Chairman's Summary - 2012 Board Retreat

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a retreat on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6-7. The two-day meeting, at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, was an opportunity for the Board to consider its priorities and set a course of action for a sustainable future.

It was announced that no votes would be taken during the retreat, and some issues may be discussed again at future venues.

Chairman's Summary

Chairman Bulova gave a brief overview of the two-day retreat.

Credit Rating Agencies

  • Need to strike a right balance with overflow funds.
    • Need to have enough money set aside to respond to emergencies, but not enough to be seen as having too much money.


  • Devolution and other projects are being pushed to local level.
  • Meals tax could be a source of funding for road maintenance, education or tax diversification.
    • Community engagement is key if it were to be placed on a bond referendum.

Land Use Process

  • Moving away from greenfield model and we want to have a more useful process.
  • We don’t want to lose process of engagement in the transition to a new model.


  • We are becoming more diverse.
  • We want to make sure we are taking advantage of new and emerging technology, but there will always be great value in personally engaging.
  • Establishing a portal of engagement is a good recommendation.

Board Priorities

  • The priorities adopted three years ago are still relevant and will be maintained.
  • The discussion over the course of this two-day retreat aligned well with our stated priorities.
  • The Board’s eight priorities are:
    • A Quality Education System.
    • Safe Streets and Neighborhoods.
    • A Clean, Sustainable Environment.
    • Living, Caring and Affordable Communities.
    • A Vibrant Economy.
    • Efficient Transportation Network.
    • Recreational and Cultural Opportunities.
    • Taxes that are Affordable.


Board of Supervisors Retreat 2012

  Day 1

  Day 2

  Presentations & Related Media

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