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Area Residents Urged to Take Survey on Impact of Code Compliance

posted Jan 7, 2014, 5:48 AM by Bryan Woodcock

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Area Residents Urged to Take Survey on Impact of Code Compliance

Community Town Hall to Discuss Resident Concerns with County Officials Set for February 6

Jan. 6, 2014 - Annandale, VA – Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC) is urging Fairfax County residents to take a ”code compliance feedback” survey. The survey, available at www.masondistrict.org and open until January 28, 2014, seeks feedback on code compliance violations, impact upon quality of life and suggestions for improving the current code enforcement system.

The Department of Code Compliance (DCC) is responsible for receiving complaints and enforcing zoning violations in Fairfax County. The Department investigates quality of life complaints in the County, including parking in the grass, junk in the yard, too many people living in a home, uncut grass, building without permits, and hoarding. It enforces zoning, property maintenance, building, blight, grass, fire and health codes all within in a single department.

Results of the survey will be released at MDC's public meeting with County officials on February 6 at 7:30 pm at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, in Falls Church, VA. Invited panelists include: Director of Fairfax County Code Compliance, Jeff Blackford, Fairfax County Code Compliance Supervisor, Susan Epstein and Deputy County Executive, Robert Stalzer. The meeting is open to the public and will have a Q and A format and will encourage ideas exchanged among citizens and the panel.

“We have heard from countless residents who have voiced their frustration with code violations and the county’s enforcement capability. With our latest survey, we’re asking residents to help shed more light on the issues they see – and their suggestions for positive change,” said Mollie Loeffler, Chair, Mason District Council. “The Council is actively urging the Department of Code Compliance and elected officials to respond to citizen concerns and revise code enforcement procedures to dramatically improve outcomes.”

The survey currently being fielded is a follow-up to a 2012-2013 survey, for which more than 600 Mason residents participated and 67.4 % reported being concerned with overcrowding.

As of the end of 2013 Mason District had the highest number of open/unresolved multiple occupancy cases in the County followed by Providence and Lee Districts.

The Mason District Council (MDC) is a non-profit organization designed to act as a support network and communication forum for citizens, civic associations and homeowner associations within the Mason District in Fairfax County, Va. The organization is a branch of the Fairfax Federation of Citizen Associations. More than 4,000 households are represented through Civic and Homeowner Association membership in MDC.

www.masondistrict.org

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