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Do you know what an RSU is? These small rental studio apartments could be coming to your neighborhood if a zoning amendment by the County is approved. In the short time that the County's proposed change to the zoning ordinance has been made public, citizens and community groups have been scrambling to learn more and to express their concerns to the Board of Supervisors and Office of Planning and Zoning. Their main concern is that the proposed amendment could allow the conversion of Single Family Dwellings into multiple family RSUs -- rental efficiency apartments of 500 sq. ft or less in most residential, commercial, industrial and planned districts. While many residents recognize the need for affordable housing, they believe strongly that the current amendment would threaten the character and stability of their established single family neighborhoods.

Link to proposed amendment: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoningordinance/proposed/residentialstudios.pdf

Organizations like the Mason District Council and Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations have strong concerns about the proposed amendment in its current form and have passed resolutions to improve the proposal with suggestions to help protect and preserve single family neighborhoods and guide more logical placement of RSU developments.

Please see resolutions:

http://www.fairfaxfederation.org/resolutions/ResolutionResidentialStudiosBoardApproved20130919.pdf

http://www.masondistrict.org/

Mason District Council has also prepared a petition opposing the currently drafted amendment which anyone in Fairfax County may sign.

See Petition here: http://chn.ge/16kX9FB

The MDC will also hold a meeting on the topic on November 14th at 7:30 at the Mason District Governmental Center. The author of the proposed amendment will be there.

In order to address mounting community concern, the Planning Commission has now suggested a process for encouraging engagement in changes to the advertised ordinance. The Board of Supervisors has endorsed the Planning Commission's plan to defer its November 20, 2013 public hearing on the proposed RSU amendment and to create a Planning Commission Residential Studios Committee to allow further review and consideration of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment by Planning Commissioners, citizens, and other stakeholders through five scheduled Committee meetings

The Residential Studios Committee meeting dates are listed below. All meetings will be open

to the public and will allow opportunities for discussion.

October 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center

November 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 106/107 Herrity Building

December 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center

January 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center

January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 2/3 Government Center

Questions and comments can be submitted through the Planning Commission's website plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov


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