March 10, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Some good news at last! Spring is approaching, many of our students are back to in-person learning and the number of vaccines available to residents is quickly expanding – the county received over 19,000 doses of vaccine this week up from 13,000 a few weeks ago. And, as you can see in the COVID-19 Case Information chart below, almost 9 percent of county residents have been fully vaccinated. We still have a long way to go, but these are very positive steps forward.
More good news:
  • Later this month a mass vaccination site is scheduled to open in Alexandria as a joint partnership between Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria and Inova. According to Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay, at maximum capacity this site can vaccinate close to 12,000 people a day. When it opens, this facility will become an important regional facility to vaccinate eligible residents of our county and Alexandria. A reminder that Fairfax County residents must register through the county's vaccination webpage here. Vaccinations by appointment continue to be provided at the main Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax County Health Department locations, as well as at county partners and select pharmacies.
  • The Fairfax County Public Library is set to reopen for Express Services beginning March 22. Customers will be able to visit branches for up to 30 minutes Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curbside pickup of materials on hold will remain available to customers Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capacity limits will be in place: up to 30 members of the public at a time may be in community branches and up to 60 may be in regional branches. Learn more.
  • Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared important new guidelines on how people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they stopped doing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include gathering indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. Learn more. However, it should be noted that we should continue to follow Gov. Northam’s executive order on gathering sizes, which changed on March 1.
Stay safe everyone and I hope you are able get outside to enjoy our beautiful spring weather!

Today's COVID-19 Updates (March 10)
Fairfax County Health Department News: When it Comes to Encouraging Vaccination, It’s All About Your Friends, Neighbors and Others You Trust
Throughout the pandemic, Fairfax County has turned to local leaders from nonprofit organizations, faith-based communities and other community organizations to help spread the word about COVID-19 health, safety and testing. As the county focuses efforts on vaccination, these partnerships have been activated even further with a unique ‘Word of Mouth’ outreach program. Learn more.

Contact Information
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Fairfax County Health Department:
  • Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • Email (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)

Vaccine Providers

Vaccine Updates


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 March 10)
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study
Next Steps Include Community Engagement
The Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force is scheduled to wrap up its review process this summer following a yearlong effort and more than two dozen meetings (the photo is from our virtual Webex meeting on Monday). Its recommendations will then be shared for feedback at town hall meetings and dialogues with stakeholders such as homeowner associations, community organizations and business groups. More information will be forthcoming on dates and other details when available.

Since May 2020, the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force members have been working diligently, with the support of the county’s Department of Planning and Development, to review and propose updates to key elements of the Comprehensive Plan including the planned balance of ongoing redevelopment, infrastructure and the environment across all of Reston.

Topic areas under review include:
  • Planning Principles
  • Population
  • Transportation
  • Parks & Open Space
  • Village Center Density
  • Public Art
  • Equity
  • Energy/Environment
  • Public Health
  • Affordable Housing

I initiated the review process of the Reston Comprehensive Plan in January 2020 and it was approved by the Board of Supervisors for additional study and community input.

The review process has been somewhat slowed by the pandemic, but I am very excited by the work and the collaboration by the task force, as well as county agencies including the Department of Planning and Development and Department of Transportation, among others. We still have several months of work ahead, but I believe the outcome will reaffirm Restonians’ decision to live in a planned, equity-focused community.

Learn more:
Board of Supervisors Update
The Board of Supervisors met virtually yesterday, March 9. Watch the meeting here. I presented three Board Matters, which were all approved by the Board:
Actions that were taken by the Board include:
County Seeks Input on Strategic Plan
Help shape the future of Fairfax County, Hunter Mill District and your neighborhood by providing feedback on the proposed Countywide Strategic Plan. The proposed strategic plan was developed through extensive community engagement and lays out a community-based vision for the next 10 to 20 years. Originally proposed to the Board of Supervisors in February 2020, COVID-19 paused public progress until now. The updated proposed plan includes recognition of the immediate and longer-term impacts of the pandemic.

You are invited to take a survey to provide your input on topics including Health and Environment, Safety and Security, Housing and Neighborhood Livability and Mobility and Transportation. Find the survey online in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Transportation and Land Use
Tonight is WMATA Public Hearing on FY 2022 Budget Proposed Changes in Virginia
Join me at 6 p.m. for tonight's (3/10) WMATA public hearing on proposed changes in Virginia in the FY22 Budget. Call 512-580-8850 and enter 9141 to provide feedback during the meeting. You can also watch live on YouTube. Learn more.

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting, March 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, March 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Note change from usual start time of 7 p.m.) Details and the agenda will be found here.
Reston Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Virtual Meeting, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Reston P&Z virtual meeting is Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. More information.
Wiehle Avenue Crossing Study Group Virtual Meeting, March 18, 7 p.m.
Wiehle Pedestrian Crossing Study Group virtual meeting is Thursday, March 18, 7 to 9 p.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 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code: 173 512 0630. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. To submit feedback, questions or comments, email

April 6 is 2021 Paving and Restriping Public Meeting for Hunter Mill District
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Transportation are hosting virtual meetings this spring regarding the 2021 Paving and Restriping Program. The Hunter Mill District meeting will be held April 6 at 7 p.m. Learn more.
Public Safety Update
Fairfax County Police Out in the Community with Solid (not flashing) Light Bar on Cruisers
The Fairfax County Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol Unit is deploying marked police cruisers with a solid light bar (not flashing) in the coming weeks. If you see this car in your community, officers are out on patrol to be visible and engaged with the community.

Fire and Rescue Department Provides Tips on Keeping Kids Safe and Away from Screened/Open Windows.
Warm weather usually prompts many residents to open the windows in their home. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wants to alert residents to an issue that tragically comes up each spring children falling out of screened or open windows. Learn more

Mark Your Calendar for Reston District Police Station Community Advisory Committee Meeting, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Use this Zoom link to participate in the March 23 CAC meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. You can also call in to the meeting at 888-363-4735, conference code: 990007. For more information, email Reston residents are invited to attend!
5 Things to Know Today
School Board Member Melanie Meren Hosts Virtual Student Town Hall March 24
Hunter Mill District students are invited to attend a virtual town hall hosted by Hunter Mill District School Board member Melanie Meren on Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more

Provide Input on Dog Park Study Draft Report
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m. to present the study findings and gather public comment on the Dog Park Study Draft Report. Meeting registration information and instructions to access the meeting can be found at Dog Park Study website. You need not register to attend virtually. More Information.
The county's two new sites are at the I-95 Landfill Complex and the I-66 Transfer Station, which are open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can drop off your food waste into one of the green bins. The waste is taken to a local composting facility. Finished compost is used for landscaping and agriculture. As of last week, more than 4,500 pounds of food has been collected. More Information.

Kindergarten and SACC Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
Kindergarten registration for the fall is open for children who will turn five on or before Sept. 30. Parents can find out their local school by viewing the FCPS boundary locator. For kindergarteners, the separate kindergarten registration page has the most detailed information. In addition, families can call the School Age Child Care (SACC) registration department at 703-449-8989 to speak with a registrar about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. 

Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual – Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers
Rec-PAC is hiring to fill more than 200 positions for its six-week summer camp program. Rec-PAC, affiliated with the Fairfax County Park Authority, is hosting a series of six virtual information sessions for job seekers interested in working as a camp counselor or camp director. Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711