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Representing the Interests of McLean Area Residents For Over a Century

          The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is a volunteer, non-governmental organization that has served since 1914
          as an unofficial town council for the residents of the McLean Area, which has no governmental structure of its own.
          MCA has provided a forum for McLean area residents to have a voice in resolving community problems and
          county-wide issues affecting the area.

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MCA Views on County Zoning Change for Senior Living Facilities
Published on: 12/1/2018
The MCA has adopted a resolution that conditionally supports the County's zoning ordinance amendment. We recognize the need for more senior housing and related facilities in an aging county but also insist on rules that reasonably protect the character of low-density residential neighborhoods.
MCA Resolution Recommends Improvements to Balls Hill Rd & Old Dominion Dr Intersection
Published on: 8/15/2018
Following FCDOT Presentation of alternatives, MCA Resolution recommends improvements to Balls Hill Rd & Old Dominion Dr intersection.

Transportation News

Reporting Aircraft Noise
Published on: 2/15/2019
Residents who have a concern about aircraft noise as it relates to take-offs and departures for Reagan National Airport should let the FAA know (via complaint) or each incident.
MWCOG Announces Highlights for 2018
Published on: 1/7/2019
MWCOG, the regional association of governments for the Nation's Capital Region, has issued its 2018 annual report & accompanying video.

Planning & Zoning News

P&Z responds to County Letter on Newport Academy
Published on: 5/22/2019
The MCA's Planning & Zoning Committee issued a statement in response to the Zoning Administrator's May 15 letter on the Newport Academy's Davidson Road properties.
Special Planning & Zoning Meeting Canceled at Request of Newport Academy Opponents
Published on: 5/12/2019
In response to the McLean community's concerns regarding the Newport Academy proposal for properties on Davidson Rd and Kurtz Rd, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) Planning and Zoning Committee (P&Z) issued a statement offering to hold a special meeting in May focused on the relevant legal and zoning issues.

"P&Z reached out to representatives of opposed neighbors and to Newport Academy to determine their interest in participating in a meeting at which such legal issues would be discussed in a structured format. There does not, at this time, appear to be sufficient interest to hold such a meeting in May, although we will remain in touch with the possibility of holding such a meeting at a later time.

"The P&Z Committee has gathered some relevant case law and public documents, continues to follow the matter, and welcomes submission of relevant information in the interim. We will also await any information or decision from Fairfax
Special P&Z Committee Meeting on Legal Issues Related to Newport Academy
Published on: 4/27/2019
The Planning & Zoning Committee is planning to schedule a special meeting in May, date TBD, to hear legal arguments as whether Newport Academy's proposal constitutes a group home under relevant federal, state, and county laws. This is the issue being reviewed by the County and possibly state and federal agencies.

The topic will NOT be discussed at either the April 30 P&Z Committee meeting or at the May 1 MCA Board meeting. We expect to use the information learned at the special May 2019 committee meeting to present the Committee's views on the law at the June MCA Board meeting.

Click the headline to see the P&Z Committee's official statement.
Appeals court upholds Santa Monica ordinance holds the companies responsible for booking rentals of
Published on: 3/14/2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a Santa Monica, CA city ordinance that holds home-sharing platforms, including Airbnb and HomeAway, "responsible for booking rentals of residences that aren’t licensed by the city. The appellate panel agreed with the city that the restriction doesn’t violate the U.S. Communications Decency Act of 1996, which shields online services from liability for the content that their users post on their sites."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-13/airbnb-loses-appeal-in-challenge-to-santa-monica-rental-law
McLean CBC Study Continues into 2019
Published on: 1/3/2019
The citizen task force studying proposed changes to the 20-year-old Comp Plan for the McLean CBC continues its work into 2019.
FCC Adopts New Rules on Wireless Facilities - Removes State & Local Roadblocks
Published on: 9/27/2018
On 9/26/18, the FCC adopted new rules that will streamline & limit local review of applications to construct small cells for 5G wireless technology and to restrict excessive fees imposed by state and local governments.

The Commission's news release is posted on the P&Z website. Click the yellow folder Planning & Zoning Committee; then Public Documents. The news release is posted there.

The FCC's declaratory ruling is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-18-133A1.pdf
FCC to Streamline Approval for 5G Small Cells
Published on: 9/6/2018
The FCC's September 2018 Open Meeting will likely revise its rules in a manner that will streamline the local zoning approval process for small cells needed to provide 5G technology & services.

Budget & Taxation News

County Audit Report Examines Cost of Solid-Waste Service and Fairfax Connector Service
Published on: 2/27/2019
The new report analyzed the costs of residential garbage collection, finding that the County was charging less than cost. The FY 2020 Adopted Budget proposes to raise the per-household charge.

The report also finds that the Fairfax Connector bus service has unusually high costs per passenger due in part to low usage. Subsidies for this service are part of the County's budget.

Public Safety News

Fairfax Police Issue the 2017 McLean District Station Annual Report
Published on: 7/3/2018
This report specifically represents the McLean District Station Calls for Service during calendar year 2017, whether generated by citizen calls or self-initiation on the part of the Officer. There are three main categories on Calls for Service: Criminal, Service, and Traffic.

Education & Youth News

MCA Urges FCPS to Review McLean-Langley Border to Address McLean Overcrowding
Published on: 3/18/2019
The purpose of the McLean-Langley resolution is to promote a high level of urgency in the Board of education’s review and implementation of a much needed, boundary change between McLean and Langley High Schools.
McLean Students and Parents Share Concerns with Fairfax Schools Leaders
Published on: 3/14/2019
On March 5th, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) hosted a public-invited forum focused on student mental health and the vision for McLean-area schools with Dr. Brabrand (FCPS Superintendent), Dr. Zuluaga (FCPS Assistant Superintendent, Region 2), and Ms. Strauss (Dranesville Representative, FCPS Board)

Tysons News

Transportation Presentation: Reducing Congestion in Tysons and Surrounding areas
Published on: 2/6/2019
Traffic congestion is a perennial problem for all of us, and Tysons growth certainly has contributed to it. On October 11, 2018, Tom Biesiadny, Director of Fairfax County Department of Transportation briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition and the Transportation Committees of the MCA and the GFCA on Traffic Demand Management (TDM) and Enforcement programs to reduce traffic congestion in Tysons and surrounding communities.

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