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MCA Supports Special Exception Amendment (SEA) for the Madeira School

Martin F Smith and Bruce Jones  | Published on 5/2/2021
At its April 7, 2021 meeting, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association approved a Resolution proposed by its Planning and Zoning Committee, supporting the application of the Madeira School for an Amendment to the Special Exception previously approved by Fairfax County. 

The Madeira School is a private school for girls, located on 375 acres between Georgetown Pike and the Potomac River, and enrolling both day students and boarders.  A number of the buildings on the campus are aging and due for replacement. The School is seeking an Amendment to its existing Special Exception, to enable it to implement parts of a long-term Campus Plan.  The SEA would enable some new buildings, mostly replacements, but without any increase in enrollment or staffing.  In particular, a new academic building, new horse-riding facilities, and new faculty and staff housing would be enabled, generally within existing footprints.  The new buildings will remain within the Georgian architectural style.


The Resolution supporting the SEA was approved unanimously except for one abstention.



McLean Citizens Association -- McLean, Virginia