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GTCC Briefed on Arts Scene in Tysons and County
Sally K Horn
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.

MCA News

Boro Extension Project Coming to Tysons
Kent Holland
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.
Click on the -> to read more and to access a link to the Resolution
MCA Board of Directors to address the draft Fairfax County Strategic Plan
Scott Spitzer
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/.
MCA Passes Resolution Supporting Rezoning Application for Parcel Located at 7700 Leesburg Pike
Planning and Zoning Committee
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.
MCA Passes Resolution on the McLean Central Park Development Concept
EP&R Committee
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.
MCA Passes Resolution on Conservation of Trees, Public Notice on Infill Lot Grading Plan
EP&R Committee
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.
MCA Approved Letter Expressing Concerns Regarding the McLean Central Park Development Concept
Barbara Ryan
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.
MCA Passes Resolution on West Falls Church Transit Study Area Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Phil Cooke
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.
MCA Hosts Public Safety Forum on Criminal Justice Reform
Patrick Smaldore
Published on: 6/4/2021
On April 21st, the MCA hosted a very well received with over 50 persons attending a Virtual Public Safety Forum on Criminal Justice Reform that consisted of a panel of experts featuring: Former Member of the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission; President of the Fairfax Fraternal Order of Police; President of the Fairfax Coalition of Police, Local 5000; President Fairfax County NAACP; Fairfax County Civilian Review Panel Vice Chair; and the Fairfax County Independent Police Auditor. The 6-person panel discussed in a proactive non-partisan way a series of critical issues including: Use of Force; Police Oversight; Police Accountability; and Police Reform. The audience was able to hear the various panel members points of view firsthand.
The Zoom Video recording is available in the MCA Video Library.
For local media coverage go to Inside NoVa.com: https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2021/04/fairfax-faces-prospective-tailspin-as-exodus-of-police-intensifies/
FCDOT DIRECTOR BRIEFS TYSONS TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND PRIORITIES
Sally K Horn
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.
Fairfax County Advertised FY 2022 Budget Plan: MCA calls for 2c Reduction in Property Tax Rate
Martin F Smith and Bruce Jones
Published on: 5/3/2021
At its meeting of April 7, 2021, the MCA Board of Directors approved a Resolution proposed by its Budget and Taxation Committee making recommendations for the FY 2022 Budget Plan. In addition to calling for a 2c reduction (to $1.13 per $100 of assessed value) in the current property tax rate, MCA made recommendations on the FCPS budget and called for an independent "zero-based" review of County programs.
MCA Supports Special Exception Amendment (SEA) for the Madeira School
Martin F Smith and Bruce Jones
Published on: 5/2/2021
At its April, 2021 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a Resolution supporting the application by the Madeira School for an SEA to enable it to implement parts of a long-term Campus Master Plan.
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.

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

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Published on: 8/16/2021
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Fairfax County Police Department 2020 Annual Report
Don Sumihiro
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
Fairfax Auto Thief and Recovery locations June 2021
Published on: 7/16/2021
PDF of vehicles stolen in Fairfax and some of their recovery locations
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.
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.
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.
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

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