Village News Update, 3/5/21

Dear Neighbor / Friend,

Hate stuffing your inbox, but thought these two issues would be of interest to you.

Plastic Lawn & Leaf Bags Are Banned – Patty asked why we weren’t granted a grace period to use up our plastic lawn & leaf bags. Maybe we were or maybe not.

On 23 February 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit the use of plastic bags for yard waste to include the bio-degradable, compostable bags made from corn bi-products. Although the new rule takes effect 1 March, the Solid Waste Management Program will be exercising enforcement discretion for a six-week period to allow time for customer notification and education on the new rule. Enforcement will begin Monday, 19 April 2021.

Does this mean that our commercial haulers will pick up yard waste set curbside in plastic bags? Your guess is as good as mine. Please let me know your experience.

zMOD Public Hearing - County Board of Supervisors (BOS) to hold public hearing Tuesday, 9 March at 4:00 PM concerning the revisions of county codes to include Accessory Living Units (ALUs), Home-Based Businesses (HBB) and Flags. I do not see the issue with flags and can only imagine why we want to fix something that ain’t broke.

But, the ALUs and HBBs will seriously impact residential communities such as our village and the adjacent Rolling Valley subdivision. We are on record opposing proposed changes, but it may be worth your while to also submit a letter or sign up to talk at the public hearing by clicking on Sign Up to Speak Before the Board of Supervisors | Clerk to the Board ( Some believe the decision is already made, but if so – it will be over the opposition of most CAs, HOAs, District Councils, and the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations.

I might just be Chicken Little, but in my opinion, this is big!

John Cooley, CAWSV

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