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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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Reston: Two Perspectives, One Denial with Deadlock

Planning commission urges Board of Supervisors staff to study significance of Reston “architectural gem.”

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Reston: Go Big, Class of 2016

“Think of this as the morning announcements for the rest of your life,” said senior Meaghan Elizabeth Nally, now a graduate of South Lakes High School Class of 2016.

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Reston: Development of a Solution?

Can the former American Press Institute building, architectural gem, still be saved?

The vacant American Press Institute Building at 11690 Sunrise Valley Drive drew international attention this week, days before a scheduled rezoning hearing at the Fairfax County Planning Commission this Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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Yogis to Fill Reston with Gratitude

Thousands to join Reston’s Beloved Yoga at 8th annual yoga festival this Sunday at Reston Town Center.

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Reston: Splashes of Color with Rain

25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival showcased the work of 200 artists across the United States and Canada.

Talib Aleem of Reston brings his camera into waves big enough for him to get in. “If you want your images to be more, ‘Wow,’ you have to go where you can get more ‘Wow’ pictures,” said Aleem.

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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.

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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Reston Outlook: Open Space Forever

Rescue Reston and all involved Restonians honored Sunday for fighting to preserve Reston National Golf Course.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Speaker of the House about Rescue Reston, Reston citizens and Robert E. Simon Jr. and his vision.

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Reston: Holy Septic! Plans Change

Reston’s Richard Sheehe asked on Feb. 18 if Reston residents could be assured that the county would suspend work on preliminary designs to move the county’s Septage Receiving Site from Colvin Run in Great Falls to a maintenance portion of Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.

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Best of Reston, Best of Inspiration

Bob Simon’s Reston honored at Silver Anniversary of Cornerstones partnership with the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia Wolfe, Hannah Becker and Kacey Hirschfeld ensured that their childhood friend Amy Boyle was honored with them Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom.

Reston: RN Golf Changes Course

Rescue Reston remains cautious after RN Golf lays approach shot short of Supreme Court.

Rescue Reston remains cautious, despite notification from Reston National Golf Course attorneys that it won’t continue its appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

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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.

Reston: Fighting for Founder’s Village Center

Jefferson Apartment Group’s proposal for Tall Oaks to occur after market and economic viability study in April.

Reston Association Board member Eve Thompson has been so surprised by the Jefferson Apartment Group’s response to community input on Tall Oaks Village Center that she coined a new land use term.

Reston: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Reston Association to hear Longwood Grove community’s problems with barking dogs.

Moira Callaghan and more than 80 people from Longwood Grove wrote Reston Association to ask for help with “nuisance barking” coming from Baron Cameron Dog Park.

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Lake Fairfax Neighbors Oppose Septage Proposal

Reston’s Richard Sheehe spent more than 90 minutes hearing engineers and county officials try to convince Reston residents why moving a Septage Receiving Site to a portion of Lake Fairfax Park would be ideal.

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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.

Reston Pleads for Governor’s Veto

Reston Association and Reston 20/20 weigh in on proffer controversy.

Reston Association and the Reston 20/20 Committee asked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill about proffers that passed the Virginia General Assembly.

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.

Reston: South Lakes, Storm Water and Collaboration

RA approves funding for independent study of stormwater flows between Cedar Cove Cluster and Wakerobin Lane.

When the Board of Supervisors approved a 40,000 square foot addition to South Lakes in October 2015, Terry Maynard of Reston 20/20 emphasized a failing stormwater management plan for the adjoining neighborhoods of Wakerobin Lane and Cedar Cove.

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Reston: What's Coming?

Sites and developments to look at in Reston area.

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Best of Reston Winners Announced

Honorees for silver anniversary event announced.

More than 750 people attended last year’s Best of Reston Awards for Community Service.

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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.

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What’s Happening in Reston in 2016?

Reston National Golf is ready to play another round.

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Reston: 2015 Year in Review

Death of the Founder; termination of Lake Anne redevelopment, defense of golf course and more.

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Lake Anne Redevelopment Project Dies

Next steps unknown.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Lake Anne Development Partners LLC are terminating their current contact to revitalize and redevelop Lake Anne.

County Limits Dog Tethering

“Man’s best friend deserves legal protection,” said Peggy Marshall, who adopted her best friend, Bianca.

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