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