Vienna will join its suburban neighbors next week when the Town Council considers a proposal to regulate video machines.
The proposal is expected to be introduced by council member George Lovelace.
Vienna currently has no video arcades, and as Lovelace sees it, that makes the town an oasis in an area surrounded by communities being invaded by video machines.
"Here we sit without a tough video game policy, right in between Falls Church and Fairfax City where they have tightened their ordinances," Lovelace said. "If we don't have ordinances at least as tight as theirs, we could open the door to these amusement arcades."
At next Monday's council meeting, Lovelace plans to ask the council to consider adopting a video game policy and asking the city manager to review the town code.
"I want to make sure that our ordinances are clear so these businesses know where we stand," Lovelace said. "Now we don't have any big amusement arcades. I don't think it's possible to outlaw arcades, but we can look over the zoning maps to see where they should be."
The Vienna Town Council last year adopted an ordinance requiring a use permit for "mechanical amusement devices" after several businesses brought in a few video machines. Since then the Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals has rejected an application to install video games in a town record shop, and one prospective arcade owner withdrew an application amid citizen protest.
Falls Church imposed a $200 annual fee last month on owners of 10 or more video games and, along with Fairfax City, limited the arcades to heavily commercial areas not adjacent to churches or schools.