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 (   Until further notice, we are not accepting any new room reservations for the public meeting rooms. 

Vaccinations for priority group 1b in Progress


Vaccine Phase 1b January 18


The Health Department is offering vaccination appointments to Phase 1a health care personnel, Phase 1b adults age 65+, and people age 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

To register an appointment, apply online at the Fairfax County Health Department's COVID-19 Vaccination Registration page or their vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  

Fairfax County Public School staff and teacher vaccinations begin January 16, 2021.

People age 65 and older and people age 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability beginning Monday, January 18.

For the latest information, visit the Health Department's COVID-19 vaccination website for more details.

Stuff the Bus Program Returns to Mason District

Non-perishable food is needed to assist individuals and families in need.  Fairfax County operates "Stuff the Bus," a food pantry giving program that partners with nonprofit organizations to restock food pantry shelves.  The next food drives in Mason District are on Saturday, January 30 and Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Buses collecting donations for the ACCA Food Pantry will be available at: George Mason Regional Library (7001 Little River Turnpike) and Belvedere Elementary School (6540 Columbia Pike).
Stuff the Bus Virtually  - -  Most Requested Items  - -  All Stuff the Bus locations

Phone Down. It’s the Law.

Phone Down. It's the Law.Effective January 1, 2021, it is illegal to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., a smart phone) while driving a moving motor vehicle on the highways in Virginia. Violating the law is punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $125 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $250. Breaking the law in a highway work zone is punishable by a mandatory $250 fine.

South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment

Last Fall, the South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) completed the public hearing process before the Planning Commission, which focused on the recommendations made by community task forces and which Plan Amendment nominations should be added to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. On January 26, 2021, the Planning Commission's recommendations about the revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program will be presented to the Board of Supervisors as an Action Item, and the Board of Supervisors will take action to adopt a revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program.

Fairfax County Begins Hypothermia Program

The Bailey's Shelter and Supportive Housing's Hypothermia Prevention Program will be active starting December 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.  Volunteers are needed to provide approximately 50 daily breakfast and lunch bags, as well as hot dinner meals, for guests in the program.  To learn more about what is needed and to sign up to volunteer, please contact Kelley McKeon, volunteer coordinator, at

New and Modernized Zoning Ordinance

In 2017, Fairfax County launched a major initiative to modernize its Zoning Ordinance that was first established over 40 years ago. Dubbed “zMOD,” the effort will help the County carry out its strategic plan to grow and diversify its economy. The proposed new ordinance is presented in a modernized format and structure with tables and illustrations, uses plain language that is easily understandable, and updates land uses and their associated regulations.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for January 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.  The Board of Supervisors public hearing is scheduled on March 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the federal government have adjusted services in response to COVID-19.  Please continue to refer to trusted sources of information, such as the Fairfax County COVID-19 webpage, the Fairfax County Emergency Blog, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for regular updates.

Mason District Videos

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many local government agencies to adapt, and adopt new ways to deliver services.  During these challenging times, recreation has become an essential need, too.  Public libraries provide respite from boredom and long days apart from family, friends, and social activities.  There are many resources to nurture a new interest or skill, even while socially distancing.  The library system promoted its online resources, such as e-books and audio books, and offered wireless Internet to residents, who accessed it from library parking lots. The January edition of Mason Matters! features Fran Millhouser, Mason District representative and chairman of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. 


Conference Room Reservations Delayed at the Mason District Governmental Center

Applications for room reservations for 2021 are suspended until further notice.  Additionally, new room usage requirements may be implemented for everyone's safety, such as smaller group sizes, social distancing, and mandatory mask usage.  When a date to accept room reservation applications for 2021 is determined, the information will be posted at, along with the room reservation application form.  To check the status or get questions answered, send an e-mail to, or call 703-256-7717.


Coronavirus Updates

The Fairfax County Health Department is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and our local healthcare community to limit the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Face coverings are required in Virginia, per Governor Northam's Executive Order #63. If you have questions or concerns about the face covering Executive Order, call 1-877-ASK-VDH3. Please do NOT call your local health department.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing

If you have symptoms — even mild symptoms — or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, get tested. Contact your health care provider or visit another location that offers COVID-19 testing. There are more than 30 places in the Fairfax community, including locations that do not require a doctor’s referral or an appointment.

Health Department has five free COVID-19 testing sites for those who may not have health insurance or a medical home.  The site at George Mason Regional Library (7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003) is available Mon, Tues: 12 pm - 6:30 pm & Wed, Thurs, Fri : 9 am - 3:30 pm.

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