Jones: Deferral to Be Sought On Mt. Daniel Ruling

Dr. Toni Jones, superintendent of the Falls Church City Public Schools, announced Wednesday that at the Fairfax County Planning Commission meeting set for Thursday night, the City Schools will seek a postponement by the Planners of action on the schools’ request for approval of expansion and renovation plans for Mt. Daniel Elementary.

Dr. Jones’ complete statement follows:

“On Thursday evening Falls Church City Public Schools will be requesting that the Fairfax County Planning Commission defer the vote on the Mount Daniel Elementary expansion project. While we are disappointed to be at this juncture, we understand this extension is necessary and will allow for additional information to be submitted to the Planning Commission in response to questions already received. The additional time will also be needed to answer any questions from the Planning Commission which arise from this additional information.

“Additional time is needed for a professional transportation consultant to review and comment on the current traffic counts and analysis to identify appropriate measures to address the concerns raised at the public hearing regarding access and traffic circulation. Such review could not begin until school was back in session and the typical school-generated traffic resumed. Adequate time also is needed for the construction team to provide responses to Commissioners’ questions and concerns.

“We will continue to keep our community informed as we learn more. Thank you for your patience as we work with the planning commission to address their questions about the project. It is our sincere intent to continue working with our entire community in Falls Church, and our Fairfax neighbors who live in and around Mount Daniel.”