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  • 11 Sep 2018 3:59 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    On Tuesday evening, September 18th, 7:30 PM at Great Falls Grange, GFCA will be hosting a TownHall meeting to present the proposed FY2018/19 budget and discuss the initiative by local nonprofit organizations to assume management of historic Grange Hall in the village. Built in 1929, the Grange has been used for decades by the community for meetings and other community gatherings, concerts and plays.

    The program will include a presentation by the new Great Falls Grange Foundation (GFGF) on its objectives as well as the status of work with Supervisor Foust and the County Park Authority to develop an agreement for GFGF management of the Grange and the adjacent Old Schoolhouse building.

    Residents of the Great Falls community are encouraged to attend this important meeting to vote on the proposed GFCA budget, as well as provide feedback on ways the Grange Complex might be used by the community and share ideas for improving the property while preserving its historic character. Help us make this Complex, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the heart of Great Falls!

  • 30 Jul 2018 4:21 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    On Thursday, August 2, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be holding the first of two public meetings on a proposed four-month pilot project that would result in the closure of the “on” ramp from Georgetown Pike to I-495 north from 1:00-7:00 PM on weekdays. The exit ramp at Georgetown Pike from southbound I-495 (outer loop) would remain open.

    The objective is to mitigate congestion and address safety concerns on neighborhood streets in this area of McLean. Drivers would be compelled to use the main roads (including George Washington Parkway, Route 123, Route 267/ Dulles Toll Road, and Route 7) instead of cutting-through neighborhood streets in order to get on the Beltway at Georgetown Pike closer to the American Legion Bridge.

    For Great Falls residents, the VDOT concept has the potential of reducing cut-through commuter traffic on Georgetown Pike. However, it would also mean that residents who wish to head toward Maryland in the afternoon would need to take an alternate route in order to get on I-495 north.

    Community input on the proposed pilot is a key element in determining if it will go forward and/or whether certain aspects of the proposed plan should be modified before it is tested. Great Falls residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the issue and provide feedback to VDOT. For more information see http://virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/mclean_traffic_analysis.asp.

    Event Details:

    • VDOT Public Meeting #1: Thursday, August 2, 7:00 PM, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean
    • VDOT Public Meeting #2: A second meeting will be held in the Fall. The date, time and location of this meeting are to be determined.
  • 31 May 2018 9:08 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)



    GFCA will hold a TownHall meeting on Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike.  Speakers will be the two state legislators who represent Great Falls in Richmond:  VA State Senator Barbara Favola and 34th District Delegate Kathleen Murphy.  GFCA will present an overview of major local issues. The legislators will discuss the highlights of the recent General Assembly session and take questions from residents, including issues of local concern such as Metro funding, Route 7 widening and related transportation issues; environmental concerns such as storm water management, tree preservation, MTBE cleanup in the village area, and artificial turf fields.  The public is invited to attend.

    GFCA will also hold its annual board of directors and officers election that evening, starting at 7:30 pm in the lower level of the Grange.  The election ballot will be available for all GFCA members who are current in the dues and includes positions for president, vice president, treasurer and six directors.  All members are encouraged to attend.    For more information, visit http://www.gfca.org. 

  • 07 Feb 2018 9:50 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    On Monday Mar 12, GFCA will co-sponsor a public meeting on the (not yet released) County and Schools budgets for the upcoming year.  The meeting will be held starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Library (meeting room). 

    Supervisor Foust will provide some context and overview.  County Budget Director Joseph Mondoro will present the County budget.  Fairfax County Schools staff will present the Schools budget.

    Questions and comments from the floor will follow the presentations.  GFCA members and the general public are invited.

  • 03 Feb 2018 8:53 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    A new, 62 unit assisted living facility is being proposed in the Colvin Run commercial area, across from Leigh Corners offices and Dante Ristorante. IntegraCare would operate the facility, which would open in 2020 if it is approved. The project would require a special exception to the county zoning laws.

    The GFCA Land Use & Zoning Committee will meet on February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Great Falls Library to discuss building plans. GFCA will hold a townhall meeting on the proposed facility at a later date.

    Attached is a recent letter from the developer to residents in the vicinity of the proposed development. Verity Commercial Assisted Living Facility 1131 Walker Road Notification Letter.pdf

  • 03 Jan 2018 9:19 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    Attend the Kick-off Meeting for zMOD: Fairfax County and its consultant, Clarion Associates, will hold a community meeting as part of the official kick-off for the next phase of the Zoning Ordinance Modernization project (zMOD) on Wednesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Government Center (conference rooms 4 & 5). This phase of the project will include restructuring the format of the ordinance, and updating and "bucketing" land uses.

    Take the Online Survey: A public survey has been posted and will be available through January 31. Please let the County know your thoughts about the Zoning Ordinance: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZMOD

    For additional information, please see the project website (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/zmod) and the news release (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/attend-jan-24-community-meeting-launching-fairfax-countys-zoning-modernization-project).

    You may also contact the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314.

  • 30 Dec 2017 5:15 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA is working with a group of Great Falls residents to explore the feasibility of a ride service for our non-driving Seniors (55 years and older).  This service would be staffed by volunteers and provide free rides for non-driving seniors to get to important appointments, for example medical, legal or banking.  Many communities in our area provide this service today – but none serve Great Falls.

    We are conducting a survey to assess the viability of such a service – based on demand from non-driving Seniors and the interest among drivers to volunteer some time.   A GFCA member survey will be distributed directly to members by email.  We would appreciate a large response, even if to say “no interest”. 

    Non-GFCA members may take the survey at the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeniorRides

    Finally, questions can be directed to the feasibility team by email at SeniorRides@gfca.org.

  • 13 Dec 2017 10:52 AM | Philip Pifer (Administrator)

    Do you have a college student home for the holidays, or high school student, or are you interested in a fun temporary opportunity?

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will soon be hiring for the 2018 summer season.  We have many positions available with the National Park Service and with the Wolf Trap Foundation from mid-May through mid-September.  If you, or someone you know, are looking for a summer job....they are looking for you!  There will be job fairs at the Filene Center on December 28 from 4:00-8:00 pm; January 6 from 12:00noon-4:00pm; and January 10 from 4:00-8:00 pm 

    Attendees will be able to meet with hiring supervisors and find out how to apply for these and other federal government positions. If you have questions – please call the National Park Service employment hotline at 703-255-1823 or visit  www.nps.gov/wotr/learn/management/employment.htm.


  • 26 Nov 2017 2:39 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)


  • 15 Nov 2017 3:06 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    At our October TownHall yesterday, membership formally approved the Bylaws proposal recommended by the Executive Board.  The Bylaws revision included technical corrections and a collection of other measures designed to improve GFCA operating effectiveness.  Specifics of the revisions have been the subject of prior newsletters, and can also be viewed here.  After a summary by Phil Pifer, and general Q&A discussion, the measure was approved unanimously by the members present.

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