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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Townhouses proposed for Gallows Road

One of 11 houses on a property proposed for higher density. 
Fairfax County is considering an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to consolidate a group of properties along Gallows Road and allow increased density – which would pave the way for a townhouse development.

The property is in Mason District between Gallows Road, Libeau Lane, and the Raintree community.

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross is hosting a community meeting on the proposed plan amendment Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., at the Mason Government Center.

Currently, the Comprehensive Plan recommends one to two dwelling units per acre. The plan amendment would up that to five to eight units per acre.

If approved, that would allow as many as 76 townhomes. A developer has proposed 66.

There are about 14 or 15 parcels in the affected area and 11 single-family detached homes. All of the owners are interested in selling except for one holdout, says Mike Van Atta of the Department of Planning and Zoning.

The Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the plan amendment June 15 at 8:15 p.m., and a hearing before the Board of Supervisors is scheduled for July 25. The Mason District Land Use Committee is expected to consider the proposal before the Planning Commission vote. If the plan amendment is approved, a rezoning application would be considered. 

This would be the first rezoning proposal in Fairfax County to fall under the new state proffer law that took effect last July, said Van Atta. That law severely limits discussions between county staff and developers about any mitigation measures that could be undertaken that are not considered attributable to a proposed development.

County staff can evaluate impacts but cannot suggest any projects a developer can carry out. According to Van Atta, the county attorney’s office is still trying to figure out what that means.

In the past, county staff frequently urged developers to agree to proffers to pay for things like transportation improvements, school additions, and parks.  

If the Gallows Road plan amendment goes forward, access to the site would be a major issue. The existing access is from Libeau Lane, which is a narrow, unpaved road, and its intersection with Gallows Road is very close to Aston Street.


  1. "the county attorney’s office is still trying to figure out what that means" Until they do I suggest this matter be tabled. And before any other decisions re this zoning change are made the county also needs to explain how a minimum of 132-152+ vehicles will be going in and out of Libeau Lane and Gallows Rd at least several times a day. ANOTHER traffic signal on Gallows is not a good answer.
    What a bunch of amateurs... :>(

    1. Making a left hand turn out of Raintree is scary and time consuming enough. Cars on Gallows making a left turn into Holmes Run make it more time consuming and dangerous. Raintree has 70 some homes. The new neighborhood with their 76 homes would probably get a light and a turning lane off Gallows. Both of these will be to the detriment of Raintree residents needing to make a left turn.

      And making a right, going to the school and making a U Turn is not in anyone's best interest.

  2. This is a ridiculous development. Who is the developer? This development is about how much money can the developer squeeze out of 2 acres, to hell with the quality of life for the people who live there. This is a single family housing development, at the maximum it should be 14 single family houses total. Come on residents rise up and say something!!!

    1. The Christopher Company is the developer.

    2. We strategically choose convenient, naturally beautiful locations that enable our homeowners and customers to live without compromise. - From their website

  3. Fairfax County need more taxes after all they are not fiscal conservative. This is wrong wrong wrong. Another disgrace to the community. No wonder people are leaving the area. Fed up with traffic and more taxes. Time to pull out of here. Sickening.

  4. Thank you Gross for encouraging more decline in quality of life for our neighborhoods!

  5. Things are a tad confusing at the end because the Google street level view has only 3-4 mailboxes at the end of Libeau Lane, apparently meaning most lots of over 10 must open onto Gallows Road at this time.

  6. If you want to hear more and show neighborhood support - show up at the May 23rd Land Use Committee meeting at 7:30 at the Mason government center. Make your voice heard.

  7. NIMBY's move to Nevada or out west if you don't like development! We live in an urban environment. If you don't like development and progress, LEAVE!