October 28, 2020

Hunter Mill District News, October 28, 2020


Oct. 28, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3 is just days away and the last day to vote early is this Saturday, Oct. 31. Here are some important reminders:

My office is providing real time updates on the wait times for early voting at North County Governmental Center in Reston on Twitter. Wait times will also be posted on the Hunter Mill District web page.

The last day of in-person early voting is this Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all 15 early voting locations, including the North County Governmental Center in Reston. There is no early voting on Sunday, Nov. 1 or Monday, Nov. 2.

On Thursday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Oct. 30voting hours at the satellite voting locations (including Reston) have been extended and will begin at 11 a.m. (instead of 1 p.m.) until 7 p.m. These extended hours are ONLY for Thursday and Friday. Hours at the main Government Center in Fairfax remain the same.

Whether you are voting early or voting on Election Day, make sure you are dressed for the weather (and if needed, bring an umbrella.) Rain is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. Due to COVID-19 precautions, you can expect to spend some time outside.

If you are voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, the polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be mail-in ballot boxes available at all poll locations. On Nov. 3 all voting will be at your regular assigned poll location and please wear a mask.

Additional important information on voting in Fairfax County can be found here.

Thank you for voting and making your voice heard!

Today's COVID-19 Updates (Oct. 28)

COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Underway
Planning is underway at the federal, state and local levels to order, distribute and administer a safe and effective vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The Fairfax County Health Department is working with the Virginia Department of Health to develop these plans for our health district. Learn more.

Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here and scroll down to get to ZIP Code data.
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here and ZIP Code data look for Data Download bar.

COVID-19 Case Information Chart (as of publication on Oct. 28)
Oct. 23 Statement on Hidden Creek
Country Club Property in Reston
Since assuming office this year, one of the more contentious land use questions in Reston is whether the designation of the Hidden Creek Country Club property as a golf course in the adopted Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan should be changed. On this question I have long stated that any proposal to change the comprehensive plan for this property to allow additional development would need support from the surrounding communities.

The current owners of Hidden Creek have spent much of 2020, and for some time prior to my assuming office, exploring community interest in other uses for their property. While this outreach effort has given them the time and opportunity to make their pitch, it has also generated a good deal of uncertainty and even anxiety among neighbors. Earlier this fall I let the Hidden Creek owners know that I did not want the community to bear this uncertainty indefinitely. 

Based on a review this week of all direct communications with my office via emails, phone calls and letters, there is not support from surrounding communities for changing the comprehensive plan. In fact it is not even close – there are more than five residents against for every supporter of possibly changing the plan. Therefore, I do not support changing the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan’s current designation of this property as a golf course and consider the matter closed.

Although I do not play golf (just once in the past 33 years) I do recognize that the long-term use of this property as a golf course depends on people willing to pay to play golf. I encourage members of the community who wish to see this property remain a golf course to pick up the game and go play!
Groundbreaking for Lake Anne House
On Oct. 22, Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and I were among the officials who joined Enterprise Community Development, Fellowship Square Foundation and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Development to celebrate the construction underway to replace the current Lake Anne Fellowship House.

When completed in the summer of 2022, the new Lake Anne House will offer 240 apartment homes including 56 studio apartments, 178 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments that will serve senior residents with incomes at or below 60 percent of AMI (Area Median Income) for at least 30 years. Each resident will pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward their housing costs, including rent and a utility allowance. The existing buildings, constructed in the 1970s, pre-date the American Disability Act and accessibility is a big challenge for its elderly residents. Lake Anne was designed to directly remedy that, facilitating long-term aging in place.

The community will include supportive features such as on-site management and resident services offices and wellness clinic for visiting medical professionals, as well as a fitness center, arts and crafts room, large social hall, sunroom, game room and outdoor terrace.

Watch the video above for my remarks at the groundbreaking and learn more.
Lake Anne House Groundbreaking Remarks Oct. 22, 2020
Vienna's Shop and Stroll Saturdays
The Town of Vienna has launched a new campaign to encourage locals and visitors to explore the Town's diverse shopping centers. The Vienna Shop & Stroll will take place noon to 4 p.m. on several Saturdays through Dec.12. Designated shopping centers will host safe and socially distant seasonal activities, in-store promotions, and activities for all to enjoy. Visitors to the participating shopping centers must wear a mask and maintain social distance.
A Successful Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 24
The Fairfax County Police Department in partnership with Reston Hospital participated in the 19th Annual National Drug Take Back Initiative this past Saturday, Oct. 24. Officers from each of our eight districts staffed collection sites where community members safely disposed of 1,696 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. More than 300 pounds were collected in Reston.

Drug take back boxes are available year-round at each of our eight police stations. Accepted items include prescription medication (schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, and medications for pets. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), liquids of any kind, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, and inhalers. 

4 Things to Know Today
Traditional Trick-or-Treating Not Recommended for Halloween; Safe Alternatives Available
Halloween is going to look different this year and we all need to continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19. According to the county's Health Department, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and events that involve large gatherings of individuals is not recommended this year. Learn more about alternative ways to celebrate that you and your family should consider.

Volkswagen Group of America Chooses Reston Town Center for Headquarters
The company signed a new, 20-year lease agreement for a 196,000 square-foot headquarters as an anchor tenant in the Boston Properties' new 1.1 million square foot development in the next phase of Reston Town Center. Learn more.

Change Your Clock and Check Your Smoke Alarm
In addition to moving your clock back one hour early Sunday (Nov. 1) morning, you should also check your smoke alarms. Learn more.

Understanding Dementia and What You Can do to Make a Difference, Tomorrow, Oct. 29
The Millennial 50+ Ambassadors of Northern Virginia are hosting a a training on understanding dementia and what you can do to make a difference on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.to 7:15 p.m. Everyone is invited! Learn more.
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Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
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Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County | 1801 Cameron Glen DriveReston, VA 20190

October 26, 2020

The WCA BoD will hold a regular meeting on Monday November 9 at 7pm via Zoom

The Waterview Cluster Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting on Monday November 9th at 7pm via a Zoom call.  The meeting location is online:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 848 076 7106
Passcode: B47zbY 

October 22, 2020

Hunter Mill District News, October 21, 2020


Oct. 21, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

There are so many of our residents in Hunter Mill District that I consider to be everyday heroes. They are not loud and don't seek the spotlight but they are quietly doing small and big actions that benefit all of us in the community. During the pandemic and this election you can find these heroes everywhere, some examples:

A countless number of volunteers have come forward to prepare and distribute food for our families in need, including the volunteers (top photo) with the YMCA in Reston. Learn more.

Election officers working long hours and families such as Thomas Harris and his parents (middle photo) who voted early to make sure their voices are heard.

I am indebted to our Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force, who (despite the challenges of meeting virtually) are spending countless hours toward making Reston a great place to live for generations. Learn more about them here. Please say thank you if you see them out in our neighborhoods.

Our children are also engaged! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an Eagle Scout who made masks for our police. Zoe Bresden (bottom photo) is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award by planting 100 trees in our area through Fairfax ReLeaf and raise awareness around climate change and how reforestation can combat carbon dioxide emissions.
These are just a few examples of the everyday heroes we have in Hunter Mill District. If you know one, please send me an email with a photo and a short description.

Today's COVID-19 Updates (Oct. 21)

COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Underway
Planning is underway at the federal, state and local levels to order, distribute and administer a safe and effective vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The Fairfax County Health Department is working with the Virginia Department of Health to develop these plans for our health district. Learn more.

Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here and scroll down to get to ZIP Code data.
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here and ZIP Code data look for Data Download bar.

COVID-19 Case Information Chart (as of publication on Oct. 21)
It's Getting Closer to Election Day!
Thank you to everyone who has voted early! On Saturday, Oct. 17, almost 11,000 early votes were cast countywide, which is more than the single largest day of early voting in 2016. There are several deadlines coming up and other information you should know:

  • The deadline to apply for an absentee mail-in ballot is this Friday, Oct. 23. Learn more.
  • The last day to vote early in person is Saturday, Oct. 31. On that last day, 15 locations will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the North County Governmental Center in Reston. Learn more.
  • My parking spot at the North County Governmental Center in Reston is now a convenient drop off spot for your completed mail-in ballot, as pictured. You can drive up and either place your ballot right in the box or hand it to the election officer and watch it go into the box. During inclement weather, the box will be found under the overhang. Please note that the box is only available during voting hours, but you don't need to stand in line.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 and the polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be mail-in ballot boxes available at all poll locations. On Nov. 3 all voting will be at your regular assigned precinct and please wear a mask.
  • The most reliable way to track when your mail-in ballot has been received is on the state’s portalAfter you log in, check the “Vote Absentee by Mail” section. Watch this instructional video for more informationIt can take a few days for your ballot to be processed after we’ve gotten it, so the state portal may not immediately show that your ballot has been received.
  • Five tips for voting safety during the pandemic.
Affordable Housing Update
With so many essential workers struggling to make ends meet due to COVID-19, the work of enhancing the stock of affordable housing is more important than ever.

Take a few minutes to watch this county video that provides an update of the ongoing work to ensure that we have a sufficient supply of affordable housing for our residents.
Keeping Our Promise: Continuing the Work of Affordable Housing in Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors Oct. 20 Meeting
The Board of Supervisors met yesterday, Oct. 20; you can watch the meeting (with links to full agenda) here. Highlights of actions taken by the Board:
  • As requested in my Board Matter from June, we recognized former Mayor of Vienna, Laurie DiRocco (pictured), for her 17 years of service to Vienna as Mayor, member of the Town Council, and as a member of the Planning Commission. Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel was also recognized for her 10 years of service.
  • The Board requested that the Government Relations Office draft a letter to our Congressional delegation reiterating Fairfax County’s support for a second federally funded stimulus package. The $200.2 million in funding from the CARES Act has been crucial to standing up programs that have helped our community navigate the economic damage caused by the pandemic. 
  • The Board approved the removal of four Confederate monuments, markers, and howitzers from Fairfax County's Judicial Complex. This follows the public hearing in September and the county was required to offer the monuments for a period of 30 days to appropriate museums, historical societies, governments, or military battlefields for relocation and placement. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources historical marker #262 will be returned to the commonwealth; the ownership of the John Quincy Marr monument will be transferred to the Stuart Mosby Historical Society; and the ownership of the two Dahlgren howitzers will be transferred to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. More details on the process can be found on page 24 of the Board Package.
  • The Board of Supervisors voted to allow businesses to continue outdoor dining, fitness and exercise activities with enclosed, heated tents. Businesses have been able to install open-sided tents outside their storefronts since May and now the additional space will allow these businesses (mainly restaurants) to operate while maintaining proper social distancing and thus reducing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more.
  • The Board approved the leasing of county-owned property to Sigora Solar for the installation, operation, and maintenance of solar panels on eight county properties, including the Reston Community Center and North County Governmental Center. Thank you RCC for helping drive this countywide effort! This action is only the first eight of 113 county government-owned buildings that are set to have solar panels. Through this public-private partnership, there is no up front cost to the county and electricity costs will be lower.
  • You can review the final agenda and Board package here.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Board will hold these committee meetings; links include agendas and how to watch:
Land Use and Transportation
Hunter Mill District Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) Virtual Meeting, Oct. 28
The TAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8 to 10 a.m. The meeting is hosted on the Webex platform - use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-408-418-9388 and use Access Code: 173 624 4923. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. Agenda

Next Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 9
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study web pageDetails for Nov. 9 meeting are forthcoming and will be found here. You can watch the seven meetings held to date on my YouTube channel.
Oct. 27 Virtual Presentation on
Internet Safety for Kids
On Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., the Reston Community Advisory Committee and the Reston District Police Station will be hosting a virtual presentation for parents to learn more about how their children are using the internet. Things have changed, school is online, work is online, life is online. But do you know what your children are doing and seeing on the Internet? This virtual presentation will discuss how some of the more popular apps work and how to start the conversation about online safety with your child. This presentation is geared toward parents and family members. Learn more.
3 Things to Know Today
Drug Take Back Day at Reston Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 24
Reston Hospital in partnership with the Fairfax County Police Department will be taking part in “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid drug take-back day, which will allow the community to safely dispose of unused or expired opioid medications. The drug take-back collection site will be available on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, 1850 Town Center Parkway in Reston. Drive-thru availability will be at the drop-off loop at the rear entrance of Pavilion I. Learn more.

VolunteerFest is This Weekend!
The annual VolunteerFest is Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. VolunteerFest is a region-wide weekend of service that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers in a variety of volunteer events across Fairfax County. Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate. Due to the pandemic, Volunteer Fairfax has incorporated at-home (virtual) projects from which you can select. Opportunities include making holiday cards, cleaning up yards and assisting with food drives. Learn more.

Coat Closet with Cornerstones is Underway
This year there is expected to be a greater need for coat donations for residents in our vulnerable communities. New or gently used, clean coats, as well as new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves may be donated through Nov. 6 at several Hunter Mill District locations. Learn more. Volunteers are needed for the coat distribution; contact Susan Alger at susan.alger@cornerstonesva.org or call 571-323-1383 to volunteer.
A Busy Saturday 10/17 in Hunter Mill District!
Hunter Mill District School Board Member Melanie Meren stopped by early voting in Reston to talk to constituents. Saturday early voting hours at the North County Government Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thank you to the Reston District Police Station bike unit for the opportunity to tour Hunter Mill District and learn more about your work.
The Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition hosted a community cleanup that began at Reston Community Center. There was a great turnout by volunteers who to joined the Fairfax County Police Department to cleanup the area around the Hunters Woods Plaza and Reston Association trails.
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Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711
Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County | 1801 Cameron Glen DriveReston, VA 20190