Possible Changes In Zoning Law
A proposed zoning law for Fairfax County would make it illegal to hold regular gatherings for a large number of people. For the proposal, such meetings could only occur three times in a 40-day period and could include no more than 49 attendees.
Some of those protesting the proposal are groups holding large weekly bible studies and other similar gatherings. The Fairfax County Supervisor has reportedly said he is concerned the proposal is problematic and would result in legal action if it would be passed.
The proposal on the County’s web site states:
These gatherings can create parking, noise, and other concerns for the neighborhood. Although occasional, large gatherings – such as private parties, house concerts, religious meetings and social clubs – are expected and permissible activities at a home, gatherings that occur on a regular basis involving numerous people can detract from the residential nature of a neighborhood because most residential structures and neighborhoods are not designed to accommodate such events.
The county hosted a public meeting to hear feedback and will continue to gather feedback through the end of May.