Allow Mr. Grapin and his two boys keep their tree house.
  • Petitioned Fairfax County Zoning Board

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Fairfax County Zoning Board

Allow Mr. Grapin and his two boys keep their tree house.

    1. Cameron Dunbar-Yamaguchi
    2. Petition by

      Cameron Dunbar-Yamaguchi

      Portland, OR

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November 2011

Victory

The Fairfax County zoning board rules that Army National Guard officer Mark Grapin must remove the treehouse he built for his two sons, Eric and Sean, ages 11 and 9, as a promise that he would return from his service in Iraq. Across the country, Sergeant Cameron Dunbar-Yamaguchi learns of Grapin's plight and creates a petition urging the board to act fairly and in good faith and let the treehouse stand. After an emotional petition delivery, the zoning board reverses its earlier decision in an unanimous vote to grant the variance for Eric and Sean's treehouse.

Mr. Grapin made a promise to his two boys before leaving for Iraq that when he came home he would build for them a tree house. He followed through with his promise, and made the right calls to the country concerning any permits, and was told he would not need anything and that it was safe to build it.

Now the County Zoning Board of Fairfax Country, VA wants him to take down the finished Tree House because his backyard is actually considered another front yard due to his house being on a corner lot, and thus requires zoning permits that he was told he did not need.

This Tree House is a symbol of a promise of safe return to his two boys from Iraq, and it is a promise that should stand and shine proudly. Mr. Grapin kept his promise, and the boys should be able to KEEP their fathers promise too, and enjoy that special Tree House to its fullest extent.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/17/dad-fights-zoning-boards-order-to-destroy-backyard-tree-house/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Win! Fairfax County Gives a Reprieve to Family's Treehouse

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The vote was unanimous, 5-0!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Petition drive tries to save Fairfax Co. treehouse

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      WTOP, the major DC metro area radio news station, covers this campaign. Great quote from Mr. Grapin!

      [Upon hearing of the petition]..."My first reaction was 'Oh my god. Someone wants permission to handcuff themselves to the tree house,'" says Grapin.

      But he says he was delighted when he saw how it was being treated....

      Grapin says he's hoping to sway at least one vote on the Fairfax County Zoning Board at a Nov. 30 appeal hearing. He says the petition should help. "

    4. Fairfax County tree house builder gets petition support in zoning fight

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post covers this campaign.

      "Dunbar-Yamaguchi, who serves in a combat support hospital in Vancouver, said Friday he started the petition on Change.org after seeing Grapin’s story on Fox News.

      “It’s kind of hard to make a concrete promise that, hey, I’m coming home safe,” Dunbar-Yamaguchi said in an interview. “But you can make a concrete promise of a tree house.” "

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. More advocates are weighing in

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Children and Nature Network posts about this campaign

    7. KABOOM! Supports this petition

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      KABOOM! is an awesome organization working to advocate on behalf of children's play. Read the blog post they wrote in support of this campaign.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Army Sergeant Launches a Petition to Help Defend a Stranger's Promise

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Iraq war veteran Mark Grapin's fight to keep a simple treehouse he built for his two sons in Fairfax County, Virginia has made national news, catching the attention of people across the country disturbed by local officials' orders that he remove the...

    10. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • m meyerovich GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      too many regulations and too many government workers

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    • David Boyer TEMPLETON, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      To support everyone's private property rights.

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    • Dominik Hoffmann LEESBURG, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      How much more government protecting us from ourselves do we need?

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    • Arlene Cooke WOODINVILLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Kudos to him for being such a good Dad. Let's all learn from the example and take care of each other.

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    • Jeannine Cody RESTON, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Let the family have the treehouse. If the County provided wrong information, why punish the children. I think that Fairfax County Zoning Board should be more concerned overdevelopment of Fairfax County than with a tree house. Mr. Grapin served his country, leave him be.

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