Full House? Fairfax County May Limit The Number Of Visitors To Your Home

Grandma may have to stay at home if you plan on having a large family gathering.

Planning a party for 50 at your home?

Soon, you may have to cut a person or two from your guest list. And if your extended family is larger than 49 people, grandma might just have to sit at her own home.

Fairfax County officials are considering banning any gatherings within private homes that exceed 49 people in one day — and forbidding any “large” gatherings more than three times in a 40-day period.

Just how large “large” will be has yet to be determined. The county’s zoning administration has scheduled three meetings to get public feedback.

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“If you’ve got 60 or 70 people gathering on a regular basis, that can cause quality of life problems for your neighbors,” says Fairfax County Public Information Officer Brian Worthy, adding the issue has been ongoing.

“We’re certainly not intending to regulate anyone’s holiday party or realtors’ open houses,” Worthy says.

In a statement released to Watchdog.org, County Supervisor Pat Herrity said, “I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble.”

Worthy had no information on the  number of complaints about overflowing houses, but Herrity told Watchdog.org that only six complaints about too many people crammed into homes were received last year.

Meetings in Fairfax County are scheduled for public feedback on the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, May 7, 7 – 9 p.m. at South County Government Center: 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, in the Main Conference Room (SCC221)

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.
Nancy May 06, 2014 at 07:37 PM
This is the dumbest thing I've heard of yet. Some homes are large enough and equipped to have a hundred guests; some are too small for even 25 guests. I think the County and law enforcement have better things to worry about. Aren't there other laws to curb noise, parking and other worries?
Laura B. May 07, 2014 at 07:34 AM
I'd be interested in hearing some of the backstory, since this proposed rule is clearly crafted to respond to a specific problem area. Perhaps the Patch can stop incorrectly characterizing this proposal, which does not do what the article says it does? Here's the actual bill, folks: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning/groupassembly/groupassemblydraft2-18-14.pdf
Marc Mordue May 08, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Submit to your government. Pay your taxes and follow like sheep.
Tee Powell May 08, 2014 at 11:52 PM
John Strother May 11, 2014 at 03:27 PM
I have had parties at my house for the college age kids of a friend. There has been over 400 people attend these parties. Sure it robs the neighbors of a few parking spaces. It does get loud. However to pass like this without truly justifying it sure looks like big brother and the law. It's one thing if it is over crowding as in too many people living there. It is another if it is a birthday party. Sorry, but we already have laws that cover this.


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