Community Revitalization and Reinvestment Meeting April 20


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April 11, 2007

Board of Supervisors' Community Revitalization and Reinvestment Committee to Hold First Meeting April 20

The first meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Community Revitalization and Reinvestment Committee will be held on Friday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room 232, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The committee was created by the board at its revitalization retreat in December. It will replace the Revitalization Policy Committee.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly pointed to the revitalization and reinvestment in older communities and business districts as a priority during his “State of the County Address” in March. “From commercial renewal to residential infill, revitalization touches so many aspects of the county’s core mission: transportation, schools, public safety, the economy, the environment,” he said.

An Office of Community Revitalization and Reinvestment to coordinate countywide commercial planning efforts has been proposed in the fiscal year 2008 budget. If approved as part of the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors at its April 30 meeting, the new agency will be established July 1 as part of the Office of the County Executive. 

This high-level coordinated approach will provide a more flexible and dynamic structure to address the needs and opportunities of a changing landscape, explained Connolly. “Revitalization in Springfield, Lake Anne, Annandale and the Richmond Highway corridor is essential if we are to prevent decline and disinvestment in our older commercial centers and neighborhoods,” he said.

An 18-member Community Revitalization and Reinvestment Advisory Group was established at the March 26 Board of Supervisors meeting to assist in advancing the revitalization and reinvestment opportunities within the county. Its membership will include community, business and county government representatives. Appointments will be drawn from each supervisor’s district, plus two appointments by the chairman; the G-7; Fairfax County’s Economic Development Authority and Redevelopment and Housing Authority; the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association; the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; and the Federation of Citizens Associations. 

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