. Identify solution(s) to permanently fix these erosion problems and temporary measures that may be taken to improve that area until the money to pay for a permanent solution can be obtained.
  4. Put together budgetary estimates for any and all solutions both temporary and permanent.
  5. Begin fixing the previously identified pilot project area by the end of 2008.
    Update: Work on this pilot project will begin in January 2008. Future updates will be available.

Point(s) of Contact: DFCA Board of Directors & Maintenance Committee


Townhouse Enhancement Project (2004-Present):

In 2002, an ad-hoc committee undertook an Architectural Enhancement Project which would permit residents to make certain pre-approved minor and major changes to their homes. The project was a cooperative effort with Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulovas office and the County. After several months of open meetings and community input, the following eight architectural modifications were approved. Any modifications to a town home require prior approval from the Architectural Control Committee.   View results of the 2003 community wide survey here.

In 2007, the committee formed to consider Phase II of the project.  The committee is exploring both side additions for end units and rear additions.  All residents are encouraged to be part of this process.

Point(s) of Contact: Phase II Enhancement Committee

 

 

 This committee has formed to consider ways to improve driving safety on lower Uxbridge Ct. The committee's important focus is prevention of accident to small children by a speeding vehicle.
 
 
 

 
How about a DFCA Dog Park?
 
 
Unfortunately, the Danbury Forest Board of Directors had to drop the dog park idea since we could not mitigate concerns from our Kings Park neighbors. Also some Danbury Forest residents thought that a dog park behind their homes would not be acceptable. Our pending zoning application may have been placed in jeopardy if the Board would have pursued the dog park at this time.
 
 
Although we had over 200 signatures of support for the dog park in our community, those who signed the petition did so with the idea that the dog park would be located between the garden and Clydesdale Road. Some in Danbury Forest did not want to build the dog park in an alternative site that would place the dog park closer to their homes - however they did support the dog park in the original location.
 
 
Honestly, a great deal of time and effort went into the research and development of a dog park for our community. Many residents thought that it would have been a great amenity to add to our list.
 
Although it did not work out this time, the project could succeed at some point in the future with enough money and support to file another zoning applicaton.
 
 
Sadly, there are NO plans for a dog park anytime soon in Danbury Forest.