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Fairfax County: 49 Is Company, 50 Is A Crowd

Grandma might not have to sit home alone after all.

Good news for grandma. She might be getting that invitation to the family reunion after all. That is, unless the reunions or other large gatherings happen multiple times within 40 days.

A Fairfax County representative reached out to Patch on Tuesday to clarify a zoning proposal that could limit private gatherings in residents’ homes.

If your family reunions, weddings, birthday parties or other gatherings happen to have a guest list of 49 or fewer people, you can party away as frequently as you’d like, according to Public Information Officer Brian Worthy.

However, if you plan on having a guest list of 50 and up, well, then, your parties can only happen three times within a 40-day period, under a proposal being considered by Fairfax County authorities.

  • What are your thoughts on the proposal? Tell us in your comments!

Fairfax County is holding public meetings for residents to voice their opinions. The first one is Wednesday (May 7) from 7 - 9 p.m. at the South County Government Center: 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, in the Main Conference Room (SCC221). Two more meetings will come on the following dates:

Monday, May 12, 7 - 9 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in the Board Auditorium.

Monday, May 19, 7 - 9 p.m. at Lemon Road Elementary School: 7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, in the school cafeteria.

Fairfax Watcher May 07, 2014 at 11:27 AM
The Founding Father had it correct ---- a free press is very important to a safe democracy! THANKS to both Fairfax Government and the PATCH for engaging this important discussion. Please see the yesterday's PATCH story on this to read the well-written comments!!
RGS May 08, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Carrying over...current understanding is that this proposal is to curb an illegal temple that is operating in a residential community and causing various disturbances. This raises the question, WHY aren't current Zoning, Parking and noise ordinances being enforced or working properly to control the problem ??
Marty P. Smith May 10, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Regulating people's freedom of assembly/association, a right guaranteed by the 1st amendment, is how dictators control the populace and subdue citizens' ability to mount opposition. Existing ordinances have been sufficient up to now, so why shouldn't they be any more?
Ana Ham May 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
No one is going to tell me how many people I can have over! Screw them. This isn't freedom this is communism.

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