Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on New Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Mapping
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Nov. 10, 2003
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Hold
Public Hearing on
New Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Mapping
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. on amendments to the map of Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. On July 7, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and other county ordinances to implement changes to the state’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations. The amendments adopted on July 7 will become effective on Tuesday, Nov. 18 following adoption by the Board of Supervisors of the amended map of Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas.
The centerpiece of the revised state regulations is that Resource Protection Areas, known as RPAs, must now be designated around all water bodies with perennial flow. This will result in an increase in the extent of RPAs throughout Fairfax County. To determine the extent of the new RPAs, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services performed field studies to identify perennial streams throughout the county and has updated the county maps showing RPAs.
The maps display the boundaries of the existing RPAs adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1993 and the boundaries of the additional RPAs created by the adoption of the amendments on July 7. The RPA boundaries displayed on the maps are for planning purposes and the actual limits may be further refined by detailed field studies conducted at the time a plan is submitted to obtain a permit to develop a property.
Property and business owners who are interested to know how this expansion of RPAs may affect their property can view the maps on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes. In addition to the maps, information is also available at this same Web address about the specific amendments and their impact on property owners. To access the mapping information for their property online, property owners will need their property tax map reference numbers. Tax map reference numbers are available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta. Scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your address and click on “Search” – the resulting information will include the tax map reference number for the address entered.
The original Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance was adopted 10 years ago and the amendments to the ordinance were mandated by revisions to the state’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations. The Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board adopted amendments to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations on Dec. 10, 2001, with an effective date of March 1, 2002. Local jurisdictions were given a March 1, 2003, deadline to implement the amendments as directed by the state. The deadline was later extended to Dec. 31, 2003, by the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board. Fairfax County has been considering the amendments since January 2003.
A video program about the amendments, Treasure of the Chesapeake, is available for loan at all Fairfax County public libraries. In addition, programming on this and other environmental issues is regularly shown on the county’s government cable Channel 16. Please check local programming schedules for dates and times or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/cable for a program listing.
If you have questions about the Chesapeake Bay
Preservation Ordinance or the adopted amendments, call the Office of Site
Development Services, a division of the Fairfax County Department of
Public Works and Environmental Services, at 703-324-1720, TTY 711.
Additional background information on the state’s laws and regulations is
available from the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department at www.cblad.state.va.us/
or by calling 800-243-7229, TTY 711.