Activist and Neighbors Feud Over Land

Updated 6/6
From today's Metro section:

Land Application Withdrawn

A politically prominent southern Fairfax County firefighter who sought to take over a small strip of county-owned land for his driveway has withdrawn his application, the Board of Supervisors was told yesterday.

John Fedorshik, a member of the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee and the board of the South County Federation, an umbrella group of civic and neighborhood organizations, wanted the county to give up an undeveloped portion of Talbert Road that crossed the driveway of his Lorton home.

His proposal drew sharp opposition from neighbors in Lorfax Heights, who said the right of way was needed for a potential new road to improve access to their subdivision.

Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who supported Fedorshik's application, reported his withdrawal yesterday. The board passed a resolution, sponsored by Hyland, asking that the Virginia Department of Transportation assess whether Talbert Road could ever be included in the state's road construction plans. At 30 feet in width, the right of way is not big enough for a legitimate road, Hyland has said.

Hyland's resolution also called for county officials to study the possibility of giving up 20 feet of the western portion of the right of way and using the other 10 feet for a pedestrian trail. The staff is expected to return to the board with its recommendations Sept. 11.

-- Bill Turque

Originally Posted 5/22
A Democratic activist, a driveway, an undeveloped road and accusations of cronyism--a Lorton neighborhood conflict is detailed here.

By  |  May 22, 2006; 11:23 AM ET  | Category:  Neighborhoods
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