|A rendering of the Monticello Mews homes from the county staff report.|
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 26 approved a “proffer condition amendment” (PCA) allowing the development of the Monticello Mews project on Edsall Road in Mason District. No one appeared at the public hearing, and there was little discussion among the supervisors.
John McGranahan, the attorney for the applicant, DRW Inc., said the original proposal was for 153 units and that the density was reduced several times at the request of county staff and Mason Supervisor Penny Gross.
Several nearby residents who spoke at the Planning Commission hearing in March opposed the project because they felt it is still too dense and raised concerns about traffic and the lack of green space.
“This was a tough one. I would have liked to send it back to the drawing board,” Gross said at the BoS meeting, but this is a PCA, not a rezoning, application. “The density is still not as low as the neighbors would like but it’s a lot lower than what could have been there,” she said, noting that it’s next to an area zoned for industrial uses.
DRW agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $99,000 to Bren Mar Elementary School, which is overcrowded.