Common Themes - 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.

Day 1 - Session 2 of 4: Identification of Common Themes

Chairman Bulova noted that the common themes that emerged in the morning align with the Board of Supervisors’ Priorities.


  • Continue moving forward on major projects.
    • Dulles Rail, I-66, HOT Lanes, etc.
    • Comprehensive transit network.
  • Complete local road projects.
    • Spot, Gallows Road, Richmond Highway.
  • Comprehensive transit network.
    • Neighborhoods, Columbia Pike transit, rail.
  • Improving our multi-modal efforts.
  • Integrate land use and transportation. 


  • Positive feedback on work done the past few years.
  • Need to look forward to future needs and priorities.
  • Address gap between expenditures and revenue.
  • Concerns about cuts from the federal and state governments. 

Redevelopment and Revitalization

  • Emphasis on Tysons and the ROC (rest of County).
  • Learn from and build on successes such as Merrifield.
  • Identify targeted incentives. 

Parks and Recreational Opportunities

  • Parks must be integrated into daily activities.
  • Emphasis on need-based versus revenue-based activities.


  • Universal community. 


  • Needs for affordable housing near places of employment. 


  • Continue supporting and encouraging the nonprofit community.
  • Help with training, coaching and capacity building in addition to funding.

 County Workforce

  • Continue discussion of benefits.
  • Increase understanding of organizational structure and responsibilities.
  • Increase training.

 Community Engagement

  • Challenges of engaging diverse populations.
  • Building capacity.
  • Citizen governance.


  • Emphasis not only on successes but also areas for improvement.
  • Budget details.
  • Joint retreat with School Board will be held Feb. 25.
  • Identify areas for collaboration.


Board of Supervisors Retreat 2012

  Day 1

  Day 2

  Presentations & Related Media

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