TAC Charter


At a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia, held in the Board Room in the Massey Building at Fairfax County, Virginia, on Monday, December 4, 1989, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting, the following resolution was adopted:

WHEREAS the citizens of Fairfax County have expressed a strong and continuing desire to have safe and adequate transportation facilities in order to enhance the social and economic well-being of the County and its citizens and businesses, and

WHEREAS the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOARD) has promoted the improvement of the County’s transportation facilities by implementing several innovative initiatives for both funding and expediting necessary improvements to Transportation facilities, and encouraged the Federal Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation to make transportation improvements in Northern Virginia and Fairfax County their highest priority, and

WHEREAS the BOARD wishes to continue to emphasize the importance of improvements to the County’s transportation network, and insure that a region-wide and County-wide perspective is maintained, while at the same time remaining sensitive to the needs of its citizens and businesses, and

WHEREAS the BOARD wishes to establish a citizens advisory group to provide information to the BOARD on major transportation issues and recommendations,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors establishes a Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission (COMMISSION). Said COMMISSION under the continuing direction of the Board of Supervisors, will advise the BOARD and provide information and comments on major transportation issues faced by the County, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the COMMISSION will provide to the BOARD recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the County, and

BE IT RESOLVED that during the first year (1990) that the COMMISSION is in existence, its primary focus shall be to:

  • Identify and prioritize the County’s roadway and transit needs, along with their associated costs and specific sources of funding.
  • Assist the Planning Commission in reviewing the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan, holding hearings on location and extent of roadway and transit projects of County—wide significance, as directed by the Board, as well as on the 2010 Subregional Plan of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • Review the transportation component of the Capital Improvements Program, advising the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on the priority and implementation schedule of transportation facilities. Consider and make recommendations on all proposed County transportation expenditures including bond issues and County matching of State or Federal funds.
  • Monitor the progress of County and State funded roadway projects, and critically review the procedures of both the County and the State in such areas as right-of-way acquisition, design of facilities, and coordination of signalization.
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on Federal, State and County legislation affecting transportation in Fairfax County.
  • On request by the Board of Supervisors, provide recommendations on issues being considered by regional transportation agencies, such as the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Transportation Planning Board.
  • Monitor and promote County participation in transportation management associations (TMAs). Promote transportation systems management (TSM) techniques to reduce or time-shift the vehicle miles traveled in the peak hour. Encourage flex-time, employer sponsored van pools, privileged parking and reduced tolls for high occupancy vehicle commuters, financial incentives for transit users, and construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Monitor a system to track transportation proffers made by developers, and a system to determine the cumulative impact, over time, of land use or other governmental decisions on transportation requirements.
  • Explore and make recommendations on innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of our existing and future transportation systems,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Office of Transportation and other offices should be adequately staffed, funded, and tasked to support the Transportation Commission.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the COMMISSION will provide comments to the BOARD on these issues, and

BE IT RESOLVED that said COMMISSION will consist of nine members, who are residents of Fairfax County and are qualified by knowledge and experience to make recommendations on transportation issues. The members will be nominated by individual members of the Board of Supervisors. Officers of the COMMISSION will be elected by the COMMISSION members. The regular terms of members will be two years following initial terms expiring June 30, 1990. The COMMISSION will meet no more than twice a month and members will be compensated $50 per meeting, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BOARD expects the COMMISSION to develop and submit to the Board of Supervisors for approval an annual work plan that will detail those topics and a corresponding schedule for those activities that the COMMISSION will engage in over the subsequent calendar year. Additions and changes to the annual work plan will only be at the direction and approval of the Board of Supervisors. And finally,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Office of Transportation will act as the staff agency to the COMMISSION, and that the Office of Transportation will be adequately staffed and funded to support the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission.


A Copy Tested:

Theodore Austell, III
Acting Clerk to the Board

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