1970s and 1980's saw a dramatic transformation of Fairfax County,
its residents, and its government. During that time, Fairfax County
became one of the largest, most affluent, and diverse counties in the
country, and also began to experience some of the attendant challenges
of such rapid growth. The County government mirrored the changes in
the larger community, growing to meet the needs and expectations of
its residents, adding new services and benefiting from a rapidly growing
The government, too, began to experience new challenges
associated with rapid growth, including a need for clarity in its goals and priorities for
- In the late 1980s, the Board of Supervisors recognized
this need to assess the state of the County and revisit the goals that had been in place
since the mid-1970s.
- In 1987, the Goals Advisory Commission presented to the Board
its comprehensive assessment of the state of the County and recommendations for fifteen
goals to guide future policy and decision-making.