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This Week in Providence

*  Fairfax County to Consider New Zoning Rules to Help Food Trucks Do Business
News Highlights 

  • Proposed zoning rules allow food trucks to operate at construction sites, office buildings, shopping centers or other developed commercial and industrial properties.
  • Trucks will need a $100 permit, permission from property owners, plus a $35 Solicitor’s License and $40 Food Establishment Permit.They can stay at any single location for four hours, but they may go to multiple locations. However, trucks still may not park on public roads to sell food.                           

    On June 17, 2014, the Board of Supervisors authorized the following public hearings for the proposed Food Truck Zoning Ordinance Amendment:   

          Planning Commission Public Hearing: July 30, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.
          Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing:  September 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.


    *  Proposed Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment 

    Zoning Ordinance Icon On July 30, 2013, the Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized for public hearing the proposed Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment. The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment establishes a new use of Residential Studios that will consist of efficiency (zero bedrooms) multiple family dwelling units of not more than 500 square feet in size and for not more than 75 units in a development, or as further limited by the Board. The residential studio use would be allowed with the approval of a special exception in most of the residential, commercial and industrial districts or as part of a rezoning or by approval of a special exception in all of the planned development districts. The amendment proposes a number of additional standards to address factors related to the operation of the development and compatibility of the use at the specific development site, among others.

    Next Meeting:  July 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Board Conference Room

Meals Tax Referendum Report

On June 17, 2014, the Task Force to Consider a Meals Tax Referendum presented its final report to the Board of Supervisors today.  The communitywide task force was convened in April by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and co-chaired by two former chairmen of the Board of Supervisors, Thomas M. Davis and Katherine K. Hanley.

The task force was directed to recommend to the Board of Supervisors:

  • Whether or not to proceed with a referendum for a meals tax;
  • If it is the recommendation of the group to do so, the task force should recommend the timing (what year?) for the question to be put to voters;
  • And the task force should return with a recommendation for how revenue from a meals tax should be used.

In order to assist the Board of Supervisors in making a decision about whether to put the question of levying a meals tax in Fairfax County as a referendum on the ballot, the task force developed arguments both for and against doing so.  These pros and cons are included in the report and the task force makes no recommendation on whether or not to proceed with a referendum. The Board of Supervisors accepted the task force’s report and thanked the members for their work.  For more information, including the final report, go to

Providence District Council thanks Gabe Goldberg for representing Providence District on the Meals Tax Referendum Task Force.  

Fairfax Alerts Has Launched

                                    Fairfax Alerts Blog Box

Fairfax Alerts, the new alert system from Fairfax County, is now live and you are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts, as well as severe traffic and weather alerts customized to your desires. In the video below, Sulayman Brown with our emergency management office, shows how simple it is to get alert.  If We Can’t Reach You, We Can’t Alert You.  Sign up for Fairfax Alerts today at

Fairfax Greenlights $100 Million Transportation Bond Referendum for Roads
News Highlights

  • If approved by voters on Nov. 4, $100 million transportation bond referendum will help improve roads and reduce congestion.
  • This $100 million bond is one of many funding sources identified to pay for more than $1.4 billion in transportation priorities during the next six years.
  • The projects proposed for bond funding were identified through extensive public outreach and engagement.
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