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Fairfax Planning Staff Recommends Mt. Daniel OK

The latest report from the Fairfax County Planning and Zoning Division staff to its Planning Commission has recommended the commission find the application by the Falls Church City School Board to renovate and expand the Mt. Daniel Elementary School to be “substantially in accord with provisions of the adopted Comprehensive Plan.”

The report will be front and center at the county Planning Commission this month. It will be before the Planning Commission for a public hearing on Thursday, July 21 at 8:15 p.m., followed by a vote the following week. That’s when the commission will provide the final word on whether a downsized version of the Mt. Daniel expansion project will be approved. The project remains opposed by the McLean Citizens Association, which updated its disapproval at its meeting last week with 44 “whereas” clauses leading up to its conclusion. “But we’re hopeful this time,” F.C. School Board Vice Chair John Lawrence told the News-Press this week, noting the favorable staff report following the downward revision of the project that includes six fewer classrooms and a projected maximum enrollment of 660 instead of 704 students. Lawrence stressed the project’s storm water improvements will be a major benefit to everyone in the neighborhood with a 450,000-gallon cistern able to collect all the runoff water for a 10-year storm in addition to more green space.

Correction: The original article state the cistern had a 450 gallon capacity. It should read 450,000 gallons.