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. 

Fairfax County Working to Remediate Leaf Collection Delays

The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services leaf collection is delayed as a result of the early leaf fall this season, staffing and equipment shortages. Vacuum collection staff is working 10-hour shifts and most Saturdays. The county has also brought on an additional contractor to assist DPWES staff. Regular schedule updates are available on the county’s website at Leaf Collection Dates - Schedule and Status

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.

  • Stuff the busHelp Stuff the Bus! - Fairfax County’s annual food drive kicks off this weekend to help fight hunger in our community. From Jan. 14 – Feb. 18, bring non-perishable donations to grocery store events to benefit area food pantries. For locations, donation suggestions, and more info, visit
  • Mason District Stuff the Bus - On Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Stuff the Bus will be at the Annandale Giant, 7137 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.  All donations for this event will benefit Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA).
  • Feedback Sought on Potential Land Use Changes in Baileys Crossroads at Jan. 30 Virtual Meeting - Community engagement is kicking off for potential land use changes in the Baileys Crossroads area with a virtual meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Last spring, the Board of Supervisors authorized the Comprehensive Plan amendment study that would impact 12.7 acres of the Baileys Crossroads Community Business Center, including the Food Star site and other commercial properties west of Skyline Towers. Potential Land use in Bailey's Crossroads, east of Skyline Towers
  • Take A Moment - Whether you are walking, biking, or driving, keep in mind that safety is a two-way street and is everyone’s job. Every year, the number of pedestrian and bicycle related fatalities and injuries continues to rise at an unacceptable rate. As an ongoing commitment to the safety of all residents, Fairfax County launched a multifaceted countywide campaign, “Take a Moment” to eliminate traffic related deaths and injuries. For more information including tips for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, safety messages for every season, and additional safety resources, please visit
  • 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:
  • Speed Camera Pilot Program Approved; Improving Safety is FocusSlowing down drivers and improving safety are the objectives of a new pilot program that will see photo speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed in nine school zones and one construction zone in Fairfax County in early 2023. Following a public hearing at their Tuesday, Dec. 6, meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to move ahead with the pilot, amending the county code to include a section on photo speed monitoring devices.
  • 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.
  • McLean Child Car Seat Safety Inspections – The McLean District Station hosts child safety seat inspections twice a month on a first-come, first-served basis.  The next child safety seat inspection is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mason Matters! The Television Show – When we have a challenging situation to resolve, sometimes we need to take a step back and look at it comprehensively to determine next steps.  Sometimes, the challenge may be bigger than we can tackle by ourselves.  One organization that excels at finding solutions to challenges faced by localities in Northern Virginia is the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, or NVRC.  Whether it’s shifts in missions affecting Northern Virginia’s employment at military installations, cybersecurity readiness, or a global pandemic disrupting regional operations, NVRC effectively plans and coordinates activities to produce a cohesive response.  Long-term partnerships with our region’s local governments are the key to NVRC’s successful outcomes in areas such as jobs, transportation, education, and our environment.  The January edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features NVRC’s Executive Director, Robert W. Lazaro, Jr.  Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily online at

Winter Weather Resources

VDOT Is Ready for Snow - Visit to access all of VDOT's online information resources, such as status updates and FAQs.

Fairfax County Emergency Information: 

Weather Information: 
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Life-Threatening Emergencies Only: 9-1-1, for Police, Fire and Rescue.

Note: If you have an emergency, and your road is not plowed, VDOT will coordinate with emergency personnel.

Helpful Telephone Numbers: 

Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771
Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Washington Gas: 1-844-927-4427
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800
Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966)
Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422
Fairfax County Stormwater Management Division: 703-877-2800
Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division Trouble Response Center: 703-323-1211

Remember to have your cellular phones and portable electronics fully charged.  Please take precautions now to keep you and your family (and pets) safe.

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