2017-06-24: Sun Gazette: Madison HS coach Lenny Schultz killed on I-495, by Dave Facinoli
The Madison High School community is mourning the loss of its head football coach, Lenny Schultz, who was killed the afternoon of June 24 in a crash on the inner loop of the Capitol Beltway near Springfield. (Also WTOP reports.)
2017-05-31: Connection: Reston Residents Upset with County's Zoning Amendment, by F. Forbush
The Fairfax County Dept of Planning and Zoning wants to amend the zoning ordinance for Reston, but it was met with a lot of grief during three community meetings this month on May 3 and May 15 at the North County Governmental Center and May 24 at Lake Anne Elementary School. The May 3 meeting saw Supervisor Cathy Hudgins explode with rage at the criticisms.
2017-05-22: Reston Now: Reston's Population - Past, Present and Future, by Terry Maynard
Fairfax County's is hell-bent on raising the density limits in our Planned Residential Community (PRC) zoning ordinance to accommodate growth laid out in the new Reston Master Plan. But the County has done virtually nothing about providing the infrastructure and amenities required to meet that population in Reston, and totally ignores Reston's vision and planning principles as laid out in the plan.
2017-05-16: Reston Now: Residents Oppose County on Density Cap Changes, by Dave Emke
"Zoning and planning have to mesh, and that doesn't seem to happen in this county. In the plan for Reston, originally, we gave up density for open space." -- Ron Weber, a longtime member of the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee.
2017-05-11: Sun Gazette: Overtime pushes some Fx firemen past $200K/yr, by Brian Trompeter
Overtime pay is not a perquisite, but a necessity caused by mandatory, round-the-clock staffing requirements, said Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers Jr. The Fire and Rescue Department must fill 356 positions each day, but has about 45 vacancies, he said. Overtime payments are not included when calculating employees' pension benefits.
2017-04-07: Reston Now: Strategic Plan on Subsidized County Housing -- mtg on 04/17/2017
A community meeting will be held on April 17 at South Lakes High School to discuss the formation of a countywide strategic subsidized housing plan. (Note that there are already more people in subsidized housing units in Fairfax County than in the entire Town of Vienna. See Fred Costello's 2010 report on this topic.)
2017-03-17: Fx Free Citizen: Is Fairfax a Sanctuary County or Not?, by Lou DiLeonardo
Will Fairfax Police renew their participation in ICE's "287g" program? Just holding illegal alien felons for a day or two at local jails after ICE places a detainer on them is not enough to prove Fairfax in not a sanctuary county. There is no half a loaf here; either you are or you are not a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
2017-03-13: Annandale Blog: Fairfax officials try to calm illegals' fears, by Ellie Ashford
"Fairfax County cooperates with the federal government when there are criminal activities. What we will never do is turn our police officers into ICE agents. It is essential for people to trust the police and not be afraid to report something or ask for help." -- Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman Sharon Bulova
2017-02-22: FCTA: Chairman Bulova says Fairfax NOT a Sanctuary County, by Charles McAndrew
2017-02-12: WT: Sanctuary city debate shrouds decision on FBI's new HQ -- PG Co or Fx Co
The two finalists on where to build a new FBI headquarters: Prince George's County in Maryland, where local officials resist helping deport illegal immigrants, and Fairfax County in Virginia, where police make a point to cooperate. (So even though Fairfax is host to many illegals, it's police cooperation with ICE may give it an edge in the March decision.)
2016-12-26: WT: Islamic State lures Northern Virginians to jihad, by Rowan Scarborough
Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and launched social media propaganda to attract followers, a government message to police states. They included a police officer, a Starbucks barista, Army soldiers, bankers and a cabdriver.
2016-12-10: Examiner: Ben Carson's HUD to kill Obama's "slum housing" rule, by Joseph Lawler
Of everything that President Obama has done that President-elect Trump stands to undo, perhaps no policy better symbolizes the differences between the two than a housing rule meant to reshape towns and counties across America. Local governments were threatened with loss of federal funding if they didn't rezone neighborhood to accommodate public housing.
2016-11-08: FCTA: Fairfax County 2016 SAMPLE BALLOT in plain English, by David Swink
2016-08-05: Patch: Fairfax City Mayor Traded Meth for Sex, Caught in Sting, by Greg Hambrick
Fairfax City, VA -- Mayor Scott Silverthorne is accused of offering meth to undercover officers in exchange for a sexual encounter, according to Fairfax County Police. He is one of three suspects arrested in the bust, investigators announced Friday morning.
2016-06-xx: Arlington Mag: Arlington's Empty Office Problem, by Tamara Lytle
Why 8 million square feet of vacant commercial real estate is bad news for county residents—and how local officials hope to fill it.
2016-06-28: Connection: Gross Misreading of the Second Amendment -- letter, by Paul Carlock
What Gerry Connolly and other Democrats want is to ban all effective weapons in American hands. Without realizing it (maybe), they pursue and promote Marxist goals of making the public subservient to the government boot. That is the exact opposite of why the 2A is in the Constitution in the first place: it is there to balance federal power.
2016-06-22: WaPo: Fairfax supervisors approve higher-density zoning rules, by Antonio Olivo
The changes allow for denser development in 22 areas of the county, including Reston, Seven Corners and the Richmond Highway corridor. Under the new rules, the maximum building height for most of those neighborhoods rises to the equivalent of a 10-story building with 50,000 square feet on each level.
2016-06-10: WaPo: Fairfax activists challenge zoning plan to allow much higher densities
The Fairfax Planning Commission will vote next week on whether to allow more and higher buildings near Metro stations and in aging commercial areas, part of an effort to increase the number of lively urban centers in Virginia's largest jurisdiction. That initiative has triggered an outcry from residents of some of the affected areas.
2016-06-01: Sun Gazette: Have Republicans ceded the 11th District? -- Editorial
Republican John Wolfe was the lone candidate to file for the GOP nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) in November, so you’d think odds were in his favor that the nomination would be his. But he didn't show up, and the party faithful then, in lopsided fashion, rejected him as the nominee.
2016-05-15: Reston 20/20: Fx Co office space NOT growing as reported, by Terry Maynard
FCEDA's Director of Real Estate Services Curt Hoffman tries to paper over Fairfax County's anemic growth of office space with some wild claims. But in fact the office vacancy rate has more than doubled since 2006 from 7.7% to 16.5% in 2015.
2016-05-12: Annandale Blog: Stop the 'one-size-fits-all' zoning proposal, by Terry Maynard
In the next few months, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors plans to approve a "one-size-fits-all" zoning ordinance amendment that would guide redevelopment throughout the urbanizing areas of the county for decades. And with the county's new "Fairfax Forward" Comprehensive Plan amendment process, the barriers to increasing an area or project plan's density are virtually non-existent.
2016-04-22: Bacon's Rebellion: Explaining Fairfax County by Way of New York City
Year after year, some of the nation's most dynamic cities are also the nation's biggest losers when it comes to migrants. Yet rather than waste away, they continue to boom. Fairfax County experienced a net domestic out-migration of 16,800 in 2015 and 46,500 since 2010. But could the county be getting younger and more entrepreneurial, like New York City?
2016-04-02: WaPo: Fx Co model of wealthy suburban living starting to fray, by Antonio Olivo
But Virginia's largest municipality is fraying around the edges. A population that is growing older, poorer and more diverse is sharpening the need for basic services in what is still the nation's second-wealthiest county, even as a sluggish local economy maintains a chokehold on the revenue stream.
2016-03-21: Biz Journal: Judge expels partner behind "Int'l City" concept on Silver Line
Fx Co Circuit Judge David Schell on March 4 issued an order removing H. Christopher Antigone from the partnerships backing International City, a conceptual 14 million-square-foot development on 279 acres immediately north of Dulles Airport near the planned Loudoun Gateway Metro station.
2016-03-10: Cville Tomorrow: New proffer era has begun for Virginia localities, Sean Tubbs
Virginia counties had formalized a cash policy proffer system that established specific amounts all developers would pay per unit to help offset the impact each rezoning would have on school population, area roads and other government services. Legislation signed this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe will change all that.
2016-02-29: WJLA: Fairfax County questioned in $7 Million land deal, by Chris Papst
A $7 million land deal by Fairfax County has residents demanding answers. The county needs money, but that didn't stop its supervisors from recently approving a $7 million land deal with a big-time political contributor.
2016-02-03: FCTA: Tim Hannigan running for chairman of Fairfax County Republican Committee
"My purpose in running for FCRC Chairman is to reverse the descending trajectory in county election results for Republicans." -- Tim Hannigan: Former Marine officer, editor of the Fairfax Free Citizen, GOP precinct captain, and FCTA board member
2016-01-12: Reston Now: General Dynamics to build HQ on Reston site, by Karen Goff
The aerospace and defense company has filed plans with Fairfax County for development on the 21.7-acre parcel at 11011 Sunset Hills Rd., which is currently a vacant lot between Hunter Mill Road and Wiehle Avenue.
2015-12-24: Bacon's Rebellion: A Moral Choice: Economic Development or Lower Medical Charges?
Building on its plans to establish a Center for Personalized Health, Inova Health System is forging a partnership with George Mason University that will allow physicians, researchers and clinicians to work together on personalized medicine research. But given Inova's 8% profit margin, the investment spree raises moral questions.
2015-11-07: Sun Gazette: Election yields two new Fx supervisors, four School Board members
After months of door knocking, partisan mudslinging and millions of dollars spent on campaigns, results from the Nov. 3 election have left Fairfax County's political balance of power largely unchanged.
2015-11-04: WT: Embattled Fx Co School board retains pro-LGBT majority, by Kellan Howell
The majority of Fairfax County School Board members who approved a transgender-inclusive policy change were reelected Tuesday, despite many parents calling on voters to oust the panel over the controversial policy. Pro-LGBT Ted Velkoff was defeated by Jeanette Hough, a parent who ran for the education panel because of the policy change controversy.
2015-11-04: Fx Co: November 3, 2015 General & Special Elections - UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
2015-11-02: Fx Free Citizen: Election Office can't prevent absentee ballot voter ID fraud
An election officer discovers that the Fairfax County Election office has no way of negating the fraudulent absentee ballot. Due to the way absentee ballots are processed, almost any voter who is willing to lie about sending in an absentee ballot and has enough sense to not use his/her normal signature can vote twice.
2015-11-01: WT: NoVa Democrats conspired against gun store, emails show, by Kelly Riddell
Democratic elected officials (Del. Kathleen Murphy, Sen. Barbara Favola, Fx Co Supervisor John Foust) in Northern Virginia worked together to engineer a campaign against a Fairfax County firearms store in a bid to politicize gun violence and drum up support for a Democrat in an election Tuesday, an exchange of emails shows.
2015-10-06: WT: D.C. police rank-and-file do not support Chief Lanier, by Delroy A. Burton
District police officers had an opportunity in August to express an opinion of Chief Cathy Lanier. Of those who voted, 97.5 percent cast a "no confidence" vote.
2015-10-06: WT: Billions in income leaving D.C. region for low-tax states, by Andrew Blake
Data just released by the IRS in raw form last week indicated a net migration loss for the D.C. region in 2013 and 2014 that was among the worst in the U.S. Virginia and Maryland were among the 10 states with the greatest adjusted income loss loss. D.C., Fairfax County and Montgomery County incurred a AGI loss of roughly $1.97 billion.
2015-10-05: Sun Gazette: Bulova, Purves square off on taxes, police accountability
Candidates for Board of Supervisors chairman numbered three and were as different as could be during a Sept. 29 debate convened by the Great Falls Citizens Association.
2015-09-29: Connection: Protests in McLean as Gun Shop Opens Next to Elementary School
NOVA Firearms owner James Gates: "I understand that we share a backyard with the elementary school. If I could have avoided that, I would have." (What are the protesters thinking? What bad guy would be dumb enough to attack a school next door to a gun shop? - FCTA)
2015-09-29: Daily Caller: Taxpayer-funded union work common in Fairfax County, by Connor Wolf
According to recently obtained documents, public sector employees in Fairfax County, Va., are allowed to spend unlimited taxpayer-funded hours doing union work instead of their actual jobs. Virginia outlaws collective bargaining agreements for public employees, so it's surprising a county like Fairfax would have a "release time" policy.
2015-09-15: Reston Now: County Doubling Up on Reston Metro Station Density, by Terry Maynard
County leaders are planning to increase the allowable density in Reston's transit station areas (TSAs) again through amendments to the zoning ordinance. The reason: Fairfax County is running out of ways to generate taxes to cover its expenses as job growth and development falter. They need more taxable property to drive up revenues, Reston and Tysons are the targets.
2015-08-17: WT: Fairfax police officer charged with murder in Geer shooting, by Andrea Noble
Fairfax County police officer Adam Torres was indicted by a grand jury Monday on second-degree murder charges two years after he fatally shot 46-year-old John Geer while responding to a domestic call at the man's Springfield home on Aug. 29, 2013.
2015-07-27: FCTA: Illegal Aliens Encouraged in Fairfax [Sanctuary] Co + Chairman's response
The email threads regarding Fairfax as a Sanctuary County are compiled, including Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova's response to the criticism.
2015-07-01: Fx Ti404: Controversial Confederate flag was born in Fairfax, by Gregg MacDonald
During the first Battle of Manassas, amid the smoke of combat, troops found it difficult to distinguish between Union and Confederate flags. The original Confederate flag, often referred to as the "Stars and Bars" was very similar to the American flag of the time. So the Confederate battle flag was born, right here in Fairfax.
2015-06-29: Bacon's Rebellion: An Update on the Tysons Makeover -- Impossible!
Transforming Tysons in Fairfax County from an "edge city" into a walkable, mixed-use urban district may be the biggest, most ambitious suburban makeover ever attempted. The real estate market is moving towards walkable urbanism, but Tysons has little walkable urbanism to offer.
2015-06-23: Biz Journal: The suburban office park is a relic. -- damage to Montgomery Co
The traditional suburban office park -- generally cut off from public transportation, lacking retail and amenities and employee housing options -- is a dying breed. By mid-year 2014, 11 large Montgomery County office buildings totaling 2.25 million square feet stood almost or totally vacant, and another nine, totaling 1.4 million more square feet, were "almost totally available". (See related article.)
2015-06-12: FCTA: Letter of thanks to Fairfax Co police, by FCTA's Thomas Cranmer
2015-06-10: MWAA: Dulles Airport Travel and Freight Statistics 1962-2014
Notice mostly downward trends for domestic passenger totals since Independence Air ceased operations in January 2006.
2015-05-21: Watchdog.org: Fx Co PD sued over license plate reader policy, by Kathryn Watson
Fairfax County Police use 26 automatic license plate readers to scan drivers' tags in hopes of catching people breaking the law, and keep these records for one year. The ACLU is suing the department on behalf of an Alexandria resident for storing that information without his knowledge or consent.
2015-05-01: Fx Co: Still seeking a Bicycle Coordinator -- Obviously a critical need!!!
Job #15-00222; Salary $64,255-$107,091 annually; Full-time w/Benefits
Position just re-announced, as they didn't hire anyone from the first round.
2015-04-19: WaPo: DC-area population increase slowing down-- negative in Fairfax Co
After decades of expansion, new census numbers show that population growth in the Washington region has slowed dramatically, with Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria seeing more people move out of those communities than move in over the past year.
2015-04-15: Arthur Purves: Open Letter to the Incumbent Republican Supervisors
From Arthur Purves, Republican candidate for Fairfax County Chairman.
2015-04-13: WaPo: Fairfax Co School Board raises own pay 88%, by T. Rees Shapiro
As the school district faces a tough budget year ahead, Fairfax County School Board members have voted 5-4 to raise their salaries by 87.5%. Voting FOR: Kaufax, Velkoff, Moon, Haynes, and Evans; voting AGAINST: Smith, Reed McLaughlin, and McElveen; ABSTAINING: Storch, Strauss, and Schultz.
2015-04-10: Sun Gazette: Budget critic Purves is GOP challenger to Bulova, by B. Trompeter
Persistent county and school budget critic Arthur Purves knows it will be virtually impossible to beat Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) on Nov. 3, but he's taking the plunge anyway. "I decided to run against all odds," said Purves, 66, who has been president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance president for the last 18 years.
2015-03-29: WaPo: As Fairfax grows more diverse, candidates for office mostly don't
The roster of candidates running for office in Fairfax County this year is at odds with the demographic changes sweeping through the area. Forty-two percent of the county's 1.1 million residents are either Asian, Latino or African American -- up from a third of the county's population in 2000.
2015-03-28: FCTA president Arthur Purves running for Chairman, Fx Co Board of Supervisors
2015-03-27: WaPo: Pair of Chantilly office buildings drops $126M in value since 2007
It's been more than five years since the Great Recession toppled real estate values, but some commercial properties still haven't recovered, including the pair of Chantilly office buildings known as Washington Technology Park I and II, part of the Westfields Corporate Center.
2015-03-24: Fx Ti404: Vote to bump supervisor pay was 'reckless', Letter by Frank Medico
It's time to remove career supervisors. No one forces anyone to run for public office or run for reelection. It shouldn't be a job for anyone who places themselves first as some of the current BOS members have done by giving themselves a raise over the people they were elected to represent. It is up to you.
2015-02-09: Weekly Standard: The Road Not Taken-- VDOT aims to wean I-66 drivers
Here is what Renée Hamilton, deputy district administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation, told the Washington Post: "The ultimate goal, Hamilton said, is 'to create a culture on I-66 where people get out of their cars and use transit.'"
2015-02-02: WaPo: Fx Supervisor Gerald Hyland (Mt Vernon Dist) to retire, by Antonio Olivo
Hyland said he has heard of about a dozen potential candidates for his seat, although no one has formally declared.
2015-01-28: WT: Illinois AG gives pay raises as state goes broke -- Just like Fairfax Co!
Over the past four years, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, has handed out roughly $1 million in pay raises to exempt, nonunion employees who don't fall under state wage laws, as Illinois faces bankruptcy. (FCTA can't help but see an analogy to those unsustainable Fx Co and FCPS wage and benefit increases.)
2015-01-28: Fx Ti404: Fairfax should pay for "quality" performance, Letter by Jeff Stewart
This is a board that has consistently raised taxes as a means to balance the budget. This is a board that helped circle the wagons, at great taxpayer expense, after the police killing of one of the people they are elected to represent. Except for supervisors Herrity and Smyth, we need to elect 8 new "quality" supervisors in November that deserve the pay raise.
2015-01-27: Fx Free Citizen: John Guevara Announces Run for Sully District Supervisor
Guevara works as a Manager, Professional Service, for a large telecommunications service provider and has served his community in a variety of ways. He has lived in the Sully District (Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, and Oakton) for the last 15 years with his high school sweetheart, Marilyn. They have two sons, Peter and Nathan, who both attend Fairfax County public schools.
2015-01-22: FxCo: County 2015 Strategic Plan -- Tax middle class to benefit rich and poor!
"The County latest strategic plan calls for arts centers for the rich and many forms of assistance to the low-paid, exacerbating the problem of overburdening the middle class. The plan does not include reducing taxes but implies that taxes must be increased so the low-paid can be served." -- FCTA's Fred Costello
2015-01-20: WaPo: Fx Supervisor Michael Frey (Sully District) to retire, by Antonio Olivo
The Republican secretary of the county's electoral board, Brian Schoeneman, announced his candidacy for Frey's seat. Democrat school board member Kathy Smith is also expected to toss her hat into the ring.
2015-01-15: Sun Gazette: Bulova's "State of County" takes optimistic tack, by Brian Trompeter
But the county's office-vacancy rate now stands at 18 percent and commercial property values have remained flat in recent years -- unlike those of residential properties, which have seen gains since the recession ended.
2015-01-15: Biz Journal: Greater Washington's economy is 'being left behind': Stephen Fuller
The region is adding more low-paying jobs than high-paying jobs. From August 2008 through February 2010 the region lost 177,700 jobs worth $28.4 billion to the regional economy. From August 2008 through November the region gained 242,400 jobs worth $27.4 billion. That leaves a gap of more than $983 million.
2015-01-13: Fx Ti404: Crunching salary numbers in Fairfax, by Frank Medico
Most of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors don't believe $75,000 annual salary is enough so they are gathering information to consider a pay raise. According to a 2014 Virginia Association of Counties salary survey of 55 counties throughout Virginia, Fairfax County supervisors salary of $75,000 annually tops them all by a substantial amount.
2015-01-13: Watchdog.org: Fairfax officials seek higher pay, pensions, by Kenric Ward
Fairfax Co supervisors are considering hiking their salaries from $75,000 to $95,000. And the 12 School Board members are angling to double their pay from $20,000 to $40,000. FCTA President Arthur Purves blasted both ideas, saying: "If the pay isn't enough, they should resign and let someone else do it. Salaries should be kept low to encourage turnover."
2015-01-06: Loudoun Times: Democrat Murphy wins Va. House 34th -- Spending: Dem vs GOP
2015-01-06: Fx Ti404: FCPD officer Adam Torres named in 2013 John Geer shooting
2014-12-23: WaPo: Fairfax prosecutor says police blocked his probe of John Geer killing
Fairfax County prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh said police repeatedly refused to provide internal affairs records of the Fairfax police officer who shot and killed a Springfield man in 2013, and county officials vowed to put up a fight should he try to seek them through court action.
2014-12-21: Sun Gazette: Economist says N.Va. must balance reduced federal spending
Faced with reduced federal spending, Northern Virginia must harness its highly educated workforce and become a more attractive place for international and high-technology companies to do business, George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller said. "Ours will [continue to] be a company town, but 15 percent smaller."
2014-11-19: Sun Gazette: Vienna Council OKs site plan for expansion of community center
An artist's rendering shows the planned new entranceway at the renovated Vienna Community Center.
2014-11-18: Fx Co: Fairfax County 2015 Districts, Precincts, Polling Places
2014-11-13: Fx Free Citizen: Democrat Electioneering Day -- by Ileana Johnson
The neighboring Democrat handing out sample ballots seemed oblivious to the Virginia State Board of Elections vote of October 14, 2008, "to ban clothing and hats as well as buttons and other paraphernalia that directly advocate the election or defeat of a specific candidate or issue."
2014-11-06: Loudoun Times: Candidates surface in race to succeed Comstock in Virginia House
On the GOP side, McLean's Craig Parisot has been actively campaigning for the seat in anticipation of a Comstock win. For the Democrats, it's Kathleen Murphy, who lost to Comstock in the 2013 House of Delegates race by just one percentage point.
2014-10-28: WT: Suzanne Scholte and Sun Gazette: Gerry Connolly -- Endorsements: Va's 11th
2014-10-24: WaPo: Fairfax Elections Office plagued by discord -- "In a nutshell, it's chaos"
There have been five general registrars in the county Elections Office during the past decade. Some were forced out, and others left in frustration, documents and interviews show. The county-commissioned consultant's report was completed in October 2013 but never released to the public.
2014-10-14: Sun Gazette Letter: Foust supporters are cherry-picking their data, Arthur Purves
Rather than let real estate taxes decrease with assessments, Supervisor Foust joined the majority of the supervisors in raising the real estate tax rate 24 percent. Since Supervisor Foust's election, the real estate tax paid by the typical household has increased from $4,827 to $5,540.
2014-10-07: RCA: Will Fairfax Co incomes keep pace with national growth? -- Terry Maynard
Paycheck growth in Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria are lagging behind the state and the nation. A look at per capita personal income from the last five years shows Northern Virginia struggling to keep up as everybody else recovers from the recession.
2014-10-07: Watchdog.org: Defense spending rolls; northern Virginia sags -- Kenric Ward
Despite Gov. Terry McAuliffe's bullish pronouncements about job creation in Virginia, the outlook for Nova isn’t so robust. While the region's overall employment rate has roughly flat-lined, offices are emptying.
2014-09-26: Biz Journal: Job growth by metro area -- DC ranks 14th out of 15 (beats Detroit).
Between August 2013 and August 2014, the Washington area added 10,300 jobs for an increase of 0.3 percent. Of the 15 largest employment metros, the region had the second-lowest growth rate, ahead of only Detroit.
2014-09-22: FCTA: Vienna's Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) Regulations and matching Pictures
The town has grandiose plans under way to remold the main avenue into a pedestrian utopia -- at taxpayers' expense of course. However, the town's web site is a disorganized mess, making it nigh impossible to find these plans. FCTA has located these plans, downloaded them, and uploaded them to our site for your viewing convenience.
2014-09-21: WaPo: Is this rock bottom for Virginia real estate? Office owners can only hope.
This may be the worst time in the past 25 years to own an office building in Northern Virginia. At least one with space to lease. After mostly uninhibited growth since the early 1980s -- a run that produced some of America's wealthiest counties -- there are red flags popping up from Arlington all the way to Stafford County.
2014-09-12: Fx Co: Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success of Fx Co -- Draft BOS hokem
"The Board of Supervisors has adopted a set of Priorities: Quality Educational, Safe Neighborhoods, Sustainable Environment, Affordable Communities, Vibrant Economy, Efficient Transportation, Cultural Opportunities, Affordable Taxes." FCTA sees a bunch of hokem in all this, and advises citizens to attend one of the "feedback" meetings listed here.
2014-09-02: WaPo: A year after unexplained Fairfax police slaying of John Geer, family sues
On Aug 29, 2013, a Fairfax County policeman shot an unarmed Springfield man standing at his front door. A year later, officials still refuse to identify who shot John Geer, and why he was left to bleed to death unattended. Now the family is suing the Fairfax County police department, the chief and three unnamed officers for gross negligence.
2014-08-20: Connection: Accountability for Police in Northern Virginia -- FOIA exemption??
Police officials in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria have adopted what they call a "blanket" approach to using [Virginia's FOIA] exemption. That means they have decided to withhold any document they can without any analysis of whether they should, whether the case is open or closed, whether they are about a "police-involved shooting" or information requested by a family about a homicide victim. This isn't about race; this is about abuse of power.
2014-07-08: Connection: County Falling Behind on Its Housing Goals
On June 9, the Residential Studio Committee of the Fairfax County Planning Commission voted to recommend that the review of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Residential Studio Units be tabled. This recommendation will almost certainly be adopted. After months of committee hearings and community meetings throughout the county, the RSU amendment will be quietly put to rest.
2014-01-08: HB792 Residential zoning; restrictions in Planning District 8
Requires localities in Planning District 8 (Northern Virginia) to include provisions in their zoning ordinances that limit the number of residential units with 500 square feet or less of living space to no more than 100 residential units per 100,000 population in the locality. Zoning changes required to accommodate such units must be at a location in which the zoning prior to January 1, 2014, was at least 12 residential dwellings per acre.
2013-11-27: FCTA's Tom Cranmer: Slum Housing Next to You
Fairfax's proposal to put slum housing next to you would drive down wages for workers and destroy property values.
2013-11-13: Connection: Low-Income Micro-Units Could Come to Your Neighborhood
Fx Co has a proposal to amend the county Zoning Ordinance so that low-income efficiency apartments of less than 500 square feet can be built in virtually every residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district, including in low-density residential neighborhoods zoned for single family homes.
2013-11-12: WJLA: Gov't workers watching YouTube, playing games and using Facebook
Government workers in several Virginia counties may be spending a portion of their days watching videos, searching for jobs and playing games on work computers. The biggest offender on this specific day were employees in Fairfax County, who logged more than 96,000 visits on YouTube on Aug 19.
2012-11-19: Connection: Fairfax Becomes Immigrants' Gateway -- Focus on immigration
In 1970, more than 93 percent of Fairfax County's population was white and middle-class. By 2010, a child entering elementary school in Fairfax County would almost certainly encounter a classmate who did not speak English as a primary language, with family origins in places such as Vietnam, India, Korea or a country in Africa.
2012-07-13: Fx Ti404: Numbers simply aren't adding up -- Overdevelopment of NoVA office space
FCTA's Rob Whitfield writes that overdevelopment of office space occurred in many markets in recent years. It is little wonder that the overall Northern Virginia office vacancy rate reached a high of 16 percent as of mid-2012, the highest rate recorded since 2002.
2010-xx-xx: News21: Sanctuary Cities - Fairfax County, Va., by Grant Martin
Board of Supervisors chairman Sharon Bulova's acknowledgement of the contributions of Fairfax County's immigrant community, and her refusal to adopt any measure that would target it beyond what's already federally stipulated, have given the county the reputation of a sanctuary for immigrants.
2007-10-22: WaPo: Fx BOS Chairman Gerry Connolly Supports Illegal Immigrants, by Bill Turque
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said yesterday that he would not follow the lead of Prince William County and push for legislation to cut off services to illegal immigrants or authorize police to check the immigration status of suspects, measures he described as election season demagoguery.
2007-07-18: Va Virtucon: WashTimes Calls Out Local Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policies
Based on the Congressional Research Service (CRS) definition of a sanctuary city, the following localities in Virginia qualify as "sanctuaries": City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County. (Read the WashTimes article.)
2007-07-08: WaPo: Gerry Connolly's Two Role Provoke Questions, by Bill Turque
Critics cite no evidence that Connolly's employment has violated Virginia conflict of interest laws, which bar elected officials from accepting any business or professional opportunity that could influence their decisions. But they ask whether it is healthy for the county's chief elected official to be employed by a company with such a prominent stake in Tysons and Fairfax.