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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Board of Supervisors approves Monticello Mews project on Edsall Road

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.

The project consists of  99 townhouses on a 10.7-acre property that is zoned R-12. Five of the townhouses will be “affordable dwelling units.” It’s the third and final piece of the Monticello Mews development, which also includes the Jefferson Green townhouse condominium and Isabella high-rise condo.

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.


  1. What is a proffer condition amendment” (PCA) anyway? There is no definition for it on the County’s website or in Google.

    Is Penny Gross kidding when she says she would have liked to have sent the Monticello plan back to the county staff--really? Residents didn't show up at the BoS hearing because they knew nobody would listen or care about what they said. The Planning Commissioners certainly didn’t care—they didn’t address anything residents were concerned about. Penny seems to think residents should be grateful for only getting 99 apartments instead of 153. Wow, thank you Penny.

  2. Follow the Money..."one cent"
    at a time.

  3. Another sad outcome for a once great district. Money shouts.