Planning Commission

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Environment Committee

Meetings will be held in the Board Conference Room of the Fairfax County Government Center unless announced otherwise.

2020 Environment Committee Members

Mary Cortina (Chairman)

Andres Jimenez (Vice Chairman)

John Carter

John Ulfelder

Next Meeting:



Previous Meetings:

October 15, 2020

The Environment Committee was constituted, with Mary Cortina elected as Chairman and Andres Jimenez elected as Vice Chairman. Staff from the Department of Land and Development gave a presentation on the Resource Protection Area (RPA) planting density requirements for the Public Facilities Manual. The Committee also discussed potential topics for future meetings which included; Lead Certification, Green Initiative, Solar and Geothermal Car Charging, and Salt Management for Stormwater best practices.


September 26, 2019

Planning staff provided an overview to Committee members of their progress to date regarding the Natural Landscaping at County Facilities proposed amendment that included stakeholder feedback with staff response and community comments. In addition, staff discussed their site visit to the National Garden and Bartholdi Park in Washington, D.C. The Committee voted unanimously to endorse to the full Planning Commission the proposed Natural Landscaping at County Facilities policy plan language for Objective 6; Policy a, which included edits discussed during the meeting.


June 27, 2019

Planning staff gave a presentation to Committee members entitled "Creating Natural Communities," which provided an overview of a typical building during development, its impact to the surrounding soil and trees, and ways to minimize and correct damage to the soil and nearby plantings. The presentation was in response to questions raised by multiple Commission members during the June 22, 2019, tour of Fairfax County facilities with natural landscaping. The tour provided current examples of how natural landscaping was incorporated and maintained at County buildings.


April 25, 2019

Planning staff discussed with the Committee the outcome from the April 8, 2019, Interagency Stakeholder meeting on the proposed Policy Plan amendment for natural landscaping at County facilities.



March 21, 2019

Meeting Agenda

The Environment Committee received a presentation from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Planning Division staff on the proposed Policy Plan amendment for natural landscaping at County facilities.


February 21, 2019

Meeting Agenda

The Environment Committee was constituted. Commissioner James R. Hart was elected Chairman and Commissioner Mary Cortina was elected Vice Chairman. The Virginia Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) staff gave a presentation on the development of a Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) for Northern Virginia. The Planning Division staff introduced a Policy Plan amendment addressing coastal resource management guidance (tidal shoreline erosion control). 



January 24, 2019

Meeting Agenda

The Committee reviewed and discussed with Planning Division staff the draft plan language revised from the November 9, 2017 meeting. The Committee voted unanimously to endorse the January 24, 2019, revised version of the Green Building, Energy Policy Plan - Policy b and recommend to the Planning Commission. Planning Division staff also provided an overview of the Board of Supervisor's (BOS) authorization for a Policy Plan amendment that would establish Comprehensive Plan support for natural landscaping at Public facilities.

Meeting Handouts for Green Building Policy Plan:

Meeting Handouts for Natural Landscaping at Public Facilities:

November 9, 2017

Meeting Agenda

The Committee held a stakeholder workshop on the Green Building Plan Amendment and discussed with the Planning Division staff the related draft plan amendment language.


October 12, 2017

Meeting Agenda

The Committee discussed with the Planning Division staff the proposed changes to the Green Building Plan Amendment.

Meeting Handouts:

     Green Building - Energy Policy Plan Update (2017-CW-2CP)


April 19, 2017

Meeting Agenda

The Committee was constituted and James R. Hart was elected Chairman. The Committee was briefed on the update of the Board of Supervisors' Environmental Vision Document.

Meeting Handouts:

Environmental Excellence: A 20-Year Vision
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Environmental Vision
Sustainability Initiatives FY2017


January 26, 2017

Meeting Agenda

The Committee completed the review of the MITRE report, "Building Energy Technology Recommendations to Fairfax County" and voted unanimously to recommend to the Planning Commission to transmit the Environment Committee report to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). On February 1, 2017, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Environment Committee report as revised and transmit it to the BOS.

Meeting Handouts:

Summary of Planning Commission Environment Committee Recommendation Report - January 26, 2017
Memorandum from Environmental Quality Advisory Council - MITRE Building Energy Technology Report - February 16, 2015
MITRE Report "Building Energy Technology Recommendations to Fairfax County" - March 15, 2013
Summary of Public Comments received as of February 11, 2015
Summary Table of MITRE Corporation Building Energy Technology Recommendations, Staff Perspectives, Stakeholder Comments and Environment Committee Positions to Fairfax County




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