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          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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GTCC Weighs In with Supervisors on WDU Rental Policy
Sally K Horn
Published on: 2/18/2021
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on February 23 to consider the revisions to the County's Plan Amendment guidance for Workforce Dwelling Unit rentals that were endorsed by the County Planning Commission.

The GTCC endorsed these revisions in a February 17 letter to the Board of Supervisors. The letter also called for community organizations, such as the GTCC, to have a seat at the table early on if the BOS agrees to the Planning Commission's Follow-on Motion "to explore additional incentives that could be considered for Workforce Dwelling Unit production, and to explore the suggested recommendations that could help reduce the cost of producing affordable units that may not already be available as part of the Board's authority". Such participation will help to ensure that views and concerns of the residents of McLean, Vienna and other surrounding communities are factored into the development of any recommendations.
GTCC Weighs in on Proposed County WDU Policy Changes
Sally K Horn
Published on: 2/10/2021
In a letter dated January 27, 2021, the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) advised the County's Planning Commission that it supported the proposed revisions to the County's policy guidance for for-rent Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs). The letter stated that the GTCC considered the approach a reasonable way to increase the amount of new for-rent housing in Tysons and elsewhere for households who are unable to afford market rate while enabling developers and owners to secure a sustainable return on investment. The GTCC also endorsed the proposal for reviewing the changes after 5 years. After making minor modifications to the County staff proposal, the Planning Commission sent it on to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). The BOS hearing is set for February 23.
Proposed Changes to County's Rental WMD Program
Sally K Horn
Published on: 1/17/2021
Fairfax County is considering changes to its policies relating to Rental Workforce Dwelling Units. The net impact of the proposed changes would increase the availability of rental housing for those who earn less than 80% of the region's Area Median Income, county-wide and in Tysons. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal on January 27; the Board of Supervisors public hearing is February 23. To learn more about the "what, why and impact" of the proposed changes to the County's WMD rental policies, please visit the link to the MCA Video Library on the MCA home page.
Meeting on WMATA Budget and Service Cuts
Sally K Horn
Published on: 1/14/2021
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Greater Tysons Citizen Coalition and MCA’s Transportation Committee zoomed with Gregory Potts (WMATA’s Virginia Government Affairs Officer), Ronit Dancis (Tysons Partnership’s Transportation Management Director) and Sonya Breehey (Northern Virginia Advocacy Manager for the Coalition on Smarter Growth). Gregory Potts explained that, with the infusion of federal funding for public transit in the second COVID relief bill, WMATA will be able to avoid cuts to its budget and rail and bus schedules for the remainder of Calendar Year 2021. But, absent additional federal funding, federal funding will dry up at the end of 2021 and draconian cuts likely would need to be implemented beginning in January 2022.

MCA News

Nominations now open for MCA Board vacancies for 2021/2022
Published on: 2/21/2021
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is seeking candidates for a limited number of soon-to-be-open Officer and Director positions on the 2021/2022 MCA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month via Zoom web conference.

If you are interested in serving our community as a member of the MCA Board, please complete the Nomination Application on the MCA website, and send it to Nominations@mcleancitizens.org no later than March 20, 2021. Postal applications should be mailed to the Nominations Committee, PO Box 273 McLean, VA 22101 on or before March 20, 2021.
MCA Board Passes Resolution On Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments
Glenn Harris
Published on: 1/11/2021
On January 6, 2021, the MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution regarding proposed amendments to the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. Click above link for more information.
MCA Establishes Committee to Consider McLean Governance Issues
Glenn Harris
Published on: 1/11/2021
On January 6, 2021, the MCA Board of Directors authorized the creation of an ad hoc committee to examine issues relating to governance of residents living in the McLean Area. Click above link for more information.
MCA Passes Resolution Urging Fairfax County to Address Unfunded Pension Liabilities
Glenn Harris
Published on: 1/10/2021
The MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution at its January 6, 2021 meeting urging Fairfax County to undertake an analysis of its liabilities relating to school employee pensions and take steps to address unfunded obligations. Click above link for more information.
MCA Hosts Public Forum Featuring Top County Prosecutor
Glenn Harris
Published on: 12/24/2020
MCA hosted a virtual public citizen event featuring Steve Descano, the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney
MCA President Writes Sup. Foust Regarding Concerns with Mclean CBC Plan Amendment
Glenn Harris
Published on: 12/9/2020
MCA President Rob Jackson sent a letter to Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust regarding the MCA Board of Directors concerns about proposed revisions to the Comprehensive Plan for the McLean Community Business Center
VA Secretary of Transportation Responds to MCA 495 NEXT Resolution
Published on: 10/14/2020
VA Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, sent a letter on Oct. 5, 2020 to MCA that responded to the concerns raised in the MCA's resolution on the 495 NEXT project. Click in the news item to get a link to the letter.
MCA Passes Resolution Regarding Revised TJHSST Admission Process
Published on: 10/6/2020
On October 5, 2020, the McLean Citizens Association Executive Committee passed a resolution expressing concerns with a proposal by the Fairfax County Public Schools that would significantly revise the admissions process for the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The MCA expressed concerns with (1) the haste with which the proposal was being considered; (2) the lack of data and analysis to explain the rationale for this proposal; and (3) the lack of public hearings and other processes for members of the public to comment on the proposal.

Transportation News

MCA Passes Resolution Regarding 495NEXT Environmental Assessment
Published on: 9/11/2020
On September 2, 2020, the MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting implementation of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) 495 NEXT Project, which would extend the existing high-occupancy toll lanes on I-495 from their present terminus north of Route 267 to the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). The Board predicated its support on its long-standing position of urging the reduction of traffic congestion at the American Legion Memorial Bridge.

Planning & Zoning News

CC Adopts Streamlined Rules for 5G Facilities
Published on: 10/28/2020
On October 27, 2020, the The Federal Communications Commission today took
action to reduce regulatory barriers to 5G deployment by further streamlining the state and local
government review process for modifications to existing wireless infrastructure that involve
excavation and deployment beyond existing site boundaries.

Budget & Taxation News

MCA Urges Steps to Reduce Growth of Unfunded Pension Liabilities
Published on: 11/6/2020
On November 4, 2020, the MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution urging Fairfax County to take steps to prevent the growth of unfunded pension liabilities.

Public Safety News

County Police and Fire and Rescue Departments Public Safety Update
Sally K Horn
Published on: 1/17/2021
On January 13, 2021, McLean PD District Commander Capt. Dalton Becker, McLean PD District Station Crime Analyst Patrick Lucas, and Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Chief Thomas Arnold participated in a virtual meeting with the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition and MCA’s Public Safety Liaison. Topics covered included the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Police and Fire and Rescue Departments on budgets, personnel, service calls and response times. The recording of the meeting is available in the MCA Video Library.

Tysons News

Tysons Partnership Shares Highlights of Data Hub Market Study and Partnership Initiative
Sally K Horn
Published on: 4/12/2021
On April 8, the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition hosted Sol Glasner, President and CEO of the Tysons Partnership, for a briefing and discussion of two Partnership initiatives: a market study/data hub and an effort, just now beginning, to update the organizational structure and operations of the Partnership. The full market study is available on the Tysons Partnership’s website, www.tysonspartnership.org. The data will be used in planning for the future of Tysons. It will of interest to individuals, developers, Tysons residents, county government, and the Partnership. To view the briefing, please see the MCA Video Library.
County Publishes Ten Year Tysons Progress Report
Published on: 10/19/2020
Fairfax County has released its annual progress report on the transformation of Tysons to meet the 2010 Tysons Comprehensive Plan vision and guidelines. This version covers the period August 2019-August 2020. It notes the impact of COVID-19 pandemic as well as the nascent signs of revery. As with prior annual reports, it addresses the status of land use, transportation, environmental stewardship, public facilities and parks, and implementation. To view the report, click https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/sites/tysons/files/assets/documents/pdf/annual_reports/2020-tysons-annual-report.pdf
GTCC Meets with Andrea Dorlester, Fairfax County Park Authority Development Review Section Chief
Published on: 9/18/2020
On Thursday, September 17, via Zoom, Andrea Dorlester provided her third annual update to the GTCC on meeting the park, athletic field, and other recreational goals of the Tysons Comprehensive Plan.
GTCC Meets with Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn.
Published on: 9/9/2020
Members and friends of the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition zoomed with Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn. Walter shared his perspectives on how well Tysons has done, the impact of COVID-19 and metro's closure, and the long-term ability to achieve these goals.

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