Welcome to Our Neighborhood!
Spring Lane street signs

arlyn Square is a bucolic oasis in the heart of bustling, historic Bailey's Crossroads in Fairfax County, Virginia — just minutes from the cultural diversity of Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Washington, DC.
Built in 1971, our 37 townhouses are tucked away on a cul-de-sac at the end of Spring Lane off Columbia Pike. We're just inside Fairfax County's border with Arlington, between Leesburg Pike and Carlin Springs Road. (Map)
We have an active, engaged community association with an elected Board of Directors and appointed subcommittees. Our square is a mix of new and long-time residents. Some are original owners while others have lived here for two or three decades, which speaks to the great quality of life in our friendly neighborhood


Speed Hump

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) officials have recommended speed humps along Spring and Robinwood Lanes to slow traffic and, it is hoped, reduce the number of vehicles. In an October 2 meeting with a task force from both streets, FCDOT proposed one speed hump on Robinwood Lane and one on Spring Lane just above the top of the slope down to Columbia Pike. (See map of proposed sites and speed hump diagram here)

The plan is the result of a traffic study requested by the neighborhood task force consisting of representatives from homeowners groups on the affected streets, including Carlyn Square Association secretary David McAlary.

The study, conducted on May 22, 2019 shows that the two streets are eligible for traffic calming measures because of high vehicle volume and excessive driving speeds.

The task force members accepted the FCDOT proposal, but are required seek approval from their respective neighborhoods before the plan can go into effect. The agency's regulations require acceptance by paper ballot  by at least 50% of all property owners on or adjacent to Spring and Robinwood Lanes who would be affected by the proposal, regardless of whether they vote or not.

Before a vote can occur, FCDOT will study the feasibility of a request from a Carlyn Square resident who told a February 4 public meeting on the proposal that the Spring Lane speed hump should be moved further toward Robinwood Lane to allow less distance for a driver to pick up speed before turning. FCDOT must determine if a new position will violate the State Department of Transportation's new guidelines for minimum speed hump distance from an intersection or parking lot entrance, which is 200 feet.

Homeowners will be asked to vote by a mail-in ballot, which homeowners will receive from the Board of Directors later. The Board of Directors supports this traffic calming proposal.

Boundary Adjustment Starts
for Glen Forest Elementary

Glen Forest Elementary School
Glen Forest Elementary School parents and community members pitched their ideas about reducing the number of students at Glen Forest Elementary School at a June 10 meeting with officials of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The officials called the confab to discuss a boundary adjustment that could possibly move some students to Bailey’s Primary, Bailey’s Upper, and Parklawn elementary schools to relieve overcrowding at Glen Forest.

The school is at full capacity with more than 1,100 students, the largest elementary school population in Fairfax County. That has led to bus and car gridlock on Glen Forest Drive, a lunch schedule with the first of three shifts starting at 10:30 a.m., and safety concerns.

At the meeting, parents, guardians, students, staff, and nearby residents learned about the FCPS boundary adjustment process and gathered in small groups to provide feedback about the scope of the adjustment for Glen Forest. The community meeting was the first step in that process under FCPS regulations.

All but one group agreed that elementary schools beyond Bailey's Upper and Lower and Parklawn should be included in the boundary adjustment. The Carlyn Square group recommended that some Parklawn students who live within the Annandale High School pyramid be shifted to schools in that district to make room for some Glen Forest children. However, students moved from Glen Forest Elementary would remain in the Justice High School Pyramid, 
according to a recent memo from Fabio Zuluaga, the Region 2 Assistant Superintendent who chaired the meeting.

The next step in the boundary adjustment process will be a boundary study by FCPS staff. During the study, possible options will be presented for the community to consider, based on input from the June 10 meeting. Another community meeting will be held in the fall.

The school board will then schedule a public hearing and subsequently make a final decision on a boundary adjustment.

Superintent Zuluaga told some Carlyn Square residents after the meeting that the proposal to route departing school bus traffic down Spring Lane as another measure to relieve Glen Forest Drive congestion has not been ruled out, but would be considered only after it is seen how a boundary adjustment works. Our Association opposes the idea of bus rerouting. A decision on this would be discussed in a public forum and not sprung secretly on the neighborhood, he said.