Feb
14

Mason District Membership Meeting

MASON DISTRICT COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Meeting
Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent closer to the meeting date

Mark your calendars now for Mason District Council's next membership meeting, which will be held via Zoom on Thursday Feb. 22nd at 7:30 pm.

We will hear from the County's Planning Division about a proposed comprehensive plan amendment to the Workforce Dwelling Unit For-Sale program. 

Some background information is here:

Workforce Dwelling Unit For-Sale Task Force | Housing and Community Development (fairfaxcounty.gov)

and here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/boardofsupervisors/board-supervisors-housing-committee-meeting-nov-28-2023

We will also hear about the newly formed Fairfax Invasive Removal Alliance (FIRA). This is a collaboration between HOAs, condo associations, and citizen associations requesting action by officials on the invasive plant problem in the county.

Looking forward to a good meeting on the 22nd.

Sincerely,

Debbie Smith, Chair
Clyde Miller, Secretary
Carol Ofiesh, Treasurer
Mark Crawford, Fairfax Federation Representative

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Dec
14

ZOOM Info MDC Mtg Thurs., Dec. 14th 7pm

Dear All,

We are looking forward to our MDC membership meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14th at 7pm.
Below is the Zoom login information and agenda for you and your neighbors.
We hope to see you Thursday.  

Sincerely, 

Debbie Smith
Chair Mason District Council of Community Associations.

ZOOM MEETING INFO:

Topic: MDC Winter Meeting

Time: Dec 14, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dec
03

MDC membership meeting

mdc

Dear All,

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Our next MDC membership meeting will be Thursday, December 14th at 7pm via Zoom.  We will send the meeting link closer to our meeting date.

AGENDA:
Our main agenda item will be an Anti-Scam presentation by Melissa Smarr, Fairfax County Silver Shield Anti-Scam Facilitator.
During this meeting we will also be holding MDC officer elections.  If you are interested in running for a board position, please be in touch.  All current board members are willing to run again. 

We look forward to seeing you on December 14th.

Sincerely,

Debbie Smith, Chair
Clyde Miller,  Secretary
Carol Ofiesh, Treasurer
Doug Birnie, Fairfax Federation Rep

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Nov
01

Halloween Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Broyhill Park Halloween Decorating Contest!

1st place went to Alicia Saavedra & family at 7226 Carol Lane for their display of frightful, life-size witch figures and a shrouded corpse looming over the front yard.

2nd place went to the Cramer family at 3152 Norfolk Lane for their display featuring a yard full of creepy and whimsical Halloween figures and lights. 

3rd place went to the Foley family at 3234 Holly Hill Drive for a display that featured a skeleton at the wheel of a vintage pickup truck, a half-buried skeleton in the yard and a scary monster face in the front window.

The winners received Giant Food gift cards. Judges were John Koutze, Christopher Clark and Carol Ofiesh.

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Oct
26

General Membership Meeting 17 October

From:  Broyhill Park Civic Association

To:  All Broyhill Park residents

Attached is the material on scams that was presented at the October 17th Civic Association General Membership Meeting.

Silver-Shield-508-Compliance-Template--3-28-2023

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Oct
26

BROYHILL PARK HALLOWEEN PARADE and TRUNK & TREAT

BROYHILL PARK HALLOWEEN PARADE and TRUNK & TREAT
Saturday, October 28
3:00pm in the Woodley Pool Parking Lot

HELP IS NEEDED!  The annual Broyhill Park Halloween Parade and Trunk & Treat is less than 5 days away and so far only 5 people (out of over 750 homes in Broyhill Park) have signed up to provide Halloween treats for the Trunk & Treat. This is a fun post-parade activity for the kids and we would like to continue having it, but we need at least 8 trunks to make it work. If anyone else is able to provide treats, please let us know by signing up here: https://signup.com/go/UVJMaAr.

MORE HELP NEEDED!  One more judge is needed for the Halloween Decorating Contest!  Judging will take place on Halloween evening (Oct. 31) and involves a leisurely drive through Broyhill Park in the head judge’s vehicle to select the winners. If anyone would like to be the necessary 4th judge, please reply to this message as soon as possible.

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Sep
28

Broyhill Park Info

From: Broyhill Park Civic Association 

To: All Broyhill Park Residents: 

REMINDER that the Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC) will hold an online meeting this Thursday, September 28th at 7pm featuring the two candidates who are running for Mason District Supervisor, Andres Jimenez and Terry Modglin.

If you have questions for the candidates, send a reply to this message with your questions.  MDC will compile a list of questions from its 13 member community associations, and will present the questions to the candidates the night of the meeting.

ZOOM MEETING LOGIN INFORMATION

Topic: MDC Fall Meeting

Time: Sept. 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

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Sep
24

Broyhill Park Civic Association News

From: Broyhill Park Civic Association
To: All Broyhill Park Residents:

The Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC) will hold an online
meeting on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm featuring the two candidates who are
running for Mason District Supervisor, Andres Jimenez and Terry Modglin. Zoom log-in
information will be sent closer to the meeting date.

QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES: Anyone having questions for the candidates,
please send them to us by reply email. MDC will compile a list of questions from its 13
member community associations, and will present the questions to the candidates at the
meeting.

If you can provide Halloween treats for the Broyhill Park Halloween Parade Trunk &
Treat, please sign-up now on our event page: https://signup.com/go/UVJMaAr
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3pm.

The Broyhill Park Civic Association currently has vacant newsletter delivery routes. The
following routes are open:

Lee Park Court
Kenfig/Gary/Locker/Brush
Brandy Court & part of Camp Alger
Annandale Road/Brush Drive

Please reply to this email message if you can take over a vacant route. The delivery
schedule for the newsletter is only twice per year.

JUDGES NEEDED – If you would like to help judge the Halloween Decorating Contest,
send a reply to this email. Judging will take place on Halloween evening and involves a
leisurely evening ride through Broyhill Park with the other judges to select winners of the
Decorating Contest.

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Jul
27

Broyhill Park playground survey

Dear Broyhill Park Neighbors:

The Broyhill Park Civic Association is nearing the end of a 5-year effort to have a children’s playground installed right here in Broyhill Park on the grounds of the Leis Center. This playground will be funded by proffer money from the Graham Park Plaza townhouse project that was specifically earmarked for off-site recreation.  At this time we need input from Broyhill Park families regarding what kind of playground structures would be most desirable. 

Please respond to the following questions, include any comments, and send by reply email.  You can also attach pictures, if that helps with the description.

  • Would you prefer a playground geared toward ages 2-5?
  • Would you prefer a playground geared toward ages 5-12?
    Equipment for these age groups cannot be mixed; it has to be one or the other.
  • Do you want swings? Swings need 32’ plus 16’ in front and 16’ in back.

List some playground equipment and structures that you would like to have in this playground:

Are there any special features you would prefer?

What playground structures do your children enjoy the most?

Would you be available to meet with the playground vendor?  We do not have a specific date or time yet, but it should be soon.

Additional Comments and Suggestions:

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May
04

Broyhill Park REMINDER – TRIANGLE GARDEN

REMINDER – TRIANGLE GARDEN DAY & PLANT EXCHANGE
Saturday, May 6, at 2:00

Broyhill Park Triangle at Graham Road & Strathmore Street
Bring shovels, pruners, loppers, or other garden tools for digging and trimming.
Help to enlarge and plant more perennials in the butterfly garden.
Bring divided perennials, seedlings, or other plants to exchange and get something new for your garden.Come and help clean up the entrance to our neighborhood! 
All Broyhill Park residents welcome!

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Apr
16

Tree Rescue at Broyhill Park

TREE RESCUE AT BROYHILL PARK

Tuesday, April 18
10:00AM – 12:00 Noon

Broyhill Park residents are invited to participate in a tree rescue session led by Friends of Holmes Run on Tuesday, April 18, from 10am-12noon at the entrance to the “Broyhill Park” on Camp Alger Avenue between Dye & Nealon Drives.  The purpose of the session will be to cut vines off of trees, so volunteers will need to bring a heavy duty pair of loppers.  Please come to help with this effort if you are available that day.

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Mar
27

Civic Association Events THIS WEEK

REMINDER – Civic Association Events THIS WEEK

1) Thursday March 30 – General Membership Meeting at Thos. Jefferson Library, 7:00pm
2) Saturday April 1 – Stream Clean-up starting at 10:00am at the Broyhill Park on Camp Alger Avenue

Open to all Broyhill Park residents.

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Mar
06

Broyhill Park Newsletter Delivery

Dear Neighbors:

The Broyhill Park Civic Association is in need of a few more volunteers to deliver the Broyhill Park newsletter.  This involves hand-delivering the newsletter to homes on or near your street.  The newsletter is published only twice a year, and it only takes about ½ hour to deliver a street, so this is a very small time commitment.  We have just printed the spring newsletter and have 2 open routes, as follows:

  1. We need a volunteer who lives on Lee Park Court to deliver to the 38 Broyhill Park homes on Lee Park Court.
  1. We need a volunteer who lives on either Brush Drive, Locker Street, Kenfig Place or Gary Court to deliver to the 39 Broyhill Park homes on those streets.

If no one comes forward, those streets may not receive the spring newsletter.  Send a reply to this email if you can help your neighborhood by delivering newsletters to either of these routes.

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Feb
19

Message from Broyhill Park Civic Association

THE COUNTY NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Fairfax County’s Parking Reimagined Initiative is proposing a parking amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that will reduce Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) both in residential and commercial areas.

Residents support parking requirements that are equitable and add a net benefit to the environment.  The currently proposed parking amendment proposed completely fails these two objectives.  To correct the proposed parking amendment, the following changes must be made:

  • The County must identify the specific challenges of each area before changing parking requirements. Applying percentage reductions to areas based on their zoning designation is not sufficient. One size does not fit all!
  • The County must require that any reduction in required parking spaces will result in additional green spaces and increased tree canopy. Without these, the proposed parking amendment is just a reduction in required parking and an increase in buildings gained from utilizing the expanded development footprint.

  • The County must require that any reduction in required parking spaces will result in additional affordable housing.

  • Reductions in MPRs must be implemented in a way which doesn’t shift parking costs to residents. Many residents are already facing economic hardship. Residents should not have to pay for parking permits, parking meters and parking garages in order to park near their homes!

  • The County must take in consideration that we are now seeing extended families living in townhouses and multifamily dwellings when they calculate minimum parking requirements.
  • Parking requirements must provide added loading spaces for numerous daily deliveries and strict enforcement to ensure handicapped spaces remain accessible for handicapped use only and that overflow parking into adjacent communities is prevented.

  • The stipulation allowing administrative approval of reductions in parking minimums must be stricken completely. If the County is implementing an amendment for required parking minimums, why are further administrative reductions in required parking even necessary?

  • Under no circumstance should the parking amendment be retroactive to projects approved but not yet built.

  • The County must have a viable plan B in case their original assumptions about reducing parking requirements are incorrect. Implementing reductions in MPRs in phases could help mitigate problems arising from the reductions.

Fairfax County residents will be forced to live with any changes in Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) for years. These changes need to be strategic and implemented in a fashion which ensures that Fairfax County has the resources and abilities to support the change.  Any unforeseen negative consequences of reductions in MPRs should not be borne by the residents.

If you would like to see the proposed parking amendment be equitable to residents and protective of the environment, please share you concerns with the following leaders:

  • Board of Supervisors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Jeff McKay, Chairman at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kathy Smith, Chair of the Land Use Policy Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fairfax County Planning Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HELP CREATE A FAIRFAX COUNTY THAT WORKS FOR RESIDENTS

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Jan
30

Message from Broyhill Park Civic Association

Below is a list of upcoming online public meetings on issues that will affect Mason District.

Parking Reimagined

Open House VIRTUAL MEETING
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Password: 124141
Call-In Number: 888 270 9936
Conference ID: 928669  

Learn more about the proposed ordinance to change parking requirements throughout the county.  

Some community concerns so far: insufficient local data to justify the proposed lower parking rates, concern about overflow parking in neighborhood streets, dangerous and lengthy competition for parking spots, intended to punish drivers and driving, most residents do not enjoy convenient access to metro, will impact families with small children due to challenges with travel by bus, rideshare and metro, appears to be a gift to developers who don't want to build expensive parking lots/ structures and want to increase density.
Positives we've heard: more bike parking and EV charging.
Submit your comments through the Parking Reimagined webpage until Feb 2nd.  Please also continue to forward your comments to the entire Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission 

at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Site Specific Comprehensive Plan Changes Proposed in Annandale

Community Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting - MS Teams
Call In Number: +1 571-429-5982
Conference ID: 248 324 594#

Nominations:

MA-001  -  6675 Little River Turnpike, 4605 Columbia Road, and 4600 and 4604 Randolph Road, Annandale – The landowner, 6675 Little River Turnpike LLC, is proposing to rezone the properties from office and retail uses to mixed-use. The nomination calls for 105 multifamily housing units on top of 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and underground structured parking. The development would replace a computer repair shop and single-family houses. Max building height 65 feet.

MA-006 - Gallows Rd and Libeau Lane – Proposed consolidation of 7 properties (4 on Gallows and 3 on Libeau) on a total of 5.1 acres. Nominator is proposing 20 new single family homes.

First Christian Church  113 affordable, age-restricted, multifamily residential units 

On April 12, 2022, the Board of Supervisors adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan adding an option for up to 113 affordable, age-restricted, multifamily residential units and up to 5,000 square feet of supporting office space on the First Christian Church property (Tax Map Parcel 51-3 ((01)) 25). This option is in addition to the existing place of worship. 

Planning Commission Public Hearing - Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, at county government center

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing - Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 pm, county government center

How to provide in-person, written, video or phone testimony to the Board of Supervisors:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/clerkservices/ways-provide-public-hearing-testimony

How to provide in-person, written, video or phone testimony to the Planning Commission https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/ways-to-provide-public-hearing-testimony

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Jan
18

Message from the Broyhill Park Civic Association

Unfortunately a rectification to yesterday's blogpost is in order with regards to bullet # 6.
Text has been corrected, and given the importance of this issue, resend. Sorry for the inconvenience.

PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE WHICH WILL AFFECT ALL OF US

County staff is presenting the Parking Reimagined Initiative to the Board of Supervisors Land Use Policy Committee on Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30pm.  The proposed parking amendment will drastically reduce the number of required parking spaces in new and renovated developments.  Reduced Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) in some areas can be beneficial, but this proposed parking amendment does not reflect the needs of Fairfax County residents. Questions that were raised by residents at the various County meetings held by County Staff have debunked the positive myths circulating about the amendment.

  • This amendment does not require additional affordable housing or green space in exchange for the reduction in MPRs.
  • This amendment decreases resident input into development projects.
  • This amendment does not address the problem of overflow parking in residential communities that will occur from the reduction in MPRs.
  • County staff has stated that parking meters and/or private garages might be needed to accommodate the overflow parking.
  • This proposed amendment shifts the cost of parking to residents and increases density. This shift will affect all of us, but will be particularly detrimental to teachers, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and others who are struggling economically.  
  • For multifamily dwellings, the current draft amendment requires 1.3 parking spaces per unit.* County staff is considering basing the required parking spaces on the number of bedrooms, with one-bedroom dwellings receiving an allocation of less than one parking space.
  • There is not adequate public transportation to replace private vehicle ownership, nor are there adequate safety measures in place to allow for walkable communities.
  • The proposed amendment does not recommend parking increases in any areas, which would be appropriate if the County was actually “right-sizing” parking requirements. 

If you also have concerns about this amendment, please email the Board of Supervisors BEFORE February 14th.   Send emails to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask that your email be distributed to all Supervisors. 

You can also email the Planning Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask that your email be distributed to all Planning Commissioners.

* The current required parking spaces per unit in multifamily developments is 1.6 per unit, but there are different rates for different types of residential and commercial areas.  For more information on the current parking requirements, go to Article 6, Section 6100 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and scroll down to Table 6100: https://online.encodeplus.com/regs/fairfaxcounty-va/doc-viewer.aspx?secid=256&keywords=article%27s%2Carticled%2Carticles%2Carticles%27%2Carticling%2Carticle%2C6%2Cnn6#secid-256

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Jan
17

Message from the Broyhill Park Civic Association

PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE WHICH WILL AFFECT ALL OF US

County staff is presenting the Parking Reimagined Initiative to the Board of Supervisors Land Use Policy Committee on Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30pm.  The proposed parking amendment will drastically reduce the number of required parking spaces in new and renovated developments.  Reduced Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) in some areas can be beneficial, but this proposed parking amendment does not reflect the needs of Fairfax County residents. Questions that were raised by residents at the various County meetings held by County Staff have debunked the positive myths circulating about the amendment.

  • This amendment does not require additional affordable housing or green space in exchange for the reduction in MPRs.
  • This amendment decreases resident input into development projects.
  • This amendment does not address the problem of overflow parking in residential communities that will occur from the reduction in MPRs.
  • County staff has stated that parking meters and/or private garages might be needed to accommodate the overflow parking.
  • This proposed amendment shifts the cost of parking to residents and increases density. This shift will affect all of us, but will be particularly detrimental to teachers, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and others who are struggling economically.  
  • For multifamily dwellings, the current draft amendment requires 3 parking spaces per unit.* County staff is considering basing the required parking spaces on the number of bedrooms, with one-bedroom dwellings receiving an allocation of less than one parking space.
  • There is not adequate public transportation to replace private vehicle ownership, nor are there adequate safety measures in place to allow for walkable communities.
  • The proposed amendment does not recommend parking increases in any areas, which would be appropriate if the County was actually “right-sizing” parking requirements. 

If you also have concerns about this amendment, please email the Board of Supervisors BEFORE February 14th.   Send emails to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask that your email be distributed to all Supervisors. 

You can also email the Planning Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask that your email be distributed to all Planning Commissioners.

* The current required parking spaces per unit in multifamily developments is 1.6 per unit, but there are different rates for different types of residential and commercial areas.  For more information on the current parking requirements, go to Article 6, Section 6100 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and scroll down to Table 6100: https://online.encodeplus.com/regs/fairfaxcounty-va/doc-viewer.aspx?secid=256&keywords=article%27s%2Carticled%2Carticles%2Carticles%27%2Carticling%2Carticle%2C6%2Cnn6#secid-256

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Jan
07

Attention Broyhill Park Residents:

On Thursday, January 12, the County will have its second and final online meeting about the so-called “Parking Reimagined” proposal, which is intended to reduce the minimum required number of parking spaces for new and renovated developments. If you would like to find out more about how reduced parking in nearby developments will affect communities such as ours, be sure to tune in to the meeting on January 12.  The link to the meeting is on the Parking Reimagined webpage at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zoning-ordinance/parking-reimagined. You can also submit comments on this webpage through January 16.

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Dec
26

Message from Broyhill Park Civic Association

We have been asked by Fairfax Families for Safe Streets (https://novasafestreets.org/ffxfss/) to circulate a petition to our neighborhood in regard to pedestrian safety. This is in light of a recent pedestrian fatality in the Bailey’s Crossroads area, as well as there being over 30 pedestrians killed by cars in Fairfax County this year.  While the petition focuses on the Bailey’s incident, it is an opportunity to bring the pedestrian safety issue to the attention of Fairfax County leadership.  If you would like to sign the petition, the link is here: https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-lesly-diaz-bonilla-street-safety-in-bailey-s-crossroads-culmore.

PLEASE NOTE: Signing a Change.org petition will result in multiple daily emails from Change.org with other petitions. You will have to unsubscribe from Change.org to stop these emails.

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Dec
08

Broyhill Park-ing reimagined

Message from the Broyhill Park Civic Association:

Fairfax County is proposing a “Parking Reimagined” amendment to Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance, which will reduce Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) throughout the County.

This amendment will allow a by right 20% reduction in Minimum Parking Requirements for both new and renovated apartment buildings and commercial businesses. Although the reasoning behind this is to encourage use of public transportation, the County does not have adequate transportation infrastructure in place for residents to use in place of their vehicles. There are already problems with overflow parking on residential streets and a lack of County enforcement of existing parking requirements.  If the amendment is approved, any new commercial or multifamily development could be built with 20% less required parking. In addition, the amendment does not provide for additional green space and tree canopy to make up for the larger footprint of the buildings that will result.

If you have concerns about the proposed “Parking Reimagined” amendment, send an email to the Board of Supervisors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let them know that you oppose any reduction in Minimum Parking Requirements, and if the amendment does go through, that it include a requirement for additional green space and tree canopy in proportion to the percentage decrease in parking. Please ask the clerk to distribute your email to all Supervisors.

More information:
The Parking Reimagined initiative is entering its final phases.  You can find the latest ordinance language under Draft Zoning Ordinance Article 6 Revisions at this link:  Parking Reimagined | Planning Development (fairfaxcounty.gov).

There will be two project open house meetings in January scheduled for Thursday, January 5, and Thursday, January 12.  Each will be virtual starting at 7:00 PM.  The link for the meetings will be on the Fairfax County Parking Reimagined website at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zoning-ordinance/parking-reimagined.

The County hopes to present the amendment to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors toward the end of February or beginning of March 2023.  They have not set a specific date yet.

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