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Fairfax Year in Review: April 2023

Our retrospective on the news of the year


• Fairfax County’s population in 2022 was down 1 percent (to 1,138,331) from the 2020 federal census, according to new Census Bureau figures.

• Average home-sales prices are now up 31 percent across Northern Virginia compared to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, it’s harder for Millennials to own a home, new data suggest.

• The Fairfax County government is doing better than expected in terms of revenue, and staff are now seeking ways to spend it.

• Fairfax County supervisors heard a report from police about efforts to combat human trafficking.

• Fairfax supervisors are asking for more streetlight conversions to more energy-efficient options.

• The McLean Citizens Association is recommending that Fairfax supervisors approve a lower real-estate tax rate, but also wants higher pay for public-safety personnel.

• The proposed Astoria McLean development would bring several “firsts” to the community, the developer says.

• Fairfax County Public Schools say an external review has found no malfeasance, but will make policy changes, after some students were not notified that they had received accolades from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

• The Fairfax County School Board has approved a $41.4 million expansion and modernization of Mosaic Elementary School in Oakton.

• Fairfax County School Board members have adopted a new code of conduct for themselves.

• Vienna officials have laid out an ambitious plan for public art.

• Vienna and McLean each ranked high in a new national survey of average credit scores.

• Candidates for the McLean Community Center Governing Board are gearing up for the May election.

• Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority officials are blasting the federal government for short-staffing that is causing major delays in processing travelers entering the U.S. from overseas.

• The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has created a “youth art walk” at Washington Dulles International Airport, similar to efforts at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.