End of Summer Hiatus

The first PDC meeting of the 2017-2018 “civic year” will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 PM.

The Providence District Council usually meets starting at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesdays of the month in Classroom 2 – Upstairs at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031. You will be notified by email of upcoming meetings if you have subscribed to our newsletter.  If you have not subscribed, please provide your email address in the box at the right side of this screen.

Looking forward to seeing you this Fall!


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Learn About Proposed Zoning Changes

Learn About Proposed Zoning Changes

That May Affect You

at July 26 Fairfax County Open House

  • Come to an open house on July 26, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Herrity Building to learn about proposed zoning changes that may affect you and your community.
  • You will be able to talk to zoning staff one-on-one, and learn about specific upcoming changes that are proposed, including rules for short-term rentals like Airbnb.

Short-term rentals, like Airbnb, adding structures to your back yards, restaurants, signs and senior living communities—these are some of the topics where Fairfax County is considering changes to its zoning rules.

On July 26, 2017, at 7 p.m., come to an open house to learn how these proposed changes may affect you and your neighborhood. The event will take place at the Herrity Building, Room 106/107, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Every year, the Board of Supervisors adopts a work program for zoning ordinance amendments, and this program guides what zoning changes are considered. The 2017 program contains 14 topic areas for consideration and includes efforts to modernize the Zoning Ordinance, known as zMOD.

At the open house, you’ll be able to hear short presentations on each of these topics, including a presentation on how zoning regulations are amended. You will also have an opportunity to learn about how zoning affects land use and development and talk one-on-one with staff or ask questions about zoning issues.

This year, some of the first priority zoning amendments include:

  • Short-term rentals: These are properties that are rented less than 30 days on websites like Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and many others. We are looking at changes that regulate where these rentals would be allowed, what kinds of properties could be rented and how often they could be rented out. You can take a short survey to provide input that will help to shape the proposed rules.
  • Rear Yard Coverage: It is increasingly common for residents to add hardscaping, like patios, to their yards, but current zoning rules make it difficult for homeowners with small backyards to do so. We are proposing changes to give homeowners living in single family detached homes more flexibility to add these features.
  • Restaurants: We are considering changes to give fast casual restaurants, like Panera, Chipotle, or Pei Wei, more flexibility to open in commercial areas.
  • Signs: Because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, we must rewrite our sign rules to make sure they are “content neutral.” Our current ordinance regulates or classifies certain sign types based, in whole or in part, on the message on them.
  • Agricultural Districts and Uses: We are proposing to update our zoning rules to accommodate increasing interest in establishing community gardens and opportunities for urban agriculture and to address agritourism activities on farms such as harvest-your-own activities, farm festivals and other special events.
  • Continuing Care Communities: The proposed changes are to consider creating a new use or zoning district to accommodate “full spectrum” care and accomodations, such as memory care or assisted living facilities.

Public input is key to shaping proposed zoning amendments that ultimately must be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Residents are encouraged to offer their thoughts early in the process, and the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors also hold public hearings on proposed amendments.

For questions about the July 26 open house, reasonable ADA accommodations or to offer feedback on proposed amendments, contact the Zoning Ordinance Administration Division by email or call 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

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Have a Great Summer!

The PDC’s next membership meeting will be held this Fall, on September 13, 2017.  Please check back in August for information about the agenda.  And sign up for our email list by adding your address on the right hand side of this page.

In the meantime please renew your association’s PDC membership. The signup sheet is here.

Have a safe and fun summer!


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PDC Annual Picnic

Save the Date!

PDC Annual Picnic

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
8000 N. Park Street
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
starting at 6:30 pm

Bring your lawn chair and relax in the shade of The Green at Dunn Loring Park. If you would like to sign up to bring a salad, side dish, beverage, or disposables, please fill out our contact form.

Come and meet the 2017 – 2018 PDC Officers!

2017 – 2018 Officers

Jeff Agnew – President
Erika Yalowitz – Vice President
Flint Webb – Membership Chair
Marie Gerritz – Recording Secretary
Dana Opp – Treasurer

Become a Member of the Providence District Council
Your Membership Matters

June marks the beginning of the 2016-2017 “civic year”. Please renew your association’s membership here.

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Future Meetings

Next PDC Meetings

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30 PM
Annual Picnic

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Monthly Membership Meeting

Alert Providence Residents!

In our efforts to keep you updated on I-66 expansion matters, we have been alerted about the I-66 ramps coming along into Dunn Loring.  Please take a moment to read VDOT Seeks Big I-66 Plan Changes and Towering Ramps over Dunn Loring.  We will have more outreach information shortly but please share any concerns you may have with our state delegation representing Providence District.

June 2017 Public Information Meetings

Meetings are being scheduled for the following dates:
  • June 12, 2017 at Oakton High School
  • June 14, 2017 to be confirmed
  • June 15, 2017 to be confirmedVDOT E-News Updates
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2017 – 2018 PDC Membership – Join Now!

Become a Member of the Providence District Council Your Membership Matters

Become a Member of the Providence District Council
Your Membership Matters

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Transportation Public Hearing

Public Hearing

Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is holding a public hearing and meeting with VDOT next week to seek public comments on transportation plans for the next five years. The plans are contained in a document formally called the Six-Year Improvement Program (FY 2018-2023 SYIP), and include I-66, Rt. 28, and plans for many other key projects. For more information, click here.

Commonwealth Transportation Board Public Hearing
May 3, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
Potomac Conference Room
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may submit comments or questions by May 16, 2017 to Six-YearProgram@vdot.virginia.gov or to Infrastructure Investment Director, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Comments on rail and public transportation initiatives may be sent toDRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov or Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219.

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PDC April Meeting

Report from Richmond
with Senator Dick Saslaw and Delegate Marcus Simon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 starting at 7:30pm
Providence Community Center
upstairs classroom
3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax

7:30 pm – PDC admin items
7:45 pm – introduction to Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
by Reba Elliott, Executive Director

Report from Richmond Program
starts at 8:00 pm

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2018 Fairfax County and School Budget – PDC March Meeting

PDC March Meeting

2018 Fairfax County & School Budget Discussions
with Supervisor Linda Smyth and School Board Member Dalia Palchik

County Executive Presentation to the Board

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm
Providence Community Center at the Multipurpose Room
3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax

Providence District Council is honored to host the Budget Town Hall Meeting in Providence District with Supervisor Smyth and School Board Member Dalia Palchik.  Budget presentations will be made by the County’s and School’s Budget Offices.  PDC looks forward to our continued work during this budget cycle and we welcome all residents of Providence District to participate in this process.  This meeting is free and open to all.  Thank you for sharing with your community.

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Emergency Preparedness – February PDC Meeting

PDC February Meeting
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
starting at 7:30 pm

Providence Community Center
Classroom 2 (upstairs)
3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax

7:30 – 8:00 pm
Admin Items & Committee Report

8:00 – 9:00 pm
Emergency Preparedness
with Sulayman Brown, Assistant Coordinator, Operations & Outreach Manager,
Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of Fairfax County. Learn more about OEM, including the county’s Emergency Operations Plan.

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PDC 2016 Volunteer of the Year & January Meeting


We wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Looking forward to great things for PDC in 2017.
And you are a very big part of that vision and mission.

Greetings Friends and Neighbors!

Hope you had a fabulous start to 2017. PDC is certainly poised for an excellent start to the New Year and to take action on many pertinent issues such as the continued shaping of I-66. Thanks to Julie Hirkas, our Transportation Committee Chair, we have a draft resolution on the construction of i-66 outside the beltway.
We are looking forward to being a big part of the Tysons planning, specifically with the Greater Tysons Community (GTCC) and being a leader in the discussion on a new Police Station for Tysons. We are planning a visioning session with the entire community in early spring on what a new police station should look like. For example, should it be more mobile such as community policing or more of a brick and mortar sort of a model. In addition, we are planning a land use and transportation planning workshop for early summer.

This is a super exciting time for all Providence residents. There is room for all of us and we have much work to do. It is good to keep in mind that we have this enormous capacity to envision, create, and build the community that we would like to live in and leave behind for many more to enjoy for years to come. Your participation is invaluable. We might not be doing a lot of sexy work but it sure can be incredibly rewarding. Come join us in 2017!

Best regards, Tania


Providence District Council’s
2016 Volunteer of the Year!
Henry Wulf

The Providence District Council is delighted to bestow the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award to Henry Wulf. Mr. Wulf is a vital member of the Providence District and a great asset to our community. Henry served on the Fairfax County Human Services Council for 18 years. First appointed by Gerry Connolly in 1998, Henry helped review human services needs and assess the effectiveness of the human services delivery system. He has also participated in the development of the Human Services Needs Assessment. While on the council, Henry served as chair of the budget committee. Among many other accolades, Henry was named the Providence Lord Fairfax in 1994 in honor of his volunteer contributions.

PDC January Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
starting at 7:30 pm

Providence Community Center
Classroom 2 (upstairs)
3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax

7:30 – 8:00 pm
Admin items
Committee Report
Resolution on 66 Outside the Beltway Public-Private Partnership Selection

8:00 – 9:00 pm

9:00 – 9:15 pm

Providence District Council
Membership Comment at the January Meeting
Membership Vote at the February Meeting

Resolution on 66 Outside the Beltway Public-Private Partnership Selection

Whereas Secretary Layne said in May 2015 that the State could do the job for $1B less than a Public-Private Partnership;

Whereas Secretary Layne just announced a $700+M project in Hampton Roads that would be funded by State and Federal (TIFIA) loans (not through a Public-Private Partnership);

Whereas Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, (Cintra), S.A. of Spain was selected to build the privatized toll lanes on I-66 from I-495 to Prince William County (25 miles). Cintra will be joined by Meridiam, Allan Myers, Inc., and their peer company Ferrovial Agroman US. These companies will be members of a new company called I-66 Express Mobility Partners that will assume all project risk and contract with Virginia in a lengthy “comprehensive agreement” that will last over 50 years;

Whereas the Public-Private Partner uses taxpayer secured Federal (TIFIA) loans meaning the taxpayers are at risk if these roads go bankrupt;

Whereas Secretary Layne said that he could get the job to zero but couldn’t write himself a check. The recently well-constructed four 25 mile lanes of I-66 from I-495 to Prince William County (including a very deep concrete foundation under I-66 between U.S. 50 and the Beltway) is worth significantly more than $500M;

Whereas under the Public-Private Partnership, the private company gets the well-built public infrastructure that will last for decades or more, while the public will end up with the private concessionaire’s construction of the free lanes. Hopefully, the quality will be better than the pothole pitted free I-495 lanes through Annandale and Tysons Corner that TransUrban gave us;

Whereas Cintra built a private road (Texas 130) which recently went bankrupt this fall, and threatens to leave U.S. taxpayers holding the bag for $430 Million in taxpayer secured TIFIA loans. Like I-66, Spain’s Cintra was also the builder/operator of Toll 130 in Texas. It also suffers from poor quality according to inspection reports and has caused local flooding — a very real probability for communities near I-66 as VDOT design eliminated watershed ponds

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