help_outline Skip to main content
Add Me To Your Mailing List
McLean Citizens Association
MCA logo
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.

HomeNews List

News / Articles

Search News / Articles

MCA News

MCA Passes Three Resolutions Regarding Local Development Projects
Published on: 7/6/2020
Summary of two resolutions passed by the MCA Board of Directors at its July 1, 2020 meeting and a third resolution passed by the MCA Executive Committee on July 3, 2020.
MCA Board Passes Resolution on Police Violence Against African Americans and Other Residents
Glenn Harris
Published on: 7/5/2020
Resolution from July 1, 2020 BOD Meeting
July 1 2020 Board Meeting
Rob Jackson
Published on: 6/28/2020
Video Recording of the July 1, 2020 MCA Board of Directors meeting.
MCA Donation Match Leads To Over $9500 In Contributions To Help Feed and Assist the Needy
Glenn Harris
Published on: 6/5/2020
MCA Helps Share Assist the Needy.
MCA Supports Amendment to Scotts Run Development.
Glenn Harris
Published on: 6/5/2020
Recent resolution.
MCA supports the Capital One application for changed use of a HQ campus building
Glenn Harris
Published on: 5/25/2020
Recent MCA resolution.
MCA Membership Elects New Officers and Directors
Published on: 5/24/2020
A Summary of the MCA Membership Meeting from May 21, 2020
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

Fall 2020 Meeting on Tysons
Rob Jackson
Published on: 4/24/2020
Let's be optimistic. We are working with Supervisors Foust and Palchik to have community meeting on Tysons - 10 Years after the County approved the new Comp Plan for Tysons.
COVID-19 & Planning & Zoning
Rob Jackson
Published on: 3/23/2020
Because of the extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 virus, the Planning & Zoning Committee will not be holding public meetings but will operate under special rules
FCPA Briefing on Status of Tysons Parks & Athletic Fields
Published on: 9/12/2019
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Andrea Dorlester, Development Review Section Chief for the Fairfax County Park Authority briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition
MCA Files Resolution on Newport Academy with BZA
Published on: 7/26/2019
MCA Files Resolution on Newport Academy with BZA
County Video on Teardowns and Infill Development
Published on: 7/1/2019
A number of questions are raised from time to time about teardowns and infill development. Generally, a landowner can tear down an existing home and build a new one as a by-right use. But the new construction is regulated by the County. The County has a 4-minute video on YouTube.
Newport Academy Appeals Zoning Ruling to BZA
Published on: 6/20/2019
The P&Z Committee has learned Newport Academy has appealed the May 15, 2019 determination of the Zoning Administrator to the Board of Zoning Appeals. We await the appeal papers to review and consider.
MCA Supports Zoning Administrator on Newport Academy Davidson Rd
Published on: 6/14/2019
On June 5, 2019, the MCA board of directors adopted a resolution supporting the Zoning Administrator's May 15, 2019 determination letter for Newport Academy's Davidson Road properties
Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Deployment of 5G Wireless Small Cells
Published on: 6/4/2019
Senator John Thune (R. S.D>) and Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) introduced the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, which would cut costs and streamline the approval periods for small cells—the physical building blocks of 5G.
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."
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
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.

Env, Parks & Recreation News

Next steps for Claude Moore farm area of Turkey Run Park
Published on: 9/24/2019
The MCA hosted a public meeting on September 10th with Superintendent Charles Cuvelier of the George Washington Memorial Parkway for the National Park Service (NPS). At the meeting, topics of interest to local residents included plans for the Claude Moore farm area at Turkey Run Park.

On Thursday, September 26th from 6 - 8 PM at McLean High School, NPS will hold an open house as part of a public comment period for the farm area. Please find further details in the news link below:

Budget & Taxation News

Santa Monica Short-Term Rental Law Upheld
Published on: 10/4/2019
The federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a strict law passed by the City of Santa Monica, CA regulating short-term rentals.

Public Safety News

Upcoming CERT 154 Basic Training Class at the McLean Fire Station FS401
Published on: 12/10/2019
The CERT 154 Basic Training Class will be held at the McLean Fire Station (FS401) 1445 Laughlin Ave, McLean VA 22101 beginning on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 16, 20, 27 and March 5, 2020 as a snow makeup date. The training class will meet on, Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:30 pm. Students are required to attend all eight (8) class sessions, that includes the final.
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.

Tysons News

What's Next For Tysons
Sally Horn
Published on: 6/18/2020
On June 11th, MCA's Tysons Committe and the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) discussed the impact of COVID-19 and Metro's shutdown of the Silver Line Station with Sol Glasner, President of the Tysons Partnership.
Tysons Update
Sally K Horn
Published on: 3/26/2020
Since the January 29 and February 25 letters referenced in previous Tysons news, a small but representative group of GTCC members have met in-person and/or telephonically with some County staff, one Planning Commissioner, and one Supervisor to discuss the observations and concerns outlined in the GTCC letters.

Further, out of an abundance of caution and consistent with recently-received guidance from the McLean Citizens Association and our local and state government's physical distancing mandates, all in-person GTCC meetings, including the April 16 meeting, have been postponed to a later date when it is safe to meet in person again. In the interim, please stay safe and continue to practice social distancing.
GTCC Continues County Dialogue on Tysons
Published on: 3/8/2020
The GTCC is continuing its interactions and dialogue with County staff and officials on achieving the long-term vision of a vibrant, livable and walkable Tysons.
GTCC Shares Tysons Observations and Concerns with Fairfax County
Published on: 2/3/2020
In a letter dated January 29, 2020, the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) shared its key observations and concerns regarding the transformation of Tysons, including its impact on surrounding communities, with the Board of Supervisors, the School Board and the Planning Commission.
Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition Briefed on Planning Commission Schools Report
Published on: 1/27/2020
On January 23, the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) was briefed by Planning Commissioners John Ulfelder (Dranesville) and Phillip Niezielski-Eichner on the Planning Commissioner's recommendations to the Board of Supervisors related to land-use and non-land use school infrastructure issues.
Tysons Impact Today and Tomorrow
Published on: 12/11/2019
Brief to Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition/Tysons Liaison on how Tysons economic growth fits into the broader scheme of County growth.
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.

McLean Citizens Association -- McLean, Virginia