Board of Supervisors - Mason District

Fairfax County, Virginia


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

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

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Penelope A. "Penny" Gross,
Board of Supervisor

Penny Gross was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, representing the Mason District, in November 1995, and was re-elected to her 7th term on November 5, 2019.  Supervisor Gross is vice-chair of the Board, and chairs the Personnel Committee. 

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, Fairfax County government buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. County government is open for business online, by phone, and first class-mail. 

Supervisor Gross' office is open during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) to address your concerns only by telephone (703-256-7717) and email (  

The public meeting rooms at the Mason bldg. will reopen September 7.  Groups with 50 attendees or less, may begin submitting the room reservation form beginning Monday, August 2 for space they wish to reserve for the remainder of 2021.  A new form must be submitted even if a form had already been approved for the group earlier in 2021.  Maximum group size will be restored to 100 attendees in 2022.  We will begin accepting reservations for 2022 on Friday, October 1.  Rooms are booked on a first come basis.  Groups can book up to one 4 hour meeting per month.   One form must be submitted for each calendar year.  More information is available at the Community Room page.


Fairfax County Commits to Carbon Neutral Energy Use By 2040

Carbon Neutral by 2040; Energy use 50% less; Green energy 50% more; Electric buses
Fairfax County government operations will be carbon neutral by 2040. The county created and signed a Carbon Neutral Counties Declaration that offers other local governments an opportunity to formally join together to halt climate change. 


Virginia Redistricting Commission Public Hearing on July 27, 2021 at 4 p.m.

The Virginia Redistricting Commission will hold a Public Hearing in Dewberry Hall at George Mason University on July 27, 2021 at 4 p.m.  The Commission, a constitutionally created body approved by the voters of Virginia in 2020, will draw Virginia's congressional and state legislative districts in 2021.  Registration to speak in-person will be open on-site between 3 and 5 p.m. on July 27.  

Fairfax County’s Redistricting Committee Will Hold Its First Meeting on July 27

Fairfax County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. It will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Room 232, Fairfax, VA. The public is encouraged to attend. At the meeting, the committee will learn about state and federal legal requirements for redistricting, the county’s social and racial equity policy and discuss the group’s bylaws. The 20-member committee is tasked with recommending new electoral boundaries for the Board of Supervisors and School Board districts.

Public Meeting to Discuss Margaret White Gardens House for Resident Curator Program Scheduled for July 27

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Media Room at Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia.  The meeting will provide an opportunity for public questions and comments following a brief staff overview of the Fairfax County Resident Curator Program (RCP) administered by the Park Authority, and to discuss the use of the historic Margaret White Gardens house, located at 6711 Princess Anne Lane, Falls Church, Virginia, as a Resident Curator property.

County Collection Customer Notices

The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is running behind on yard waste and bulk special pickup. The following customers are affected:

Yard Waste Delays

Please be advised that due to staffing shortages we are running behind on yard waste. The following customers are affected:

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – Yard waste has been suspended. Wednesday customers are asked to hold the yard waste until the next collection day, Wednesday, July 28.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Special Pickup Service Update

Effective July 1, 2021, free special pick-ups will be limited to 2 cubic yards of Freon, brush, bulky waste, electronic waste, and metal. There will be a charge to remove piles greater than 2 cubic yards. Visit Special Pickup for service details.

The latest County collection notices can be found at

Contribute Your Voice to the Regional Housing Equity Plan

Fairfax County Government and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority are joining with neighboring jurisdictions and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to identify racial inequities in housing through the creation of a Regional Housing Equity Plan (also known as an Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice).  To begin this dialog, COG will be hosting three workshop sessions on Housing, Equity and Race: Fair Housing in the DMV Region. Register for the last sessions on July 31.

Planning Land Use System (PLUS) second release now live!

Fairfax County's new Planning Land Use System (PLUS) is transforming how customers create and submit most planning and land use applications.  The second release of PLUS includes more than 25 applications, ranging from special permits and home improvement contractor licenses, to noise waivers and tattoo business permits.  For more information about PLUS Releases 1 and 2, visit the PLUS Support Center webpage. The final two releases for PLUS are planned for 2022 and will include more than 150 additional applications. 

FCPL Resumes Normal Services with New Hours

Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) has resumed normal services and introduced new hours.  Patrons can once again be able to visit FCPL branches without time or capacity limits to enjoy the full range of library services and resources.  Under the new expanded hours, regional branches are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Community branches are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Community branches are not open on Sundays.

2021 Summer Entertainment Series Returns!

Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the concerts will have a shortened season, July and August only, but the range of talent is broad.  At Mason District Park, the concerts will be held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., with children's concerts at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.  The international series at Ossian Hall Park will return on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.  A complete listing of dates, locations, and performers is available on-line at

All People Age 12+ Eligible for a Vaccine through; Now in Spanish, Too

All individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are 12 or older are eligible to directly schedule a vaccine appointment through as Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia.  It also has a Spanish-language counterpart,  For more details, visit the Health Department Vaccine website.


A Lifeline to Help with Your Water Bill

Fairfax Water is preparing for a return to its normal bill collection processes. Residential customers who are past due on their water bill will be eligible for potential disconnection on September 7, 2021, or any time after.  Please know that assistance options are available for customers in need.  Customers can establish a payment plan, apply for COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Funds, or seek assistance from other area non-profits.

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