On Tuesday, Jan 13, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Comprehensive Plan amendment PA 2014-I-B2 to allow an elementary school to be constructed on Columbia Pike at Bailey’s Crossroads next door to Radley Acura.  The hearing previously was scheduled for Dec 2 but was deferred when School Superintendent Karen Garza asked the county to return the Willston School property to the School Board for use as a school site.  As reported in a Dec 18 article in the Fairfax Times, Supervisor Gross intends that the county’s proposed $125,000,000 East County Center office building will occupy the Willston site; the Columbia Pike location is her recommendation for a school.

A 5-page statement has been prepared to describe the principal reasons for opposing plan amendment PA 2014-I-B2, namely:

  • The site is not suitable for an elementary school
  • The county has not discussed the proposal with the affected communities
  • The School Board has asked for the Willston site, and the School Board alone is responsible for selecting school locations.

The SE Quadrant plan amendment is the subject of two other posts on this blog dated 11 Dec and 22 Nov.

Residents are encouraged to express their opposition to the plan amendment by sending e-mails to the Board of Supervisors and by speaking at the Board hearing. The hearing is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, Jan 13,  in the Board Auditorium at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

To Send an E-Mail to the Board:

  • Send it to: clerktothebos@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Identify the hearing and plan amendment in the Subject line as follows: “Opposition to PA 2014-I-B2, Hearing Jan 13, 3 PM”
  • In the body of the e-mail, state the reason for your opposition. It can be as brief as stating that you believe that the site is not suitable for a school.
  • Include your name and address so they know you live in Fairfax County.
  • Send the e-mail before 9 A.M. Monday, Jan 12, to assure that the Board sees it before the hearing.

To Speak at the Hearing:

  • Register to speak at the Board hearing Web site. The link to register is colored blue in the first line at the top of the Board hearing page.
  • You will be allowed 5 minutes if you speak for a neighborhood association, 3 minutes otherwise.