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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Franconia District Police Station Child Car Seat Inspections – The Franconia District Station offers child safety seat inspections twice a month on a first-come, first-served basis. The next child safety seat inspections will be held on Saturday, February 4, and Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Parents will learn how to install the seat properly. Questions? Call the station at 703-922-0889.
- The Planning Division of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development will host virtual public outreach meetings on Thursday, February 2, and Monday, February 6, 2023 at 7 p.m., to discuss Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) nominations located in the Mason District (MA-001, 6675 Little River Turnpike LLC; MA-006, Madison Acquisitions, LLC); CPN22-MA-003, Church Street and Payne Street; CPN22-MA-004, 6200 Wilson Boulevard; and CPN22-MA-007, 6320 and 6326 Arlington Boulevard). Access meeting links at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/countywide/2022-2023/track-nomination, select “3. Community Meeting Info” and scroll to and click the blue box labeled “Mason District.” Information about the SSPA process is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa. The SSPA process allows anyone to nominate site-specific land use changes to the Comprehensive Plan - the guiding document for land use and development decisions in Fairfax County.
- A public hearing is scheduled before the Planning Commission on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. to consider the McDonald’s Corporation’s Special Exception Application (SEA-95-M-029-02) to amend SE 95-M-029 previously approved for restaurant with drive through in a highway corridor overlay district to permit additional land area and associated modifications to site design and development conditions. The restaurant is located at 5613 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Written testimony may be mailed to: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552, Fairfax, 22035, or by e-mail at Plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov. To register to speak before the Planning Commission, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/speaker. If approved, the proposal is anticipated to be scheduled for public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.
- The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. to consider Skyline 4 LLC and 5111 Leesburg Pike LLC’s application (RZPA-2022-MA-00054) to amend the proffers, conceptual development plan, and second final development plan for RZ-C-052, to allow the repurposing of office buildings to accommodate live/work units and associated modifications to proffers and site design at a 2.49 Floor Area Ratio. The parcel is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Leesburg Pike and South George Mason Drive. Written testimony may be mailed to: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552, Fairfax, 22035, or by e-mail at Plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov. To register to speak before the Planning Commission, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/speaker. If approved, the proposal is anticipated to be scheduled for public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.
- Help 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/annual-stuff-bus-food-drive-kicks-january-14.
- 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).
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 https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/pedestrian-bike-traffic-safety.
PLUS Webinar Wednesdays Continue in 2023 – Fairfax County staff will answer questions about the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) in live, bi-weekly webinars during Webinar Wednesday sessions that are 30 or 45 minutes long. These free webinars focus on specific PLUS topics. The next session, on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will focus on the LDS Building module and how customers can use the “Make Changes” link to perform actions, such as updating contacts and submitting amendments. Register here to participate. On Wednesday, February 15, the session features an overview of how customers upload plans and documents into PLUS. Register here for this webinar. Questions? Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Speed Camera Pilot Program Approved; Improving Safety is Focus - Slowing 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 (arcgis.com). 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.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – We usually don’t think about how water makes its way to the tap when we use it. It is a reliable and, perhaps, mundane part of daily living – until water is unavailable to us. In some parts of the country, this precious life-sustaining resource has become scarce because of sustained drought, aging infrastructure, contaminants such as lead or mercury, or disruptions in delivery systems caused by power failures or floods after severe storms. We are fortunate to have Virginia’s largest water utility as our water provider. Fairfax Water is one of the 25 largest water utilities in the country, serving one out of every four Virginians, who have come to rely on it for superb water quality and service. The February edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Fairfax Water’s new General Manager, Jamie Bain Hedges. 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mason.
Winter Weather Resources
VDOT Is Ready for Snow - Visit www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency to access all of VDOT's online information resources, such as status updates and FAQs.
- @vadotnova on Twitter;
- 511virginia.org for real-time road conditions (local/statewide) and traffic cameras; follow @511northernva on Twitter; or call 511;
- vdotplows.org for neighborhood status and locations of plows;
- my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report road hazards/road maintenance; and
- www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp for winter travel information.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfax County Emergency Information:
Customize your weather forecast at www.weather.gov, type city and state, or zip code, and check the box "remember me."
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.