“Responsible development” slate wins Vienna Town Council election

Michael Dranove Politics

Incumbent Howard Springsteen, ophthalmologist Nisha Patel, and Steve Potter, founder of Vienna Citizens for Responsible Development, were winners in yesterday’s Vienna Town Council election.  Running a coordinated campaign in favor of “responsible development,” the three winners beat out incumbent Tara Bloch, and challengers Julie Hays and Tim Strike. The results represent a major victory for the vocal critics of the …

Letter to the Editor: Why the One University plan should not be approved

Tysons Today Politics, Tysons Update Leave a Comment

By: Neil Gallagher At its inception, it may seem like a reasonable perhaps even a good idea. Let’s take a plot of land owned by Fairfax County Housing authority, lease it to a developer who in turn will build some affordable low income housing as part of a larger project. What could be wrong with this? Who would oppose increasing …

Debate over One University development goes until 2:35AM at Planning Commission meeting

Michael Dranove Politics, Tysons Update

Wednesday’s Fairfax County Planning Commission meeting was a bruiser. The night started off around 7:40pm with a one hour debate on noise regulations near Dulles Airport, and ended at 2:35am after lengthy discussion on 4 other major agenda points, including some 20 speakers who voiced their passionate opinions on a controversial development near George Mason University (GMU). Undoubtedly, the night’s …

From Reston to Vienna, residents and elected officials grapple with rapidly changing realities

Michael Dranove Politics

The last year and a half have seen some dramatic moments in local politics. In the fall of 2017, Reston residents incensed over proposed zoning changes packed two Q&A sessions with elected officials to voice their opposition. Greater Greater Washington, which favors the zoning changes, reported that some residents booed and shouted down speakers, including supervisor Cathy Hudgins who, “concluded …

Development key issue at Vienna Town Council candidate forum

Michael Dranove Politics

Challengers and incumbents vying for three Vienna Town Council seats denounced recent development projects along Maple Avenue, and spoke out in favor of serious changes to zoning regulations during a candidate forum at the Vienna Community Center yesterday. Hosted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Associaton, the April 16th event drew incumbents Tara Bloch and Howard Springsteen, along …

Lessons to be learned from Silver Line setbacks?

Michael Dranove Politics, Transportation, Tysons Update

Lori Aratani at The Washington Post reports that workers have found cracks in the concrete support pedestals at the Dulles Airport station. As Aratani writes, “The pedestals, which sit atop 20 concrete columns, are critical because they serve a dual purpose: They help anchor the glass walls on the station’s first level, as well as the glass windscreens that will …

Upcoming candidate forums for Vienna, Reston elections

Michael Dranove Politics

Two public forums for Vienna Town Council, and a public forum for Reston’s Hunter Mill Supervisor’s Seat are scheduled for this month. Candidates for Vienna Town Council will speak Thursday, April 11th, 7-9:30pm at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (400 Center St South), and Tuesday, April 16th, 1pm at the Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry St SE). On the first …

Development central issue in Vienna, Reston elections

Michael Dranove Politics

The scope and character of development in Fairfax County is expected to be a central issue of upcoming elections in Reston and Vienna.  In Reston’s Hunter Mill, four candidates have put themselves forward for the Supervisor’s Seat after the incumbent, Cathy Hudgins, announced that she would not be seeking reelection.  The election is coming on the heels of a heated …

Battle over Reston zoning change ends, but the war rages on

Michael Dranove Politics

Opponents of a proposed zoning change that would have opened the door for further development in Reston, celebrated victory earlier this month after local officials deferred decision on the zoning change indefinitely.  The fight revolved around Reston’s unique density guidelines, which limit its number of residents per acre, rather than the more commonly used limits on dwellings per acre.  The …