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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Groups formed to continue discussions on future of Seven Corners

Route 50 at Seven Corners
The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization is forming three groups to continue the discussions on the future of Seven Corners, following two “visioning workshops” last spring.

A Land Use and Transportation Task Force will review the history of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for the Seven Corners area and develop recommendations to guide future development, with an emphasis on land use and transportation. Its first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11, 7 p.m., in the main community room of the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

A Quality of Life Work Group will identify issues and explore possible solutions for addressing more immediate quality of life issues, such as health, safety, and cleanliness. This group will meet Sept. 11, 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Mason District Government Center.

A Connectivity Work Group will review overall pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity in the area and develop recommendations for short-term action or recommendations for longer-term efforts that could be incorporated into the task force efforts. It will meet Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., in the Mason District Government Center’s main community room.

Letters of invitation for the task force and working group members are expected  to be sent out in early September. All of the meetings are open to the public.

At the visioning workshops, local residents spoke about the need to address traffic congestion at Seven Corners, make the area easier to navigate for pedestrians and bicyclists, retain affordable housing, encourage new mixed-use development, take immediate action against litter and illegal signs, and much more. Presentations and summaries of participants’ comments from those sessions are online.

For more information, contact Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, 703/256-7717, or the Office of Community Revitalization.

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