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