Environmental Quality Advisory Council - Public Hearings


Each year, EQAC holds a public hearing to obtain input on issues of environmental concern.  The next public hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM in conference rooms 2 and 3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.   

EQAC encourages you to attend the January 21 public hearing to share your views on the state of the environment and to identify environmental issues applicable to Fairfax County.  To be placed on the speakers list, or to get more information about EQAC or its public hearing, send us an e-mail message or call the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380 (TTY 711).

EQAC will be accepting video testimony at its public hearing, and you do not need to be present at the public hearing for your video to be presented.  If you wish to present video testimony, upload your video (five minutes or less, please) to YouTube, Ustream or Vimeo, and let us know, by 5:00 P.M. on January 16, 2015, the URL through which we can access the video.  We will then present it at the public hearing.*  In addition, you can send written testimony to us, whether or not you'd like to attend the public hearing.  Please send any written materials by 3:00 P.M. on January 21.

Environmental issues considered by EQAC include water quality, air quality, noise, hazardous materials, solid waste, stream valley protection, wildlife management, light pollution, visual pollution, climate change response and adaptation, energy conservation, land use, transportation and the use and preservation of ecological resources.  While the timing of the public hearing tends to coincide with the timing of the publication of EQAC's Annual Report on the Environment, the public hearing is not intended to focus on the Annual Report but is instead intended to hear your views and concerns regarding environmental issues of interest to you.

The public is also invited to attend any EQAC meeting and to submit correspondence for EQAC's consideration at any time.

Summaries of recent public hearings are available below in portable document format (pdf) or in Word format. In order to view pdf documents, you will need the Adobe Reader installed on your computer.  

Many of these summaries reference written statements that were provided by speakers as well as written testimony provided prior to, at or subsequent to the public hearing. The written materials submitted in conjunction with the January 7, 2013 and January 13, 2014 public hearings are provided below.  If you would like to review any of the written materials provided in conjunction with previous public hearings, contact Noel Kaplan of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1369, TTY 711.

January 13, 2014 (pdf)
     Written materials submitted in conjunction with the January 7, 2013 public hearing (pdf)

January 7, 2013 (pdf)
     Written materials submitted in conjunction with the January 7, 2013 public hearing (pdf)

January 17, 2012 (pdf)

November 29, 2010 (pdf)

November 30, 2009 (pdf)

December 1, 2008 (Word)

December 11, 2007 (Word)

December 11, 2006 (Word)


*One video per person, please.  Videos will be screened prior to the public hearing.  Each video must address one or more environmental topics.  Any video with profanity or other objectionable material will not be presented at the public hearing.  You will be notified if county staff determines that your video is unsuitable for presentation.


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