Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee Mission and Rules of Operation


 

Mission and Rules of Operation

Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee

Purpose

The purpose of the Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee (hereafter referred to as the Committee) is to review all proposals for modifying existing land use in residential neighborhoods and commercialand industrialdistricts in the Braddock Magisterial District of Fairfax County, Virginia. The Committee will also review stormwater or other environmental regulations that could impact such communities. The Committee is a volunteer, independent, and non-partisan group.

The Committee is advisory to the Braddock District Supervisor and to the Braddock District Planning Commissioner.

The Committee shall provide an informed, transparent, and thorough analysis of specific projects that are proposed for the Braddock District and will review said projects to ensure the protection of stable neighborhoods while allowing for change that improves the community as a whole.  Proposals with countywide scope that would impact the Braddock District will also be reviewed.

In support of this purpose, the Committee shall:
Gather information on each application to identify and resolve, where possible, issues related to those applications and questions about them;

Review the County Comprehensive Plan and amendments to the Plan and identify, and resolve where possible, issues related to the Plan and its amendments as they relate to the Braddock District;

Review and make recommendations on any legislative or regulatory changes to land use and/or environmental regulations and practices; and

Take proactive steps to identify and propose solutions to land use and/or environmental issues that may need to be addressed by the County, including Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

Membership

The Braddock District Land Use Committee is a self-selected volunteer organization.  Members volunteered to serve subsequent to the 2012 Braddock District Supervisor’s Community Forum.  This group of citizens represents a broad spectrum of residential, commercial, andindustrial interests within the Braddock District.  As needed, the core member group may recruit additional members based upon the need for geographical orneighborhood representation or for particular expertise or experience.

Members are expected to attend a sufficient number of meetings during the year so that they are familiar with the land use issues being considered and can make an informed contribution to both the discussions and the voting on the issues and recommendations.  Attendance will be taken at each meeting and any member who misses three meetings in a row will lose his or her voting and membership status. 

Each member shall have one vote.

The term of membership is one year and in September of each year, existing members may reapply for continued membership and interested citizens can apply for membership consideration.  An ad hoc committee appointed by the Chair of the Committee will review all new and continued membership applications and make recommendations to the full Committee which will in turn notify the Supervisor regarding the composition of the committee for the coming year.

Meetings

Meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at the Offices of the Braddock District Supervisor. 

Special meetings will be convened at the call of the Chair.

A quorum will consist of a majority of the members.  A meeting can progress with fewer members than a quorum if two-thirds of the members present agree.

The committee will use Roberts Rules of Order for the conduct of its meetings. 

Members will notify the Chair and staffof planned and protracted absences or anticipated tardiness. 

The Committee can invite liaison participation at committee meetings of federations, associations, and/or business groups.

Structure

The Committee will elect by majority vote a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.  Each will serve for a period of one-year beginning in September. 

The Committee can appoint ad hoc committees as needed to address specific issues and land use cases.

As a means to ensure that each land use case before the Committee is addressed in the most comprehensive and timely fashion, the Chair will appoint case leaders for each land use application under review by the Committee.  The case leader will be responsible to identify and involve all interested parties, such as an applicant’s representative, assigned County staff, and neighboring communities, and will coordinate with the Braddock District staff and the Committee Chair to ensure that all interested parties are kept apprised of proceedings and meetings and that they are invited to Committee meetings as appropriate.

Review Process

Applicants who submit land use applications for property in the Braddock Magisterial District will be referred to the Committee.  Land use proposals, including but not limited to, rezoning and special exception applications, modifications to existing special exceptions or rezoning, zoning ordinance amendments, development plan amendments, including those to proffer statements or conditions, and 2232 applications for public facilities will be reviewed. 

Staff of the Braddock District Supervisor will support the work of the Committee.  Staff will be responsible to schedule meetings and notify members of meetings.  All materials relevant to Committee deliberations will be provided by staff.  Staff will be responsible to make every reasonable effort to notify adjacent and proximate property owners of the nature of the applications, the pertinent subject matter, the date and time of public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, if known, and the agenda of the Committee regarding the application.  Staff will distribute minutes from meetings to members review and approval.  Staff also will be responsible to contact applicants and to arrange for their presentations to the Committee. 

Any Committee member who has a conflict of interest with respect to a land use proposal scheduled before the Committee will recuse himself or herself from all deliberations and votes on the application.

Proceedings

Applicants will be invited to make presentations to the Committee early enough in the process to allow for everyone to be heard and for all sides of an issue to be addressed.

Case leaders will be responsible for the development of preliminary recommendations for presentation to the Committee.  In turn, the fullCommittee will review andact on each application.  Recommendations will be adopted by majority vote and transmitted as Approved Recommendations to the Braddock District Planning Commissioner and subsequently to the Braddock DistrictSupervisor.   Minority viewpoints are invited to present orally to the Committee and can be included in the final recommendation if the Committee approves.

 


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