What’s your vision for our environment? We want your help to update the Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Vision.
While it is not an action plan, this vision is important because it helps to guide our environmental sustainability initiatives and programs.
“Our environmental vision is based on two key principles,” says Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “First, we must conserve our limited natural resources. Second, we are committed to providing the resources needed to protect our environment.”
You can make your thoughts known on changes, additions or updates to this vision through a short, online survey and three public meetings in July.
June 30 will be the last day to take the survey. It will help to identify environmental issues that are the greatest concern to the community and any updates that may be needed. Survey results will be summarized, and they will be posted on the project’s web page, as well as presented at three public meetings.
You also can share your thoughts in person at any of three public meetings in July:
- July 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Luther Jackson Middle School cafeteria, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church
- July 27, 7-9 p.m. at the South County Government Center main conference room, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
- July 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the South Lakes High School cafeteria, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston
The current vision is organized into six major core service areas:
- Growth and land use
- Air quality and transportation
- Water quality
- Solid waste
- Parks/trails/open space
- Environmental stewardship
The update will take about a year to complete, starting with the survey and public meetings this summer. County staff will gather feedback and recommendations in a report that will be available to the public early next year for public comment. It’s anticipated that the board will adopt its final, updated vision in 2017.
The Board of Supervisors first adopted its vision in June 2004, and it was last updated in March 2007. Last October, the board directed staff to engage the community to help update its vision.