News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb. 5, 2013


 

 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about real estate tax relief, an upcoming housing expo, a new stormwater ordinance and new transportation funding for Fairfax County. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is hosting a series of free tax relief workshops in March at several locations throughout the county. Real estate tax relief is available for older adults and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications; you also may be eligible for car tax relief and tax relief for renters. More information on tax relief can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594).

 

The fourth annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Robert E. Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road in Springfield. NoVA Expo 2014, a regional affordable housing event, will showcase both rental and homeownership opportunities for individuals and families across a spectrum of income levels. The event will feature workshops and exhibits designed to educate attendees about location options; preparing themselves for renting and homeownership; and more. Exhibitors will include area nonprofits, local governments and lending institutions to provide attendees with a wealth of information on housing programs, financing, and a variety of housing options. Learn more about NoVA Expo 2014 online at www.novahousingexpo.org. To receive event updates, you can also “like” the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on Facebook and follow @NoVaHousingExpo on Twitter.

 

As required by the state, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a new stormwater ordinance to limit polluted runoff from new development. The new rules will help protect stream channels and water quality by placing a cap on the amount of stormwater and pollutants, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, permitted to flow from newly-developed properties. The new ordinance will go into effect on July 1, unless this state-mandated date changes. The law still must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for final approval. The new ordinance aims to capture and treat runoff closer to its source. The rules will result in a greater use of rain gardens, green roofs, infiltration and other low impact development techniques to deal with runoff from new development. These methods better mimic nature by slowing, reducing and reusing stormwater runoff. Even though Fairfax County has had stormwater rules in place since the early 1970s, the state mandated the new ordinance to ensure a consistent statewide standard for stormwater management practices.

County officials say the law won’t directly impact most existing homeowners. Also, as part of the new state requirements, local governments now have the responsibility to administer the state’s stormwater permit program. This means that the county will conduct state-required inspections and enforcement actions.

 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved $1.4 billion in transportation project priorities over the next six years. This money – the majority of which will come from the state and regional sources – will go towards new and existing roads, sidewalks, trails and bike lanes. There are approximately 180 projects that will be funded, not including reserve funding for other projects. The county will be developing schedules for each project in the coming months. Of the total amount approved, about $1.2 billion will come from state and regional transportation dollars generated by House Bill 2313 – the new transportation bill – during the next six years, and the remaining amount will be funded through the county’s commercial and industrial property taxes, general obligation bonds, and other sources. County staff conducted an extensive public outreach process to determine the public's priority for transportation in the county.

 

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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  


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