News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb. 19, 2014



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about the Park Authority’s draft master plan for Baron Cameron Park as well as a Park’s open house about the Sully Woodlands, animal safety in the winter weather and a new land use plan involving the areas around the three new Silver Line Metro stations. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Park Authority has completed the draft master plan revision for Baron Cameron Park and is seeking public comment. Visit the project web page at to review the draft master plan revision and to get full details on the master plan revision process, including previous public meeting documents and background information on the park.The Park Authority will present the draft master plan revision at a public comment meeting on Thursday, March 27, at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School, 11375 Center Harbor Road, in Reston at 7 p.m. If you wish to speak at the meeting, call 703-324-8662 or email Speakers can also sign up at the meeting.


The Fairfax County Park Authority also is inviting residents to help plan the future of five large parks in Sully Woodlands totaling over 2,400 acres. The Park Authority will host an open house to learn more about these parks and to comment on the draft plans. The Sully Woodlands Core Park Properties Draft Conceptual Development Plans will be presented on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Highway in Centreville. For more information, visit the project web page at That’s You also may call 703-324-8662.


Dogs and cats are not immune to cold weather. If it is cold for you, it is cold for them! As the winter months continue, don’t forget to keep your pet safe. All pets need appropriate protection against the cold weather. If you have a short haired breed, consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck for them to wear. While outside, keep your pet close to you to avoid encountering antifreeze, a sweet but deadly poison that may be accessible on roads and in garages or driveways. Also, you’ll want to create a pet disaster supply kit similar to the one you prepare for yourself in case of emergencies. Your pet preparedness kit should include:

  • Food and water for at least five days for each pet;

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers; and

  • Current identification, medications and medical records.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter reminds you to take extra precautions during colder months to make sure your four-legged family members stay safe and warm. To learn more about the Animal Shelter, visit You can also call the Shelter at 703-830-1100.


In the areas closest to the three new Silver Line Metro stations, Reston will become even more urban, walkable and bike friendly than before. At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a new land use plan that calls for transit-oriented development in the areas within a half mile from the stations. The plan was created based on recommendations by a 40-plus member task force of Reston residents, developers and civic association representatives. Over the next 40 years, new development will be centered around the Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center and Herndon rail stations. In the future, the three station areas could become home to a total of 30 million square feet in offices and 28,000 housing units, counting existing, approved and new development. While Reston continues to be a very livable, economically successful community, the plan significantly calls for a shift from suburban office parks to mixed used development, and it envisions more new housing. Learn more online at


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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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