Fort Belvoir Proposal

Prompts Land-Use Review

County officials have launched an effort to consider changes to Fairfax's comprehensive land-use plan to reflect the possible relocation of about 18,000 workers to Fort Belvoir.

The Pentagon's proposal to realign and close military installations around the country would result in job gains for the Army post in southeast Fairfax.

At the urging of Supervisors T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) and Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), a committee will be named to suggest where the county's master plan should be altered to take advantage of the changes proposed at Fort Belvoir.

The committee will be led by Planning Commissioners Rodney Lusk (Lee) and John R. Byers (Mount Vernon).

"The influx of these jobs will have a significant effect on the economy of Fairfax County and especially the Richmond Highway (Route 1) corridor," Kauffman and Hyland said in a joint statement. "It is prudent to begin an evaluation of how the Comprehensive Plan might need to be amended to create a land-use vision for the corridor that appropriately responds to the base realignment and closure recommendations."

Va. Official to Coordinate

Bicycle, Pedestrian Issues

David Patton has been named Virginia's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, state transportation officials announced.

Patton, an avid bicyclist and walker, will provide guidance and education on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design issues. He will also help develop promotional and educational materials and serve as the liaison on bicycling and pedestrian issues with other agencies, planning organizations, local governments and the public. Patton started Aug. 10.

Under state regulations, highway construction projects are supposed to accommodate bicycling and walking. The state recently broke ground on the Virginia Capital Trail, a 54-mile bike and walking path that will follow Route 5 from Richmond to Williamsburg.

For information on bicycling and walking in Virginia, visit

NVCC to Offer

Classes in Reston

Northern Virginia Community College has opened a Reston center that will offer nearly 30 courses during the fall semester. Registration is underway.

Subjects include business, art, information technology, foreign languages, mathematics, English and social and human studies.

The center, at 11260 Roger Bacon Dr., is staffed by the Loudoun County campus of NVCC, which said it is making a push eastward to take advantage of growth.

"There has been a great increase in population in and around Reston, as well as growth in the business and industry sectors," Loudoun Provost Anthony Tardd said in a news release. "The college is well-positioned to respond, and the addition of our new location will enable us to better serve the community and respond to that growth."

Registration for fall classes at the Reston center and all six NVCC campuses has begun. For more information, visit

Community 'Dialogue'

Scheduled in McLean

The annual McLean "community connections dialogue" will be held Sept. 29 at the McLean Community Center, officials have announced.

The theme for this year's dialogue is, "When values and principles are at stake, do we give up community harmony?"

Participants from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds will break into small groups of nine, each with a facilitator.

McLean Community Connects, a committee of McLean and Great Falls residents representing various religious and ethnic groups, is sponsoring the event.

The time is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-324-3453 or send an e-mail to

Only One Local Debate

Set in Governor's Race

The scheduled debate Sept. 13 in Fairfax between the candidates for Virginia governor, Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Jerry W. Kilgore (R), is the only live televised face-off of the campaign planned in Northern Virginia, officials said.

The Sept. 13 event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. The county Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the debate.

Though Kaine and Kilgore will appear on NewsChannel 8 in Northern Virginia, the hour-long debate will not be seen by voters elsewhere in the state. NewsChannel 8 will rebroadcast it later that evening.

NBC's Washington bureau chief, Tim Russert, will serve as moderator. A panel of journalists and a chamber member will ask the candidates questions.

For more information, call 703-749-0400 or visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY