Agenda for 28 February 2007 Sully District Council Meeting
by Jeff Parnes
- The Sully District Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center meeting room 1, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA, 20151. The meeting will be canceled if Fairfax County Schools or after school activities are canceled due to adverse weather the day of the meeting..
- Minutes of January's SDC meeting are posted on the SDC web site
- Presentation: The County Executive's Fairfax County Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Budget presented by Martha Reed and Ellicia Seard, two senior analysts from the Department of Management and Budget
- Land Use and Transportation Presentations:
- Old Business
- New Business
- Scheduled Meetings/Activities:
- Big Box Stores
- The workshop on the ZOA for large retail sales establishments [Big Box Stores] was rescheduled for Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 pm, in Conference Rooms 4 and 5 at the Government Center.
- Staff report
- 2007 Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Open March 1
- Fairfax County is accepting nominations between March 1 and May 31 for the eighth annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program. Residents, community groups, environmental organizations and local businesses are encouraged to submit nominations. One or more awards may be given in each of the following categories:
- Fairfax County residents.
- Fairfax County government employees.
- The Environmental Excellence Awards Program is designed to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that unselfishly dedicate time, energy and expertise to improve the environment in support of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisorsí environmental goals. These goals, which were adopted by the board to foster a sustainable and vibrant living environment both now and in the future, are:
- Environmental protection, which seeks to preserve the countyís natural resources and meet or exceed federal, state and local standards for water quality, air quality and other environmental standards.
- Open space conservation, which seeks to preserve and protect stream valleys, woodlands and other ecologically valuable areas to protect plant and animal life.
- Energy conservation, which promotes energy efficiency and energy conservation in the public, commercial, residential and industrial sectors.
- In addition, the countyís Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Supervisorís 20-year Environmental Vision Statement, the Fairfax County Park Authority Policy Manual and other documents guide county agencies, decision makers and residents in protecting the environment. The county is committed to environmentally sensitive, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented development; teleworking; use of public transportation; air and water quality improvement; waste reduction and recycling; watershed protection and enhancement; parkland acquisition; wildlife and natural resource management; control of visual pollution; protection from environmental hazards such as radon gas, asbestos fibers, hazardous materials, noise pollution and unstable soils; and environmental stewardship.
- The Environmental Excellence Award recipients will be selected based on their advancement or support of the countyís environmental goals and policy statements, their dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities and their role as a model for others to follow. Examples of activities meriting consideration for an award include:
- Identifying or protecting ecologically valuable habitats.
- Preserving or improving air quality.
- Restoring streams or other degraded natural environments.
- Controlling pollution or mobilizing communities to gather data to measure the impacts of pollution.
- Cataloging ecological assets.
- Achieving regional or global environmental objectives beyond county borders, such as contributing to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
- The awards program is administered by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council and is supported by the Fairfax County environmental coordinator and the Department of Planning and Zoning. Award recipients will be notified by Aug. 31.
- Key Dates and Contacts for Award Program
- Period of eligibility: June 1, 2006 - May 31, 2007
- Nomination period: March 1 - May 31, 2007
- Where to obtain nomination forms:
- Where to mail nomination forms:
- Environmental Coordinator
- Office of the County Executive
- 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552 Fairfax, VA 22035
- Where to e-mail nomination forms: EQAC @ fairfaxcounty.gov
- For more information, call the Fairfax County environmental coordinator at 703-324-1788, TTY 711.
- Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation Docket No. CP06-421-000, NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED POTOMAC EXPANSION PROJECT
- The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) is holding a public meeting for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporationís (Trasncoís) proposed Potomac Expansion Project. The project would consist of the construction of about 20 miles of new 42-inch-diameter pipeline in three loops located in Campbell, Pittsylvania, and Fairfax Counties, Virginia; and various aboveground facilities, including a proposed pig launcher/receiver facility at milepost 1,586.17 in Fairfax County, Virginia.
- The meeting will be on Friday, March 2, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville, VA 20120.
- This event is posted on the Commissionís calendar along with other related information. For additional information, please contact the Commission's Office of External Affairs at 1-866-208-FERC.
- The hearing will likely be the last opportunity to comment on Transco's proposal to place a pig launcher and a pig receiver in the middle of the Virginia Run community. The FERC may rule on Transco's request as soon as March 15.
- The hearing is designed only for the FERC to receive comment. It is not a hearing at which either the FERC or Transco are required to answer any questions. Each speaker will be permitted no more than five minutes to speak.
- It is essential that as many people as possible attend the public hearing and "go on the record," even if only to say "move the facilities to a safer and more secure location." The hearing is open to anyone -- you may bring your children with you, too.
- PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE FERC PUBLIC HEARING.
- PLEASE TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS TO ATTEND AND TO ALSO "GO ON RECORD."
- The Virginia Run comments to the FERC, which were filed Feb. 16, recommend that if above-ground facilities have to be installed at all, they should be placed at "Location B" near U.S. Route 29. Our reasons for recommending that Location appear at pages 10-22 of the comments.
- Mark your calendars! The 25th Green Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 3--same time, same place, new topic.
Here are the details:
- When: Saturday, March 3 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
- Where: Old Country Buffet, Fair City Mall - Route 236 (Main Street) and Pickett Road in Fairfax City, next to Cinema Arts Theatre
- Program: Fairfax County Tree Action Plan - and - "2007 Trees for 2007"
- Speakers: Dr. Penny Firth, Fairfax County Tree Commission, Providence District representative and Rose Purple, Vice Chair, Fairfax ReLeaf
- Dr. Penny Firth co-chaired the Tree Commission task force that prepared the Tree Action Plan that was recently adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Dr. Firth spoke at the Green Breakfast about a year ago when the Plan was being developed. Elements of the new Plan will be incorporated into the Countyís Environmental Improvement Program.
- Rose Purple will speak about Fairfax ReLeafís continuing tree-planting program. Last year (2006) their goal was to plant 2006 trees; they actually planted 3,000! That is a long way from the one million additional trees needed in the County to reach a 50% tree canopy goal. Every new tree helps.
- Cost: About $8.50. Pay the cashier as you arrive. If a senior, ask for the discount. (You now must purchase an annual senior "membership" for $1.00 that entitles you to the senior discount!) No reservations are necessary.
- The 2007 Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has been scheduled for the weekend of March 31 -- April 1 with options available
- The Fairfax Watershed Network is partnering with the Alice Ferguson Foundation to coordinate the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup in Fairfax County. The cleanup officially will be held the weekend of March 31-April 1, but cleanups also will take place in the weeks before and after those dates. Last year's cleanup was a huge success for Fairfax County with 75 sites established in county parks and streams. This year, with the help of enthusiastic volunteers, the Watershed Network hopes to establish 100 cleanup sites.
- The Fairfax Watershed Network, which includes the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, is looking not only for volunteers to remove litter at established cleanup sites, but also for volunteers who will serve as site captains--individual volunteers or groups who will establish their own cleanup sites in local streams and parklands. The Watershed Network will help the captains choose and prepare a site, promote the cleanup, and find volunteers. Site captains will be provided with all the necessary materials for the day of the cleanup, including trash bags, gloves, and sign-in sheets.
- Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has spearheaded the Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Now the largest regional event of its kind, the cleanup has engaged over 35,000 volunteers and 250 partners and removed more than 2.5 million pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed. The detrimental effects of trash are numerous:
- Trash harms wildlife;
- decreases property values;
- hurts businesses, recreation and tourism;
- costs local governments precious funds for clean up and removal;
- poses a public health threat by increasing breeding grounds for virus carrying insects and rodents;
- and poorly reflects the pride residents of the region should feel for their neighborhoods.
- Those interested in becoming a site captain should contact Dan Schwartz at the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District or 703-324-1422.
- If you would prefer to volunteer at an existing site, the 2007 cleanup locations and RSVP information will be posted after March 1.
- 2007 NVSWCD SEEDLING SALE - Winter is Our Season Collection
- This yearís package is called Winter is Our Season. It will have a total of 16 bare-root seedlings (two more than last year) and features :
- 2 Red Osier Dogwood shrubs,
- 2 Button Bush shrubs,
- 2 River birch trees,
- 2 White Oak trees,
- 4 Christmas fern groundcover, and
- 4 Winterberry holly shrubs.
- The cost is $17.95 per package. All of the seedlings are native and suited for planting in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metro area. An order form is attached to this announcement.
- Place your pre-paid orders ($17.95) by April 16. You will receive a confirmation receipt and a map to the pick-up site near Braddock Road (two miles outside the Beltway near the Kings Park shopping center). Trees will be available for pickup on Friday-Saturday, April 20-21.
- For more information , including pictures of what your seedlings will look like when mature, call NVSWCD at 703-324-1460, e-mail Nicholas Kokales, or visit the website.
- Fairfax Master Naturalists
- The Virginia Master Naturalist Program recently approved the establishment of a chapter in Fairfax County. We plan to kick off the program later this year, offering 40 hours of fun and interactive basic training about our local environment.
- Full certification will require another 8 hours of advanced training and 40 volunteer service hours doing education, citizen science or stewardship projects. The Fairfax Chapter will point volunteers to nature-oriented service and training opportunities in green organizations across the county.
- Chapter membership and on-going volunteer service and training are important parts of being a Virginia Master Naturalist. Chapter meetings will offer stimulating speakers, as well as a forum for exchanging environment-related information and ideas.
- Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Fairfax Chapter Coordinating Committee is starting to build organizational partnerships, develop the basic training course and identify service opportunities.
- For more information, see the Virginia Master Naturalist Program website listed under Chapters.
- To join the Fairfax Chapter e-mail list, contact Marilyn Schroeder .
- Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping
- Itís only February but think April! That is Garden Month as well as Arbor Day and all things green
- itís not too early to think about gardens and landscaping. We are sending a link to a publication entitled "Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping"
- Some of you may know all this already! Feel free to pass it along to others in your organization, association or group.
- Planned for 28 March 2007 Meeting
- Membership: None Scheduled
- Land Use and Transportation Presentations:
This is a followup presentation to the original made in Jan 2007
- Proponent: Jill Switkin, Esq. Associate, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP representing Commonwealth Centre Investors, LLC
- Action: The Development will include a combination of office, two nationally known and branded hotels, as well as support
retail comprising +/-80,000 square feet intended to serve the needs of the area's businesses and employees. Furthermore, the Development
will incorporate stormwater management measures and best management practices, low-impact development designs and materials, and
environmentally sensitive streetscape and landscaping. In sum, the Commonwealth Centre will be a pedestiran and environment-friendly,
commerical mixed-use development that caters to the market demands of Westfields.
- Location: Develop the Commonwealth Centre, generally bounded on the east by Westfields Boulevard/Route 662, on the west by
Sully Road/Route 28 and on the south by the intersection of Westfields Boulevard and Sully Road and located in the heart of
Westfields in Fairfax County, with a commercial mixed-use development.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee
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