|A screen grab from the video of the Planning Commission hearing on the proposed Glen Carlyn Childcare Center.|
The Fairfax County Planning Commission agreed to defer a decision until June 11 on an application from Deyi Awadallah for a zoning special exception to allow the construction of a childcare center on Glen Carlyn Road in Bailey’s Crossroads.
Dozens of people spoke at the Planning Commission hearing, which went on until nearly midnight on April 24. Most of them were local residents who opposed the childcare center. Their arguments against it—primarily about the impact on traffic and safety, and to a lesser extent, on stormwater runoff and the character of the surrounding neighborhood—had been made at previous meetings of the Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC).
On April 22, the MDLUC voted unanimously to urge the Planning Commission to reject the application. The staff report from the county’s Zoning Evaluation Division recommended approval.
Noting that Fairfax County allows certain facilities, such as daycare centers, churches, and schools in residential areas, Hall said, “Our job is to see, does this work here? . . . This is a very difficult location. We understand that.”