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Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 22 forum on code compliance focuses on community norms

Neighbors have complained numerous times about this house on Arcadia Road in Parklawn, to no avail. The gutter is falling off, and an addition in the back has been under construction for seven years.

Have you filed complaints with the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance about a neighbor’s poorly maintained home, unkempt yard, or illegal home-based business—and the problems persist?

Have you been warned that your home violates a county ordinance and you’re not sure what the problem is or what to do about it?

Learn more about these issues at a Community Forum on Code Compliance Thursday, May 22, at the Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The forum is sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Department of Code Compliance, and Police Department and is hosted in partnership with the Annandale Roundable, a stakeholder group of private and public entities and individuals.

Code compliance and property maintenance is a huge issue in Annandale and the Mason District. Previous community meetings on this topic sponsored by the Mason District Council have attracted large crowds, including many people frustrated by lack of enforcement by county officials.

This forum will focus on “common community norms related to safety and quality of life issues.” Refreshments will be provided, along with simultaneous language interpreters.


  1. Glad to see this happening.

  2. I think it is a most appropriate look for Mason District. The condition and aesthetics of a house are purely subjective and it should fit into the contents for which it is judged....The norm for Mason District has become the vogue and acceptable slum look, so this house fits perfectly fine........what's the problem? I think you are being just too fussy.

    I am certain that most of our officials at zoning would agree that there are not any egregious violations here and that these conditions are perfectly acceptable. The zoning supervisor should buy the house next door since it fits into the palette of zoning acceptability.

    Dah, blight = flight.....just watch those tax revenues fly away.

  3. One problem with the complaint system is that people can use it for harassment. We were "reported" for junk in the yard, which was a total lie.

  4. Would hope folks would attend even if they cannot be there promptly at 6:30 pm. This is our home/community...let's hear from our Cty staffers what is being done and can be done to make it better. Let's learn from the past and move on....

  5. Is it Thursday, May 19 (tonight) or actually on Sunday night?

  6. You missed it. It was in 2014.

    1. You didn't miss anything. It was a joke and the joke is on us.