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New Look at Parking for 55-and-up Communities in Fairfax County

Seniors need their cars.

$182 Million Sought for Public Safety in Fairfax County

Voters to decide bond referendum to fund improvements to fire stations, criminal justice academy, and courthouse.

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Legalizing Short-Term Rentals in Fairfax County

New regulations will permit homeowners to rent out homes up to 60 days a year.

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About Time or Déjà Vu at American Legion Bridge?

The Board of Supervisors pushes for Maryland to add capacity to the bridge.

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Two Sides to Two and a Half Cents in Fairfax County

Supervisors to vote on proposed budget, possible real estate tax increase on May 1.

Confusion, Anger, Agenda Difficulties in Fairfax County

Public safety committee meeting focuses on ICE, without ICE at the table.

The Fairfax County Budgeting Conversation Begins

Board prioritizes compensation for teachers and county employees.

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Advocates Praise Fairfax County Sheriff’s End to ICE Contract

Sheriff will no longer hold detainees for extra time.

The Conversation Begins in Fairfax County: Budgeting Words

Board prioritizes compensation for teachers and county employees.

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Somebody’s Perfect in Chantilly

Supervisors honor field hockey and football perfection at Westfield High School.

Full Conversation Requires Money on the Table in Fairfax County

Board intends to keep options open by advertising tax increase.

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Extracurriculars: Secret Sauce of Success in Fairfax County

Superintendent’s budget eliminates barrier of $50 activity fee.

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New Kids in Town in Fairfax County

County executive proposes budget that fully funds schools and compensation for employees.

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Federal Tax Reform, Bad for Fairfax?

Supervisors split on effects of eliminating state and local tax deductions.

Could Empty Office Buildings Be Transformed?

The equivalent of 308 football fields of office space are vacant in Fairfax County.

Planning Changes to Fairfax County Planning Commission

Twelve-member commission endures multiple changes through grief, triumphs, retirement and more during 2017.

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Renting Out Homes Through the Net in Fairfax County

Proposed zoning rules would allow residents to operate short-term lodging as an accessory use of a home.

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Words Not Enough

Advocates demand local change on immigrant interactions.

New and Old Land Use Causes Line Up

Hearings set at Planning Commission in March and April.

The Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on the applications at its Board Hearing on Jan. 24, after this issue’s presstime. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the application in December.

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.

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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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.

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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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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Meals Tax? Ballot Possibility

Board of Supervisors potentially set to approve meals tax ballot question on June 7.

A majority of The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voiced support last week for including a Meals Tax Referendum as part of the 2016 General Election.

Fairfax County Budget Approved

Supervisors approve budget and tax hike.

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

County Budget Approved

Bulova calls the budget a “booster shot.”

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

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Four-Cent Tax Rate Increase, with Side of Vitriol

Reconsideration hours later gives same result; board will consider putting meals tax to referendum in November.

Tuesday morning, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted for a four-cent tax rate increase, advertising a tax rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value.

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County Budget Presented, About $300 More per Household

County Executive: Revenue growth is insufficient to fund all priorities. Schools still $68 million short.

County Executive Ed Long recommended a four-cent increase to the real estate tax rate.

Virginia Cigarette Tax Remains Lowest in Nation

Opportunity for increase in cigarette tax blows up in smoke.

Dale Stein and the McLean Citizens Association couldn’t even raise a match before legislators in Richmond extinguished a possible increase in the cigarette tax for Fairfax County.

Snowzilla Summit Ahead

Board names Fairfax County Animal Shelter for Michael Frey.

“What a difference a week makes,” said County Chairman Sharon Bulova (D), in case anybody had moved on from the 29.3 inches of measured snow at Dulles Airport during the recent blizzard.

Proffers in Danger?

Richmond caught the attention of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week specifically with House Bill 770 (Gilbert) and Senate B 549 (Obenshain), bills Sharon Bulova says will place “significant restrictions” on development, specifically citing “unreasonable proffers.”

Snowzilla Summit Ahead

Board names Fairfax County Animal Shelter for Michael Frey.

“What a difference a week makes,” said County Chairman Sharon Bulova (D), in case anybody had moved on from the 29.3 inches of measured snow at Dulles Airport during last week’s blizzard.

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Calls to Widen American Legion Bridge

Each weekday, nearly 300,000 vehicles cross the American Legion Bridge, and each day traffic backs up into McLean, Great Falls and beyond.

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Residents List Priorities for General Assembly

Residents tell legislators of priorities ahead of the 60-day session of the General Assembly.

Barbara Quesada, parent of a Franklin Sherman Elementary School student, reminded the General Assembly delegation from Fairfax that Nova Firearms opened its new store right next to the McLean elementary school.

Environmental Quality of Life

Advisory Council issues 512-page vision for county environmental policy.

Flooding will rise in concern in Fairfax County as a result of climate change, warned Stella Koch, chairperson of the county’s Environmental Quality Advisory Council.

Quiet Riot: ‘C’mon Feel the Noise’

County passes new noise ordinance, will revisit effectiveness in 18 months.

The Board of Supervisors is at peace with the county’s new Noise Ordinance.

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Every Vote Matters in District 86, Herndon

Republicans pour nearly half a million dollars into the race.

In the last week before Election Day, Danny Vargas (R) got one more huge infusion of cash from Virginia Republicans.

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Chairman Candidates Offer Stark Differences

Anti-taxer Arthur Purves challenging incumbent Chairman Sharon Bulova.

Sharon Bulova is exactly where she wants to be. “I believe in local government. It’s where the rubber hits the road, and where you’re closest to your constituents,” said Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, the top elected official in Fairfax County.

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Stark Differences for Chairman

Anti-taxer Arthur Purves challenging incumbent Chairman Sharon Bulova.

Sharon Bulova is exactly where she wants to be.

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Reston Town Center Filled with Light to Fund Blood Cancer Research and Cure

Chris Zavadowski’s father Rich was diagnosed with a “rare, aggressive blood disorder” called peripheral T-cell lymphoma, non-specified.

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Fairfax County: Historic Sites - Resident Curators?

In exchange for rehabilitating the property, the curator gains use of the property and pays no rent.

The Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation in January 2011 to ensure that local jurisdictions establish a Resident Curator Project.

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Learning from Journalism at Chantilly High School

Chantilly High School journalism students earned the 2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award from the Journalism Education Association.

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Centreville: Saxe and Beckman Honored in Springfield District

Named district’s Lord and Lady Fairfax.

Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity honored Kyra M. Beckman, a senior at West Springfield High School, as this year’s Lady Fairfax. “She has lived around the globe as part of a Navy family and settled in Fairfax County in 2010,” said Herrity.

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