April 16 Meeting: Land Use Changes, Board Election

The April 16 Providence District Council meeting will focus on Fairfax Forward, a proposal to replace the Area Plans Review process in evaluating Comprehensive Plan changes that can affect the future of neighborhoods throughout the county. The meeting begins with a PDC officer election at 7:15 p.m., in the Dunn Loring Administrative Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, 22027. The Fairfax Forward program starts at 7:30 pm.

Attending the meeting will be Supervisor Linda Smyth; Marianne Gardner, director of the county’s Planning Division, in the Department of Planning and Zoning; and Meghan Van Dam, chief of the department’s Policy and Plan Development Branch.

The goals of Fairfax Forward are to reduce the county’s emphasis of “spot planning,” in which proposals to change the Comprehensive Plan, often to increase density, are driven by specific projects. Fairfax Forward also would allow more back-and-forth discussions about proposals before they go to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The plan has a stated goal of increasing citizen participation in the early stages of development planning.

At the same time, concerns have been raised in recent weeks that Fairfax Forward, as written, could reduce the traditional role of the community in directly reviewing completed land use proposals, and also to initiate suggested changes in the Comprehensive Plan. Details on Fairfax Forward can be found at this county web page.

After review by the PDC’s new Program and Policy Advisory Committee, PDC members on April 16 will be asked to authorize the sending of a letter to the Board of Supervisors, which has scheduled an April 30 public hearing on  Fairfax Forward. To see a draft of the letter, click on this link.

At 7:15 p.m., the PDC nominations committee will place a 2013 officers slate forward for election by PDC members. The slate includes Charlie Hall, Chair; C. Flint Webb, Vice Chair; Cynthia Lee, Secretary; Julia Hutchins, Treasurer. Other candidates may also present themselves for consideration.




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