Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes


By, Heather Warner

It’s Superbowl Sunday and your favorite team is playing, but you can’t have a party at your house, because your county has banned large gatherings at all neighborhood homes. Can you imagine that being the case? It could happen in Virginia’s most populated county.

Fairfax County officials are proposing a zoning ordinance which would ban large large and frequent gatherings at homes.¬†What constitutes large–any gathering of more than 50 people.

Under this proposed ordinance, a homeowner would be in violation if they had more than three gatherings of more than fifty people in any forty day period.  Apparently this is all the result of several complaints that some county residents are disrupting their neighborhoods with huge and frequent parties.

What do you think of this proposed ordinance? Should homeowners have limitations on the size and number of gatherings at their homes?