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Sherwood Hall Lane Restriping Project

Click here to read an update on the Sherwood Hall Lane Pavement Marking project.  Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is in the process of repaving areas near Sherwood Hall Lane.  The Fairfax County Office of Transportation will submit the final plans to VDOT on April 25, 2014 for their review and implementation.

Furnace Associates, Inc. 

Furnace Associates has filed a Special Exception Amendment (SEA) seeking modification to an existing construction demolition and debris landfill.  The SEA also seeks to add electrical generating facilities, a radio controlled aircraft field, baseball hitting range, and golf driving range.  Concurrent with this SEA is 2232-V13-18 for solar and wind electrical generating facilities.

In addition, Furnace Associates has filed a Proffer Condition Amendment (PCA) which proposed the deletion of a proffered mixed waste reclamation facility and to permit solar electrical generating facililties as the proffered use on the property.

To find out more about this issue, please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/furnaceassoc.htm

Are You and Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

 Do you have a family plan?  Do you have emergency supplies for your family and pets if the power is out and the roads are closed for a few days or longer?  What if you have to evacuate?  What if someone gets hurt and rescue crews cannot get to you right away?  These are all important questions and there are good answers.  

Fairfax County participates in a National Program that trains and prepares citizens for all kinds of disasters; THE TRAINING IS FREE!   Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is presented by certified instructors in 3 hour sessions, one evening a week for 8 weeks.  Training is informative; practical; hands on; challenging; and FREE!  Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Training includes:

  • Things you can do to prevent emergencies in your home and office; safety practices
  • Things you can do now to prepare for a disaster and reduce the impact when it happens
  • Things you can do during a disaster to protect yourself and your family
  • Things you can do after a disaster to help your family and your neighborhood recover if the professional responders are delayed or cannot get to you right away

Specific Classes include:

  • Personal and Family Preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Fire Suppression
  • Medical Aid and Operations
  • CERT Team Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Hazardous Materials

Classes are regularly scheduled at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy and, if there is sufficient interest, classes can be conducted at local venues (fire stations; community centers).

For more information, please check out: 

Fairfax County:              http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/citizencorps/cert.htm

FEMA:                            http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

Laurel Hill News Announcement

 The Laurel Hill Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will hold a public meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Laurel Hill Community Center, 8380 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079.

 County staff and representatives from The Alexander Company and Elm Street Development will present an update to the PAC on the Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area redevelopment in preparation for the upcoming Planning Commission public hearing for RZ/FDP 2012-MV-008, scheduled for March 6, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. A separate announcement will be sent at a later date with information on public hearings before the Board of Supervisors. 

 Please check the Laurel Hill website for project and meeting updates.  The Laurel Hill website can be viewed at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/laurelhill/

 For more information, call the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay), Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rescheduled Meeting on Draft Dyke Marsh Restoration Plan

The National Park Service has announced a new date for the public meeting on the Draft Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The rescheduled public open house will be held:

Wednesday, February 26th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Indigo Landing on Daingerfield Island
One Marina Drive Alexandria
(just south of Reagan National Airport)

The plan evaluates management options for the restoration of Dyke Marsh. The draft plan/EIS is open for review and comment for 60 days, concluding on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The draft plan/EIS and the newsletter are available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dykemarshdeis

Make an Impact Close to Home

RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. In Northern Virginia, RSVP volunteers are responding to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. 

Lead with a Lifetime of Experience:  RSVP volunteers bring 55+ years of skills and experience, and many of them want to explore new talents! RSVP offers a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring children in classrooms 
  • Supporting veterans and military families 
  • Tax counseling for low-income families 
  • Working in local and national parks 
  • Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others

Studies show that volunteering helps us to live longer, more meaningful lives. In addition to meeting friends who share the same passion for service, benefits to RSVP members include:

  • Free accident and liability insurance while serving 
  • Optional transportation reimbursement 
  • Social and recognition events 
  • Ongoing educational opportunities 

Complete information can be found here:  http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/rsvp.php

Celebrate Fairfax Community Spirit Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Celebrate Fairfax Community Spirit Scholarship Program. Created in 2011 as part of its mission to "Celebrate Fairfax County and Its Communities," ten $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to Fairfax County high school seniors during the 2014 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival.

Scholarship recipients will be named from each Fairfax County's Supervisory District, as well as one at-large recipient from a student living in Fairfax County or Fairfax City. Recipients will be recognized for their community involvement, academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership.

Information regarding eligibility and criteria may be found along with the online scholarship application at www.celebratefairfax.com/scholarships.   The deadline for application submission is April 1, 2014. Final selection of awardees will be made by the Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. Board of Directors. 

Westgrove Park Master Plan

On September 25, 2013, the Park Authority Board approved the Westgrove Park Master Plan. The Park Authority would like to thank you for participating in the park master plan process. Your active participation was a valuable contribution toward the development and approval of the master plan.

To view the approved Westgrove Park Master Plan, please visit the project website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/westgrove.htm or the Park Master Plan archives website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/mparchives.htm.

Any additional comments or questions concerning the Westgrove Park Master Plan can be submitted to the Park Authority via email to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or can be mailed to:

Project Manager Jay Rauschenbach
Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421
Fairfax, VA 22035

Thank you for your interest and participation in planning your community parks!

Boards, Authorities and Commissions

Supervisor Hyland needs dedicated community leaders to serve on important Boards, Authorities and Commissions for Fairfax County.  Click here to learn about vacancies and how to apply.

 


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