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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross 

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
Fax: 703-354-8419
mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

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

 

News


The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny - As I drive throughout Mason District, I've noticed many trees with new buds, just waiting to burst forth. So maybe, just maybe, spring is finally arriving. As you know, the Board of Supervisors usually meets twice a month, and takes action on many issues that may affect all, or part, of Fairfax County. At its March 24th meeting, the Board approved an expansion of the Culmore Residential Parking Permit District (RPPD) to include portions of Nevius Street and Knollwood Drive in the Bailey's Crossroads area. RPPDs are useful in neighborhoods that experience overparking by non-residents, sometimes due to proximity to a high school or transit station, or older apartment complexes that lack parking capacity. Residents in an RPPD may apply for permits to park their legally registered vehicles, and may receive one visitor pass for guests. An RPPD differs from a CPD, or Community Parking District, which restricts the parking of certain recreational vehicles, such as boats, RVs, and similar vehicles, anywhere in a designated district. As outlined in my district-wide print newsletter last fall, I am gauging community support for designating all of Mason District a CPD, which would restrict parking of boats, recreational vehicles, campers, and trailers on public streets in residential areas. A CPD also prohibits parking vehicles weighing 12,000 pounds or more, vehicles having three or more axles, and vehicles transporting 16 or more passengers (except school buses). 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. Responses received to date have indicated substantial support for creating a CPD for all of Mason District. There is additional time for civic organizations to weigh in on support, or non-support, for a CPD by sending an e-mail to mason@fairfaxcounty.gov, by fax at 703-354-8419, or first-class mail, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003. If you have not already responded, please let me know your thoughts by April 20.

Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment Update – At the Mason District Land Use Committee meeting of March 24, Fairfax County staff from the Office of Community Revitalization, Department of Planning and Zoning, and Department of Transportation, presented the Seven Corners Plan Amendment to the community.  Some of the major objectives of the plan include: 

  • Create a long range (2040) vision that is both responsive and a driver of change;
  • Develop a modern transportation network that alleviates traffic congestion and serves all users including pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, and transit riders;
  • Ensure the long-term economic viability of the Seven Corners area;
  • Enhance the appearance and functionality of the area through the creation of a high-quality public realm with a variety of parks, plazas, and sidewalk spaces for the Seven Corners community;
  • Improve the environmental sustainability of the community, and greater region.

The staff report about the Comprehensive Plan Amendment can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/amendments/2013-i-b2.pdf.   Public hearings about the Plan Amendment will be held as follows:

  • Planning Commission Public Hearing, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.;
  • Board of Supervisors Public Hearing, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Information about the draft Comprehensive Plan and study documents are available online at http://fcrevit.org/baileys/7corners.htm.  For more information, or if you have questions, send an e-mail to revitalization@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-9300; TTY 711.

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The April edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Lindsay Curry, Fitness Director for the Fairfax County Park Authority's Providence RECenter, and Monica Phillips, Fitness and Wellness Manager for the Fairfax County Park Authority.  Spring is here, and New Year's resolutions for better fitness and wellness may have gotten on the backburner during the winter.  Fortunately, Fairfax County has an abundance of indoor and outdoor amenities, and programs to get you on your way to better fitness and wellness.  One program, Take 12 Steps for Community Health, is providing positive results for participants throughout Fairfax County.  You can start anytime and the program is free!  The year is far from over, so why not make Take 12 your new New Year's resolution?!  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.  

Celebrate Culmore Multicultural Day – Come to the Culmore Multicultural Day 2015: "Building a Strong Community" on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church.  Admission is free.  Enjoy live music, tasty cuisine, folkloric dancers, activities for children, animal exhibits, and much more.  For more information, contact the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8514, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.   

Annandale Spring Cleanup Scheduled for April 18 – The Annandale Women's Club is sponsoring its annual Annandale Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Anyone wishing to join the Women's Club volunteers is welcome to meet them in front of the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, to receive bags, gloves, and a map.  For more information, contact Helen Winter at 703-256-9620.

2015 Native SeedlinSale  The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) has its annual spring seedling sale underway.  "The Shrub and Small Tree" package includes two each of the following species: Redbud, Silky Dogwood, Winterberry, Red Chokeberry, and Arrowwood Viburnum for $16.95 (sales tax included).  "The Tree" package includes two of each of the following species: River Birch, Willow Oak, and Shortleaf Pine for $11.95.  All seedlings are native to Virginia.  To order by credit card, debit card, or check, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm, send an e-mail to conservationdistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-1460; TTY 711.  A full non-refundable payment must accompany orders, which must be received by Wednesday, April 22, 2015, while supplies last.  The seedlings will be available for pick up on Friday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Annandale.  Exact location will be provided with receipt.  For more information, contact Kory Kreiseder at 703-324-1460, or send an e-mail to kory.kreiseder@fairfaxcounty.gov.  To view images of the seedlings and learn more about these plants, visit the NVSWCD Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm.

Reminder: Spring 2015 Culmore Cleanup – Join your friends at our annual Spring Culmore Cleanup on Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.  The objective of the cleanup is simple - to rid the streets of litter and bring awareness to keeping our community clean.  Refreshments provided after the cleanup.  To sign up, visit www.facebook.com/culmorecleanupday.  For more information about Culmore Cleanup, visit the facebook page, or send an e-mail to mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

The Corner at Seven Corners Sign to Get New Look – The Corner at Seven Corners shopping center plans to update the signage on the property to match the façade work that recently was completed last year.  There will be two sign upgrades: one smaller sign at the Wilson Boulevard entrance, and one larger sign at the Arlington Boulevard side of the property.  The new signs will update the shopping center's appearance, and provide additional room to accommodate more tenants.

 More news and information can be found at the NewsWire


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