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Park Planning and Development: Salona Task Force


The Salona Task Force presented its report to the Park Authority Board and Dranesville Supervisor at the end of 2013. A dissenting statement from the Task Force representative of the McLean Youth Athletics was submitted in summer of 2014. Both reports are provided in links in the document list on this website and will be fully considered before any action is taken on the Salona Master Plan.

Background

The Salona property in McLean comprises approximately 51 acres, including a residential core of approximately 7.8 acres. That residential core is protected in perpetuity by a 1971 easement granted to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Salona property is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. In December 2005, approximately 41.5 acres of the Salona property were placed under a conservation easement with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) as the grantee, and with the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) designated as the party with standing to enforce the terms of the easement. In addition to its cultural and historical significance, the Salona property contains sensitive environmental resources.

As part of the process for developing a Master Plan for Salona Park, FCPA has conducted extensive community outreach. Numerous comments, suggestions and proposals on how the park could and should be developed have been received. Because of the extraordinary cultural, historic and natural resource value of Salona, the FCPA has extended the community outreach effort through the appointment of a task force to work with the community and interested stakeholders to identify, evaluate and recommend potential uses for inclusion in the Master Plan for Salona Park.  For more information on the Master Plan process, see the Salona Park Master Plan project webpage where documents and other information will be posted.

The Task Force began meeting in the fall of 2011 and serves as an advisory body, with its members representing a wide range of public interests. This Task Force expands on efforts to bring the diverse ideas and perspectives of the community into the park planning process, by reaching out to the community to solicit and develop recommendations that can be incorporated into the Master Plan. Recommendations adopted by the Task Force shall seek to reflect the consensus of the community and be consistent with the conservation easement as well as the financial investment made by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and FCPA.

Task Force Mission

The Task Force will serve as an advisory body. Its members will represent a wide range of public interests. The Task Force shall expand on efforts to bring the diverse ideas and perspectives of the community into the park planning process. The Task Force shall reach out to the community and interested groups to solicit and develop recommendations that can be incorporated into the Master Plan. The recommendations adopted by the Task Force shall seek to reflect the consensus of the community and be consistent with the conservation easement and the financial investment made by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and FCPA.

Task Force Membership

One member each will be appointed by the Dranesville District Supervisor and the Dranesville District Park Authority Member. Each of the following organizations will be invited to appoint a member to serve on the Task Force:

  • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
  • McLean Citizens Association
  • Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
  • McLean Youth Athletics, Inc.
  • Fairfax County History Commission
  • Surrounding Neighborhood
  • The Conservation Easement Grantors (Dan or Karen Duval)

Task Force Procedures

Subject to the following, the Task Force will adopt its own procedures for obtaining and evaluating input to form the basis of its recommendations to FCPA. The Task Force shall:

  • At its initial meeting, select a Chairman from its members.
  • Consider the community input that has already been received by FCPA.
  • Develop and implement procedures for obtaining such additional input and information as it deems necessary to carry out its mission.
  • Conduct such investigations and outreach as it deems necessary and appropriate to ensure the broadest practicable public participation in the planning process.
  • Conduct at least one public meeting to present and obtain public input on draft recommendations before finalizing those recommendations for presentation to FCPA.
  • Make reasonable efforts to keep the Dranesville District Supervisor and the Dranesville District Park Authority Member apprised of its progress and activities.

FCPA reserves the right to modify or supplement the procedures implemented by the Task Force if deemed necessary to maximize opportunities for public input.

County Staff Support

The Dranesville District Supervisor's office will provide administrative support to the Task Force. FCPA staff will provide support on an as needed and as available basis.

Salona Task Force Update

TYSONS PARK SYSTEM MASTER PLAN RESOURCES


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