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. 

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

The public meeting rooms are now available for reservation. 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.

  • Board of Supervisors Approves $5 Million for Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement and Maintenance Projects - On November 1, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved $5 million for active transportation and maintenance projects to improve the county’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and to purchase additional speed display signs. The Board set a goal to identify $100 million over a six-year period and directed the Department of Transportation to compile a list of potential projects and develop a prioritization process for implementation. The approved funding also includes resources for maintenance needs in addition to new projects. 

  • Fairfax County’s Department of Land Development Services (LDS) is offering one-on-one Planning and Land Use System (PLUSappointments to customers from October 31 through December 2, 2022.  LDS customers may schedule individual appointments either in-person or virtually to receive one-on-one support in setting up PLUS accounts and submitting records.  These appointments are in addition to the customer support opportunities ( that always are available.  Webinar Wednesdays also are available for customers to learn and maximize their use of the PLUS system, beginning with PLUS Basics 101 on November 2, from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Introduction to Submitting Plans through PLUS on November 16, from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; and Receiving and Responding to Feedback on Plans in PLUS on November 30, 2022, from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  For more information and to register, visit

  • Making Cents of Caregiving Costs – Learn how to develop a caregiving plan on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 12 p.m. at AARP's Financial Workbook for Family Caregivers, a free virtual event.  This informative and educational session will introduce essential information caregivers need to manage some of the complexities of caregiving.  During the presentation, the AARP Financial Workbook for Family Caregivers will be reviewed, you will learn how to incorporate financial tips into your caregiving, and additional resources will be provided.  Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the AARP Financial Workbook for Family Caregivers and a copy of AARP’s Prepare to Care Guide.  To RSVP, visit
  • Photo Speed Enforcement Pilot Program Aims to Change Driver Behavior – On October 4, 2022, the Fairfax County Police Department presented a proposed six-month Photo Speed Enforcement pilot program to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee that would install mobile speed cameras at schools and construction sites to help reduce excessive speeding.  Upon approval of a new ordinance by the Board of Supervisors, the pilot program would be implemented during the first quarter of 2023 to assess whether the effectiveness of speed cameras and fines would help prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities.  A public hearing about the proposal is anticipated to be scheduled before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.  To testify in person, residents may register at, or by calling 703-324-3151; TTY 711, no later than 12 p.m. the day of the hearing.  Video testimony must be submitted no later than 9 a.m. the day prior to the public hearing.  Written testimony may be sent by first-class mail to Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552, Fairfax, 22035, or by e-mail at
  • Running Bamboo Ordinance - Avoid the fine, don’t let running bamboo grow beyond your property line. Starting Jan. 1, 2023, the new running bamboo ordinance goes into effect requiring property owners to maintain the invasive grass to their own property or incur penalties. Running bamboo roots can be contained using a barrier made of certain kinds of high-density plastic or metal. The plant can also be contained through regular mowing and herbicide application. For detailed instructions on containing running bamboo visit:
  • Keep Pedestrians Visible and Safe: Report Streetlight Outages – The fall season brings shorter daylight hours. Keep yourself and other pedestrians safe by reporting neighborhood streetlight outages using the county’s interactive Streetlight Reporting Map Streetlight Reporter (  The Streetlight Reporting Map shows streetlight service areas and individual streetlight locations and pole numbers in Fairfax County.  Use your smartphone’s GPS location to find pole numbers and report outages in your neighborhood and report outages.  This could save someone’s life.
  • Fairfax County Partners with PetData for Dog Licensing Services - Fairfax County dog licenses are now available through PetData. The county entered a partnership with this company to provide dog licensing services, including:
    • Processing applications and payments
    • Mailing renewing notices
    • Answering questions
    • Providing and mailing tags
  • The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.  Under the oversight of the Fairfax County Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority, NOVA Parks, and other public landholders, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County.  Additional information is available at



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