Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Feb. 12, 2013

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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 Championships.

  • 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 Year.

  • Kids Sending Smiles for its outreach to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

  • 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 schedule.

  • 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 Program.

  • 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.

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