Board of Supervisors - Hunter Mill District

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Our office is open 8:30AM-5PM M-F

703-478-0283 | TTY 711

1801 Cameron Glen Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Walter L. Alcorn, Hunter Mill District Supervisor

WHAT WE DO

Supervisor Walter L. Alcorn represents the residents of the Hunter Mill District on the Board of Supervisors. The Board establishes county policies and ordinances, sets local tax rates, and approves budget and land use plans. The Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office provides constituent services for residents, and supports the Supervisor in the mission of governing the district and the county.

Virtual Town Hall on Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project, Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

Fairfax County is undergoing a major initiative to modernize our Zoning Ordinance that was first established over 40 years ago. Dubbed “zMOD,” this project is mostly a series of technical improvements to improve the clarity and accessibility of the zoning ordinance.  Note, however, there are at least a couple items in the draft that would change the way Fairfax County approves separate apartments within single family homes (“Accessory Living Units”) and an expansion of what is allowed in home-based businesses.  I encourage you to learn more and ask questions during a virtual town hall I am hosting on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The meeting is hosted on Webex - use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code: 173 974 3467 (TTY 711). You can also watch live on my YouTube channel. More information and a video about zMOD can be found here.

About Supervisor Alcorn

Supervisor Walter L. Alcorn began his term Jan. 1, 2020, representing the Hunter Mill District. Learn more about him. 

Latest News

October 23, 2020
Since assuming office this year, one of the more contentious land use questions in Reston is whether the designation of the Hidden Creek Country Club property as a golf course in the adopted Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan should be changed. On this question I have long stated that any proposal to change the comprehensive plan for this property to allow additional development would need support from the surrounding communities. The current owners of Hidden Creek have spent much of 2020, and for some time prior to my assuming office, exploring community interest in other uses for their property. While this outreach effort has given them the time and opportunity to make their pitch, it has also generated a good deal of uncertainty and even anxiety among neighbors. Earlier this fall I let the Hidden Creek owners know that I did not want the community to bear this uncertainty indefinitely.  Based on a review this week of all direct communications with my office via emails, phone calls and letters, there is not support from surrounding communities for changing the comprehensive plan.  In fact it is not even close – there are more than five residents against for every supporter of possibly changing the plan. Therefore, I do not support changing the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan’s current designation of this property as a golf course and consider the matter closed. Although I do not play golf (just once in the past 33 years) I do recognize that the long-term use of this property as a golf course depends on people willing to pay to play golf. I encourage members of the community who wish to see this property remain a golf course to pick up the game and go play!

October 9, 2020
There continues to be unprecedented early voting and mail-in voting in Fairfax County for the Nov. 3, 2020 election and there have been changes made in the voting process since the 2016 Presidential Election and even more recently by the General Assembly. Here are FAQs to assist you: What are my options for voting? There are three ways to vote. 1. By mail-in ballot (which can be delivered by mail or via ballot drop box). 2. Early in-person. 3. In-person on Election Day. An overview can be found here. Where and when can I vote early in-person? In addition to voting by mail, you can currently vote in-person at the Fairfax County Government Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the limited locations, the voting line has been long. Please note these hours will change starting Oct. 14. Also, on Oct.14, 14 additional early voting satellite locations will open. A complete list of early voting satellite locations and hours can be found here. The last day to vote early in-person is Saturday, Oct. 31. Why weren't there more voting locations open earlier? The Electoral Board, not the Board of Supervisors, has made the decision to open 14 early voting satellite locations, in addition to the Government Center, the Wednesday following the deadline to register to vote. This year, the Office of Elections and the Electoral Board increased early voting satellite locations. This year's 14 additional early voting satellite locations is a significant increase from the nine satellite locations in the 2016 Presidential Election. To maximize their budget, the Office of Elections determined the best approach to early voting satellite locations for a county of our size was to have more sites open for a shorter period of time. This approach increases the presence of early voting satellite locations into more neighborhoods, closer to where people live. This was a decision made to make voting more accessible for the entire County. Please note that this is about one voting location per 51,000 registered voters. At this point in time, we cannot add more early voting satellite locations. Fairfax County is restricted by the Code of Virginia from establishing any additional satellite voting locations, as the state requires jurisdictions to inform voters of these locations no later than 55 days before the General Election. Can I trust that my mail-in ballot will get to the Office of Elections? When returning an absentee ballot by mail, you should return it as soon as possible to allow as much time to return as possible. You can keep track of your mail-in ballot here. Alternatively, you may return your mail-in ballot to a ballot drop-off box. They will be available at every early voting satellite location, but outside the voting room, only during the hours the polls are open. They will also be located at every precinct on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There’s no need to wait in line and a poll worker will attend each box at all times. There is also one 24-hour drop-box outside of the Fairfax County Government Center that is monitored by a security camera. What do I need to know about voting by mail? Mail-in ballots that are postmarked on Election Day will be accepted and counted. They must however, be received by the Office of Elections by noon on the Friday (Nov. 6) immediately following the election. Ballots can be returned by mail or at a ballot drop-box. All ballots sent to voters by mail will have a prepaid return envelope. The Post Office will post mark pre-paid envelopes. Every envelope has an intelligent barcode printed on it which allows voters to check when an envelope was placed in the postal system. You DO NOT need a witness signature on your ballot, despite what the instructions say. Fill out your ballot in either blue or black pen ink. When filling out your name, use the name that is on the return address for returning the ballot (also on the addressee label originally mailed to you). More help on filling out your mail-in ballot can be found here. What are ballot drop-off boxes? Ballot drop-off boxes are secure boxes for you to return your completed mail-in ballot to. They will be available at every early voting satellite location, but outside the voting room, only during the hours the polls are open. They will also be located at every precinct on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There’s no need to wait in line this way and a poll worker will attend each box at all times. There is also one 24-hour drop-box outside of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax,  that is monitored by a security camera. If I already requested a mail-in/absentee ballot, but have decided to vote in-person, what do I do? You may still vote in-person however you must bring the mail-in ballot with you in order to void the unused ballot. If you have lost or misplaced your absentee ballot, you may cast a provisional ballot at an early voting satellite location or on Election Day. Is my early and mail-in ballot counted? If you vote absentee or early, your ballot will be counted and reported on election night. The Fairfax County Office of Elections has a system in place to preprocess absentee ballots ahead of Election Day. What safeguards are in place to ensure that only one ballot is counted per voter? We have a thorough system in place to prevent voter fraud. Only one ballot per registered voter will be counted. Should an individual try to submit two, the computer system will catch this and the second is voided. Each absentee ballot must be returned in the provided return envelope that is marked by voter-specific identifying information, including their registered name, address and a barcode that can also be used by voters to track their ballot. The ballot information is then entered manually by elections staff into a records management system. This system will catch any attempt to enter more than one vote per registered voter, and will void a second ballot entry for that voter. As an additional precaution, the General Registrar asks that voters return or destroy the extra ballot if they have received duplicate absentee ballots in the mail. What is curbside voting? Curbside voting is available for those who are 65-years-old or older, or any person with a physical disability. A phone number is posted outside of all voting locations that you can call if you need to vote curbside. It is important to note that curbside voting does not put you at the front of the line. If you are voting at the Fairfax County Government Center, there is now a tent outside of the curbside voting area and election officers will take you in the order of the request. It can take some time to process each voter, so if you decide to vote at the Government Center, be prepared to wait. What if my mail-in ballot is rejected because it is filled out incorrectly or is found to be incomplete? The General Registrar will notify voters if their ballot has been rejected within three days of it being processed. The voter then has until noon Friday (Nov. 6), three days after Election Day, to submit a corrected ballot which will then be reported as part of the official count. More Voting Information

Silence is not an option

August 27, 2020
This weekend we will mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The 1963 march, attended by more than 200,000 people, is now widely viewed as a landmark moment in our nation’s struggle for civil rights.   But as we mark this anniversary with a 2020 Virtual March on Washington we should also remember that the civil rights movement was not always popular with the majority of Americans. For example, Gallup’s compendium of favorability rankings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. show that in 1966 Dr. King scored a 63% unfavorable rating in the Gallup survey. By 2011 – 43 years after his assassination – his unfavorable rating was down to 4%. The lesson from this look back is that as we have our own reckoning with racial inequity and injustice we should not assume that progress will be popular or easy.     With that in mind there has never been a better time to move forward and build on the popular support for ending systemic racism in our communities and across the country following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others, as well as the recent shooting of Jacob Blake. It is up to us to do the work for a more just and equitable society – starting locally in Fairfax County.    Here is an update of the work that is underway: Several virtual meetings and town halls with community leaders, organizations and residents have taken place to collaborate and discuss how we can move forward with racial equity and police reform, including my town hall on July 1 with Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler. The Chairman’s Task Force on Equity and Opportunity was formed in June and will begin meeting next month to discuss changes necessary for creating a Fairfax County that works for everyone. Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk, as chairman of the Public Safety Committee, is on point with the community and the Police Department to develop police reform measures for Board consideration. This includes our joint Board Matter regarding the deployment of trained unarmed medical, human services, and mental health professionals in instances where mental and behavioral health is the reason for a 9-1-1 call and not criminal behavior.  A database has been created to be a central location for residents to review and comment on Fairfax County Police Department data, reports and reform updates. Information includes use of force polices, body worn camera implementation and the school resource officers scorecard. The General Assembly during the current special session, is working on several police reform measures, including prohibiting no knock warrants and requiring law enforcement officers to report wrongdoing by another law-enforcement officer, among many other bills under review. At my and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik’s request, the Board authorized the Fairfax County History Commission to prepare a report listing a full inventory of Confederate street names, monuments and public places in Fairfax County and on Fairfax County-owned property. This marks Fairfax County’s first step toward de-Confederatizing our public names and spaces under the authority of the Board of Supervisors – a full 165 years after the Civil War. We will then look at the viability and costs of renaming/replacing these symbols and during these discussions enjoy the benefits of a more robust understanding of our local history.   These are just a few steps in a long journey to racial equity in our community, but it is in the right direction. And like the advocacy of Dr. King toward the end of his life, much more is also needed to address economic equity.    There may not be many bright spots when we look back at 2020, but let’s put in motion the policies and initiatives that our children and grandchildren will appreciate as important steps to end racial injustice and build a more inclusive county. 
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