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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 - The long-awaited Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment process is coming to closure.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about the proposed amendments on Thursday, May 7.  I have postponed the Board of Supervisors' consideration of the proposed amendments from June 23 to July 28, which will give representatives of nearby neighborhoods more time to review the Task Force proposals for Areas A (Willston) and B (Seven Corners Shopping Center), and make their own recommendations.  I've asked the neighborhood representatives to include in their review potential reductions in density that would still provide the economic incentives needed to make future redevelopment viable.  

At the same time, I've asked the group to review the concept that School Board member Sandy Evans and I designed for the Willston site that would provide an urban-style elementary school of four or five stories for 500 children in one building, and a second building housing the Seven Corners Child Development Center on the first floor, the Willston Multicultural Center on the second and third floors, and a human services component on the top floors that could serve the families of the children at the school.  It's an exciting concept that needs a lot of work but, in reality, it could be a win/win/win for all the interests in Willston, and provide the catalyst for redevelopment of the aging commercial and residential areas there. Stay tuned....

It's never too late to plan your summer activities, and this year's Spotlight by Starlight summer concert series will begin in just a month – Wednesday, June 3 – at the Newton Edwards Amphitheatre in Mason District Park, 6507 Columbia Pike.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evening throughout the summer.  For a complete schedule of performances, visit the Park Authority's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

In April, I wrote about the Community Parking District (CPD) program, which restricts the parking of 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, anywhere in a designated district.  As outlined in my district-wide print newsletter last fall and in this monthly newsletter in April, I was gauging community support for a Large Area CPD for all of Mason District.  Some exemptions apply.  I received enough responses in support to take the proposal to the next step.  At my request, on June 2, 2015, an Administrative Item will be coming before the Board of Supervisors to consider Authorization to Advertise a Public Hearing about the proposed large Area CPD for Mason District.  Barring any unforeseen scheduling delays, the public hearing would be scheduled for June 23, 2015 at 4 p.m.

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.

Save the Date: Taste of Annandale June 13 – The Annandale Roundtable, Inc. proudly presents a "Taste of Annandale" on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along Tom Davis Drive.  Enjoy a variety of cuisines, and a summer day of music and interactive fun for the whole family.  A 5K fun run will kick-off the festivities (first male and female to complete the race will be awarded a one-half carat diamond), followed by a chili cook-off contest, cooking classes, multicultural music and dance performances.  For more information, contact Glenda Olmeda, event organizer, at tasteofannandale@gmail.com, or call 703-946-4087.

Expand Bike Routes Throughout Fairfax County – The Fairfax County Department of Transportation's (FCDOT) Bicycle Master Plan aims to add bicycle facilities throughout the county, and you can help plan them.  The Bike Fairfax Wikimapping Project provides commuters and leisure bicyclists the opportunity to help prioritize future bicycle improvement projects.  FCDOT staff asks bicyclists to show what routes are being used to get to Metrorail (www.wmata.com) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) (www.vre.org) stations in Fairfax County today.  This information will help guide the decision-making process about future bicycle infrastructure improvements, including way-finding signage and bike lanes.  The interactive map is open to the public to post routes and provide comments until June 30, 2015.  Information about the project is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/wikimapping.htm, or you may send an e-mail to Adam.Lind@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-877-5783.

Fairfax County Features Creative Aging Festival in May – Have fun, learn something new, and unleash your creative spirit!  Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia invite you to celebrate the Creative Aging Festival in May 2015. This month-long festival features more than 100 events and activities, including art exhibits, dance, musical performances, poetry readings, lectures, wellness programs and classes in watercolor, woodworking, knitting, clogging, tap, piano, and photography.  For more information and to find an event near you, see the events calendar at https://artsfairfax.org/news/creative-aging-festival, send an e-mail to info@artsfairfax.org, or call the Arts Council of Fairfax at 703- 642-0862.

Mason District Park Welcomes the Farmer's Market! – The Farmer's Market returns every Thursday morning, now through November 12, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  The Farmer's Market offers vine-ripe produce, fresh baked goods, herb plants, and much more for your spring and summer time enjoyment.  For a complete schedule of Farmer's Markets hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and other activities, visit their Web Site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/wp-farm-mkt.htm.  For other information about the Farmer's Markets, call 703-642-0128; TTY 703-803-3354.

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The May edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Suzanne Holland, visitor services manager of the Park Authority's Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and Karen Quist, director of the Institute for Early Learning, Fairfax County Office for Children.  With a harsh winter behind us, it's great to get outdoors and rediscover the beauty and wonder of nature, but did you know nature also is beneficial in child development?  Some of the benefits of just one hour of outdoor play were improved academic readiness, and a reduction in pediatric depression and childhood obesity.  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


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