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Historic Centreville

<bt>* Friends of Historic Centreville is committed to the preservation and promotion of the resources of the Centreville Historic District and the conservation of its land and scenery. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Stone Church (Church of the Ascension) at 13941 Braddock Road in Centreville's Historic District. Call the president, Cheryl Repetti, at 703-830-5407, or see www.savecentrevillehistory.org.

<mh>Centreville/Clifton/Chantilly

<bt>* The Sully District Citizens' Advisory Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month (September through June) at 7:30 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly. For details, contact Dan Lindner at danlindner4@hotmail.com or Don York at dyork@rivalinteractive.com

* The Western Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) is a local citizens' activist group which has shaped much of the development in the Centreville area.

The organization comprises representatives from more than 50 homeowners and civic associations in the Centreville and Little Rocky Run areas. It serves as an umbrella organization for homeowners in the area from south of Route 50 and west of Stringfellow/Clifton roads to the Fairfax County line.

Each community with an active civic, community or homeowners association sends a representative to the WFCCA to serve on one or more of its committees. New communities and those not currently represented are urged to participate.

The group meets quarterly — January, April, July and October — the third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The meetings are open to the public. Ted Troscianecki of Virginia Run is president.

One of the group's main purposes is to get residents involved with issues facing the community. It focuses attention on land-use, transportation, environmental and educational issues. This nonpartisan group provides a forum where citizens may meet with county and state officials, developers and other groups whose decisions can affect the quality of life in Centreville and Chantilly. Call secretary Carol Hawn at 703-266-6872.

The most active committee in the WFCCA is the Land-Use Committee, which meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., also in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., in Chantilly. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Land-Use Committee, chaired by Jim Katcham, reviews development plans covering everything from architecture to landscaping to road improvements. It also hears and tries to resolve residents' concerns regarding proposed projects.

When the WFCCA is satisfied that a project meets its environmental, transportation and density standards — and is in keeping with the county's Comprehensive Plan — it recommends endorsement by the county Planning Commission, a body of appointed officials that reviews development and rezoning requests prior to the county Board of Supervisors' review.

The Planning Commission usually follows the WFCCA's recommendations, but the Board of Supervisors normally has the final say. Call Jim Katcham at 703-803-8177 or email landuse@wfcca-sully.org. Also see www.wfcca-sully.org.

<mh>* Town of Clifton

<bt>Clifton is an incorporated town of 250 residents with its own town council making decisions on architectural design, land-use, business, zoning and other issues. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, at 12641 Chapel Road, and are open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Contact Mayor Tom Peterson at 703-CLIFTON or at mayorofcliftonva@aol.com.

<mh>Centreville/Chantilly/Clifton

<bt>* The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations serves as a forum for fact-finding, research and dialogue among citizens and civic and homeowner association leaders within the Sully District. Its mission is to inform residents of issues affecting the district and the county as a whole, promote the interests of citizens associations and enhance the welfare of Sully District residents.

The council currently represents some 35 civic and homeowners associations — and addresses controversial issues affecting the county as a whole. Visit www.sullydistrict.org.

Bull Run Estates resident Mark McConn is president of the council, which meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 7 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, in Fairfax. The meetings are open to the public. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124 or e-mail him at president@sullydistrict.org.

This group also has a land-use and transportation committee that meets the first Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings, or e-mail him at 1stvicepresident@sullydistrict.org.

<mh>* NW Corner of the Springfield District

<bt>The Springfield District-Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee reviews and receives comments on projects proposed for the northwest corner of the Springfield District. The committee covers the geographic area from Stringfellow Road East to the Shirley Gate Road and Waples Mill Road to Braddock Road and Route 50. It usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., in the Government Center. Call Marlae Schnare at 703-451-8873.