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Planning Affirms Murraygate Village in Mount Vernon

Five more units to stay.

Fairfax County’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority requested five more units for planned Murraygate Village, garden style apartments immediately west of the Mount Vernon Crossroads shopping center in the Hybla Valley area near Richmond Highway.

Let Horses Play Piano, Too

Horse Riding Lessons Allowed

Great Falls resident Kim Karanik navigated a three-and-a-half-year obstacle course to make riding activities and equestrian lessons more accessible and available to county children.

Brewery Changes on Tap

Planning drafts zoning amendment.

There is increasing interest in Fairfax County in opening breweries for craft beer that might also serve beer and food.

Woodland Park Approved

Several urge planners to delay approval and encourage developer Tishman Speyer to cut ties with Clarion Project.

A well-regarded development plan by Herndon-Monroe Metro Station in the Hunter Mill Planning District did not achieve approval without controversy.

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Springfield: Service Station with Community Care

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Virginia Tire and Auto went into its special exception hearing before the Board of Supervisors with support. “This property owner has overwhelming support for his operations from the adjacent community in the Springvale community. He has gone above and beyond to maintain and beautify the area,” said Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay.

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Board Placing Wiehle Station Puzzle Pieces

Parcels are “coming in faster than we can think,” said Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, regarding Wiehle Station Venture’s project at Commerce Park at 11400 Commerce Park Drive and 1913 Association Drive, north of Sunrise Valley Drive.

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14-Story Hotel Smaller Than High Rises at Wiehle Station

CESC Commerce Executive Park was the first to present a vision to the Board of Supervisors for its 11.58 acres portion of land near Wiehle Metro Station.

University Looks to Fair Lakes

California University of Management and Sciences, with South Baylo University, bought a 54,720-square-foot building in Fair Lakes to operate classes.

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Vote on German Grocery in Chantilly to go to Supervisors

The Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended approval of Lidl U.S. Operations, LLC, proposal to amend zoning to permit a 30,000-square-foot grocery store and 18,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building on 5.09 acres on the 73-acre Chantilly Crossing Shopping Center at the intersection of Lee Road and Chantilly Crossing Lane.

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Nine, Not 10, Houses Approved for Hills Nursery in Great Falls

The Gulick Group, Inc. originally requested to rezone and develop 11 acres of forested land at the north end of the former Hills Nursery site into 10 homes.

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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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