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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
Welcome to the Mason District homepage! It is designed for easy use, and I hope you will find the information both helpful and timely. Special features include Mason Matters!, my twice-a-year newsletter, information about reserving the public meeting rooms at the Mason District Governmental Center, and other meetings and activities throughout Mason District. Links to county agencies also are included. Please refer to the Web site often, and don't hesitate to contact me.
Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor
The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny - The long-awaited, and long-debated, Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on July 28. The Board's action followed more than three years of work, involving more than 85 pub1ic meetings by a task force, work groups, community members, and county staff. The Bailey's Crossroads Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation endorsed the plan, the Mason District Land Use Committee recommended the plan, the Planning Commission recommended adoption and, after three hours of public testimony and another hour of board debate, final language for the plan was adopted. Changes included stronger language for building an elementary school, either at Willston or elsewhere within the area, unless the school system advises that a school is not necessary; and clarifying language for a 1:1 replacement of existing affordable residential units at 60 percent of AMI (area median income) or lower within the development area. Potential residential density was reduced by 20 percent for Area B, currently the Seven Corners Shopping Center. The Board also asked transportation staff for more information about funding timelines for improvements in and around the notorious Seven Corners intersection. The vote was 8 to 1.
The Plan provides guidance for future redevelopment of the Seven Corners/Willston area, and protects and preserves the stable residential areas on the west side of Route 7. The adopted Plan is based on a 20-to-40-year planning horizon, and any increase in redevelopment must comply with the county's land use public process.
Reminder: Large Area Community Parking District (CPD) for Mason District Effective August 1 – Enforcement of the CPD begins August 1, 2015. Vehicles not in compliance will be issued a $75 fine, and the vehicle may be towed at owner's expense. On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved the Mason CPD based on Fairfax County Code Chapter 82, Article 5B. The geographical area for this CPD is the entire Mason Magisterial District. A CPD does not allow certain vehicles to be parked on public streets in residential areas. Vehicles that are prohibited include: watercraft, boat trailers, motor homes, camping trailers, and any other trailer or semi-trailer, regardless of whether such trailer or semi-trailer is attached to another vehicle. Exemptions to the CPD include: vehicles used by federal, state, or local agencies to provide services; commercial vehicles discharging passengers, performing work or providing services; vehicles temporarily parked, for up to 48 hours, for the purpose of loading, unloading, or preparing for a trip. During the month of July, parking enforcement officers placed information flyers on vehicles that would be affected by the new CPD. For information about the CPD, visit the Fairfax County Department of Transportation CPD Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/rtap.htm#cpd.
Stuart Pyramid Back-to-School Fair – In collaboration with community-based organizations, the first Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2 - 7 p.m. at J.E.B. Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane in Falls Church. The Resource Fair will assist families in need by providing school supplies, health and wellness resources, haircuts, hearing and vision screenings, child ID and fingerprinting, and more. The Stuart Pyramid Schools include: Stuart High School, Glasgow Middle School, Bailey's Elementary School, Beech Tree Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School , Glen Forest Elementary School, Parklawn Elementary School, and Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. For more information and to participate, visit the Web site at www.stuartpyramidresourcefair.org/, or contact Alejandra Caballero at 703-531-4639.
Election Officers Needed! – Fairfax County needs Election Officers a few days a year, including the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at each of the 240 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist the voters. Election officers must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms. Election Officers are offered a stipend of $175 for serving a full day. Bilingual citizens are urged to serve, as language assistance is needed in many precincts. Residency in Fairfax County is not required. For more information, visit the Office of Elections Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/working.htm, send an e-mail to email@example.com, or call 703-324-4735; TTY 711.
National Night Out Set for August 4 – Don't be left out on National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4, between 6 – 10 p.m. It's an opportunity to enjoy a block party, cookout, or other planned community event. Heighten your awareness about how to keep crime out of our neighborhoods. Fairfax County Police officers will visit many neighborhood activities to support our community commitment to fight crime. For more information, and to invite the police to your event, contact your district police station: Mason Station, 703-256-8035; Franconia District Station, 703-922-0889; and West Springfield District Station, 703-644-7377.
Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend - Get ready! Virginia's 2015 Sales Tax Holiday is coming! Starting Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail, or by the phone. For more information, including a list of qualifying items, visit www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – The August edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Shelley Murphy, president and CEO of Wesley Housing Development Corporation, and Robert Schwaninger, Mason District's commissioner on Fairfax County's Redevelopment and Housing Authority. For generations, the American dream was to one day own a home, which may seem out of reach for low- and moderate-income, poor families, or individuals with disabilities or other special needs. Home ownership also may seem unattainable for some in our workforce, such as teachers and public safety personnel. Fairfax County has programs to assist first-time homebuyers, low- and moderate-income families, the poor, and others who may need housing assistance. No matter who we are, where we're from, or what our financial status may be, we all need a place to call home. Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily on-line at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mason.
More news and information can be found at the NewsWire.