Commissioner James R. Hart-Planning Commission
James R. Hart-Commissioner At-Large
On a motion by Chairman Gerry Connolly, the Board of Supervisors appointed James R. Hart to an At-Large seat on the Planning Commission on January 5, 2004. Commissioner Hart was reappointed to his third term in January 2012, and his current term will expire in December 2015.
As one of three At-Large Members of the Planning Commission, Commissioner Hart handles proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Ordinance, and the Public Facilities Manual in addition to any Countywide land use applications. In addition to handling land use applications, Commissioner Hart is a member of the Planning Commission's Environment Committee, Policy and Procedures Committee and Transportation Committee and an alternate member of the Parks Committee.
Commissioner Hart has been an at-large member of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals since January 2000. From 1999-2000, he served on the Fairfax County Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments, and chaired the Countywide Non-motorized Transportation (Trails) Committee. From 1994 to 2004, he was an active member of the Western Fairfax County Citizens Association, serving as president from 1996-1998, and chair of the Land Use Committee from 1998-2000. In addition, he has represented Virginia Run Community Association on Sully District Council. Commissioner Hart has been the recipient of several community awards, including the James D. McDonnell Award, in April 2002, for his involvement with the Western Fairfax County Citizens Association and was named an Honorary Lord Fairfax, at-large, by the Board of Supervisors, in June 2000.
Commissioner Hart is a graduate of the University of Virginia's School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. He has served as director of the law firm of Hart & Horan, P.C. since 1998. He is an active member of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association, holding numerous leadership positions within those organizations, and in June 2000, became the recipient of the Fairfax Bar Association's President's Award. In addition, Commissioner Hart is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society and has volunteered as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax Circuit Court since 1993.
Commissioner Hart resides in the Virginia Run community in Centreville.