Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross told the Annandale Blog at a campaign event Sunday that, if re-elected, one of her top priorities will be to work on plans for revitalizing central Annandale.
Now that the Annandale amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan has been approved, “I’d like to see that implemented,” she said. The amendment provides for more flexibility for developers who want to consolidate properties to create higher density, mixed use projects.
Gross also plans to focus on environmental issues, including efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, promote “green” buildings and environmentally sensitive construction, and improve storm water management.
And, she would like to “make sure residents are engaged.” When she was first elected in 1996, Gross says, constituents mainly used phone calls and faxes to contact her office. Now the bulk of her contacts are through email. Technology has made it much easier for Gross and community residents to stay in touch with one another, she says. But while her campaign has a Facebook page, she hasn’t yet gotten into Twitter yet.
When asked about the recent incident involving the shooting of a dog in the Parklawn neighborhood by a Fairfax County police officer, Gross said it would be “inappropriate to speculate until the internal investigation is completed.”
Gross said this was the third dog-shooting incident involving the police in recent years in the Mason District. In 2007, police shot and killed a dog who had bitten a couple of children in Lincolnia. And in 2006, police fatally shot a pit bull who had attacked a 78-year-old women in the Glen Forest neighborhood.
The difference between those incidents and the recent shooting is that the dog killed by the police in Parklawn hadn’t attacked anyone, Gross noted.
When asked why the police didn’t use non-lethal means to control the dog, Gross suggested that pepper spray and stun guns often don’t work as well on dogs as they do on people.