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Tuesday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff November 17, 2015 at 9:00 am 20 Comments

Lake Thoreau at South Lakes Village Center

Staying Safe Here In Fairfax — In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, most cities and other municipalities, even in the United States, are increasing security. Fairfax County officials are reminding residents to remain aware and speak up if they see anything suspicious. [Fairfax County]

Speeding Up Development Applications — Fairfax County has streamlined the process — mostly by eliminating paperwork and taking the initial steps online — for development and rezoning applications. [Fairfax County]

Ethics Day Still Needs Help — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ethics Day with South Lakes High School seniors is Nov. 24. Volunteers to facilitate small-group discussions are still needed (and training will be provided on Nov. 18). [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

  • Ming the Merciless

    Fairfax County officials are reminding residents to remain aware and speak up if they see anything suspicious.

    Just keep in mind that you’ll also be branded a hateful bigot.

    • susie

      Yep. Just saw where our Governor is accepting Syrian “refugees” despite numerous concerns of how well, if at all, they can be vetted. No doubt I will be censored for this comment.

      • Ming the Merciless

        They cannot possibly be “vetted”. They will have forged documents or no documents. And if they are not now members of some terrorist group, they can change their minds after they are here or simply go lone wolf.

        • susie

          Exactly – lock and load.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        This is a red-herring. No Governor of any state can prohibit any person in the country legally from housing. The best any Governor can do is to apply greater scrutiny on residents and/or withhold services of their state. If they do that, though, I’m pretty sure that they’re going to run afoul of the 14th Amendment.

        If you’re really interested in stopping Syrian refugees, your only recourse is stop the issuance of the visa. For my money, I would accept women and very young children only, and not issue visas to males either of or near military age.

        • susie

          Since when does following laws matter to this administration?

        • Ming the Merciless

          Yeah, we allowed Dzhokar Tsarnaev to come here when he was eight, and look how well that worked out.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            Well, if you don’t want even women and children, then stop the issuance of visas to them. However, once they have visas, there’s not much anything that anybody below the federal level can do.

          • susie

            Wow, Chuck. You are an awesome individual that only some of us can aspire to be like.

          • fivefoottwo

            You’ll never make it, Susie.

          • susie

            Hi Five! Are you working overtime tonight?

          • Ming the Merciless

            I am always amazed that Lefties cite the existence of home-grown terrorists in this context. Yes… so what… does Tim McVeigh really mean we have to throw open the gates to foreign terrorism? How does that make any sense at all? If we really and truly have a problem with domestic terrorism – and citing this is not just a lame attempt to assert moral equivalence that does not exist – then we should be even more determined to exclude foreign terrorists so we can focus on this domestic problem.

            In the 1960s and 1970s, did the British say, “hey, you know what, let’s settle 50,000 Palestinian refugees in Northern Ireland, we already have an IRA problem so the PLO won’t make any difference”? No, I guess they did not.

            Or are you just for the exclusion of all Muslim immigrants?

            Yes. The costs are high, the benefits zero. Do we have full employment? No. Do we need unskilled workers who don’t speak the language? No. Do we need enclaves of culturally incompatible people who have a long history of hating us and attacking us? No.

        • Mike M

          Not entirely a red herring. This governor is a major Obamaphile and will support gratuitously him in all his efforts to pound the square pegs of his preposterous world views through the round holes of reality. Syrian refugees have committed indiscriminate mass murder in Paris, so let’s roll out the red carpet for Syrian refugees here because, . . . because, . . . it’s conceptually righteous? Makes some of us feel that warm smug glow? At what point to Obamaphiles discover that there is more to successfully navigating a tough world than words of sanctimony, self-examination, and righteousness? There are really bad guys out there, there always have been. They typically have no such compunction.

      • Concerned

        And the sad thing is, it is all a fallacy. Syrian “refugees” will be excepted with out any proper background checking or verification. The real question then becomes. How many innocent American citizens will have to die before the government decides accepting “refugees” was a mistake.

        Ask yourselves this serious question. How many acts of terrorism on American soil will it take? But, hey, as long as it’s not one of your loved ones or someone you know. It’s fine… We are very good at reactionary… But reactionary won’t restore people’s lives.

        • susie

          Here’s the deal – the enemy has stated where they will attack next – Washington D.C. Then immediately Barry and Terry announce, that despite overwhelming concerns of the citizens they are elected to serve, they will use taxpayers dollars to bring Syrian refugees to this area.

          • Concerned

            I know this, you know this. The enemy has no moral issues with killing women and children, or using women and children to kill. But, unfortunately it is going to take a act of terrorism on US soil for them to understand their stupidity. Because they are going forge ahead, damn be any opposing view.

          • susie

            Why do you think its stupidity?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Ahem. Just what we need. A faster way of processing developer applications. I wonder whether this was done intentionally so that there can be less public scrutiny (and teeth gnashing) at the pace of over-development and over-population of Fairfax County.

    • Sally Forth

      Of course our short-sighted supervisors devised this short-cut process. They just don’t understand that more density means more services which cost MORE money than they are taking in. Worse yet, too much density (Enough is NEVER enough for the supervisors!) creates an environment where NO ONE IS HAPPY except greedy developers who build and move on. Quality of life is degraded. The Reston gem is being destroyed and we all sit around and watch it happen. When will the public rise up and protest the ruination of Reston and other areas of the county?

      Fairfax is a suburban area but they are determined to make it all urban. NEVER will there be enough public transportation to make this happen… Look at Metro. I know. Stop laughing/crying. Sad and maddening. And then look at our dearth of dedicated park land for recreation in Reston. NONE of any consequence is planned for the corridor; the county prefers instead to lay that responsibility on the shoulders of privately owned RA facilities in adjacent neighborhoods. (Talk about hubris! I don’t want to be paying for non-members to crowd out our members! Do you?) And Town Center North? No playing fields planned for that and an indoor rec center decades away… Yep. But the entire Spectrum area and parts of RTC will be rebuilt and populated with thousands of new folks with NO place to play any sports? What about new school locations and new fire dept. locations? And what about our library? County supervisors are not planning it to be as large as it needs to be to accommodate the huge density increases that are already approved! What kind of county government do we have?

  • Terry Maynard

    Re speeding up development applications: In the process of “improving the
    speed, consistency and predictability of its land development review process,” the Fairfax Board has made the process less transparent with fewer opportunities for public comment (including RA) on development proposals. It is the next step down the redevelopment line after “Fairfax Forward” (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxforward/) which limits community participation in the planning process. Of course, developer access and influence goes on untrammeled.

    I strongly encourage RestonNow readers to read the “strategy” that underpins this latest action. The “2015 Strategic Plan to Facilitate the Economic Success” (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/success/strategic-plan-facilitate-economic-success-2015.pdf) was put together by the Economic Advisory Commission comprising a majority of the Board of Supervisors, developers, land use attorneys, architects, and others–ALL of whom have a vested interested in greater spending on high-density construction.

    Among other things, the strategy calls on “exploration” of 20-minute neighborhoods around Metro stations; that is, walk a mile instead of 1/2-mile to take Metro. (see 2.2.) Talk about a direction based on a faulty assumption. That doesn’t occur even in New York. They build better/more public transportation; they don’t ask people to walk twice as far to take the same rail service. And the highest density area would be expanded from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile (see 2.3).

    There goes Reston National Golf Course in a decade or two no matter what the latest Comp Plan amendment says.

    The overarching theme of the strategy and its specific plan for handling redevelopment plans is that economic growth depends on dense construction, especially near Metro stations. Implicitly, the strategy assumes more construction will generate more tax revenues for the County–despite the 18% office vacancy rate countywide and the changing ways businesses do business. It has nothing to do with quality of life for Fairfax County residents despite soothing words in that direction.

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