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Published On 9/27/2022
McLean Citizens Association invites you to “An Evening with Dr. Michelle Reid and Our Students” on October 19,2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center – 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean Virginia.

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, will be answering questions from STUDENTS. We encourage all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.

The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students. This event will be focused on questions from students attending elementary, middle, and high school from within the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.

Agenda:

Dr. Reid Introduction
Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
Open forum for questions from students.

If you have any questions, please email, Jim Beggs, MCA Education and Youth Committee Chair, e-y_committee@mcleancitizens.org
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Published On 9/8/2022
How long have you lived in McLean? Why did you move to McLean?

My family and I moved to McLean from Shouse Village, Vienna, Virginia in 1987 where we had lived for eight years. The move was motivated by a desire to reduce driving time to work each day. The move brought us to a single-family McLean Station home where we lived for 30-years before downsizing to McLean’s Signet condominium. I served on boards of the 240-home Shouse Village and 44-home McLean Station; and currently serve on the 121-unit Signet condominium’s board.

What is your professional/work and educational background?

My current work is an international aerospace and defense consultant. I served previously as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during four Administrations. In that capacity I worked with other US Government agencies, US and foreign aerospace and defense industry, Washington embassies, NATO HQ, American embassies in numerous countries, ........
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Published On 8/10/2022
On July 29, 2022, the MCA sent a letter to FCDOT expressing support for planned improvements at the intersection of Balls Hill Road and Old Dominion Drive and offering additional suggestions for pedestrian and intersection improvements.

Click on the article for more information and for links to the MCA letter and the FCDOT slideshow describing the proposed intersection project.
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Published On 8/10/2022
Steve Bloom is the recently elected Chair of the McLean Community Foundation. He is also a member of McLean Citizens Association.

1) How long have you lived in Mclean?

Since August 2002.

2) What is your professional/work and educational background?

An attorney by training, I currently serve as Assistant Vice President, Government Relations for the American Council on Education (ACE), lobbying for ACE on behalf of the higher education community before Congress, the Administration, and the Executive Branch.

I graduated from Oberlin College in 1984, and then served as an India Fellow of the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association from 1984-86. After graduating from Northeastern Law School in 1992, I clerked for a justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and then worked as a litigator in Boston from 1993-2002. We relocated to the DMV in connection with a career shift. After briefly working on the hill...
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Published On 7/29/2022
MCA recently submitted comments to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) about proposed changes to the Dolley Madison Boulevard corridor between Anderson Road and Elm Street.

The MCA supported several projects proposed by FCDOT that are likely to improve traffic flow on this stretch of Dolley Madison Boulevard and adjoining intersections. However, the MCA opposed certain proposals out of concern that they would unduly burden residents of certain neighborhoods.

Click on the article for more information and for links to the MCA letter and the FCDOT slideshow describing the proposed projects.
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Published On 7/27/2022
Per the article written by Brian Trompeter, "Some consider politics the “art of the possible,” and new McLean Citizens Association president Scott Spitzer applies that definition to civic activism, as well."

To read the full article published in the Sun Gazette on July 25, click on this link - https://sungazette.news/new-mca-president-looks-to-build-on-past-success/
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Published On 7/21/2022
On July 14, 2022, MCA’s Tysons/GTCC committee and its Public Safety Liaison hosted an update and discussion on public safety issues in Tysons with representatives from Fairfax County’s Police and Fire & Rescue Departments. The guest panel included F&R Assistant Chief Joseph Knerr; and McLean Station PD Asst Commander Lt. Scott Colwell and FCPD Crime Analyst Patrick Lucas. Topics discussed by Assistant Chief Knerr included the July 16 addition of an engine company at new Station 44 in East Tysons, and recent improvements in F&R’s command structure. Mr. Lucas presented detailed data on various categories of crimes in Tysons, showing the drop in crime during the pandemic and its gradual return to pre-pandemic levels. He emphasized the serious problem of organized thefts (often at night) of and from unlocked vehicles, and he urged residents to be sure to lock their cars at home and in public parking structures.

Click on "Read More" for links to meeting video recording and presentations.
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Published On 7/13/2022
At its meeting on July 6, 2022, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association approved, subject to its Executive Committee review and approval of the final text, a letter to the McLean Community Center Governing Board on its draft Strategic Plan. The Executive Committee approved the final form of the letter.

The letter expresses support for preparation of a new strategic plan (and inclusion of items such as sustainability), and provides the following suggestions, among others:

• The original and current Mission Statement for the MCC should be retained. The MCA strongly supports the retention of the original and current Mission Statement because its comprehensive and encompasses the purpose, values and vision expressed in the Strategic Plan.
• The draft Strategic Plan would delete “assisting community organizations” from the Mission Statement. The assistance, support and provision of facilities and meeting spaces for MCA and other community and civic organizations...
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Published On 7/13/2022
At its meeting on July 6, 2022, the McLean Citizens Board of Directors voted to become a sponsor of the McLean Community Foundation’s (MCF) 2022 McLean 5-K Race fundraiser. Additional donations for this fundraiser are expected from individual members of the MCA Board of Directors.

The MCF’s McLean 5-K Race will be held this year on October 1, 2022.

The MCF is a 501(c)(3) organization operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes for the benefit of the residents of the McLean Planning District. These purposes are achieved by providing financial support for local non-profits through MCF’s grant-making process. MCF Trustees secure funding for MCF grants through annual fund-raising activities such as the 5-K Race and the management of MCF’s endowment. As a 501(c)(3), contributions to the MCF are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Published On 7/12/2022
On July 6, 2022, the MCA Board appointed Karen Hall and Sarah Wittman to become Alternate Members of the McLean Revitalization Corporation (the MRC).

The MRC is a 501(C)(3) corporation established to promote and facilitate economic growth and revitalization of the McLean community business center (CBC). MRC revitalization involves joint efforts by residents, landowners, businesses and civic organizations to enhance the CBC’s appearance and making it a more pedestrian friendly center of community activity and increased economic vitality. The MRC serves as a forum for discussion and consensus building with representatives from various local stakeholders including the MCA, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and commercial landowners.

Karen Hall is a member of the MCA Board representing Langley Oaks Homeowners Association and a member of the MCA Community Governance Committee and the Education and Youth Committee. Sarah Wittman is a member of the MCA Planning & Zoning.
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Published On 7/7/2022
1)How long have you lived in Mclean? Why did you move to McLean?

We moved from Ohio to McLean four years ago because of a job opportunity for my husband. We used to live on Capitol Hill (until 2009), but we knew this time around that we wanted to live outside the city in a place with great schools and a relatively easy commute. We have friends who recommended McLean. We liked the traditional layout of Langley Oaks (love sidewalks!) and the proximity to the schools our children would attend.

2)What is your professional/work and educational background?

I attended Georgetown University and worked for 15 years in the energy industry. I’ve held positions in finance and business development but was primarily a federal lobbyist. Since fall 2021, I’ve been substitute teaching at Churchill Road Elementary School. This has been a very eye-opening experience and has made me really appreciate the incredible staff and community we have at CRES.

3)How long have you been an MCA member?
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Published On 6/25/2022
Plans are underway for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the McLean Community Center in 2025. The MCC is forming a committee to provide guidance to the Board and feedback to the Executive Director on the strategic direction of the anniversary plans including themes, outreach, marketing, fundraising, sponsorships, and major events. The committee will meet monthly beginning July 27, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Holly Novak at Holly.Novak@fairfaxcounty.gov.
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Published On 6/15/2022
In response to the Board of Supervisor's request, Fairfax County is soliciting survey responses from residents as part of a second and final phase to evaluate the County's response and services to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such response and services may include County health, permits, inspections, voting, taxes, community centers, parks and recreation, transportation assistance, libraries, public meetings, commissions and councils, food assistance, housing assistance, child and adult protective services, public safety services, etc. There are two surveys currently open until July 5th; one is for community response to County services and the other for business and community members who interacted with or sought services from the Departments of Planning and Development, Land Development Services, Economic Initiatives and/or Code Compliance. These surveys are available to the public in multiple languages at https://engage.fairfaxcounty.gov/COVID-Community-Input.
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Published On 6/6/2022
The applicant, Toll Mid-Atlantic LP Company, Inc., seeks approval for a Final Development Plan for the construction of 48 new townhomes located on approximately 4 acres northwest of Magarity Road between Seneca Avenue and LaSalle Avenue in McLean. The application includes a request to rezone the property to PDH-12 (12 dwelling units/acre).

As part of the proposed development, the applicant would replace 13 existing single-family homes and retain one existing single-family home. The proposed development will comply with the County’s policies concerning workforce dwelling units and includes the construction of a new public connector road and three small public parks.

The McLean Ridge HOA have requested certain changes to the development.

The resolution supports approval of the application and the rezoning request as the proposed development is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The resolution also recommends....
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Published On 6/2/2022
Hi, my name is Scott Spitzer and I am the new MCA President. I previously served as MCA’s 1st Vice President and Chair of the Planning & Zoning Committee.

I live in downtown McLean with my wife and have family that live in the McLean area. I am an attorney in a solo practice for entrepreneurs, startups and growth companies, many of whom offer state-of-the-art technologies. I've served as General Counsel and in senior legal positions for mid-size, public companies in a broad variety of fields. I am a graduate of Lafayette College, Cornell Law School and Cornell Graduate School of Business and Public Administration.

My experience as Mayor of a suburban New Jersey township, will be invaluable as I seek to lead the MCA’s efforts to assure that our elected officials and county staff hear our voices loud and clear.

I urge you to become more active by attending our meetings or joining a committee (all via Zoom). Feel free to reach out to me at President@mcleancitizens.org.
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Published On 6/2/2022
1)How long have you lived in Mclean? Why did you move to McLean?

I moved to McLean from Alexandria in 2009. I wanted to be closer to my future wife.

2)What is your professional/work and educational background?

I have a Ph.D. in economics. I work for the Pew Research Center, which is mainly a polling organization. But I do research for them analyzing Census Bureau and Federal Reserve data.

3)How long have you been an MCA member?

I am coming up on two years.

3)What is the value of being an MCA member?

For one the satisfaction of community service. But it has also given me a better understanding of how the gears of Fairfax County government work. It is often said about Congress that you may not want to know how the sausage is made. MCA members get a peek of how county sausage is made.

4)What were the key issues or reasons that you joined MCA?
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Published On 5/22/2022
The McLean Citizens Association awarded nine Teen Character Awards in the 24th annual award ceremony at McLean Day on Saturday, May 21. The award ceremony was held at 3 PM at Lewinsville Park on Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Elaine Tholen, Dranesville District School Board Member; and Scott Spitzer, McLean Citizens Association President; will present the awards.

The award is to honor teens who demonstrate outstanding character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation, helped out in their neighborhood or community, are being recognized not only for themselves but as an example to others.

This year's nine awardees are Max Blacksten, Ivy Chen, Caroline Klein, Kevin Lee, Sean Lee, JoJo Phillips, Alexander Pomper, Sam Ramkowski, and Rishika Singh. Click on “Read More” for a complete description of the contributions these teens have made to their communities.
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Published On 5/14/2022
On May 12, Samantha Hudson, Parks Planning Branch Manager for the Fairfax County Park Authority, updated the GTCC on progress toward meeting the Tysons Comprehensive Plan goals for parks, fields and recreation in Tysons. Since adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in 2010, Tysons has added 26 acres of parkland, with an additional 93 acres proffered. None however, are for the two “signature parks” envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan. Tysons is halfway toward meeting the Plan goal of 20 athletic fields by 2040. However, the envisioned diamond fields most likely will be built/upgraded in neighboring communities rather than Tysons proper. Tysons is also building other active recreational facilities, restoring streams, building trail connections, and creating cultural resources and interpretive features that tell the area’s history. To learn more, watch the video in the video library. MCA members also may access the briefing charts on the Tysons document webpage.
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Published On 5/10/2022
The McLean Citizens Association is making a positive difference with respect to the environment and the parks in our community and in our County!

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) mission is to enrich the quality of life for our community through an enduring park system that, among other things, provides a healthy environment and preserves our natural heritage. In FCPA’s stewardship of our parks, it is actively engaged in restoring parkland through ecosystem restoration and management. As part of this important function, FCPA has an Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program.

Invasive plants prevent Fairfax residents from enjoying our forests and parks and degrade our natural ecosystems. The FCPA has a volunteer program led by qualified and trained FCPA staff that battles invasive species, removing them and replacing them with native species. The benefit of this program is leveraged greatly by the active involvement of the large number of citizen volunteers for the IMA.
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Published On 5/10/2022
The McLean Citizens Association is making a positive difference on your County taxes!

The County Executive proposed an FY 2023 “Advertised Budget” that included a real estate tax rate of $1.14 per $100 of assessed value.

The MCA Budget & Taxation (B&T) Committee, chaired by Louise Epstein, reviewed the Advertised Budget in depth and made recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the County’s General Fund, the three County and one Fairfax County Public Schools pension plans, and funding for the Police Department, Park Authority, and urgent capital expenditures.

The Resolution put forth by the B&T Committee on the County’s FY 2023 Advertised Budget was approved by the MCA Board. The Resolution notes the significant increase in assessed property values and unusually high inflation and urges the Supervisors to reduce the real estate tax rate in FY 2023 from $1.14 to no more than $1.11 per $100 of assessed value.
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Published On 5/10/2022
On May 4, 2022, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) approved a Resolution proposed by Planning & Zoning Committee not supporting a proposed amendment to the airport noise policy.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized consideration of an amendment (the Proposed Amendment) to the Policy Plan and Area Plan sections of the County’s Comprehensive Plan to allow residential development between DNL 60 and 65 Dba airport noise contours provided certain development conditions are used including noise mitigation measures, notification requirements and construction techniques. The Proposed Amendment would have applicability to the three airports in or adjacent to Fairfax County (Dulles, Reagan and Davison Army Airfield), although the primary practical implications of the Proposed Amendment focus on Dulles. There are 3,117 acres of land within the 60-65 DNL contours, 92% of which is already developed or subject to previously approved plan amendments.
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Published On 5/9/2022
On May 4, 2022, the MCA Board of Directors approved a resolution proposed by its Planning & Zoning Committee supporting the application for an amendment to the existing Special Exception submitted to Fairfax County by the Applicant, B.F. Saul Company for its Tysons Park Place I property at 7930 Jones Branch Drive.

Tysons Park Place I, together with the Tysons Park Place II property, contain 8.06 acres (including credit for previously dedicated land) and are part of a special exception approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2000 and zoned to the C-4 High Intensity Office District. Tysons Park Place I is currently a vacant office building constructed in 1975 contains and is 135.5 feet tall. After it was built, a zoning change rendered the building non-conforming. Tysons Park Place II, constructed in 2008, contains 311,600 square feet of office space, is 147 feet tall and is occupied by Hilton Worldwide’s global headquarters. The two properties share a parking deck.
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Published On 5/9/2022
On May 4, 2022, the MCA Board of Directors approved a Resolution proposed by the Planning & Zoning Committee supporting the Final Development Plan (FDP) submitted to Fairfax County by PS Business Parks, L.P for approval of the FDP for Building B in The Mile development.

Building B is one of ten buildings in The Mile development that was zoned part of Planned Tysons Corner Urban (PTC) District. Zoning for the PTC District was supported by the MCA Board and its Executive Committee in June, 2019 and was approved by the Board of Supervisors on July, 2019.

The planned building will be a mixed-use building including multi-family residential, self-storage, and retail uses located in the West Park Urban Neighborhood sub-district of the north central district of the Tysons Urban Center. The building covers the entire block bordered by Rowling Street on the North, Byton Street on the East, the Mile Avenue on the South and Westbranch Drive on the West.
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Published On 5/9/2022
On May 4, 2022, the MCA Board of Directors approved a Letter proposed by Planning & Zoning Committee supporting the Final Development Plan (FDP) submitted to Fairfax County by TMG-JACO BORO, LLC for approval of the FDP for Buildings I and K in The Boro development.

Buildings I and K are two buildings in The Boro development that was zoned part of Planned Tysons Corner Urban (PTC) District. Zoning for the PTC District was supported by the MCA Board and its Executive Committee in June, 2019 and was approved by the Board of Supervisors on July, 2019.

As previously approved, Building I will be 90 feet tall and include 200,000 square feet of residential use and up to 25,000 square feet of ground level retail use, with parking predominantly underground. As previously approved, Building K will include two buildings, North and South, which will both be 90 feet tall and the two buildings will be connected with below-grade parking and an above-grade bridge over Boro Place.
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Published On 5/5/2022
How long have you lived in Mclean? Why did you move to McLean?

I have lived in McLean for approximately 11 years, though I have lived in Fairfax County on and off since 1977. We moved here in 2011 for my husband’s job.

2)What is your professional/work and educational background?

I am a Director at Goulston & Storrs, PC, working as a commercial real estate attorney. I obtained my B.A. in Political Science at Michigan State University, my M.A. in Political Management at The George Washington University and my J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

3)How long have you been an MCA member?

I have been a member of the MCA for three or four years.

3)What is the value of being an MCA member?

Being a member of the MCA gives you the opportunity to (i) learn significant details about what is going on in McLean and the general community, and (ii) work with other interested members of the community to influence various community projects and municipal decision.
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Published On 4/20/2022
On Thursday, April 14, Evan Braff, Countywide Coordinator in the County Executive’s Office, discussed the County’s effort to look beyond today’s organizational framework and goals for achieving the Tysons vision and to consider models for the future. Joining Evan in briefing the GTCC were three members of the public-private working group that has been examining the matter since July 2021: Linda Samuels, a resident of Tysons, and Rich Bradley and Drew Sunderland from the Tysons Partnership. The recording of the meeting is posted in the MCA Video Library. MCA members may access the briefing charts and related materials in the Tysons Committee section of the Documents Library on this website.
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Published On 4/9/2022
That’s the question that Fairfax County is exploring as it seeks to revamp its off-street parking ordinance and regulations. On April 5, County staff briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition and MCA’s Planning & Zoning, Transportation, and Environment, Parks & Recreation committees on possible adjustments to the amount of off-street parking required in various areas of the County, bicycling and electric vehicle parking, and environmental factors. Attendees stressed the need for ample off-street parking in medium-density business districts, such as the McLean Community Business Center (CBC), that are surrounded by lower-density car-dependent areas. They noted that those who live outside of the districts shop and dine within the districts -- and the merchants and restaurant owners within the districts depend on those outside of the districts for their livelihoods. See the MCA Video Library for the meeting recording and the Tysons Documents section for the briefing charts.
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Published On 4/8/2022
The McLean Citizens Association (“MCA”) Board of Directors recommends that the County Board of Supervisors makes changes to the Fairfax County advertised fiscal year 2023 budget for the County and County public schools.

The MCA’s Board of Directors approved at its April 6, 2022 meeting a Resolution that was presented by the MCA Budget & Taxation Committee and its Education & Youth Committee to make changes to the “advertised” fiscal year 2023 budget. The advertised budget is the draft budget prepared by Fairfax County Executive Bryan J. Hill and his staff for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

Overall, MCA requests that the Board of Supervisors reduce the real property tax rate by at least three cents, so that it is no more than $1.11 per $100 of assessed value. However, the MCA Resolution is not primarily about the real property tax rate.

For more information and a link to the Resolution, click on Read More.
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Published On 4/7/2022
McLean Citizens Association is excited to start a new feature - Member Spotlight. Why do people join the MCA? What is MCA's value proposition? Listen to what our members have to say about us! Go to MCA’s website: www.mcleancitizens.org, for more info & sign up today.

Meet MCA member Debbie Matz. She has been a member of MCA for 5 years and served on the Board 4 years.

Q - How long have you lived in McLean? Why did you move to McLean?
A - My husband, Marshall, and I moved to McLean the week after we were married 44 years ago. We quickly found a house we could afford in a lovely neighborhood, Salona Village, where we lived for about 9 years before moving to our current house.

To read more about Debbie and find out why she joined the MCA click on Read More.
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Published On 4/7/2022
At its meeting on April 6, 2022, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association approved a Resolution proposed by its Environment, Parks and Recreation Committee supporting Supervisor Foust’s March 28, 2022 request that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) fully fund the FCPA’s natural resource sustainability FY2023 budget request of $751,954, and include an amount sufficient to fund the total compensation, including salaries and benefits, for three additional full time ecologist positions to supervise volunteers who remove invasive plants. The County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2023 Advertised Budget included only $50,000 of the requested amount.

The Resolution further states that the need for the full natural resource sustainability funding amount is amply supported by the facts regarding increased park usage and declining County financial support (both in absolute and comparative terms).

For more information and a link to the full Resolution, click Read More.
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Published On 4/7/2022
Sowjanya O’Neill has been elected by the McLean Citizen’s Association Board of Directors as a liaison to the McLean Community Center (MCC).

Ms. O’Neill, a current member of the Association’s Board of Directors, will join Raj Mehra, who also serves as a liaison for the Association to the MCC.

Scott Spitzer, President of the Association said “We are very pleased that Sowjanya O’Neill is assuming this additional role in the Association. Her professional background and deep community knowledge will further enhance the Association’s relationship with the MCC, which is an important part of our community serving greater McLean residents.”

For further information on this news release please contact Scott Spitzer at scottLspitzer@gmail.com.
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Published On 3/21/2022
MCA recently held a Public Safety Forum on Emergency Preparedness. It was organized by Patrick Smaldore, our Public Safety Liaison, and introduced by Rob Jackson, our former President.

In case you missed it, the meeting recording is available in the MCA's Video Library. Click on "Read More" to access a link to the Citizen Corp Council Presentation.
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Published On 3/18/2022
McLean, Virginia March 18, 2022-----The McLean Citizens Association (“MCA”) held a Special Board Meeting to thank outgoing President Rob Jackson and elect his replacement.

The Board unanimously approved a Resolution commending Rob Jackson for his more than two decades of service to MCA and the residents of the Greater McLean Community and Fairfax County.

Rob Jackson served as President of MCA from 2007 to 2012 and from 2022 to 2022, more than twice as many years as any other President since MCA was first established in 1914. The Resolution of thanks also notes his leading role in seeking modification to the Tyson Comprehensive Plan. For his work on the Tysons Comprehensive Plan, Rob Jackson received recognition from Dranesville Supervisor John Foust in 2012 naming him as “Lord of the Dranesville District”, an annual Fairfax County tradition since 1984 to recognize exception citizens of Fairfax County.
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Published On 2/11/2022
On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, James Beggs, Chair of MCA’s Education & Youth Committee, and Committee Member Nora Molnar briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) on their analyses of student population projections for the school pyramids that serve Tysons, McLean, and Vienna. Their analysis recommended greater attention to longer term planning to address the likely significant additional demand on Tysons’ area schools beyond the 5-year forecasts used for formal capital planning for school renovations and new schools. Their brief was followed by discussion with Dranesville School Board member Elaine Tholen and FCPS Coordinator for Facilities Services Planning Pranita Ranbhise of steps that the School Board and FCPS have underway to improve longer projection planning. A video of the meeting is available in the MCA Video library . Related documents may be accessed in the MCA Document library link for Tysons or by contacting the Tysons Chair.
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Published On 2/9/2022
Over the past decade, the MCA has urged the School Board to make ERFC, its supplemental pension plan, more financially sustainable.

In Fiscal Year 2021, all pension plans – including ERFC – earned exceptionally high returns. The County’s three pension plans took advantage of their very high returns to adopt more fiscally conservative policies that would pay off their unfunded liabilities more rapidly, by reducing the discount rate they used to estimate their pension liabilities from 7.25% to 6.75%. ERFC did not.

On February 2, 2022, the MCA Board adopted two resolutions encouraging ERFC to use more prudent financial assumptions, to pay down its unfunded liabilities more rapidly.

Click on "Read More" for additional information and to access links to the two resolutions.
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Published On 1/11/2022
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) will host (through zoom) a virtual meeting on the FY 2023 County and FCPS Budgets on February 28, 2022, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Registration is required. Go to the MCA's Event Calendar and click on the event for registration instructions. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook.

Supervisor John Foust, School Board Member Elaine Tholen, County Executive Bryan Hill, County CFO Christina Jackson, and FCPS CFO Leigh Burden will present information and answer questions about the County and FCPS proposed FY 2023 budgets.

Click on "Read More" for additional information and to access a link to register for this event. Registration is required.
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Published On 1/11/2022
Mark you calendars! The MCA’s Education and Youth Committee is sponsoring two events:

Dr. Brabrand Q&A with Fairfax County Students is scheduled for March 9 at 7:00 p.m. at McLean Community Center. This is an opportunity for our students to ask questions of the Superintendent. Students rarely get an opportunity to ask questions of general education policy and their perspectives can be both interesting and valuable for “the adults” to consider.

The Jobs Fair will be the second effort to help bring local employers and local high school students together. The Fair will be held in the Community Hall at the McLean Community Center on March 12. at 10:00 a.m.. The Pandemic robbed us of a Jobs Fair last year, but we’re hoping to make this an annual event. This is a great opportunity for students, employers…and MCA! If you would like to participate as an employer, please send an email to lvenos@fcps.edu.
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Published On 11/30/2021
On November 15, 2021, MCA’s Executive Committee approved a resolution prepared by the Environment, Parks, and Recreation Committee regarding the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA’s) Clemyjontri Park Revised Master Plan Proposal. The resolution provides for conditional support of FCPA’s proposed Phase III development plan for the park, provided that local history programming be included and MCA has an opportunity to review the stormwater, invasive control, tree and screening planting, parking, and safe access plans in advance of implementation as the project moves forward. The FCPA presented its proposed plan for the park in a public meeting on October 28, 2021 and the public comment period ended on November 27, 2021. Click on the > to read more and for a link to the resolution.
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Published On 11/30/2021
The McLean Citizens Association hosted a Virtual Public Safety Forum on November 17, 2021, that featured Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief John Butler, and Fairfax County Police Department Chief Kevin Davis. The Chiefs discussed their top challenges, priorities, and new Initiatives undertaken. Their most important challenges were in the areas of hiring, retention, employee morale and wellness. The Chiefs identified how the Police and Fire Services are being impacted by the growth in Tysons, and actions taken to assure that Fire and Police Service levels in McLean were not diminished. Chief Davis talked about the School Resource Officer Program and the role it plays in keeping our children safe. The Chiefs were forthcoming and sincere in responding to a wide range of questions on topics that were of great interest to the audience. A video of the event is available in the MCA's Video Library.
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Published On 11/10/2021
At its meeting on November 3, 2021, the MCA Board considered and approved a resolution, prepared by the Environment, Parks, and Recreation Committee, requesting that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) express support for Fairfax County review of a set of six recommendations regarding the land development process and tree preservation submitted by the Tree Commission (Tree Commission) to the BOS on September 2, 2021. The Tree Commission’s six recommendations raise a set of broad potential policy options regarding tree preservation in the county that could be implemented under existing legislation. The approved MCA resolution further asks that the BOS request County Staff to undertake a study of potential additional incentives for developers to retain mature, healthy, trees; to report to the public on the status of these efforts; and to do so in a timely manner given the rapid pace of development and mature tree loss in McLean.
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Published On 11/8/2021
In September, 2021 Plant NOVA Natives launched a five year campaign to promote the planting and preservation of native trees and shrubs in Northern Virginia called Plant NOVA Trees. Check out the website and calendar with events throughout the region this fall and beyond at https://www.plantnovatrees.org/. The impact of climate change on our environment makes trees that cool the environment and capture stormwater increasingly important. Dozens of organizations and tree advocates in the region are collaborating with the Plant NOVA Natives campaign to promote native trees under the Plant NOVA Trees campaign. Native trees are of particular value because they are integral parts of our local ecosystem and support our local beneficial wildlife.
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Published On 10/31/2021
On Tuesday night, October 19th, the MCA and Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a public forum on Changing Neighborhoods: Understanding Infill Development and Tree Canopy Loss. This well attended forum included opening remarks by Supervisor John Foust and presentations by distinguished speakers Jim McGlone, Virginia Urban Forest Conservationist, on state laws pertaining to tree preservation during infill development; by Matthew Hansen, County Director of Site Development & Inspections Division, on the process for infill development and tree preservation; and by Brian Keightely, Director of the Urban Forestry Management Division, on the tree preservation process in Fairfax County. The forum also included a very informative panel discussion when our speakers were joined by Michelle Rosati, Partner of Holland & Knight LLP, and Scott Murray, President and Founder of Focal Point Homes.
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Published On 10/15/2021
On October 14, Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Executive Vice President (FCEDA VP) Alex Iams, and Tysons Partnership President and CEO Sol Glasner discussed how the pandemic has affected growth in and policies related to Tysons with the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC). Each commented on the progress that has been made toward achieving the Tysons vision since the adoption of the Tysons Comprehensive Plan ten years ago and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

To learn more, check out the video recording of their presentations in MCA’s video library.
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Published On 10/12/2021
The FCPD Financial Crimes Information and Online Reporting System (FiCOR) will provide you with important information on financial crime protection and prevention methods and will also assist you with filing a report if you have become a victim.
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Published On 9/11/2021
On Thursday, September 9, in a roundtable discussion, Linda Sullivan (President, ArtsFairfax), Jonathan Griffith (Capital One Center Managing Director), and Alex Levy (1st Stage Managing and Artistic Director) provided the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) with:
1. An overview of the state of the arts in Fairfax County;
2. A comprehensive review of the exciting activities underway and planned for Capital One Hall and The Perch, including not only in the performing arts but also to feature and promote the visual and public arts; and
3. An insider's view of how a very important but small local professional performing arts company responded to and pivoted during the pandemic and how it is continuing to expand its offerings and develop community even as its members deal with the impacts of that pandemic.

The video from Thursday night's meeting can be viewed on the MCA Video Page.
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MCA News

This presentation by emergency management professionals provided valuable information about the Citizens Core Council and the various volunteer organizations and programs, which are designed to make our citizens and communities better prepared to respond various emergencies.
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Published On 1/8/2022
On Jan.5, 2022, MCA passed a resolution identifying walkway/trail projects that deserve funding. Click the link for more information and to see the resolution.
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Published On 9/12/2021
If you have driven west on Route 7 past the Pike Seven Plaza recently you may have noticed that the building that has long housed the National Association of Automobile Dealers (NADA) is being demolished. It will be replaced by the Meridian Group with a set of four buildings ranging in height from 75 feet to 201 feet. The MCA passed a resolution at its September Board meeting supporting the applications of three applicants to rezone that property. This will be an extension of the Boro that currently houses the Whole Foods store, the ICON movie theater and several condominium and apartment buildings, as well as retail stores including several restaurants.
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Published On 9/2/2021
On September 1, 2021, the MCA Board of Directors was briefed on the draft Fairfax County Strategic Plan. MCA committees will review the draft Strategic Plan and prepare a resolution for consideration by the MCA Board of Directors on October 6, 2021 meeting. A copy of the 56-page draft Strategic Plan is available on the County website at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/strategicplan/.
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Published On 7/16/2021
At its July 7, 2021, meeting, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association approved a Resolution proposed by its Planning and Zoning Committee, supporting a comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning application pertaining to 7700 Leesburg Pike. The proposed comprehensive plan amendment would change allowed uses from the current office designation to residential with a density of 12-16 attached family dwelling units per acre. Click on the arrow to read more and to access a link to the Resolution.
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Published On 7/16/2021
On July 7, 2021, the MCA Board approved a Resolution on the McLean Central Park Development Concept . The Resolution, which follows a June 3rd MCA Board-approved letter from President Rob Jackson to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) expressing multiple concerns with the Development Concept process and substance, states that MCA opposes the proposed new amphitheater, to be located at the corner of Ingleside Road and Dolley Madison Boulevard, due to lack of demonstrated need and redundancy with nearby amphitheaters and performance venues, adverse impact on the environment due to loss of green space and tree canopy, and negative effects on the adjacent residential neighborhood from noise, traffic, and parking demand impacts associated with future amphitheater events. MCA members and concerned individuals are encouraged to to submit comments in support of the resolution to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Click on the arrow to read more and to access a link to the Resolution.
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Published On 7/15/2021
The MCA Board approved a Resolution on Conservation of Trees, Public Notice on Infill Lot Grading Plan on July 7, 2021. The Resolution seeks to promote awareness among community participants about the potential impacts on tree canopy and grading plans, and deviations from practices designed to optimize tree preservation, resulting from infill development so that they may have an opportunity to comment in a timely manner. Click on the arrow to read more and to access a link to the Resolution.
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Published On 6/8/2021
This week, MCA President Rob Jackson sent a letter to Sara Baldwin, Acting Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), expressing a number of concerns regarding the McLean Central Park (MCP) Development Concept released to the public on Monday, May 24, 2021. The letter was approved by the MCA Board at its June 2nd monthly meeting.
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Published On 6/8/2021
On June 2nd, the MCA Board approved a resolution supporting the West Falls Church Transit Study Area Comprehensive Plan Amendment, with several, key caveats and requests. The Comp Plan Amendment covers two properties around the West Falls Church Metro Station, one controlled by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) and one controlled by Virginia Tech University. In 2018, Supervisor Foust appointed a Task Force comprised of representatives from five nearby Homeowners Associations and the Mclean Citizens Association. Subsequently County Staff were to produce a draft Comprehensive Plan Amendment based on the input of the Task Force.
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Published On 5/19/2021
On May 13, 2021, Tom Biesiadny, Director of Fairfax County’s Department of Transportation (FCDOT), briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition (GTCC) and MCA’s Transportation Committee on transportation projects and priorities in and around Tysons. A recording of the meeting is available in the MCA Video Library. A print copy of the Briefing Charts used is available to members in the Documents section of this website under the link for Tysons.

Topics covered during the briefing included: the status of major Tysons transportation projects in Tables 7 and 7B of the Tysons Comprehensive Plan; the status of the Neighborhood Intersection studies called for under the Tysons Comprehensive Plan; the status of Phase II of the Silver Line metro (99% complete), with service expected following WMATA Board approval (est. 1Q 2022); and contemplated increases in bus service. Further details are available to members in the Documents section of this website under the link for Tysons.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Published On 12/24/2020
MCA hosted a virtual public citizen event featuring Steve Descano, the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney
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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
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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.
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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.
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Transportation News

On July 29, 2022, the MCA sent a letter to FCDOT expressing support for planned improvements at the intersection of Balls Hill Road and Old Dominion Drive and offering additional suggestions for pedestrian and intersection improvements.
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MCA recently submitted comments to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) about proposed changes to the Dolley Madison Boulevard corridor between Anderson Road and Elm Street.

The MCA supported several projects proposed by FCDOT that are likely to improve traffic flow on this stretch of Dolley Madison Boulevard and adjoining intersections. However, the MCA opposed certain proposals out of concern that they would unduly burden residents of certain neighborhoods.

Click on the article for more information and for links to the MCA letter and the FCDOT slideshow describing the proposed projects.
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Planning & Zoning News

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.
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Budget & Taxation News

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.
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Public Safety

Published On 2/1/2022
The Fairfax County Police Department is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Community Police Academy.
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Published On 8/16/2021
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Published On 8/9/2021
Please follow the below Link to view the full Fairfax County Police Department 2020 Annual Report

https://bit.ly/3rKLxKE



Please follow the below Link to see the Message from the Chief of Police included in the Fairfax County Police Department 2020 Annual Report

https://issuu.com/fcpd/docs/2020_ar_final/s/12981174
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Published On 7/16/2021
PDF of vehicles stolen in Fairfax and some of their recovery locations
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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.
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Tysons News

Published On 12/13/2021
On December 9, County Planner Beth Elliott and County Deputy Director of Planning and Development Chris Caperton briefed the Greater Tysons Citizens Coalition on Fairfax County’s new on-line tools to monitor implementation of the 2010 Tysons Comprehensive Plan and the Supervisors’ Follow-on Motions. The briefing is available in the MCA Video Library.

The Tysons Tracker is an interactive platform that provides a wide range of information about land use changes, transportation improvements, environmental stewardship, public facilities, parks and other development activity and implementation efforts in Tysons. The included data shows development levels in Tysons are generally keeping pace with Comprehensive Plan goals. It will be updated annually, or more frequently if needed in the future. The Tracker includes a link to reporting on the status of Tysons' Follow-on Motions.
To view the Tysons Tracker, visit: https://tysons-tracker-fairfaxcountygis.hub.arcgis.com.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Published On 1/17/2021
Fairfax County is considering changes to its policies relating to Rental Workforce Dwelling Units.
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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.
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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
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