February meeting

Join Providence District Council for a Fairfax County staff presentation 

The proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Short-Term Lodgings (Rentals)

Guest Speaker

Lily Yegazu
Senior Assistant to the Zoning Administrator,
Department of Planning and Zoning
Fairfax County Government


Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*Note that PDC meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of every month. This month is an exception

Providence District Community Center
Room 2 upstairs
3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

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New Year’s Greetings

Providence District Council


Dear members and friends, 

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you the best in 2018!

Please join us on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for an interesting talk on:

WMATA & Metro
Past, Present and Future of the Capital’s Transportation System 
Guest SpeakerMort Downey
Former Chair of the WMATA Board
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Providence District Community Center
Room TBC
3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

Fairfax County General

Assembly Delegation’s Pre-2018 Session Public Hearing

The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly will hold a hearing for public comment regarding the upcoming 2018 session on Saturday, January 6. The forum begins at 9 a.m. in the board room of the Fairfax County Government Center. Click here more information.

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Urban Providence by the Tysons Partnership

During PDC’s November meeting, we had a very interactive talk regarding Tysons. Meghan Trossen, Director of Program and Partnerships with the Tysons Partnership shared her presentation with us (below)


November 2017 Tysons Partnership presentation


The conversation covered a wide range of items, from residential and business development, government participation, history, environment, transportation, public safety, social responsibility and new perspectives in the Tysons area of Providence.   Find below additional answers and resources shared by the presenter:


The following list of clickable links leads to a wealth of information available at the Tysons Partnership website, including:

Fairfax County Seventh Annual Progress Report on Development Activity in Tysons

This comprehensive report provides an excellent summary of projects approved to date as well as identified pending projects and community/public infrastructure needs that are still unmet: Tysons Annual Report 2017


Bikeability in Tysons

Find here a map of Bikeshare stations in Tysons via Fairfax County: Tysons bikeshare station locations



The Tysons Partnership serves generally as a forum for discussion and resolution of stakeholder issues and concerns.   Though the Partnership has neither the legal authority nor financial resources to deploy or direct security personnel, we are in a position to help facilitate dialogue between Fairfax County, landowners, and other Tysons stakeholders aimed at finding shared solutions to an issue that all agree is vitally important to the future of Tysons.


Public Events

The Tysons Partnership organizes regular community events, such as Tysons Open House, Tysons First Responders Day, Food for Others Tysons 5K, Tysons Tailgate: Building Brighter Futures, Tysons Watershed Cleanup, Tysons Sustainability Summit, Real Estate Trends in Tysons, TEDxTysons and Tour de Tysons.  The calendar of event is available at the website, www.tysonspartnership.org/events

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PDC November 15 meeting

Join us for an interesting talk about
Urban Providence

Guest speaker

Meghan Trossen
Director of Program and Partnerships
Tysons Partnership

Learn why Tysons is considered
“The most important placemaking experiment in America”*

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Providence District Community Center
Classroom 1 (upstairs)
3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

*Chris Leinberger, Brookings Institution

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Congratulations to the new FCPS Board Member

PDC extends its congratulations to Karen Keys-Gamarra

as the newly elected At-large School Board Member

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PDC September 2017 Meeting Announcement

Dear PDC Members & Providence Community Residents

PDC monthly meetings resume
Wednesday, September 13, 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 Reports

8:00 – 9:00 pm
zMOD Program and Zoning Administration


Drew Hushour, Deputy Zoning Administrator and Carmen Bishop, Senior Planner
Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning

Continue reading

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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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