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Tom Biesiadny,
Director

Confederate Names Task Force

Task Force Meeting Materials and Archives

August 16, 2021

The Confederate Names Task Force held their first meeting, virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Mon., August 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. 

 

September 13, 2021

The Confederate Names Task Force will hold a meeting electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Mon., September 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

The public will be able to view the meeting:

September 20 2021

Background

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Confederate Names Task Force on July 13, 2021 to review the names of Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29) and Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 50) and make recommendations to the Board whether to change the name of one or both roadways and provide recommended names if they suggest changing the names.  The Board has requested that the work of the Task Force be concluded by the end of 2021. 

  • On June 23, 2020, the Board requested that History Commission create an inventory of Confederate street names, Confederate monuments, and Confederate public places in the county; research legal and financial implications of name changes; and seek input from other county entities. On December 8, 2020, the History Commission provided their report at the Land Use Policy Committee meeting.
  • Following up on the History Commission report, the Board directed staff to provide more information on the process to change the names of the two primary roadways (and possibly other significant secondary roads and public facilities) by the end of January 2021 and the process should clarify the roles of the Board and the public in decision-making. 
  • Additionally, the Board asked staff to: 1) explain the existing County process for changing the name of a secondary road in a neighborhood, 2) provide information about changing the names of subdivisions for the benefit of citizens interested in making those changes, 3) coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions that are undertaking their own name change processes and return to the Board with information about those processes, and 4) provide a report about the history of the naming and renaming of the Magisterial Districts. The task force will seek public input as it prepares its recommendations and should the Board choose to advance the recommendations, it is suggested that the Board hold one or more public hearings in early 2022. 
  • If the Board desires to changes the names of one or both roads, they will make a formal request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and agree to pay the cost to change the street signs.

FEEDBACK

Please provide your comments or questions that will be shared with the Confederate Names Task Force. Thank you!

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