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Businesses Navigate County Planning

German grocery looks to Chantilly.

The German Lidl grocery chain offered to proffer $250,000 for athletic fields and recreational facilities in Chantilly.

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Great Falls: Horses Need No Cajoling to Stay on Land

About 58 acres of scenic vista just north of the Great Falls Village Center will be preserved for the next eight years at 9809 Arnon Chapel Road. “It represents one of the last large intact portions of former farmland that once characterized the area and is home to a well-loved horse boarding and riding facility, Stone Ridge Farm,” said Dranesville District Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder.

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Great Falls: Christmas Trees Cut Only for Taxes

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder described the enjoyment a 22.13-acre contiguous parcel of land at 910 Utterback Store Road gives Great Falls.

Planning Ahead: Expansion of Langley Fork

In April, the Board of Supervisors authorized planning staff to research the Mackall-Hall house and Turkey HIll Road for a possible expansion of the Langley Fork Historic Overlay District.

Fairfax Station, Lorton: 1880 Farmhouse Adorned with Floral Preserves

The Hampshires have preserved 25 acres of their land at 6925 Newman Road in Fairfax for the last 24 years.

Fairfax: Eight More Beds Needed

Arden Courts -- Fair Oaks of Fairfax requested approval of an additional eight beds, 2,648 square feet, to its existing 56-bed facility at 12469 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

Mount Vernon: Strip Mall Transformation

Approval recommended for 375 residential units and 7,500 square feet of retail on 5 acres in place of aging strip.

Novus Property Holdings has been seeking to redevelop a 5.2 acre property in the Penn Daw Community at the intersection of Richmond HIghway and Fairview Drive for the past four years, said Sara Mariska, who represents the developer.

Reston: Fortune 100 Company’s Jewel Box in Woods

For its new headquarters, General Dynamics Corporation executives wanted a “jewel box in the woods,” said attorney Mark Looney.

Reston: 54 Townhouses Approved on 3.45 Acres

Where can pizza delivers or other delivery drivers park their cars or trucks? That was part of Planning Commission deliberations on July 28, 2016 regarding a hearing on RP 11720, LLC’s application to permit construction of 54 single family attached dwelling units on 3.45 acres at the northwest quadrant of Sunrise Valley Drive and Roland Clarke Place.

Lorton: Giles Overlook Developing

75 percent of land to remain open space.

Lorton Valley III calls its development Giles Overlook: 52 singles family detached dwellings on 38.37 acres on Sanger Street in Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon: Giles Overlook Developing

75 percent of land to remain open space.

Lorton Valley III calls its development Giles Overlook: 52 singles family detached dwellings on 38.37 acres on Sanger Street in Mount Vernon. Fairfax County Planning Commission voted Wednesday, Sept. 14, to recommend approval of plans that will permit development less than 200 feet from the required distance between residential buildings and I-95 and to allow for increased height of a noise barrier to be located 15 feet from I-95 right-of-way.

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Great Falls: Planning One More Deferral

Planning Commission will give Lexington Estates and Great Falls another month to get involved.

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McLean: Mount Daniel Elementary Expansion Approved

Fairfax County Planning Commission wants to be good neighbors and so does Falls Church City County Public Schools.

Centreville: Planning OKs More Pumps

MACS Retail LLC wants three more service pumps and a 3,520-square-foot quick service food store added to the Sully Shopping Center gas station at 5135 Westfields Boulevard in Centreville.

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Historic Night for Great Falls Grange

Eleven Great Falls organizations to present vision for community use of Grange to Supervisor John Foust in September.

Eleven Great Falls organizations reconvened last Wednesday night, Aug. 17, 2016, to solidify their vision that would bring the Great Falls Grange back to life, in line with efforts of local farmers who built the community gathering place in 1929.

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One Step To ‘One Fairfax’

Agreeing on a policy to create opportunity for all.

Jeff McKay didn’t mince words when discussing racial, social and economic inequity in Fairfax County.

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Reston: Breuer-Designed 'Architectural Gem' Not Saved

Testimonials before Board of Supervisors didn’t matter; saving the American Press Institute designed by Marcel Breuer was not part of its purview.

Restonians left the county’s Board of Supervisors meeting July 26, 2016 incredulous.

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Reston: New Stage for Tall Oaks

Plan approved for building 156 residential units plus 5,809 square feet of office space and 8,584 square feet of retail for center now 86 percent vacant.

The closing of Giant in 2007 started a slow decline of Tall Oaks Village Center, “once a vibrant and successful center that was supported by the community,” said Hunter Mill Supervisor Catherine Hudgins.

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Double Honor: County and Steward

Learn how to identify invasives, to eradicate invasives, and to get involved. See vnps.org.

Dranesville Supervisor John W. Foust has watched many of the thousands of hours McLean’s Alan Ford has worked in Dranesville and federal parks.

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Great Falls: Make Land Use More Accessible

Board pledges to develop recommendations for the involvement of citizens in the land-use process.

The Board of Supervisors gave final approval for 19 homes to be developed on Brooks Farm, along Springvale Road and Forest Lake Drive.

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McLean: Back to School Waits for Back to School

Decision regarding expansion of Falls Church City school postponed until the Fall; McLean Citizens Association continues to oppose the application.

Falls Church City Public Schools wants to expand Mount Daniel Elementary School to educate the school system’s first and second graders.

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Architectural Gem: Round Two

Board of Supervisors to decide history and future of the American Press Institute Tuesday, July 26.

The fate of a modern architectural gem in Reston could be decided this week when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors considers an application to construct more than 40 homes on the site of the American Press Institute.

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Reston: Failing Shopping Center or Village Center?

Planning Commission approves redevelopment of Tall Oaks; application to be heard by Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 26.

Developers want to redevelop Tall Oaks Village Center Shopping Center, “with a mix of residential and commercial and office uses.”

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Great Falls: Time to Get Involved

Great Falls Citizens Association encourages members to get involved in its stormwater management task force, especially as it pertains to land use cases.

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder announced last Thursday that a decision on The Gulick’s Group application to develop 11 acres of undeveloped, forested land would be deferred until September.

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McLean: Right of Way to Education?

Decision regarding expansion of Falls Church City school that operates on county land expected this week.

Falls Church Mayor David Tarter crossed county and McLean borders to advocate for the expansion of Mount Daniel Elementary School, a school he called “a cornerstone of our small community.”

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McLean: Commission to Hear Sunrise in Fall

Assisted living facility application rescheduled to September.

The Planning Commission has deferred Sunrise’s proposed application to build an assisted living facility at the corner of Kirby and Westmoreland in McLean this September.

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Herndon’s beloved principal to leave July 30 after creating foundation of hope

Herndon High School principal Dr. William Bates is leaving, but the philosophy of hopeology he instilled in the Hornet community will remain.

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McLean: Fighting Invasives, One Volunteer at a Time

Learn how to identify invasives, to eradicate invasives, and to get involved.

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Great Falls: Community Encouraged to Get Involved in Land Use Cases

Citizens association calls for members to give feedback to Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on three land use cases.

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Reston: Cleaning Up the Tetra Mess?

This week’s update on Tetra property; interviews for public members of review board to be conducted July 18.

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Impact Herndon’s Look Forever

Herndon Town Council wants to hear from everybody in Town by the end of July.

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Herndon: Patriot Challenge, Annual Enthusiasm

From the Friday Night Live stage July 8, Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel announced winners of this year’s Patriot Challenge business decoration contest.

Herndon: Candidates Announced for Mayor, Town Council

Current Councilmember Jasbinder Singh announced at the end of June that he will run against Mayor Lisa Merkel for the Town’s Mayor position in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

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McLean: Planning to Oppose Special Exceptions?

Assisted living facility and expansion of an elementary school to be heard by Planning Commission later this month.

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Reston: Two Perspectives, One Denial with Deadlock

Planning commission urges Board of Supervisors staff to study significance of Reston “architectural gem.”

Herndon: More Rain Than Shine, But Loads of Fun

Jenna and Fritz Tanis came to the fireworks in Herndon prepared, with a tent comfortable for four no matter how much rain fell.

McLean: Planning to Oppose Special Exceptions?

Assisted living facility and expansion of an elementary school to be heard by Planning Commission later this month.

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Great Falls: Undisturbed Forest, Detailed Negotiation

Eric Knudsen, Great Falls Citizens Association, advocate for the protection of the environment.

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Weighing In: Downtown Herndon Reaction

See two proposals for Herndon’s future downtown at www.herndon-va.gov (search for Downtown Redevelopment).

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McLean: Cleaning Up History of Hickory Hill

McLean historian Carole Herrick hits the bookshelves again with biography of Hickory Hill and its famous inhabitants.

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Great Falls: Delays Pave Path for Approval

After months of revisions, tweaks, negotiations, proffer and planning changes, commission approves 19 houses on Brooks Farm.

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Reston: Go Big, Class of 2016

“Think of this as the morning announcements for the rest of your life,” said senior Meaghan Elizabeth Nally, now a graduate of South Lakes High School Class of 2016.

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McLean and Great Falls: Thank You, 2016 Graduates

Langley High School seniors matriculate at DAR Constitution Hall on Monday, June 20.

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McLean: ’We Made It’

History teacher Dylan Wedan was ready with a “High Five” for all students as they rose en route to receiving their McLean High School diplomas.

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Hotel on Elden or High Quality Apartments?

Stout and Teague envision a hotel on the corner of Center Street and Elden Street to go along with new residential condos in downtown Herndon.

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Reston: Development of a Solution?

Can the former American Press Institute building, architectural gem, still be saved?

The vacant American Press Institute Building at 11690 Sunrise Valley Drive drew international attention this week, days before a scheduled rezoning hearing at the Fairfax County Planning Commission this Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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McLean: Crisis Link, Text and Turning Point

McLean-based nonprofit provides services and engagement during crises.

Caryline Kelly, 27, will earn her graduate degree in mental health counseling this summer. Kelly is a recovery support specialist with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, headquartered in McLean.

Stretching from Great Falls to La Jolla

Delivering yoga class close to home on Great Falls Green.

Victoria Weseley’s mother lives in La Jolla, California.

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Yogis to Fill Reston with Gratitude

Thousands to join Reston’s Beloved Yoga at 8th annual yoga festival this Sunday at Reston Town Center.

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MCA: Year Ahead

McLean Citizens Association launches new website, continues its century-long advocacy for McLean.

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