Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Feb. 12, 2013
Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors meeting on February 12, 2013.
The Board made presentations to community groups and individuals.
The Board recognized:
The Herndon High School Co-Ed Varsity Cheer Team for winning first
place at the Virginia High School League State Cheer
The Annandale High School Culinary Arts Program for its achievements at
the SkillsUSA competition.
Brian Heintz for being named the Virginia 2012 History Teacher of the
Kids Sending Smiles for its outreach to victims of Hurricane
Ethan Kauffman for his Eagle Scout project to organize volunteers and
restore the community garden at Hayfield Park.
Grant McIntosh for his years of service to Fairfax County.
The Board designated:
February 17-23 as Engineers Week in Fairfax County.
The Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were presented.
The Board heard a report on General Assembly activities.
The Board appointed
members to the Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory
Board. This 17-member group will recommend an annual tax rate for the
service district, as well as help to prioritize transportation
improvements in Tysons to be funded by the district. The district’s tax
rate will be set as part of the upcoming budget, but taxes will be
collected starting July 1.
The Board authorized the advertisement of amendments to the county code
to adjust fees for plan review, permits, and inspection services.
The Board authorized the advertisement of public hearings on a proposed
zoning ordinance amendment concerning the zoning application fee
The Board authorized the Department of Transportation to accept funding
for the Lorton Cross County Trail Enhancement Project.
The Board approved the Disease Carrying Insects Program.
The Board directed staff to take actions to address gypsy moths,
cankerworms, emerald ash borers, thousand canker disease, sudden oak
death and Asian longhorned beetles as part of Fairfax County's 2013
Forest Pest Management Suppression Program.
The Board received a status report on the Board’s Third Four-Year Transportation
The Board appointed Richard R.
Bowers Jr. as the county's next fire chief. Bowers succeeds
Chief Ronald L. Mastin who plans to retire May 7. Bowers' appointment
is effective April 29, allowing some overlap time for the
transition of leadership. A 35 year veteran of the Montgomery County,
Md. Fire and Rescue Service, Bowers has served as MCFRS Fire Chief
since 2008, managing the combined (career and volunteer) service of
over 2,100 firefighters/rescuers. While serving as chief, he managed an
operating budget of $204 million and a six-year capital
improvement program budget of $44 million.
- The Board approved an additional 3.8 million square feet of mixed use development next to the future Spring Hill Metro station in Tysons. In 2011, the board signed off on plans to develop seven acres within Spring Hill Station, which is the county's "demonstration project" in Tysons with The Georgelas Group. In total, this project as currently planned will build up to 7.6 million square feet of office, retail, hotel and residential development spread across three neighborhoods. Much of the project will be within a quarter mile from the Metro station, making it an easy three to six-minute walk to transit. The project will help to make Tysons a walkable, green, 24/7 urban center.
That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.
For more information about the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including full meeting minutes and documents, visit the county Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov
This podcast is produced by the Fairfax County, VA, government.