Morning Notes

Cherry blossoms have opened in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Supreme Court Tosses County Zoning Update — “The Virginia Supreme Court has voided a massive zoning modernization plan approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2021 because the board’s approval occurred during a virtual meeting. The court’s ruling, issued Thursday, could call into question scores of routine decisions made by local governing bodies during the first 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.” [Inside NoVA]

D.C. Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom — “The National Park Service announced that Washington’s cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom Thursday. Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of cherry tree buds are flowering…The National Cherry Blossom Festival started Monday in coordination with the flowering of the cherry blossoms.” [The Washington Post]

Fire Department Advises Properly Disposing of Cigarettes — “During March, there have been two significant house fires caused by improperly discarded smoking materials…In addition, there have been a few, relatively minor, fires caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Improperly discarded smoking material fires are totally preventable!” [FCFRD]

Public Hearings Set on Parking Changes — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors say they will take the time to get proposed ‘Parking Reimagined’ zoning, policy and procedural changes done right, rather than force them through despite concerns that continue to fester in the community.” Public hearings will be held by the planning commission on April 19 and the board on June 6. [Gazette Leader]

Tech Industry Finds Home in Northern Virginia — “HQ2 may be facing a hiccup, but local tech companies specializing in defense contracts, AI, space, cloud computing and healthcare are thriving. Northern Virginia is home to 17,000 tech companies, nearly half of them in Fairfax, a concentration that has led to an insatiable thirst for workers.” [FCEDA]

Park Authority Calls for One Hour Without Lights — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging participation in the annual One Dark Hour event, Saturday, March 25…To participate in One Dark Hour, simply turn off your outdoor lights on Saturday, March 25, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.” [FCPA]

Herndon HS Band to Play at Pearl Harbor — “It’s a big year for the Herndon High School Band: The Pride of Herndon which is celebrating its 75th year as a band. Amidst the celebrations, the band received the invitation to be Virginia’s ambassador at the 2023 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.” [Patch]

Hayfield SS Graduate Reflects on Journey to NASA — “Hayfield Secondary School alum Swati Mohan is making history as an aerospace engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Mars 2020 mission. But in high school, Mohan didn’t imagine that’s where her career was going…until she was inspired by her FCPS physics teacher and two vastly different Science Fair projects.” [FCPS/Facebook]

It’s Friday — Rain throughout the day. High of 71 and low of 48. Sunrise at 7:07 am and sunset at 7:25 pm. []