Opinion: Commentary: Looking Ahead in the Sully District

Opinion: Commentary: Looking Ahead in the Sully District

I’m excited to ring in 2019 as the Sully District supervisor, and look forward to the year and the work ahead. The I-66 Outside the Beltway Project is underway, and the construction activity is really taking off around the I-66/Route 28 interchange.

During 2019, we’ll see even more changes at the interchange, a new entrance to the ballfields at EC Lawrence Park via Stonecroft Boulevard, and the removal of four traffic signals on Route 28 in 2020. This project will help reduce the terrible congestion in this corridor. All I ask is that the community be patient in 2019 as we see increased construction activity in this corridor.

In the latter part of 2019 the groundbreaking for the Sully Community Center off of Wall Road should take place. The facility approved by the voters as part of the 2016 Human Services Bond will provide space for the Sully Senior Center, space for community meetings, and contain two courts for athletic activities. This facility is a wonderful addition to the Sully District, and I can’t wait to see it underway.

As the chair of the Board of Supervisors Development Process Committee, I’m keenly aware of the challenges that we face economically and in 2017 the county began an initiative to modernize the Zoning Ordinance, now known as zMOD. This process will help the county in its efforts to carry out our strategic plan and help diversify our economy. We need to modernize our ordinance so that we can be flexible and work with the businesses of the future. I look forward to continuing this process as we make changes to the ordinance to put Fairfax County in a better position to address the changing development world.

Every Saturday night in August, the Fairfax County Park Authority partners with private donors to put on the Starlight Cinema. These free outdoor movies are a wonderful way to spend a summer evening with family and friends and meet other members of the community. We’re always looking for sponsors and if you are interested you can contact the Fairfax County Park Authority Foundation or my office to find out how to donate.

I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019, and please consider signing up for my weekly newsletter at sully@fairfaxcounty.gov.