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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

prenny-fcnpThe Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force is concluding its two years of work to create a long-term vision (the next 20 to 40 years) and land use recommendations for the Seven Corners/Willston area. At my request, the original study period and meeting schedule was extended to permit additional community input, but consensus amongst the Task Force members and the community for the recommendations of Opportunity Area C, more commonly called the Sears site, has not been reached.

Therefore, I have authorized additional study of the Sears site to be performed by community representatives and county staff. I have asked the residential members of the Task Force to serve on this special committee, and I also will ask the presidents of several nearby civic associations to serve on the panel. The presidents may defer to an already existing Task Force member, or may appoint one person to represent their civic association on the panel. I have asked Martin Faga, a 30-year resident of Ravenwood, a member of the Task Force, and former CEO of The MITRE Corporation, to chair the group. The special committee will spend the next three months reviewing the Task Force work on the Sears site, and making recommendations that can be folded into the Task Force report. The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors public hearing dates for the Comprehensive Plan amendment, originally scheduled for this fall, have been deferred to 2015.

Many thanks to the members of the Task Force who put in much volunteer time and effort in the Plan Amendment process. Their work sets the stage for the special committee’s examination of the Sears site, and I look forward to results that will envision the future of Seven Corners/Willston as a vibrant place to live, work, play, worship, and grow old.

Congratulations to the Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD) Steering Committee, which received the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award last week for its work to facilitate and support community interfaith dialogues. Mason District resident Marie Monsen accepted the award on behalf of ICD, and noted the many dialogues and service projects that ICD has hosted in Mason District during the past several years. For more information about ICD and other faith-based community activities, contact the Community Interfaith Liaison Office at CILUSER@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The first annual Jonathan Wildes Memorial Golf Tournament, “The Jonny,” will be held on Monday, October 6, at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton. Jonny Wildes was a resident of The Pinecrest in Mason District, who loved golf and working with children. Sadly, Jonny died at the age of 21, and his family and friends created the tournament in his memory to benefit The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, a 501(c) (3) corporation that teaches young people the fundamentals of golf while instilling in them core values and healthy habits. Contact thejonny2014@gmail.com, or visit thejonny.com for more information.

 Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.


 Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor, in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be emailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov.